Help, please! Need advice!

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by shan, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. shan

    shan Newbie


    I'm an avid bbq smoker. I currently have a Primo Oval Junior but am looking to move up to something bigger and not so difficult to add fuel to.

    My priorities are...

    • Smoke quality, flavor, etc.

    • Ease of temp control and temp consistency.

    • Ability to cold smoke cheese, salmon, bacon, etc, or a pork butt at 225 for 12 hours.

    • Ease of cleanup.

    I like the fact that the ceramic smoker keeps stuff from drying out. I've read that offsets produce the best flavor, but take the most babysitting. I've researched vertical smokers--Backwoods, Stumps, Superior, Spicewine, Pitmaker--all of which have their own pros and cons. It's an investment, so I would like to make the right choice. I need HELP! I'll consider anything, from a vertical water smoker to a UDS, and am willing to spend up to $2500. Any and all advice would be hugely appreciated.

    Thanks MOOCHO!

  2. nybbq

    nybbq Fire Starter

    Well there are many smokers out there and I looked at all I could over a 1 year period and ended up with a Meadow Creek. It’s a TS250 which is bigger than you would be looking for but they do make them small in size. It’s a RF stick burner and works quite well. They make a TS 60 and 70 which is the smaller units. I like them because they are good looking solid units, cook well, have stainless steel removable shelves and hold good temps. I have had mine for 3 years and like it as much today as I did the day I bought it. Look them up on the web and look at the info. I like yoders smokey mountain barbecue the best on the web because it has the most info on them.
  3. shan

    shan Newbie

    Thanks! I'll take a look.

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