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Best Propane Smoker Under $200ish?

post #1 of 38
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Fellas, been lurking for a bit and read through my 5 day subscription to the newsletter.  I purchased my first smoker, a $150 Char-Broil from Walmart recently and was not impressed.  The door never sealed properly (large gap allowing smoke and heat out) and I had Char-Broil ship me a new door under warranty.  The new door won't even close...at all...it's not the right size.  So I boxed it up and will be taking it back.

 

A buddy at work has done fine with a Brinkmann he purchased at Home Depot and is pointing me that direction.  I've seen a few others mentioned here as well.

 

I've got a big party to smoke for next Sunday.  I need to get a smoker soon and be ready to go.  I'd like to keep it in the $200 and under range, but could be convinced to go a touch higher if it made sense.  I was a little surprised not to see a review thread stickied at the top of this section of the forum, so I thought I would just ask in a new thread.

 

I'm open to any and all suggestions.

 

Thanks

JP

post #2 of 38

I've got a buddy that uses the GOSM and loves it.  I have not read up much on propane smokers but just thought I'd drop that in.

 

Below is the link to one:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Outdoors-Smoky-Mountain-25-Gas-Smoker/12429510

post #3 of 38
Thread Starter 

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Originally Posted by rhankinsjr View Post

I've got a buddy that uses the GOSM and loves it.  I have not read up much on propane smokers but just thought I'd drop that in.

 

Below is the link to one:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Outdoors-Smoky-Mountain-25-Gas-Smoker/12429510


Thanks.  Is this the same one I see people talking about at Bass Pro Shops?
 

post #4 of 38

I started out with the GOSM small version.  Great smoker that got me started.  I'd get the biggest version I could find/afford.  Its worth it. 

post #5 of 38
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Originally Posted by Old poi dog View Post

I started out with the GOSM small version.  Great smoker that got me started.  I'd get the biggest version I could find/afford.  Its worth it. 


Thanks.  I would guess that most of my smoking will be one brisket at a time, or one pork shoulder/butt at a time.  I won't be doing a lot of LARGE party food supply events or anything.  It will mainly be the family and some neighbors.  I think/hope the small one will last me a while.  The Char-Broil I got seemed plenty big for anything I would be doing in the short term.

 

If I get more into it and find myself doing this a lot more...then I would spend the money and get something solid going forward.
 

post #6 of 38

I bought the Brinkman from Home Depot. It's OK but... I sure do wish it was larger (wider). As for quality of construction, it is not great but neither is the price tag.

post #7 of 38

If I were going to buy a Propane Smoker in that price range heres a link to what I would buy

 

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_52170_325009001_325000000_325009000?cmCat=CROSSSELL_SEARCH

 

 

I actually own one GOSM now and plan to buy that one I linked to have up at my camp in the near future

post #8 of 38
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Originally Posted by Pineywoods View Post

If I were going to buy a Propane Smoker in that price range heres a link to what I would buy

 

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_52170_325009001_325000000_325009000?cmCat=CROSSSELL_SEARCH

 

 

I actually own one GOSM now and plan to buy that one I linked to have up at my camp in the near future

 

Just got mine a few weeks ago and I couldn't agree more

 

 

JP here is a blog that may help you make a decision.

GOSM Big Block
 

post #9 of 38

GOSM has my vote.

post #10 of 38

Definitely go with a big version of whatever.  I have the 24" Smoke Vault and couldn't imagine what I would do with anything smaller.

post #11 of 38
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Originally Posted by SQWIB View Post



 

Just got mine a few weeks ago and I couldn't agree more

 

 

JP here is a blog that may help you make a decision.

 

GOSM Big Block
 


Thanks.  It looks like the Bass Pro link above is not the Big Block. 

 

Anyone know a good place to buy the Big Block version?

post #12 of 38

I would go with the GOSM for now and if you still like smoking you can always graduate to the Smoke Vault 24". That's what I did and the gosm is a good smoker and let me tell you I almost worn one out but I smoked alot for the first year or two. Now I have slowed down and I only smoke maybe twice a week now. But I still use the gosm for my smaller stuff. I also use it for low temp smoking for bacon and sausages.

post #13 of 38
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Thanks for all the great input.  Since I'm new, my comments keep getting held up for moderation, so I'm sure they will all post at once soon.  Now that we are focused on the GOSM...where do I find the Big Block?  In the blog above it gives a model 3605 for it, but that search doesn't come up with anything.  Everyone has the 3405 on their website, but some use a picture with the turn style ignitor and some show the push button ignitor (which the blog above says is a difference in the BB and the 3405).  So, did they change them all to push button, or how can I tell the difference in the BB and the smaller version?

 

Thanks again

JP

post #14 of 38

The model your looking for is 3605BGD and GOSM's are now made by Landmann USA. I also think if you check the model number on the one that I linked to above you'll find thats it

post #15 of 38

The Big Block is much wider.............something like 24 inches wide (inside width) and can fit a full packer. The smaller version is about 16 inches wide.

 

I'd spend the extra money for the Big Block.

post #16 of 38

Never mind i just compared them one is small 3405 677 sq in and the other 3605 is 1257 sq in... sorry...

 

Hay Jeff what does the 3405BGW and the 3606BGW differ.. wal mart online has the 3405 for 148.00 plus tax of course and free shipping to the wal mart near you... Is this the same say's 25" and 667 sq. in of cooking space...

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Outdoors-Smoky-Mountain-25-Gas-Smoker/12429510#ProductDetail ,

 

Any help??

 

Tks...

post #17 of 38
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Originally Posted by Pineywoods View Post

The model your looking for is 3605BGD and GOSM's are now made by Landmann USA. I also think if you check the model number on the one that I linked to above you'll find thats it


The pictures they have posted with the one you linked had me confused, so I chatted with their customer support about it and it looks like you are right.  I just couldn't find anyone selling the product under that model number.  Here's the chat with Bass Pro live support:

 

 

Quote:
Message.gif?p_db_name=basspro Stephen: Hi, my name is Stephen. How may I help you?
Message.gif?p_db_name=basspro JP: I need the manufacturers model number for Item #38-688-773-12, please.
Message.gif?p_db_name=basspro Stephen: This model number is 3605BGD.
Message.gif?p_db_name=basspro JP: ok good, that's what i was hoping
Message.gif?p_db_name=basspro JP: you should know that one of the pictures for this item on your website is not correct
Message.gif?p_db_name=basspro JP: it makes it confusing
Message.gif?p_db_name=basspro JP: this product has a push button ignition and it's pictured as a rotary ignition (which is the smaller model)
Message.gif?p_db_name=basspro Stephen: Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention!
Message.gif?p_db_name=basspro Stephen: Is there anything else that I can assist you with today?
Message.gif?p_db_name=basspro JP: nope, thanks
Message.gif?p_db_name=basspro Stephen: Thank you for contacting Bass Pro Shops. Have a great evening!
post #18 of 38

The gosm on bass pro shows 2 models for the same model number, If you look closely you will see the picture with thE door closed has a push button igniter, the one with the door open has a rotary igniter.

I confirmed with Landman and Bass pro that the model is the 3605BGD, so I ordered one and it is indeed the Big Block (3605BGD)

 

Here are the specs for the 3605BGD

Premium features include:

  • Easy Access Door
  • Cool grip wire handles
  • 4 cooking grates
  • Push Button ignition
  • Porcelain coated steel water pan
  • Cast Iron Chip box
  • Dimension: 21" x 21" x 45.2"
  • Weight: 63 lbs. (this is wrong it is 91lbs)
  • Cooking Area: 1257 sq. inches

 

I had a very similar Live Chat like JP about this product.

Here is a link to some notes I put on a blog

3605BGD BLOG

 

I had told Landman and Bass Pro of the discrepancies and both thanked me and said they would take care of it.

 

 

Bass Pro 3605BGD

 

3605BGD at Landman's Site

 

3605BGDside-open 600.jpg

 

3605BGD side-closed 600.jpg

 

 

3605BGD above

Note the side vents, push button igniter bottom drip pan and deflectors, slide out chip box and the 4th rack on the above model.

 

not to be confused with model # 3405BGW below

 

Premium features include:

  • Easy Access Door
  • Cool grip wire handles
  • 3 cooking grates
  • Rotary Knob ignition
  • Porcelain coated steel water pan
  • Cast Iron Chip box
  • Dimensions: 18" x 25" x 43.2" think this is wrong also
  • Weight: 58 lbs.think this is wrong also

 

no drip pan, only 1 vent only 3 racks rotary igniter, no slide out chip box

3405BGW Side-closed 600.jpg

 

3405BGW Side-open 600.jpg

 

 

Bottom line is for 200.00 The 3605BGD at Bass Pro is a worthwhile investment.

post #19 of 38
Thread Starter 

Thanks.  I'm picking mine up tomorrow from Bass Pro.

 

I heard there was a version out there with 2 drawers instead of one big door...anyone know if that is true?

post #20 of 38

The two door model is 30405GLA and is smaller than the unit you are looking at. I'm looking forward to a trip to Bass Pro in the near future to pick up one of the 3605BGD's myself. Heres a link to Landmann's site and you can see all the different models

 

http://www.landmann-usa.com/dashboard/landmann-smokers.aspx

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