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I am happy with my propane smokers......and on occasion have used charcoal instead of gas to smoke .......I am thinking of getting an off set horizontal smoker.....What would you recommmend to get me started off? I'd like to be able to smoke a couple of racks of ribs at one time. Which one would require the least amount of mods in terms of what you know about shortcommings of horizontal smokers.....Thanks in advance.....
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The biggest short fall I can see is even cooking temps across the smoker. I would think the smaller the horizontal, the easier to level temps, but then you lose space. I'm sure more folks will chime in.
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I don't have an offset so can't help you. I do, however applaud anyone who adds to their collection.biggrin.gif
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Man o man! Old Poi, you are going to be in for a treat once you get your offset no matter what brand you buy. You have never truly experienced the "experience" of barbecuing and smoking until you get one.

Do you have a price range in mind? I think that is going to be the determinant on whether you have to modify or not.

Im guessing now, that any offset you buy for under $500 is going to need modifications. Once you get to the $500 to $1000 range (and these are new, retail prices, by the way) the unit should be good to go as-is.

My opinion is the Brinkmann Smoke N' Pit, for under five-hundred. Two reasons....I own one and think it's the best for the money, and two: It's counterpart- the Char-Broil or Char-Grill has a negative history with fighting to put the burner box on. A recent post included something about a wife threatening to leave.... biggrin.gif

due to the anger, anxiety and angst trying to put the darn thing together.

(Sorry~ had to put that one in. I still think that was one of the all-time "funniest-threads". If I recall, it included a hammer, clamps, a couple bricks, 2x4's, a sledgehammer, a drill, a chisel, a sawsall, several trips back to the point of purchase, and according to the beautiful Mrs. Rivet, "probably several sticks of dynamite".

A quote from the above experience:

...I went immediately to Home Depot to get a 2x4 after work. Got home and put the chamber on its side. I wedged the 2x4 into the body of the main chamber and whacked away with a hammer. And I killed my smoker. The football is still in there good. I bent the heck out of the whole right side of the chamber. I hate you Char-Griller and all you stand for. Okay, that last bit was a bit much, but I am really frustrated.

I'm going back to Lowe's to demand a refund and that they remove the football on my replacement. The one I got is toast.

It shouldn't be this hard.


My recommendation as a completely biased offset smoker-guy: The Brinkmann Smoke N' Pit.

post #5 of 7
The chargriller assembly experience is entirely subjective. I purchased and assembled it recently. I did have a few issues with the knockout, I overcame this problem by grinding away part of the spot welds with a dremel; problem solved with nothing destroyed. For the money I am extremely happy with this smoker. It does require a few mods but nothing expensive to start with. How much you spend depemds on how far you want to take the mods, but with just a charcoal basket and a exhaust extension you can be in business IMO.
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I have the char broil and although I often get angry with anything that requires more than two tools, I found it easy to asemble. I will admit I put the wheels on the wrong side but it works just fine. I have not used it yrt this year since I bought an MES and I am now building a UDS just for the fun of it.
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I owned a SNP for many years & it served me well. Produced a lot of tasty Cue on the SNP. I recently replaced it with a CG. Yes, the "footballs" didn't come out as easy as the instructions lead you to believe, but I still had it assembled in less than 2 hours. If I had something like a dremel, it probably would have been half that time.

Comparing the two, I like the CG better, but both are good inexpensive horizontal smokers. I also use mine to grill direct & like the adjustable charcoal tray in the CG. This tray also serves as a heat baffle when smoking. I love the cast iron cooking grates on the CG.
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