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Question About best smoker to buy for a beginner

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Hi,

 

I am just starting to get into to smoking and was wondering if anybody could recommend a good smoker for a beginner to buy. I am looking for a smoker that will be somewhat affordable. Also I was wondering if there is a single smoker I could buy that would allow me to use either charcoal or wood in it depending on what I was smoking? I was looking for a smoker that would capable  using wood chips or pellets as the wood fuel source. Any help that can be provided would be appreciated. Thanks. 


Edited by mbaue825 - 4/14/13 at 8:46pm
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  Welcome Mbaue.  If you could add your location to your profile, that could help. For chips or pellets as a smoke source, an electric  or gas model may be best. To use wood or charcoal as a fuel source, you have many options. 1) SFB, side firebox, 2) WSM, Weber Smokey Mountain 3)UDS, ugly drum smoker. Just to name a few.

  Electric/gas models usually require less attention than charcoal/wood burners. I can't say one is better than the other. Determine your budget and see what fits. Just remember, your first smoker won't be your last! Happy Smokin'

 

   Mike

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Is one that uses wood chunks ok as an option?

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Yea, one that uses wood chunks would be a OK option, 

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Originally Posted by mbaue825 View Post

Yea, one that uses wood chunks would be a OK option, 

Ok then depending on how much you want to spend.

 

$100-  Weber Kettle- you can use indirect heat by putting charcoal off to the side and adding wood chunks...or best yet partition it off with something like brick.  

 

$ 300- Weber Smokey Mountain 18.5"

 

$ 400- Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5 "

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