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Another noob...with a question

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by oddball, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. oddball

    oddball Smoke Blower

    Just wanted to say hello and ask a quick question.

    First, my name is Jim and I'm from Belleville, IL ( a suburb of St Louis, MO). I typically spend at least one weekend day out on the deck making some Bar-B-Q (not counting the winter months). My current grill is the Brinkmann Professional Dual Zone (some photos are posted here: http://www.fatwallet.com/t/18/621188/ ). It has served me well the last few years and is the best grill I've ever owned. I've tried using it twice for smoking a brisket, and while I had good results (at least the meat was very tasty and everyone enjoyed it), it doesn't function well as a smoker. It is hard to control the temp and it isn't very efficient. Which brings me to my question. I plan on getting a smoker (hopefully within the next week) and I was just wanting to get a everyones opinions on my choices. I originally tried to get the Brinkmann Smoke 'N Pit from Wal-Mart, but they were out of stock. It had decent reviews and a few shortcummings that I was aware of, but for the price and because of the brand name, I was gonna give it a shot. I have since changed my mind, since it is out of stock locally, the shipping charge eliminates the bargain status. So my current choices are the Char-Griller Smokin Pro 830 ( http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...3+90109+500439 ) or the Char-Broil Silver Smoker ( http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...3+90109+500439 ). I'm leaning towards the Smokin Pro. What do you guys think?
  2. k5yac

    k5yac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    OddBall... The guy is a FREAK!

    Edit: I don't guess everyone would get that line, and since it sounds like I'm being a little abrasive... it is from Kelly's Heros. A funny movie that many have surely seen, and I kind of assumed that OddBall might have got his name from the show. Anyhow...

    Welcome OddBall! I have only used the SnP, so I can't really make a recommendation for ya. I do know that I like mine, but I'm sure there are several solid performers out there. Good luck, and glad to see ya.
  3. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have the CG and enjoy it very much.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  4. richtee

    richtee Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Good movie! And Donald Sutherland was perfectly cast!

    Welcome Oddball. Not familiar with them smokers, but wanted to welcome ya anyway!
  5. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    welcome to SMF-and yup some wine-cheese & sun-oh and a sherman!
  6. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Hey enough with the negitive waves. The bridge wil be there [​IMG] l
    Welcome to the board [​IMG]
  7. bb53chevpro

    bb53chevpro Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum. I know nothing about those smokers, so I cannot help you there.
    But glad you found the forum.
  8. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard...........If you have a menards in your area they just had the char-griller I think it was the pro on sale for 87 buck without the sfb, but the sfb is only 49 bucks from them............Just thought I would let you know might be able to save a few bucks..........
  9. cowgirl

    cowgirl Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum![​IMG]
  10. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF, you're in for a great time. Don't be in too much of a rush in getting your smoker, take the time and do some research. Long term... you might end up changing/adding another smoker as most of us do. It's all good.
  11. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    welcome to smf, i am sure which ever one you choose it will put out some food you will be proud of!!!