Brinkmann Vertical Smoker vs offset

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by suds1421, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. suds1421

    suds1421 Newbie

    Hello Everyone,

    I go camping almost every other weekend in the spring/summer/fall and I'd like to start smoking some things while camping, I have pleanty of time and who doesn't want a great meal :)

    I've been looking at both the Brinkmann Vertical smoker and the offset smoker... they are about the same price (within $20) so I'm considering both.

    I like the vertical box smoker because it appears more portable, easier to load etc. However I have read that some people have had issues with keeping temps etc...

    Is the offset smoker better at keeping temps, less issues,etc?

    What's the pro's and con's of each?

    I'll start out with poultry and ribs and move my way up to longer smokes, eventually I'd like to try some pork shoulder and/or brisket, once I can keep the temps stable..

    Thanks much!
  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Both require babysitting, but mods and adjustments and a learning curve on either is normal.  I would think the vertical would be more portable and easier to use, myself..  Biggest thing is to practice, practice, practice... you just have to resign yourself to having to do countless meals of smoked meat goodness, no matter how difficult it is to get psyched up for it, and learn by all your wonderful mistakes!

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