Anyone out there have experience with one of these? I found a used one and thought it might be a good starter smoker for my father. What opinions do you have of this smoker? Is it a good 'first' smoker? Thanks in advance!
yep, I've had both the lil chief and big chief top loaders. I prefer the top load to the front load. Great first smoker, but keep in mind, especially with the lil chief, it's really hard to get higher temps. You may need to build an insulated box around it, especially in cold or windy weather.
However, that said, it's a great little smoker and I have many fond memories of smoking salmon and jerky as a kid with my dad.
Would a butt or fatty or chicken be good? Don't know pops would do a brisket anyway! He loved the chicken and fatty I made and wants to make his own now too. He bought a smoke box for his gas grill, but I thibk he might like using something like this a bit better. Thanks again everyone!
A butt or fatty machine it could be. No chicken for me anyway. #1, it lacks the temps- typically- to give me the crispy skin I like, and #2 I worry about enough BTU's to get a yardbird outta the danger zone quick enough. But again..this is conjecture on my part, based on the parameters I know of the unit.