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Master of the Pit
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Jun 22, 2007
Brandon, Florida
Well hi everyone!
I'm new here but have been reading the forums for awhile. I've been grilling for some time but now I want to try grilling/smoking. I have been doing some research on smokers and am really confused. My overall budget is only $250 and I have several in mind. I will be grilling and will only "purely smoke" maybe 4-6 times a year. I do like an adjustable charcoal tray. I have done indirect cooking in the past. Here's what I've found and any input would be greatly appriciated

1. Chargriller Pro Smoker - seems nice and the price is right, but I've been told it will need some modifications to work correctly. Also, I've been told it is made with thin metal.
2. Bar-B-Chef - come highly recommended, but I'll need to drive 300 miles round trip, and is it really worth the extra $$, grate does not adjust, it's a pure smoker.
3. The others fall in between, Hundo, Silver Smoker, and the Charlbriol double door.
4. Also Royal Oak has a new one that's the Big Joe, supposedly designed by Joe Davidson, but although WalMart has it, it's not assembled so I can't tell the quality.
5. I also looked at the Landman Black Dog which is nice but only a grill, I guess I could indirect cook.
Also, anything I have to have shipped will put me out of my price range, so I'm stuck buying something at a Lowes, Home Depot, or other local stores. And in my area, grill stores don't exist.

Any info/help would be gratefully appriciated.
Welcome aboard FlaGriller! Glad you got out of lurk mode and decided to join us!

I have the CharGriller and love it. Yes, I have modded the crap out of mine, but you can get by with a couple simple mods that are posted in the forums... mainly the chimney mod and either flipping the charcoal tray or adding a baffle. I added a permanent baffle to mine, which forces me to use it strictly as a smoker because the charcoal tray won't fit anymore. That's okay though, I grill on my Weber...

Have fun and good luck in your decision making!
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