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Hello, fellow smokers! Needing advice!

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Hello from South Texas! I'm so glad I found this forum. I have smoked for years on offset horizontal smokers. I'm looking to simplify the process now. I've been considering the four rack Bradley electric, but can't decide between that, another brand of electric or a propane smoker. After years of spending countless hours tending to a fire and trying to maintain the proper temp, I like the thought of working smart, not hard. It would be nice to be able to cold smoke also. My budget is limited to about $300. I'm basically just looking for opinions and advice. Any and all are appreciated!
Thanks,
Jeff
post #2 of 6
A WSM (Weber Smokey Mountian)uses charcoal and wood chunks but it's very easy to use I suggest you read up on them a bit they make a great smoker. I'm pretty sure there's a cold smoke mod you could do as well just haven't looked into it personally. You can also build your own mini WSM and have more money for meat and smoke supplies.
post #3 of 6

I replied to a similar thread earlier today.  I love electric smokers.  I'll copy and past what I said in the other thread here.....

 

I've been using Masterbuilt Electric smokers for more than 10 years, probably closer to 15 years and I've had good success with them.  Cabela's has the elite on sale through the end of today for $139 which in my opinion is a nice entry level smoker if you just want to get your feet wet with electric smokers.  http://www.cabelas.com/product/Masterbuilt-Sportsman-Elite-Black-Electric-Smoker-with-Meat-Probe/1621836.uts?productVariantId=3510566&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=39-6223847-2&WT.tsrc=CSE&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=03693846&rid=20  A buddy of mine bought 2 of these yesterday.  lol

 

The smoker you get really will depend on your needs.  What will you be smoking, will you want to cold smoke.  Does it get down below freezing in the winter where you are at, if so I would recommend something that is insulated like the Masterbuilt or Bradly.

 

The one thing that has always held me back from purchasing a Brady is the fact that you have to use their wood pucks, so you are always at their mercy, where if you own a Masterbuilt you can just pluck a dead branch from your apple tree if you're in a pinch for chips, plus more retailers carry the basic wood chips, but maybe this isn't a concern for you.

 

Masterbuilt also has a cold smoker attachment.  I have never used it, but the youtube videos of it look pretty good. http://www.cabelas.com/product/Masterbuilt-Electric-Cold-Smoker/1622658.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fproduct.jsp%3FproductId%3D1621836&categoryIds=104798880|104723280|104582880|&WTz_l=RI%3BIK-551260

 

The final decision is obviously up to you.  My recommendation is pretty simple,  figure out what your needs are and then purchase accordingly.

 

Good Luck finding the perfect smoker.

 

Troutter

post #4 of 6

texas.gif  Good evening and welcome to the forum, from another beautiful, windy and cool day in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything .

 

Gary

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Thread Starter 
Thanks, guys!
post #6 of 6

Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
because their are so many different ways to make great Q...
Happy smoken.
David

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