Newb to smokers. narrowed it to 2, but still open to ideas, opinions welcome

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by smokernewb, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. Looking through the literal mountains of info and opinions available on the internet - I've come down to what (I think) are 2 good choices - although I'm still open to suggestions

    Here's my decision guide:

    The family likes ribs - we tend to eat them about once a month or more in the summer.  (and probably will moreso if I can get a smoker working decently at -20) so thinking a wider smoker

    Family is 3 people - so it doesn't need to be a gigantic one.  but from time to time I make stuff for up to a dozen people when we entertain

    The smoker will be left (relatively) unattended for periods of 4 hours or so, so I'm thinking propane.  I've already got a 100# cylinder for the grill, so I should be able to share it with the smoker.

    Budget $300

    based on reviews, and what I have read so far - It's looking like either the masterbuilt xl or the smoke vault 24.

    anyone care to put it to a vote/suggestions?
     
  2. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Welcome SmokerNewb!

    Ever considered making your own UDS (Ugly Drum Smoker)?  Inexpensive to build, simple tools required, and you can cook a ton of food on multiple layers or a single meal of a few chicken pieces.

    My brother in law made one for about $80 and LOVES it.  My smoker cost tons more, and his can hold more food than mine.

    You can build it in a weekend and be eating Sunday dinner from it, the same weekend.

    HMMM, now I gotta find a food grade barrel. . . . 

    Whatever you eventually decide on GOOD LUCK, and enjoy!
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2014
  3. demosthenes9

    demosthenes9 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Since you are going propane, look at the Smoke Hollow 44 from Sams Club.  It's $279.99 + shipping as I don't think they have them in stores this year. 

    Lots of space.  Don't have to cut rib racks to make them fit.   Can use it as an additional oven if/when needed.

    If you want to go "unattended", then pick up an AMNTS tube smoker from Todd over at Amazen Products as well as whatever flavor pellets you like.    I use Hickory, Apple, Oak and Pittmasters, all depending on my mood that day.

    http://www.amazenproducts.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=AMNTS

    I just did a 14lb Top Round roast for Easter.  Threw it in the smoker, fired up a 12" tube of Pittmasters and left it alone for close to 4 hours.    Turned out perfectly and everyone loved it.   Beautiful color, nice smokey flavor.  Perfect.

    The size is great because there's plenty of room for LOTS of meat if/when needed.   That said, proteins aren't the only thing you can smoke, so the space comes in handy even for smaller get togethers.

    For example: 

    Here's 16 Small sirloin tip roasts


    Here's 6 or so racks of ribs, a pan of Dutch's Wicked beans, 12 ears of corn and some tri colored peppers

     
  4. john kelly

    john kelly Fire Starter

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