Best smoker for a cheaper budget?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by jtyler48, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. jtyler48

    jtyler48 Newbie

    Hey everyone.

    I'm in the market for a new smoker and I'm looking to get some ideas of which smokers would be pretty good for around $100-$300 price range.

    I know you probably get what you pay for but any tips would be great.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Weber 22 inch gold $149
    Works great fantastic piece of equipment
  3. mori55

    mori55 Fire Starter

    Hands down chargriller Akorn. And I have electric mes , weber kettle. Never go back to anything but a Kamado smoker , grill.
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  4. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Weber kettle or 18.5 Weber Smokey Mnt. You may get lucky shopping and find a deal on many models this time of year they like to close them out.
  5. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Craigs list. Garage sale I bought my weber 18 " for $5.00
    Brand new was outside for two years never used
  6. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    $5.00...Now that's a deal!

    Congrats! Enjoy!
  7. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I think the 18.5" Weber Smokey Mountain is $300. I would say most folks that purchased one, like it.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2015
  8. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Really I didn't need it but I could not pass it up
  9. I found the WSM on ebay for $279 and went to Home Depot and they matched the price.

    Mine works great with a few mods.
  10. What mods did you make?
  11. Gasket kit on the lid and aluminum door $28

    Couple of extra washers on the top grate bolts to extend the L bracket a little $1

    Handles on the main body/chamber for easier lifting to clean/replace charcoal $4

    Second charcoal grate, placed at 90 degrees to catch smaller pieces of charcoal from falling through $12

    I used 8" eye bolts to hold the grates together. This make lifting the grates out simple.

    Brinkman water pan for easier access reloading HOT charcoal $12

    Maverick ET-733 remote thermometer

    The only two I highly recommend is the gasket kit and thermometer. Maintaining temperatures is a breeze from the first time firing up the WSM with a gasket and the pre-installed thermometer is way off, by up to 20-50 degrees.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2015
  12. Nice upgrades.

    I also recommend checking Craigslist. I just searched some in my area and saw a WSM 18inch for $125.
  13. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    UDS or used WSM 
  14. cowboy11

    cowboy11 Newbie

    i have a 22" Old Smokey I have used for years to smoke and grill with. It never has looked like much and I added a thermometer. But for less than $100.00 I do not think you can beat it.
  15. I second that!
  16. krubby

    krubby Smoke Blower

    so guess I m just piling on, but I would do WSM 18.5. quality wise you won;t get something better at that price. 22.5 starts to keep ito the $399 range
  17. sauced

    sauced Master of the Pit

    I use a Weber 22 inch kettle. Great for smoking and grilling. Entry level is $100.
  18. valleypoboy

    valleypoboy Smoke Blower

    My okie joes was $150 when I bought it. I've put a few more dollars, some blood, lots of sweat and no tears into it. (All my mods are in the okie joes mods threads). Estimated $50 in upgrades and I feel it's pretty awesome.
    I also have a nice propane smoker that's collecting dust now... not that I want to get rid of it though.
  19. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I have a 40" gasser I bought at Bass Pro off season for under $200.00 like said above check for deals now before new season starts.
  20. cowboy11

    cowboy11 Newbie

    I use an Old Smokey, made in Houston since about 1930. Simple, efficient, portable, and has worked very well for me for several years. This is in addition to my other pits.

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