Please don't crucify me, just share a little reasoning. Thanks, Joe
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Please don't crucify me, just share a little reasoning. Thanks, Joe
I'm sure it comes down to budget and marketing. When you walk into the store you see these fancy electrics with packaging that claims to be the easiest way to smoke. So if you want to try smoking but only want to invest $200 into it then they are definitely appealing. They are also much smaller than any other smoker so they are great for apartments, townhomes, etc.
As for the using your oven outside portion, that topic has been gone around and around on here numerous times so I will just leave it alone.
I've used stick burners since I was a teen. Homemade, heavy, trailer mounted. I love them and even more so when I can get together with my brother and we gook for a couple hundred people. During my time in the USAF I went to the Weber Kettle and Brinkman smokers due to the fact I could only move 700 pounds of personal property with each change of duty assignment and I considered those items to be expendable. i would give them away and replace them at my next duty station.
With the job I have now I am either traveling to some God forsaken place like India or New Jersey or working from home. When working from home I enjoy being able to throw something on the MES with the Amazen pellet contraption and have a decent home cooked meal. It's easy and convenient for those times when I don't have the free time to tend my big smoker and I'm only cooking for 2.
In short, I've tried them all and they each fill a certain need. I'm not a purist and will/ try just about anything/everything. It's not the tool as much as the craftsman IMHO.
I would say cost and the ease of initial use are deciding factors. While a $50 smoker may not produce optimal results from the start, it can suffice to help someone decide if smoking is for them. Heck, with a few mods and some patience, I enjoyed some pretty good pork off my little electric brinkman before i decided to upgrade. I currently still have a small electric smoker for when i want something quick, or have a small meal to cook. Different tools for different uses. They both make me happy.
Stove/Oven...Along that line, why would you buy just a 4 burner Stove when you can get them with 6, 8 ,12 burners? You can get built in Griddles, Charbroilers, Deep Fryers, and 100,000BTU Wok Burners. The extra Burners and goodies are always useful. Why would anybody buy a Regular Oven when a Convection Oven cooks more evenly and faster. Why buy an Oven with just a Dial that can only be set to one temp, when you can get an Oven with digital controls, multiple time and temp set points, Combination Steam, Cook, Hold and Chill Ovens, or even Smoker Ovens that can do it all.
It is all about what you have decided you want to mess with, how much continuous time you have to babysit it and what you have to spend...A $300 horizontal offset is made of thin steel that does a poor job of holding heat, leaks more than a sieve, is impossible to maintain a steady temp for 6-20 hours without constant feeding and tweaking dampers and requires tons of mods to get a mediocre unit.
Maybe the buyer is disabled and can't chop wood, haul it around, fuss with a burn barrel or feed small splits and spend all night tending a fire without one or more people staying up as well to assist and be a " Go-fer ". Maybe the buyer lives in an Apartment that does not allow any type of BBQ equipment that is not Electric. Maybe they are old and just want to set and forget their Insulated smoker so they can stay cool, warm and/or dry, in their recliner and have great tasting smoked meat year round....Oh Wait!...That's ME! Well for the last 4 years.
I did have a heavy duty New Braunfels horizontal stick burner for 20 years...BUT...There was no such thing as Digital Electric smokers and no SMF to do research with great guys like Bearcarver to explain the pro's and con's of an electric smoker. 25 years ago I only smoked a few times a season because my three Daughters were babies and the Mrs.' frowned on my drinking a 12 pack of Beer and sitting infront of the smoker for hours at a time. An Electric would have been used more often. I took 6 months to make the decision to get my first MES 40. That was after extensive review of Gasser's and the very few Pellet smokers at the time. The Smokin-it models, at the time, were either too small or too expensive with shipping. CookShack was WAY TOO PRICEY! And I was not about to be tied to proprietary, single source, Bradley Pucks. The MES 40 Gen1 20070311 was redesigned to make the occasional Coil failure a breeze to replace and inspite of the fact the the New Gen2 was on the way, Dodged that Bullet, most of the Gen1 owners were happy and had no issues...I went for it.
There is no such thing as the BEST smoker for everyone. If Stick Burners were the Be all and End all of smokers, there would be no such thing as Electric, Gasser's, Pellet Pooper's, Gravity Feeder's, Kamado's or Water Smoker's. And nobody would would own more than one type...A Stick Burner would be all they need...JJ
Look at American Society for the last 30 years...Home Computers, Laptops, Cell Phones, Smart Phones, Color TV's, Flat Screen Smart TV's...What are you going to buy? A computer that you have to purchase and load or worse, write and program all the software?...Or a Dell XPS13 that is just Plug-in and Play???
Folks want EASY to use, and Cheap, especially if they are not sure they are going to like it...Read the manual, plug the cord in, add a handful of Wood Chips and you are a few hours from Smoked Meat. A further example, throw in an AMNPS or Tube and you don't need to add Chips every half hour. Don't get no easier than that!...JJ
Just because a stick burner is right for u doesnt mean its right for everyone else! I built my smoker and its electric!! Ive had propane! Ive got a stick burner! Electric gets used 9 out of 10 times! That doesnt mean its right for you! Means its right for me! Dont mean its wrong!!
Why is there more than one brand of car? Why is there diesel and gas and propane and electric vehicles? Different strokes for different folks.
I started with a propane smoker still have two of them. Have a Lang 84 stick burner too. If I have the time to tend it all day I like using the Lang but if I'm trying to do other things the propane is much easier. Many of those days if I had to use the stick burner I wouldn't be able to smoke at all that day but since I don't have to tend the propane every half hour to hour I can use the GOSM and have smoked food for dinner.
Many of us when giving advise to a new member will mention the different types of smokers and ease of use and time required.
I guess when you grill you burn the wood and shovel the coals into the grill too right?