Looking for Recommendations on a new Smoker

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bpinmi, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. bpinmi

    bpinmi Fire Starter

    Looking to upgrade from my ECB and would like some recommendations for a new smoker.

    - Budget is up to $600

    - no propane/electric smokers, must be charcoal

    - prefer something that doesn't need a lot of mods

    Thanks in advance for the recommendations.
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Probably the best out of the box charcoal smoker would be the Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5". Any horizontal offset in your $$$ range will need a baffle, tuning plates and lowering the exhaust to grate level...JJ
     
  3. stann

    stann Fire Starter

    I just bought the big green egg. I love it! Most hassle free smoking, grilling, baking that I have ever done. A little pricey, but it is a dang good investment.
     
  4. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    WSM all the way! I've been using a 18.5 but admit the 22.5 would be nice.
    I suggest anything you like see it in person put stuff on the display model to see how much fits.
     
  5. krex1010

    krex1010 Smoke Blower

    So far I absolutely love my 18" wsm. The size of the 22" would be nice on ocassion. You can feed quite a few people off the 18 but if you think you will be trying to cook 3 or more racks of ribs or full briskest more than a few times a year go with the 22. They are quality made, and very easy to use. They a versatile enough to use the water pan as designed, empty, or not at all and go uds style, which I've been doing. I can have the meat on the top rack, with nothing as a heat shield/heat sink and keep the temps down around 225-250 or up over 300 if I want. Fuel use is impressive too, 12 hours burn time on a full charcoal ring is a reasonable expectation if you're cooking at 250-275.
     
  6. bpinmi

    bpinmi Fire Starter

     I really wanted a vertical or offset but I may have to give the 22" WSM a serious look. Pretty good out of the box with no mods?
     
  7. krex1010

    krex1010 Smoke Blower

    I haven't used the 22" but I hear it's as easy as the 18". But yeah the webers are ready to go out of the box, despite what you some people say, there is no need to season them, if you have a basic understanding of cooking with charcoal then there is really very little learning curve. And for the price you can't beat the quality, the porcelain coating on webers will stand up to years of use with really only the most basic of maintenance. I have weber kettles that have been outside, in the weather, uncovered, used hard for 15+ years and they are still going strong.
     
  8. ristau5741

    ristau5741 Meat Mopper

    what's the time frame?   if you can hold off, wait until the end of season sales on grills and smokers.  they will be on soon
     
  9. krex1010

    krex1010 Smoke Blower

    Although if looking at webers, I never see them on sale, at least around here.
     
  10. Bought my first smoker yesterday after TONS of research.  I am now a proud owner of a 22.5" WSM.  Just finished putting it together and it looks great!  Will probably break it in on Thursday for first NFL game.  

    Probably could have gone with the 18.5" but decided to size up.  I had read on several forums that decide the size you need and get the next biggest one. 
     
  11. krex1010

    krex1010 Smoke Blower

    Congrats on your purchase! You will not be disappointed. The wsms are really easy to use and built to last. You will not be disappointed
     

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