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Greeting from Guildford, UK.


Smoke Blower
Joined Jan 10, 2014
Hi there,

I'm Andy and I've just within the last week, smoked my first steak, using Hickory sawdust, and a weber gas bbq.

It was okay, although a little dry, but hey, I've started.

A bit about me -

I'm 52yrs old, and have always enjoyed cooking.

The smoking bug hit me after watching Man V Food series, which shows some fantastic food including smoked brisket, smoked pulled pork, and of course I've since learned about lots of other great recipes.

I think it's fair to say that here in the UK, bbqing is seen generally as a summer thing, but I am more interested in doing these recipes all year round.

Now, the Weber gas bbq I mentioned is my mothers, and she's happy for me to use it so long as it can be used as a gas bbq when she wants it.

So I'm a bit torn at the moments about which smoker to buy -

Do I go for entry level ProQ Amigo: http://www.forfoodsmokers.co.uk/acatalog/Amigo_BBQ_Smoker.html which gets some mixed reviews,

or a Weber Smokey Mountain 47cm(18inch): http://www.birstall.co.uk/products/weber_smokey_mountain_cooker_47cm_.html

or as I'm just starting out, how about modifying a steel waste bin? They seem like the right size, and if it's just a matter of fitting some grills, vents, and thermometer, might work out cheaper?

What I don't want to do is to pay out for something special that wont be used to it's full potential.

I will be doing the pulled pork and the brisket, but not that often, and only for small groups of friends and family.

All advice welcome!


Master of the Pit
Joined May 12, 2013
Hello  Andy.  Welcome.  I see this is only your second post.  Please take some time and swing over to Roll Call and introduce yourself so that we may give you a proper "Hello".  All info you can provide us with such as smoker type, location and so on will help us answer any questions you may have.  As for your question:  Here is my opinion for what it is worth.  Others will have different advice.  This is only my opinion:  Look in the smoker build forum and research UDS.  These are made from barrels.  Cheap to build, easy to find barrels, easy to use and makes a great smoker.

 U.K. members now have our own group.  I would like to invite you to join our group.  We have only recently started but we are growing quickly.  Also, if you decide to join the group please have a read through the threads posted there and feel free to post some of your own.  The welcome post in the group will explain who I am.  If I can be of any help please feel free to PM me.  The link below will take you to the Group home page.  Welcome to SMF.  Keep Smokin!




Smoke Blower
Thread starter
Joined Jan 10, 2014
Thanks Danny,

I got a bit lost - thought this post was in Roll Call, but I moved somewhere else before typing - haha.

Thanks for the info on UDS and barrels - I'm intrigued!

I will definitely join the UK members group, as it will be a great benefit for local resources.



Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Jun 27, 2012
Big welcome from across the Pond! Glad to hear you're making a go of it with the awesome hobby that is smoking! Looks like KC5 has you covered so far, but hit me up if you have any other questions.

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