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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Ok, I bought this Brinkman vertical about 2 months ago. Don't get me wrong, it's good for what it is, and I've used it several times. This passed weekend, I realized that it's just not enough smoker for me..The metal is flimsy and the paint is already peeling on the back where it's had too much heat. I really like the charcoal, but I'd also like something that I could burn wood in as well.

I'd like something with a similar design that has an offset firebox. Since this is on my deck, I'm somewhat limited in space. I've thought about having one made, but I'm sure it would cost quite a bit. Do you guys have any suggestions of a brand to look for, or should I give up and get one made? Thanks.

post #2 of 27
How much you want to spend?

I am always eager to push Stumps on people. icon_mrgreen.gif

May want to take a look at spicewine's and backwoods for quality vertical charcoal units just to name a couple.
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
I guess I'd be willing to spend $300 or more. Honestly, I have no idea what they cost that's why I'm asking. What is the Stumps brand? Can I find these on line? Thanks for the info.
post #4 of 27
Thread Starter 
Ouch..those Stumps smokers are really nice, but definitely way out of my price league.
post #5 of 27
None of the three are cheap, but they are top notch and hold there value well.


I love the Stumps since it is so well insulated and gravity feed. Definite biase towards this since I have one and

Spicewine - another good insulated vertical, but not gravity fed


Backwoods - same story as the spicewines

post #6 of 27
10-4 All three hold their value extremely well. If you ever do decide to look at a Stumps go to any FBA (Florida BBQ Assn) contest......there are a chit load of them out there
post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 
I hear you, they are all really nice, and if I ever had the $$ I'd certainly get one of those. Looks like I might have to find someone local who could make one for me.
post #8 of 27

Ya get what you pay for

Stumps, Superior Smokers, Spicewine or BWS all cost $$$. I was able to find a used Stumps for $700 but by the time I contacted the seller someone nabbed it. It sold in 1 day.

For $300 and a small footprint I'd go with the 22inch WSM or even a Pro-Q with extra insert:

I've got a 18 inch WSM with a stacker that I use for backup that has saved my butt more than once.


post #9 of 27
If you are thinking of a good well made GAS smokers I would suggest the Smoke Vault 24" for about on sale 299.00 maybe 350.00 regular price or you can look up th GOSM great outdoors smokey mountain Big Block and the price I', not sure of right now. But if your willing too change over to gas.
post #10 of 27
A 40" MES would be hard to beat
post #11 of 27
This is such a loaded question! Ya say ya know ya want vertical. Want to spend about 300.00 or so. That leaves Stumps, Backwoods, Spicewine, and I am sure others out of the picture.

For the money you are talking look at the bullet type smokers, WSM, ProQ, To name a couple. WSMs are probably the standard with these.

If ya will go gas ya can't beat the price and quality of a Smoke Vault by Camp Chef and don't pay more for the Browning model unless ya just have to have the name. It is the same thing. Hope this helps.
post #12 of 27
Craigslist is a great place to find a smoker without breaking you up. I did a search for your area and come up blank for vertical smokers. But did find this dandy stainless model in TX. Not sure what shipping would cost you though.

Not sure this helps much but it all I had to help.
post #13 of 27


If you can pick-up these, They are great!!

in Houston, one step below Gator and Klose at around $1700. is great,but the shipping will kill ya!!!
post #14 of 27
You could also look for a good used New Braunfels Bandera...
post #15 of 27
I was going to suggest a WSM too. But I don't think you'll be gaining any cooking space.
post #16 of 27
Thread Starter 
I want to stick with wood/charcoal for now.

What is an MES and where can you buy them?
post #17 of 27
Thread Starter 
I was initially looking for one of those but couldn't find one. I'm keeping my eye on Craigslist and ebay.
post #18 of 27
electric smoker, stick with your search for charcoal imho.
post #19 of 27
roll over the green text on the MES. It's and electric smoker made by Masterbuilt. when it comes to the charcoal/wood vertical...WSM, ECB, SBV (square brinkmann vertical, that you have), or clones of all previously listed is about it. i've been looking for a vertical to back-up my horizontal SFB and those are all that i've come up with.
post #20 of 27
Hey Jeremy,

Giving up on the Brinkmanns so soon? I can understand where you are coming from though. I have had mine just shy of a year now, and there is some paint peeling, and one of the tabs on one of the vents broke this past weekend. I still think its an awesome smoker for the price. Anything under $300 though is going to give you the same quality. Thick steel is expensive, and these companies can only make money on these kind of smokers by using thin steel. I personally do not have a problem with how much i can cook on mine. I was able to get a 3rd rack for mine, so that helps. This weekend i had an 8 lb brisket, 2 racks of baby back ribs, 8 large country style ribs, and 10 chicken legs on my smoker which was more then enough to feed the 10 people we had. It was also dinner for the 4 of us the next night, lunch the day after that, and lunch today.... after sending 8 ribs home with one of the couples that came over, lol.

If you are dead set on getting something, i would look for an OLD model New Braunfels Bandera. I have been trying to find one myself, but they are hard to find. The old model before the company sold out used thicker steel then the new ones. The new ones are similar in construction to the smoker you have. I have looked extensively for other possibilities and have not found any. I love a vertical smoker that has a square chamber and not round, and the Bandera is the only thing i think i will replace mine with. Aside from that, keep saving up some money and eventually get a nice one or have one made, and use the Brinkmann till then.

P.S. I forgot to mention... i use charcoal + wood in my brinkmanns. I have Hickory and Pecan split as you would use in a fire place, and then i just split each piece once more, and cut each of those in half, so i have mini logs about 9" long and about 2" x 2" or so. Works perfect!
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