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Best Beginner Electric Smoker-Thinking between different brands

Poll Results: Best Beginner Electric Smoker

Poll expired: Oct 29, 2013 This is a multiple choice poll
  • 0% of voters (0)
    1. Brinkmann Electric Gourmet Smoker
  • 0% of voters (0)
    2. Brinkmann Smoke 'N Grill with Electric Smokeshop Converter
  • 0% of voters (0)
    3. Char-Broil Big Easy 2-in-1 Electric Smoker
  • 0% of voters (0)
    4. Char-Broil 30" Vertical Electric Smoker
  • 0% of voters (0)
    5. Landmann Smoky Mountain Smoker
  • 0% of voters (0)
    6. Masterbuilt Analog Electric Smoker
  • 0% of voters (0)
    7. Meco Charcoal/Electric Smoker
  • 0% of voters (0)
    8. Master Forge 27.9-in 1500-Watt Matte Black Electric Vertical Smoker
  • 0% of voters (0)
    9. Big Chief Electric Smoker
  • 0% of voters (0)
    10. Old Smokey Electric Smoker
  • 0% of voters (0)
    11. Make my own (smoker with extra vents plus electric kit)
  • 100% of voters (1)
    12, Other (please specify)
1 Total Vote  
post #1 of 2
Thread Starter 

I was thinking about smoking meats as a hobby and I wanted to know which would be the best electric smoker for a beginner. I'm looking within the $50-$200 price range.

 

I am thinking of the following electric smokers:

1. Brinkmann Electric Gourmet Smoker

2. Brinkmann Smoke 'N Grill with Electric Smokeshop Converter

3. Char-Broil Big Easy 2-in-1 Electric Smoker

4. Char-Broil 30" Vertical Electric Smoker

5. Landmann Smoky Mountain Smoker

6. Masterbuilt Analog Electric Smoker

7. Meco Charcoal/Electric Smoker

8. Master Forge 27.9-in 1500-Watt Matte Black Electric Vertical Smoker

9. Big Chief Electric Smoker

10. Old Smokey Electric Smoker

11. Other (Please specify)

 

I think all but the first two and the Big Chief have temperature controls.  

 

Another idea is to get a Backyard Traditions Smoker sold by Fred's Dollar Store and add a Brinkmann or Meco electric converter kit.. It combines the structure of the Brinkmann Gourmet Smoker with the smoking vents of the Weber Smokey Mountain Grill/Smoker (chimney vent with adjusting dial on top of lid and three vents on the bottom). It also has a detailed temperature dial and sausage/meat hooks on it. I am also considering the Big Chief electric smoker and the Old Smokey Electric Smoker.

 

I like the Big Easy but some have criticized it for its small size.

 

Any comments, suggestions, or ideas are welcome.


Edited by Jaybird1103 - 10/2/13 at 6:43am
post #2 of 2

Good morning Jaybird.

  I voted other because I have a different one.  I have had a Brinkman Electric Smoker for a while and didn't really do a whole lot other than chicken and a few other things.  Anyway, my element went out so I researched electric smokers for a few weeks and it came down to make my choice.  I ended up with a Masterbuilt 30" digital smoker from the Big Hunting/Fishing?camping store.  Why did I pick that one?  It's all about the price.  If after a few years I am still excited about still smoking meats, I will replace it with something else.  That is after it stops working.  I still grill foods and cook in the kitchen but we are really enjoying the smoking process.

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