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Best Charcoal Smoker under $500.00???

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by firemn23, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. firemn23

    firemn23 Newbie

    Hey guys,

    Just joined the forum. Lots of great info.

    I am looking for a new smoker and was wondering what is the best I can get for under $500.00 and where to get it.

  2. WSM 22.5 is my vote, I got mine at a dedicated bbq store, but have seen them at Amazon, Ace Hardware and other places
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2010
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off welcome to SMF there Fire dude. Now for your smoker I would recommend the Smoke Vault 24" it a gas smoker and it is big enough to hold and large amount of meat and then small enough to fit almost anywhere also. Now you can get it from Bass pro shop, Gander Mtn, and you can even get them from Amazon too. But you will like it here for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you out with almost anything to do with smoking. Then if you are really new you should sign up for the E-course it's free and very informative and will give you the basics on smoking and even a bunch of really good recipes to try too. Now the next thing you need to do is go out there and get someting to smoke and if you have any questions just let us know and we will answer then for you.

    Welcome To Your New Addiction 
  4. reichl

    reichl Meat Mopper

  5. lugnutz

    lugnutz Smoking Fanatic

    UDS, bout 100 bucks if you go fancy, you can use the other 400 bucks for meat and beer..mostly beer since your family will probably buy meat along with other groceries anyhow.
  6. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    Im with lug!! I like your thinking lol
  7. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    three votes for the UDS, they are simply amazing. And welcome to the site.
  8. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you have the skills and tools UDS is hands down the cheapest.

    Me.... I have the WSM 22.5", it is litteraly smoking for dummies easy, and a superbly built and backed product for $400. I honestly don't have a bad thing to say about it other than the fact that it wasn't free.... lol.
  9. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It doesn't take that much skill to build a UDS, there is tons of info on how to build one w/o a welder. And it is utterly satifying to cook on the smoker you built with your own hands. Also they turn out some really great Que! That is my vote. Iffn' you just wanna buy one, The 22.5 Weber Smokey Mountain is the way to go.
  10.   Now in the less than $500 price range... the Weber WSM is the lead dog!
  11. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I vote for the 22.5" WSM, almost foolproof. Check out aim to find.com, if you look at amazon.com make sure you check the shipping rates.  
  12. firemn23

    firemn23 Newbie


    Thanks for all the advice. What about the Brinkman Smoke King??? Is it any good??
  13. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Once you use a UDS your hooked.
  14. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Not sure to be honest, but I initially spent about $200 on a Char-griller... less than a year later I sold it for $80 and got a 22.5 WSM. I wish I had just got the WSM to start with, sooooo much more bang for the buck.
  15. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    It's very much worthwhile to hunt down a Bubba Keg. They're on clearance for $299 @ Home Depot. BK will hold heat and smoke better than a WSM, and is far more fuel efficient. That's not to knock the WSM, as it's an excellent smoker. But given the two prices, the BK is a no brainer. If the BK was on sale at it's normal price (around $600) it'd be a little tougher decision. 
  16. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    If your anywhere near Tulsa Oklahoma talk to Bellfab, he will sell you a heavy gauge offset for $500, A quality lifetime pit with 2-3 times the capacity of a WSM or UDS.


    this is his 20 x 36, last I knew he was getting $450 out of these

  17. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

     The best and easiest to use besides a watt burner is the WSM. That is in the under 5 bill range.
  18. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I own a MES, UDS, two oil field pipe smokers, and a propane grill.  I think the best pulled pork is out of the MES but the best of just about anything else has been off the UDS hands down.  If I can make one anyone can almost dummy proof to operate after you get the hang of it.  and a fuel miser indeed.
  19. lugnutz

    lugnutz Smoking Fanatic

    wonder what he ended up with?
  20. Another vote for the WSM, however I love my 18.5" model. I do not cook for hugh crowds; I have not run out of smoking space yet and it is easy on the charcoal.