So glad to have come across your forum because I am going to need lots of help.
My name is Nick and I am from Troy, MI.
I love food and especially grilling. It only seems natural that I learn about smoking. I feel like I am getting a late start at 36 but I have been grilling on charcoal since I can remember. I love feeding family and friends.
I am hopeful that I can avoid costly mistakes in the learning process.
What finally motivated me to post on your wonderful forum is the smoker that I was just given by my father in law.
I had never heard of New Braunfels before last week but I have read every single thing possible in the last week.
It is my understanding that they made some high quality smokers in the USA before being acquired by Charbroil.
This smoker weighs a great deal and has not been used much even though it looks pretty rough. It is built like a tank.
Here is my big question I am debating.................Do I have the desirable version and is it worth it to restore? It says made in the USA on the name plate. It weighs a ton also.
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I already started taking it apart but I do not want to invest too much time or money if this will not be a good smoker to work with.
I have also been considering purchasing a new smoker instead of restoring this one. I am considering WSM, BGE, Primo, Meadow Creek, etc.
Weber has been my preferred brand and I love my One Touch Performer with stainless steel cart. It is 10 years old and built so much better than the current version of my grill.
I do not weld or have any buddies that would be able to modify the New Braunfels smoker. If that is the only way to make it perform well than I do not think I will move forward with the restoration project.
The fact that it was given to me makes me want to bring it back to life but only if it will help me make some seriously delicious food.
Your honest advice and feedback are going to help me make my decision. Thanks for your time.