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post #1 of 12
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Just joined the forum a few days ago and I'm reading and learning a lot. I've always been a serious BBQ fan mainly grilling on my Webber during the summer because the old lady won't let me smoke my cigars in the house. So what better way to enjoy a nice cigar then out on the patio with a meat on the grill. A few years ago the old lady's dad had a ECB (love the sites acronym's!) sitting in the garage that he got from Marlboro points so he gave it to me knowing how much I like grilling. Well I didn't use it for a while and I finally got around to having some buddies over and realized I wasn't going to have time before the game to cook the 2 drunken chickens and all the ribs I got so I slapped that red cannon together and let er rip! I was a bit concerned on how then the metal was and that it wouldn't do a good job and I was right. Although I ended up with some serious ribs maintaining the temp and coals where a pain. I didn't have the luck of finding this site back then, but I was able to make a nice coal basket and add a vent to the top of the "red bullet" to get it working right. Well that was about 3 years ago and the thing is just about to fall apart after what has to be at least 100 good smokes.

Not sure if I'm going with a Char Griller or a large square vertical Brinkman just yet, but I got the ok to spend $300 on whatever I want so I'll be on the site trying to get feedback on what works.

I mainly smoke brisket, pork shoulder, ribs, and chicken using a steam water smoking brine, infused with fresh herbs from the garden.
post #2 of 12
Welcome to the forum and good luck with which smoker to get
post #3 of 12
$300? I say get the chargriller AND an upright. I'm sure more will be along soon, happy to chime in and help you spend your money. Welcome to the forum.
post #4 of 12
Uprights are nice so are the others. I can get more in the New Braunfels Hondo Deluxe than I can in the NB vertical. Both are great smokers and both cost the same at Academy. Hondo takes up more space.

post #5 of 12
Welcome to SMF LGHT! Good luck in the final choice. I had considered all types within my "allowance" from the missus, and now wish I had gone with one of my other options in the first place.

Sounds like ya got enough for the smoker, a fine smoke and a pallet of charcoal to get ya started.
post #6 of 12
Welcome to the forum
post #7 of 12

Yeah another So Cal

Hey welcome fellow So Cal smoker....
Lots of great info in here...
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
What where you other options if you don't mind. Although my "allowance" is $300 that usually means don't spend more than $600 so I want to be sure to get the best possible smoker I can that will last for more than a couple of years. Like the ECB I have now.
post #9 of 12
Welcome to the forum! Whatever path you choose, use it often! You'll see soon that you'll get better each time, especially if you do your homework by reading teh wealth of info you can dig up in here. Remember, we love Q-view!
post #10 of 12
I started into this by looking online, and with what the missus was ok with me spending I had figured between a chargriller (which I noticed several here were using) a vertical chest (no specific make) and the one I settled on cabelas/masterbuilt 7n1.
I had thought the 7n1 would offer more versatility and went with it. Didn't take long to realize I'm gonna need something bigger. I just got my replacement (what I should have got in the first place) today.
post #11 of 12
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Thanks for the welcome. Don't worry I use my current ECB so much it's actually falling apart after 3 years. I try and get it going at least once a week and in the summer it can be as often as 2-3 times a week. I'll be sure to get some Q-view photos once I get a new digital camera. The last one I had died by drowning in a pitcher of Guiness. Good thing I yanked it out fast as I would hate to loose a full pitcher of Guiness over some silly camera cool.gif

Good luck on the new smoker. I think i'm going to get something a lot bigger as well. Last week I had to spend twice as long smoking because I could only fit a 4 racks of ribs in at once. Hopefully the next one will do at least 12!!
post #12 of 12
Welcome to the smf.................Glad to have you here......................
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