Hi all, I posted in the Roll Call section to introduce myself a bit. In a nutshell, I've been using a Brinkmann all-in-one smoker for about a year, it got a bit warped, and I'm looking to upgrade to the real thing since I've been smoking so frequently.
I'd like to try a relatively inexpensive charcoal/wood smoker because I figure that's the best way to experiment, and good for a beginner and eventually intermediate BBQer to learn with. I can also figure out what works for me in a grill and what doesn't, and drill a hole or two without having a heart attack.
It seems like the Weber Smokey Mountain is highly reccomended, but my experience with the Brinkmann has been that the vertical grills are kind of a pain in the arse. If I have to baste something on the bottom rack or want to turn it over, all the heats gone by the time I get the lid back on because it takes so long. I checked one out in person and it seems nice and heavy for the most part, but the side door was flimsy as hell. I understand that it's not great for grilling on either, which I was hoping to use whatever I got for.
So I've been looking at the off-set smokers, and the Bar-B-Chef seems a good deal there, but I haven't seen any in the NW. I know the big green egg works well because my uncle got one, but they're a bit out of my price range.
I saw an ad for a barely used char broil silver smoker on craigslist for $80 and hopefully it's still for sale. Is that a decent smoker?
What are some good things to look for in an off-set smoker? I'm hoping to find a used one...is there a particular brand or model to avoid? The ones int he $170-200 (new) price range seemed fairly similar to me, but I'm no expert.
One question I have about the off-sets is that, if I understand it right, the heat isn't even from the left to right side of the grill and you need to use a water pan or heat plates (not too sure what they are yet), or something else (I thought I read someone used lava rocks somehow?) to even out the heat...is doing the plates or something like that difficult to do?
Thanks for any help you can give!
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10/19/07 at 11:27pm
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