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post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone.  I am sure this question has been asked a million times but here is a million and one. 


I am new to smoking and really grilling with charcoal.  I am looking to get a smoker to make beef jerky and baby back ribs on and I would like to be able to cook with wood and/or charcoal.  I don't want to spend over a thousand dollars on one.  I want one that is a good quality and that I could use in the cold Wisconsin winters.


Thanks for your help!  :77:

post #2 of 5

Greetings from the UK Clark!

I'm also just starting out with smoking food - with a mere 2 briskets, 1 boston butt, and some chicken legs and fish under my belt.

I bought a Weber Smokey Mountain 18inch smoker which burns charcoal, and I can't recommend it enough!

It's capable of holding a fair amount of produce on the 2 grid layers, and smokes for at least 8 hrs on 1 basket of charcoal.


I'm sure there are others that are good also, and this is just my take.

Good luck and happy smoking!



post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi Andy,

Thanks for the reply. Can you use wood in this smoker? I am looking for a good hickory smoke taste.

post #4 of 5

I'm fairly certain it's made for charcoal as the main heat source, with the addition of wood chunks within the burning charcoal to get your woodsmoke flavour.

That's how I use it anyway.

post #5 of 5

Hi Clark, IM near you in the LAND OF LINCOLN and I can give you a few smokers to check out. The first is the Lang 36" patio smoker, this unit is the last one you would ever buy, built out of 1/4 inch cold rolled steel it is a reverse heat smoker and runs around $1,000.00 You can go to Lang BBQ.com click on the 36" patio and Ben Lang will walk you through this amazing unit. If you don't want to 2nd mortgage the house I just bought a Brinkman Limited Addition smoker at Home Depot. It is heavy duty and made fairly well, with some mods you can have a great offset smoker . I'm cuing a pork tenderloin, and beef brisket this weekend ,we will see the outcome!! The brinkman is $299.00 at the big orange store, if you are a vet you get 10% off!!!! I will post some pics of my new hot rod soon!

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