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Getting close to a purchase

kurt boutin

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First off, hi!  Second, brand new (as in: haven't done my first smoke yet).  

Third, I'm going on the cheap side and am torn between:

Brinkman 19-3/4" Vertical Square Smoker

and

The Master Forge Charcoal Smoker CBS1101L

Thoughts?  Does one need more modification than the other?  It's all a bit overwhelming...

Thanks,

Kurt
 

rw willy

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I don't own either.  But read the reviews.  I started with a brinkman electric.  And got enough good Q out of it to get me hooked.  So you figure it out then get smoking.  It will all be good and you eat your mistakes.
 

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Kurt, Welcome. There are lots of folks here willing to help you in your endeavor. I have a MES electric smoker I use most often so I can't be of help. The search engine and the posts here will help you make an informed decision.
 
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Welcome to SMF its nice to have ya.. Have fun and Happy smoking
 

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Welcome to SMF this is a nice place to get ideas and meet new people lots of good stuff here. ENJOY
 

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Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.
 


This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.
 


For those of you new to Smoking, be sure to check out Jeff's 5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse.

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Hey Kurt,

Welcome to SMF!

My advice would be to save the coins and buy a 18.5"  WSM for around $150, there aren't any mods necessary to produce good smoked meats and the learning curve if relatively short. You might try a search here for the two smokers you are considering and see what problems others have experienced with them.

What ever you decide have fun and share the Q-view with us.

Gene
 

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Hey Kurt,

Welcome to SMF!

My advice would be to save the coins and buy a 18.5"  WSM for around $150, there aren't any mods necessary to produce good smoked meats and the learning curve if relatively short. You might try a search here for the two smokers you are considering and see what problems others have experienced with them.

What ever you decide have fun and share the Q-view with us.

Gene
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[quote name="JustPassingThru" url="/forum/thread/105010/getting-close-to-a-purchase#post_614538"]

Hey Kurt,



Welcome to SMF!



My advice would be to save the coins and buy a 18.5"  WSM for around $150, there aren't any mods necessary to produce good smoked meats and the learning curve if relatively short. You might try a search here for the two smokers you are considering and see what problems others have experienced with them.



What ever you decide have fun and share the Q-view with us.



Gene


[/quote]

Where does one find an 18.5 WSM for $150?
 

kurt boutin

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Thanks for the warm welcome!  I guess I'll just end up jumping on something (likely in the next couple weeks) and going from there.

I've been keeping my eyes open on craigslist, but will continue to do so!

Kurt
 

sqwib

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First off, hi!  Second, brand new (as in: haven't done my first smoke yet).  

Third, I'm going on the cheap side and am torn between:

Brinkman 19-3/4" Vertical Square Smoker

and

The Master Forge Charcoal Smoker CBS1101L

Thoughts?  Does one need more modification than the other?  It's all a bit overwhelming...

Thanks,

Kurt


Do you have a 22" Weber Kettle Grill?

 

sqwib

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Hey Kurt,

Welcome to SMF!

My advice would be to save the coins and buy a 18.5"  WSM for around $150, there aren't any mods necessary to produce good smoked meats and the learning curve if relatively short. You might try a search here for the two smokers you are considering and see what problems others have experienced with them.

What ever you decide have fun and share the Q-view with us.

Gene

Where does one find an 18.5 WSM for $150?
  Cheapest I've seen recently was $246.00
 

free ship

http://www.drillspot.com/products/577210/weber_721001_185_inch_smokey_mountain_cooker_smoker?s=5
 

derek712

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UDS is Ugly Drum Smoker which u build out of a 55 gallon drum. I was new to smoking 4 months ago and did a little research and bought an ECB( el cheapo brinkman) upright charcoal smoker for 50 bucks at lowes. Did a few mods and i love it.Did a little more research here and built a UDS which i also love. Do some research then decide. Good luck, you will enjoy your new hobby
 

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