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Hello everyone, another new guy here. i'm in search of a new smoker. I started out using my Weber and then I got a big chief. But now I want something that I can control the temperature a little better with. It seems everyone has a Masterbuilt 30. If I only had a couple hundred bucks to spend, is that my best route?
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texas.gif  Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a pretty nice day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything .   I am a stick burner so no help here

 

Gary

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Originally Posted by Porkpal View Post

Hello everyone, another new guy here. i'm in search of a new smoker. I started out using my Weber and then I got a big chief. But now I want something that I can control the temperature a little better with. It seems everyone has a Masterbuilt 30. If I only had a couple hundred bucks to spend, is that my best route?

 

Welcome to SMF.  You'll definitely get ideas for a new smoker because everyone has their favorites.

 

If your "Weber" is a Smokey Mountain, just buy a BBQ Guru for it.  It is almost like setting the oven up to about 325F.  

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Hey Gary, a stick burner is definitely on my list. But for now I need something I can do pepperoni, snack sticks, and summer sausage. so I think I'm looking for a vertical type smoker.


And Noboundaries, my Weber is just a grill. But I have been looking at that 22 inch Smokey Mountain. Is temp control pretty easy?
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WSM all the way!! I only have the 18.5 but it holds the temp great. It will cook along time a load of coal! Search WSM and you will find a lot of happy owners!
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Originally Posted by Porkpal View Post

Hey Gary, a stick burner is definitely on my list. But for now I need something I can do pepperoni, snack sticks, and summer sausage. so I think I'm looking for a vertical type smoker.


And Noboundaries, my Weber is just a grill. But I have been looking at that 22 inch Smokey Mountain. Is temp control pretty easy?

 

Temp control is easy for hotter smokes, 200F plus, but that's the limit of my experience.  I've read lower temps can be done with the WSM but have no experience doing so. I'll have to let someone with cooler chamber temp sausage making experience answer your question for pepperoni, snack sticks, and summer sausage and the "best route" smoker for doing so.   

 

Update: okay, now you got me thinking.  I have a bag of salmon fillets out in the freezer I want to turn into lox.  That involves cold smoking.  I now have a reason to put an AMNPS on my Christmas list to use in the WSM.   


Edited by Noboundaries - 12/7/14 at 2:06am
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:welcome1:

I have a MES40 with AMNPS it works great. You can do about anything you want from cold smoking to all night smokes. The only draw back to me about the MES is the upper temp limit of 275°. I have to finish poultry in the oven or a grill for crispy skin.

Happy smoken.

David

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