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New smoker help

GetnSmokey

Newbie
1
0
Joined Jan 15, 2021
Hi. new guy here.
Only stuff I know about smoking is what I have exhaustively read online.
I now want to take the plunge.
need a beginner smoker.
(searched several topics looking for recommendations for smokers)
Ok
300$ price range
Think I want either electric or propane. As the others look a lil too complicated for me just yet.
not smoking for competition or large gatherings. Just a family of three and maybe a guest or few. Not huge cuts either
i know some smokers have problems in the cold so am ready to get a blanket or make a lil shed or even set it in the pole barn and vent it outside. (Central Michigan)
Any good recommendations to help my bleeding eyes will help.
ty
 

jdkimbro

Newbie
11
30
Joined Oct 2, 2016
I’m a big fan of my Masterbuilt Electric, 30”.(MES30)

Electric is a great entry point. It was for me.
30” is big enough to smoke for a small family, but the machine is not too big.

If you catch the bug, you can even upgrade it with their Slow Smoker attachment, which allows you to do cold smokes and you don’t have to keep refilling your wood chips.
 

whistlepig

Smoking Fanatic
572
180
Joined Dec 23, 2011
I started out with a Masterbuilt MES30 about 7 years ago and that was a good choice for me. It’s pretty much plug and play. I have upgraded but my old MES still works fine
 

old sarge

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
2,716
531
Joined Nov 26, 2012
I am partial to the Smokin-it electric smokers. While even their smallest unit is above your $300 budget I am linking to their analog and not their digital models just in case you get a big tax refund.
 

mike243

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
2,672
1,112
Joined Feb 25, 2018
Welcome to the site, I vote electric, its tuff chasing temps with a gas unit ,as the day gets warmer or cooler you have to start adjusting, on hot days I always fought the high temps
 

cansmoke

Smoking Fanatic
390
283
Joined Jul 21, 2012
Hi. new guy here.
Only stuff I know about smoking is what I have exhaustively read online.
I now want to take the plunge.
need a beginner smoker.
(searched several topics looking for recommendations for smokers)
Ok
300$ price range
Think I want either electric or propane. As the others look a lil too complicated for me just yet.
not smoking for competition or large gatherings. Just a family of three and maybe a guest or few. Not huge cuts either
i know some smokers have problems in the cold so am ready to get a blanket or make a lil shed or even set it in the pole barn and vent it outside. (Central Michigan)
Any good recommendations to help my bleeding eyes will help.
ty
I too am a fan of the MES30. I bought first one several years ago to augment charcoal unit. It's great in that you can cook great food & as long as you pay attention get great results. I've smoked throughout winter in CAnada.
 

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