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Can anyone recommend a commercial (non-DIY) smoker?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Amazon reviews don't really cut it for this sort of thing. My budget's modest, but in the next month or two I'd like to get one. I ask here because electric/propane/whatever seem like cheating... besides, I really like the idea of smoking with hickory or mesquite.

Is there anything available, and what do you guys recommend?
post #2 of 19
What's the budget? Can it be a charcoal burner?
post #3 of 19
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 

Kinda fuzzy on the budget.

Maybe $250, a little higher if it would make a real difference. I don't even know if that will get me anything serious or not, to be honest.

And charcoal wouldn't be too bad... but can't you use wood chips in those as well?
post #5 of 19
WSM, they are nice.
post #6 of 19
Yep, that's the ticket in your price range. I use charcoal and wood chunks in mine. They are super easy to use and no mods are necessary, they work great right out of the box.
post #7 of 19
I don't no if you can get a commercial smoker for $250.00, does it have to be NSF rated?
post #8 of 19
I know Lowes had some with a side fire pit. I think they were less than 200. I looked on their web site and didn't see it.
post #9 of 19
Comercial smokers are considerably more expensive than everyday or backyard smokers. I am partial to pellet smokers. The Fast Eddy Cookers (FEFC100) or the Traeger COM 190 are good smokers but they start at $3500 and go up. I guess the question is are you really looking for a commercial smoker or a GOOD backyard smoker?? (All smokers are good, some are great.) icon_question.gif
post #10 of 19
i'm a big fan of the brinkmann Smoke'nPit. the cost is within your budget, and it's got some great performance right out of the box, but can be even better with a fewsimple, quick and dirty modifications - total cost under 20$.

then as you learn to use your SnP, you can upgrade those quick and dirty modifications to some real performance-enhancing mods (further down the link posted above) that really allow you to turn out top-quality barbecue.
post #11 of 19
"Commercial smoker" and "$250.00 budget" are just about mutually exclusive terms. You can come up with a pretty good unit, as those suggested are for that money but not truly commercial.
post #12 of 19
I seriously doubt the op was aware of what a real "commercial" smoker was.
post #13 of 19
That's my thinking too, Rick. Commercially produced vs. DIY.
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post #15 of 19
It depends on what type smoker you want for that budget. If you want the bullet/vertical type smoker, the WSM is what you should go for. If you want a larger capacity barrel type with a side fire box, I recommend a CharGriller. Most Lowes stores carry the Super Pro model & you buy the SFB separately. I believe Academy Sports recently had the CharGriller w/SFB on sale. I have had both a Brinkman SNP & the CharGriller & the CG is the better one IMHO.

If you got the CG route, you will need to do a few minor inexpensive mods. Even with the mods, you should come in under your $250 budget. There are several threads on here about CG or offset smoker mods. You can also google offset smoker mods & get a world of info.
post #16 of 19
Yeah, I was thinking that after I posted. I'm sure he meant commercially available, vs. building himself, rather than one made to do commercial volume and quality of work.
post #17 of 19
I think your right mulepackin.

And the WSM is a excellent choice. Of course since he wants a store bought, he can also go electric, and get the MES "Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse".
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
Yeh, sorry for the confusion. I only meant something commercially available.

And thank you all for the answers.

The super pro chargriller looks interesting... but I'm a little unsure how all this works. If I'm interested (primarily) in making smoked sausages, shouldn't those hang from a chamber in a smoker? Or does it really matter? It certainly bares a resemblance to the much larger commercial smokers that you guys linked to. (And it would double as a plain grill... never got a new one when we moved and I gave my old $30 Walmart grill away.)
post #19 of 19
You can get a chargriller from Lowe's for about 139.00 plus 69.99 for side fire box. That's what I got and really like the results for the money. Sometimes they can be baught for 99.00
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