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Hello,

 

I am researching smokers and came across this site. My first choice so far would be the Bradley entry level smoker. It is about what I can agfford and seems to be the right size to cook for a small family. Anyway I look forward to any advice comes my way regarding, what I hope to be, a new hobby.

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 6

Welcome to SMF!

 

Glad to have you with us!

 

I'm sure you will get a lot of input on the best smoker to buy.

 

My choice would be a Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5".

 

Al

post #3 of 6

And mine would be a 40" MES Gen 1. 

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Hi,

 

I assume Smokin Al, you would say that the extra effort required to maintain a constant temp etc, outweighed the convenience of the more automated Bradley?

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Originally Posted by vermonter76 View Post
 

Hi,

 

I assume Smokin Al, you would say that the extra effort required to maintain a constant temp etc, outweighed the convenience of the more automated Bradley?

 

 

That's right, however there really isn't much effort with  WSM. They just hold a constant temp for hours. I've run mine overnight several times and as long as there is fuel they just keep on going. A full load of charcoal & wood has lasted me 20 hours. Of course in Florida we don't have the cold temps that would use more fuel. You can't beat the flavor that you get from charcoal & wood, unless it's just wood like the stick burners use. But then you do have to tend to the fire.

 

Good luck with your search,

 

Al

post #6 of 6
Welcome from SC. It's really good to have you on this great site. I would agree that a WSM 22 is a good unit. I had one several years ago. I would also suggest that you visit an Academy Sports store and look at the Old Country offset stick burners.. The flavor of wood is excellent and it's good fun playing with fire.

Good luck and good smokin', Joe
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