Info on small smokers?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by jjw, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. jjw

    jjw Smoke Blower

    Im interested in purchasing a small smoker. of these three which would you all choose?

    brinkman

    char broil

    big green egg


    any advice would appreciated. this is the size and price range im looking for, if there are any others that fit this description
     
  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    While I do not own one (yet) everything I hear about the egg is very positive and would be one I would consider as my next unit
     
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Why is it you want a small smoker? The only reason I ask is I see you have a Big Green Egg on your list which are usually pretty spendy so I am guessing the money must not be as big of an issue as size? Just trying to under stand what you are looking for.
     
  4. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    WSM is what I would recommend probably the best small smoker around hands down imho., I would take the Char broil and Brinkman off your list.

    The BGE is solid but will cost you some coin.
     
  5. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    Green egg is one of the best, but one on your list is 59$ and I am gonna bet you cant get an egg for much less than $1000.
     
  6. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    What he said, the WSM is what you need
     
  7. jjw

    jjw Smoke Blower

    yea, i wasnt aware of that. cost is an issue, i want to spend 50 to 90 dollars
     
  8. jjw

    jjw Smoke Blower

    unfortunately thats most likely going to be out of my range (unless my financials change)

    in the 50 to 100 range do you have any recomendations?
     
  9. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    maybe craigslist is your answer.

    I just thought with a BGE on your list which are really nice but expensive you had a wide price range.

    I did see a small BGE locally for $200 recently on Craiglist, and others have seen used WSM's for less.

    good luck with your search.
     
  10. scmelik

    scmelik Smoke Blower

    I have a Brinkman and really really like it, it will do a good bit of chicken, or two pork butts, or a brisket and a pork butt or 4 to 5 fatties. You only have to do a few mod to make it work fantastic. I have since upgraded to a Smoke 'n Pit but still have and use my ECB alot.
     
  11. jjw

    jjw Smoke Blower

    the mistake was mine, not yours. i was unaware of its price. if had that much to spend id get a bed sized smoker.

    but ill check out craiglist for one of those webers. thanks for the advice.
     
  12. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    its all good, good luck, [​IMG]

    I was really tempted to go grab that BGE i saw. Craiglist has some good deals for sure.
     
  13. jjw

    jjw Smoke Blower

    cool, well i may go with that. all im looking to do is ribs chickne and pork butt, never much at a time
     
  14. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you have a $50 - $90 budget I suggest craigslist. BGEs are spendy -- worth it, but spendy.
    Good luck with your search!

    I use searchtempest.com since it searches all cragslist cities/states based on distance from a zip code. You can also put in multiple key words.
     
  15. jjw

    jjw Smoke Blower

    apparent that ECB actually has quite a following, and is a decent starter. ive also seen that it can be modified. can anyone else confirm this?
     
  16. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    ECB is a great way to start and may very well be all you will ever need. UDS is another good option. (UGLY DRUM SMOKER). WSM is a good choice butt they are more bucks.

    beard
     
  17. beardo

    beardo Newbie

    Help yourself to a google search.I did when I knew mine was on it's way and found a lot of info vary help full.It looks like your in the SF Bay area if you look at craigslist there are always some to look at also if you in the Oaktown area you could find 55 gal. drums and make a UDS easy and chep.look for food supply or manufactuer.Before I joined the fourm I spent to much time reading all I could and learning as much as I could,a lot of good people and vary helpfull people here,if you spend a little time reading some older post you will be happy with the ECB or building a UDS.The biggist problem I have with the ECB is it's made cheep and when you are done with the needed mods. it's just not a $50\$60 smoker but I still use and enjoy mine,just used it last night. I would read up on the UDS vary easy to build solid and you makr it the way you want it. Welcome to the fourm and good luck on what ever you choose..
     
  18. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

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    wmarkw Smoking Fanatic

  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL----Yeah, that's the way we all started---just a little of this & a little of that.


    Hope you find what you want,
    Bearcarver
     

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