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Info on small smokers?

post #1 of 47
Thread Starter 
Im interested in purchasing a small smoker. of these three which would you all choose?


char broil

big green egg

any advice would appreciated. this is the size and price range im looking for, if there are any others that fit this description
post #2 of 47
While I do not own one (yet) everything I hear about the egg is very positive and would be one I would consider as my next unit
post #3 of 47
Why is it you want a small smoker? The only reason I ask is I see you have a Big Green Egg on your list which are usually pretty spendy so I am guessing the money must not be as big of an issue as size? Just trying to under stand what you are looking for.
post #4 of 47
WSM is what I would recommend probably the best small smoker around hands down imho., I would take the Char broil and Brinkman off your list.

The BGE is solid but will cost you some coin.
post #5 of 47
Green egg is one of the best, but one on your list is 59$ and I am gonna bet you cant get an egg for much less than $1000.
post #6 of 47
What he said, the WSM is what you need
post #7 of 47
Thread Starter 
yea, i wasnt aware of that. cost is an issue, i want to spend 50 to 90 dollars
post #8 of 47
Thread Starter 
unfortunately thats most likely going to be out of my range (unless my financials change)

in the 50 to 100 range do you have any recomendations?
post #9 of 47
maybe craigslist is your answer.

I just thought with a BGE on your list which are really nice but expensive you had a wide price range.

I did see a small BGE locally for $200 recently on Craiglist, and others have seen used WSM's for less.

good luck with your search.
post #10 of 47
I have a Brinkman and really really like it, it will do a good bit of chicken, or two pork butts, or a brisket and a pork butt or 4 to 5 fatties. You only have to do a few mod to make it work fantastic. I have since upgraded to a Smoke 'n Pit but still have and use my ECB alot.
post #11 of 47
Thread Starter 
the mistake was mine, not yours. i was unaware of its price. if had that much to spend id get a bed sized smoker.

but ill check out craiglist for one of those webers. thanks for the advice.
post #12 of 47
its all good, good luck, PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif

I was really tempted to go grab that BGE i saw. Craiglist has some good deals for sure.
post #13 of 47
Thread Starter 
cool, well i may go with that. all im looking to do is ribs chickne and pork butt, never much at a time
post #14 of 47
If you have a $50 - $90 budget I suggest craigslist. BGEs are spendy -- worth it, but spendy.
Good luck with your search!

I use searchtempest.com since it searches all cragslist cities/states based on distance from a zip code. You can also put in multiple key words.
post #15 of 47
Thread Starter 
apparent that ECB actually has quite a following, and is a decent starter. ive also seen that it can be modified. can anyone else confirm this?
post #16 of 47
ECB is a great way to start and may very well be all you will ever need. UDS is another good option. (UGLY DRUM SMOKER). WSM is a good choice butt they are more bucks.

post #17 of 47

Ecb Mods.

Help yourself to a google search.I did when I knew mine was on it's way and found a lot of info vary help full.It looks like your in the SF Bay area if you look at craigslist there are always some to look at also if you in the Oaktown area you could find 55 gal. drums and make a UDS easy and chep.look for food supply or manufactuer.Before I joined the fourm I spent to much time reading all I could and learning as much as I could,a lot of good people and vary helpfull people here,if you spend a little time reading some older post you will be happy with the ECB or building a UDS.The biggist problem I have with the ECB is it's made cheep and when you are done with the needed mods. it's just not a $50\$60 smoker but I still use and enjoy mine,just used it last night. I would read up on the UDS vary easy to build solid and you makr it the way you want it. Welcome to the fourm and good luck on what ever you choose..
post #18 of 47
post #19 of 47
Check out the Char-Broil Double chef water smoker. I have one and I recommend it. There is also a thread here some where regarding it. I got mine from bargain outfitters for $69. Better than the cheap brinkmans for sure.


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post #20 of 47
LOL----Yeah, that's the way we all started---just a little of this & a little of that.

Hope you find what you want,
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