Need feedback on getting new smoker

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by dewman29, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. dewman29

    dewman29 Newbie

    Hey all --

    I have been smoking now for over a year now and loving it. Thank you for all of the help and feedback.

    So I have been using the ECB and have determined it is now time to move up to a new smoker.

    I would like to get opinions and feedback on the smoker to get. I am leaning towards a gas smoker because I have found that keeping the temperature up on charcoal smokers is a real pain especially for long smokes -- like for a Boston Butt, etc. I know it is not just the ECB because my friend has the CharGrill smoker with the firepan on the side and he has a heck of a time maintaining temperature too.

    So please sound off --
    • What is the best smoker for your money?
    • I need a good smoker that can hold a good amount of meat -- I have a reputation now with my family and friends and I want to be able to do a good amount of meat.
    • Is gas the best option? Do they burn a lot of gas for long smokes?
    • What are the best brands / models / etc, and what ones to stay away from?
    Thank you so much everyone-

  2. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If you are looking for a low cost smoker that will hold a steady temp for long smokes you should take a look at a UDS. It does run off of charcoal but it keeps a better, steadier temps than my gas unit (now retired) . I have done over night briskets taken 13 hours on just one load of charcoal. Once it gets in the zone it stays there for a very long period.

    One more thing with the UDS; the weather conditions doesn't seem to have a big effect on it's ability to run.
  3. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How much you got...What's your budget? That might narrow down the choices.

    BBQ Eng.
  4. dewman29

    dewman29 Newbie

    Thanks for the quick feedback. I would say my cap would probably be $300.

  5. dewman29

    dewman29 Newbie

  6. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I cannot speak for the other types but I have a GOSM and love it
    only drawback is I want a bigger smoker.It uses very little gasholds temp fairly well also good bang for the buck.Im sure others will chime in with their opinions also.
    thats the nice thing about this sight. it will help you make a very informed decision.
  7. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yes, that's what I'm talking about. This thread is what I followed for mine.
  8. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My Smoke Vault hold quite enough meat. They're still on sale at Sporsman's Wareshouse for $259.00. On this smoke, I could have easily put in three more butts with room to spare.
  9. dewman29

    dewman29 Newbie

  10. callaway

    callaway Newbie

    The 38208G from Gander Mountain is a big smoker. Can't be sure but I think the brand name is Smoke Hollow. I think the dimensions of the cabinet are 38" x 20" x 14" and it will hold up to 10 or 11 cooking grids. I haven't been in the store for a while but I think they are selling this model for under $200.
  11. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes, that's the one. The new ones have the Browning name on them. I have the 24" model. I wouldn't pay $399.00 as the ad suggests. I paid $219.00 for mine. A year and a half later, bought one for my step-son for $279.00. Now on sale for 20 bucks less. It's a great smoker.
  12. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I have a GOSM and its a great smoker but if I was gonna go buy a new propane smoker today it would be the model Bassman has. Great smoker and lots of room.
  13. vtanker

    vtanker Meat Mopper

    I am a welder and fabricator. The welding in that link has to be the worst I have seen in a long time!
  14. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Smoke Vault, Smoke Hollow or GOSM, I believe these are are great smokers for the money. From what you say you want out of your next rig, and what you want to spend, it sounds like you should take a look at one of these. I have a GOSM 20" and like it alot.
  15. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What he said.

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