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Anyone Have/Use the Meco 5031 Charcoal Combo Water Smoker?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

I'm looking to buy my first smoker, and I have experience in smoking on a charcoal grill.  I want to start with a vertical charcoal smoker.

 

I was at my local Lowes today on lunch, to look at picking up a WSM, and saw they had once called the "Southern Country" 2 in 1 Charcoal Water Smoker and Grill.  I took a picture of it, and looked it up here, and see it is the exact same model as the "Meco 5031 Charcoal Combo Water Smoker".

 

At $109.00, it's less expensive than the WSM 18.5" ($399.00).

 

Should I splurge for the WSM, or potentially deal with hassles with this unit?  Anyone with experience?

 

Any smoker is better than no smoker!

 

Thanks,

Ty

post #2 of 6
Yes splurge on the WSM and don't look back. I started out charcoal many moons ago with a Meco charcoal water smoker. Pain in the $!#% to keep temps even in good weather. So much so that I quite charcoal smoking for ten years.

I have the 18.5 WSM and 4 mini-WSM's. Easy to use, fuel efficient, and Rick solid for holding temps.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks - pretty much what I thought, and I expect I'll hear that a lot!!

 

Cheers!

post #4 of 6

Started out on one 25 years ago...$50. It was such a PITA I almost gave up smoking, then my MIL bought me a nice New Braunfels Horizontal Offset. Spend the extra $$$ as the WSM is about as close as you can get for easy to use with charcoal...JJ

post #5 of 6
You can build a mini-WSM for under $100, if you can find a tamale pot. I can feed our family of 4 easily with it. Fill racks of ribs you have to cut in half, as well as packer brisket. I've crammed to 9 pound butts in there once.

Keep your eyes peeled on CL. WSM's pop up occasionally. That's how I found mine, $100 advertiesd, with a cover and a bag of charcoal, a smoking book, and some wood chips. Lady used it three times, cleaned the inside after every use ????????

So it was like new when I got it. When I got there she said I could have it for $80. Okay!
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks all for the advice!  I splurged on a WSM 18.5".  It's seasoning in the backyard right now.  Gonna rub down some meat tonight, first smoke tomorrow!

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