Propane Smoker Suggestions

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by mama's smoke, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. mama's smoke

    mama's smoke Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Hi Guys,
    I'm a newbie here. I've been grilling with a Weber Genesis for years and have become very interested in using a smoker. I have smoked chicken in my Weber Grill with indirect heat, but I'm ready to do more. I am considering propane smoker for several reason:
    1. I'm new to this and I don't have the confidence to be adding charcoal and wood.
    2. It will be within 15-20 feet of our pool, so electric is out.
    3. They seem easier to maintain a constant temp.

    I don't need anything large, and I don't want to spend much over $200. We don't have a Bass Pro Shop anywhere close and shipping would put me over the price. Those I've considered are the Brinkmann Vertical (I like the idea of a lower door to add wood, which seems it would release less heat) and a Masterforge.

    I'm open to suggestions and appreciate your help.
  2. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You've mentioned the right reasons for going propane.I won't suggest a particular smoker, but if it's possible, buy the largest one you can. It's always better to have more room than not enough. Good luck on your selection. BTW, welcome to the SMF, you're in good company. I moved your thread to roll call so that everyone can give you a warm welcome. It's all good my friend.
  3. hoser

    hoser Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    You must have a Walmart nearby?
    They carry the GOSM gasser for around $130.00

    I've been using mine for about 4 years, and with a few modifications, I really like it.
  4. I have the GOSM propane and I really love it. I have used mine for 5 years and have had good success. I bought mine at Walmart.

  5. I have the smaller GOSM and I love it. When I buy another smoker, it will be the GOSM in the bigger size.
  6. mama's smoke

    mama's smoke Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    You guys are great. I guess it is too early for them to have them in stock. I checked the Wally mart web site, but they are "not available" there. Cold for the next week here, so I guess I can put it off for awhile.

    Can you tell me why you prefer the GOSM?
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You can try Wally World or even Homeless or Lowes both if them have cheap smokers. They all carry either the GOSM, Brinkman and there are a couple of other names that ecape me right this second.
  8. mr mac

    mr mac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    If I have it correct, Wal-Mart stopped carrying the GOSM in favor of the Char-Broil Gas Smoker. Regardless, you can order them any time and have them ship it to the store nearest you for free. It'll take a couple of days, but it sure keeps the price down!
  9. mr mac

    mr mac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I did a little poking around and see that Sears carries the Masterbuilt for $180 and I believe they also delivr to the store for free (might want to verify that). That is the same unit my wife gave to me for Christmas and so far, I love it!
  10. chef jeff tx

    chef jeff tx Smoking Fanatic

    Howdy & welcome to the SMF!!

    GOSM fan here.
  11. From one Newbie to another welcome. I've learned a lot from hanging around here. I got the Brinkman vertical gasser for the reasons you stated plus Home Depot had it in stock. I'm already looking for another larger version. Door leaks heat and smoke like crazy and will need some modifications. Everything else is... well a little on the cheap side. It works though and I'll keep it because its light and I can take to the campgrounds this summer.
  12. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The GOSM is a great smoker for the money! I own the smaller one and use it all the time when I am not in the mood to fire up the UDS. I have heard good things about the Smoke Vault, a little more expensive.
  13. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    if your cooking for your friends and family i would highly recommend the LARGE gosm from bass pro, large enough to cook most anything and you can feed a large party with it, or if it's just you on the weekend it's easy to fire up and cheap to run, cleanup is five minutes. propane tanks last four or five good smokes. started with an upright charcoal, then went to a electric bradly then moved to the GOSM you will be happy with it!
  14. mama's smoke

    mama's smoke Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the info and the welcome. Looking forward to this cold weather to end and stores to stock up on smokers. This has definitely NOT been Austin weather.
  15. mama's smoke

    mama's smoke Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Culpeper Smoke. Yep, the Brinkmann Vertical is what I was considering. HD has them in stock. I'll have to hold my horses and my Butt until stores begin renewing stock.
  16. mama's smoke

    mama's smoke Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Sorry.....UDS??? Showing my newbieness here.
  17. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For what it is worth I have the brinkman vertical I got from HD too and I love it so far
  18. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member


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  19. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ugly drum smoker. A 55 gallon drum converted to an upright charcoal smoker.
  20. mama's smoke

    mama's smoke Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Thanks. Looked at the Brinkmann Vertical, but someone said they leak horribly. Guess I could always add an oven/high temp stripping. Now thinking about the Char Broil Vertical Propane Smoker. It has a separate pull out drawer for adding wood chips. Lowers the chance of heat loss from opening the door.

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