Merry Christmas to ME !

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by eminence_front, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. Hey ya'll.

    Been lurking for many moons, but just now getting settled back into life in Texas.

    We were relocated out to SoCal for a couple years, so I had downsized to a WSM knock-off due to space and size restrictions.

    Now we're back in Texas, and my Wife surprised me with an offset smoker for the Holiday (under the premise she get a Brisket for New Years.)

    WELL... She got me a new braunfels thin walled offset "hondo" smoker, which I promptly returned, after which I couldn't make up my mind...

    I have a nice 5 burner Propane grill for my grilling needs so being dual purpose isn't a must for me. I really want something that I can throw a couple brisket and ribs into, and maintain temps easily, and something that will last a while.

    There's a couple options for me in the sub $400 range.

    1.) Oklahoma Joe's Offset Smoker "Wild West Traditions" Smoker (16")]Okla Joes @ Academy[/url]

    2.) Old Country 16" Vertical Smoker (square fire box)]16" Vertical[/url]

    What is the best choice for long  (8+ hr.) semi-unattended smokes ?

    Can both be used with fruit-wood splits and charcoal ?
  2. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now I have the vertical "Bandera" smoker and it's an alright smoker. I use my smoke vault gas unit most of all but I do still use the Bandera mostly when we are at the pool where it lives. It's a nice smoker for a charcoal unit. I would recommend the side burner unit just because I think it would be better then the vertical unit. It has a really bad hot spot at the bottom but it does cook alright I guess. So I guess I'm not the best reviewer.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2010

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