Edited by SmokeyMcGee - 6/10/14 at 3:27pm
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Edited by SmokeyMcGee - 6/10/14 at 3:27pm
For $400 just by a 22.5" Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) it works right out of the box without any mods and produces constant great BBQ with very little input from you. I have loaded over 80 lbs. of meat on mine in one go!
The WSM is hands down one of the best sub-$500 charcoal smokers you can buy.
I used a Brinkman to start with because I needed something inexpensive. When I decided to go with an offset, I chose the New Braunfels Silver Smoker that is now made by CharBroil. It was an excellent first smoker for us and worked just fine for pork butt, ribs, turkey, brisket...and the list goes on.
Well, that question could get you a ton of different responses. The best way to answer is that both have been around a long time. Both make low priced units as well as better ones. Are they the best around? Eye of the beholder on that! Looking up reviews from various sources will give you some good, as well as confusing, information.
My process was fairly simple: Low budget, but wanted something decent. I looked at a lot of smokers at the big box stores before settling on my first - the New Braunfels Silver Smoker. While it was similar to other brands, it was obviously better quality than most - and fell in my budget. I never did any modifications on it and cooked a lot of good stuff!
Over the past few years, CharBroil bought Oklahome Joe and New Braunfels to eliminate competition. I haven't seen newer models to see if they maintained the same quality.
For something to last 3 years, you could get the cheapest thing you can find.
I just looked and I see Walmart has an Oklahoma Joe Highland for $268. If you like it, go for it!
Walmart lists the Longhorn for $428.
If you are dead set on an offset the two main things to focus on are thickness of the metal and quality of the build. Buy the thickest metal you can afford and make damn sure it seals up well, if you see gaps or poorly aligned pieces don't buy it. I started with a char-griller years ago, spent $150 on it plus another $50 modding it, got mediocre results and after 1 year sold it for $80. Bought my WSM and have never once regretted it - it works better, takes up less deck space, and holds as much or more than my char-griller did. The only mod I made was to make some eyelets for the probe wires to pass through.
A review from amazon
If you are looking for A smoker that is cheap you could always whip up a UDS. You can do much worse for a lot more money. Plus they are fun to build. I personally would not buy one of those cheap offsets. You will just end up wanting to upgrade. I do agree with the post about the Weber smoky mountain. Ok I reread all of your posts and now I realize you are dead set on it. Just remember you get what you pay for except when it comes to a UDS. You get alot more. I also noticed you live in western washington. You might want to consider that those cheap offsets do not have an enamel coating on them like the weber smokers do and therefore you might make it 3 years before the bottom falls out from rust.
By the way, what kind of bullet smoker are you refering to that you don't like. If it happens to be a brinkman smoke and grill. I can see why you don't like it. But don't compare that to a WSM. Big difference.
Jbili and timberjet both make good points - listen to them! As I have said, I started with a Brinkman (back in the 90s) and loved it for what it could do; cooked a lot of great stuff on it; and it was inexpensive. I was dead-set on an offset for my next smoker - well, just because they look sexy (or whatever). I still like my offset - don't get me wrong. I remember how well the vertical arrangement of my Brinkman worked, so I can certainly understand the favoritism for the WSM. Heck, after reading what I have here, I might get one just for the heck of it!
Smokey you might check out the Lang 36" patio, this unit is like a tank,all1/4 inch steel, I went to the factory(big garage) on my way to Florida,I will own one some day but cant afford it right now. $1095. and the unit is totally sealed when your ready to cook. That's the difference between little kids in factories in China cranking out grills with American names ,and Georgia artisans that are into making a grill that they are PROUD to build. Amazing offset!!! This is a side box reverse flow smoker that you would will to your next of kin!!