Wow! From all the new members, looks like this is a great forum. Glad I found you guys!
I am retired Air Force, working at a 2nd career. I live in East Texas, love to play golf and grill/smoke about anything.
I have gone through a lot of cheap smokers and grills through the years, some a lot of trouble and hard to cook on, others not so much. Some have cooked better than others, some have been more convenient. I currently have a Weber Genesis propane grill, and a large Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain Series propane smoker. I've smoked a lot of meat on the Smoky Mountain smoker, and many times have smoked 8 racks of ribs at a time. Have also smoked a lot of chicken and brisket on it. The water pan seems to keep everything moist, and it's been easy to regulate the temperature. It has actually been a good, very convenient smoker. The Weber Genesis has been a great grill...and I love the cast iron grates. It is very convenient, with a large cooking area, and I've grilled everything on it. However, both are getting a little long in the tooth, and I'm debating about how to replace them...and that's how I found this site.
I'm contemplating purchasing a large smoker/grill combo, with a side firebox, to replace them both with one piece of equipment. I know, a lot more trouble, but I miss the charcoal smell and taste when grilling, and I miss being able to use sticks of wood, instead of the little chunks/chips that I have to use in the small smoker box on the Smoky Mountain smoker. I've also found that I really miss "waiting" on a grill or smoker to get just right for cooking, while sipping on an adult beverage. Time doesn't seem to be as much of an issue as it used to be.
So, I started searching for the type smoker/grill I'm looking for...or think I want. I found an Old Country BBQ Pits Wrangler smoker at Academy for $500. It has 920 sq in cooking area, and weighs 275 lbs. And, I found a Char-Broil Oklahoma Joe smoker at Lowe's for $430 and at Ace Hardware for $490. It has 1045 sq in cooking area, and weighs 287 lbs. They look almost identical on the web. And, they seem very similar in all areas. So, I just wondered if anyone has cooked on both? If so, what do you think? Or, if you own one, or the other, what do you like best and least about yours?
Thanks...and I'm looking forward to broadening my horizon on meat smoking.