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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

hi, just about to buy my first smoker, 

please advise the difference between the Gourmet smoker and the Smoke n grill. 

apart from the Gourmey being a bit more expensive, i cant seem to find a comparison to explain why.

i am all prepared for the required mods, just need to buy the best smoker to work on.

very little to choose from in the UK, the Brinkmann is around $150 over here.

post #2 of 13

Welcome to SMF engineman! I don't know if there are any comparison reviews on this site, but they are both reviewed separately:


The smoke n grill needs quite a bit of mods to be a good smoker. If I was going to buy one or the other, i would probably buy the gourmet model. 


None of them have reliable thermometers so you would do well to go ahead and purchase a good dual probe thermometer so you can probe the meat and also measure the cooker temps. 


If you like to tinker around and you are fairly handy, you might want to consider building a min WSM which consists of a Weber Smokey Joe and a pot cut to fit. Not sure if those would be available in the UK?


Ask some more questions, I'm sure you will get lots of answers! 

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

hi Bob, thanks for that, i have ordered a

gourmet, it arrives tomorrow, so have tools ready to start mods

post #4 of 13

did you go with the electric or charcoal model? 

post #5 of 13

Hello and welcome to the forum. Post pictures of your new smoker when it arrives


Gary S

post #6 of 13

Hello and Welcome to our addiction.  Many good folk here with a load of experience that they are more than willing to share.  If you have specific questions just start a thread and someone with experience will be along soon to offer advice.  All info you can provide us with such as smoker type, location and so on will help us answer any questions you may have, and pictures help a bunch.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  Check out Jeff’s 5 day smoking E-Course ( link below ) that will help you get started.  We look forward to your contributions.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!


post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 


i thought swearing wasd banned on here  :icon_biggrin:

post #8 of 13

I think I have the same smoker if its the charcoal version. Out of the box I was frustrated.

Had a very hard time temperature control. I did some simple mods. Air control, lid gasket and new temp gauge.

Im having a much easier time now.


Check out the thread.

post #9 of 13

Does the electric version require as many mods if your not tending to a fire?

post #10 of 13

I think it still needs most of the same mods. Definitely the thermometer and lid vent and lid gasket. Hopefully, engineman will do a thread on his mods! 

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by bobank03 View Post

I think it still needs most of the same mods. Definitely the thermometer and lid vent and lid gasket. Hopefully, engineman will do a thread on his mods! 

if i do, it will be a repeat of all the mods already posted for the 


post #12 of 13
True. How about your take on the mods and a couple before and after shots? I found an electric one locally on craigslist... thinking about grabbing it. I think I can get it for the right price. I already have propane and charcoal covered...
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Welcome to the Smoking  forum.   You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have.  Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right.  LOL.   Don’t forget to post qviews.



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