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Recommendation for a First Time Charcoal Smoker Buyer

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by sew213, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. sew213

    sew213 Newbie

    I want to buy my boyfriend a charcoal smoker for Christmas but I'm not sure which model/brand to go with.  Any suggestions?  I would prefer to keep the price under $175.  Thanks for your help!
  2. Your boyfriend is fortunate to have a girl who would think of buying him a smoker  [​IMG]

    You may find some good info in this thread - http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/149103/best-beginner-charcoal-smoker

    Here is another link to charcoal smoker reviews and recommendations - http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/products/category/charcoal-smokers

    Also, consider looking for a deal on a lightly used smoker on craigslist or your local paper... you may be able to score a $400+ dollar smoker in great shape and still stay within your budget... a Weber Smokey Mountain is the one I would suggest looking for!
  3. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

     Weber smokey mountain will cost you more than that, but it is worth it. most of the Horizontal offsets you find at the chain stores are not worth the money and he will loose interest fast if it is his first one, Look for a used WSM online in your area
  4. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sew213 aren't you a sweetheart for getting your BF a smoker!  Does he currently have a charcoal or gas grill?  Does he have a Weber Kettle?  Fill us in a little on his backyard grilling experience.  And welcome to the forum BTW!
  5. magslam

    magslam Smoke Blower

    If you know you "love" charcoal smoking, then you can ignore the ecb. A mini WSM will be under your limit (including the tamale pot and everything), but you'll have to do some handy mods if you're handy. I hate to say this but I would suggest the WSM 14.5, It will cost you 200.00 thou, but those will be the sweetest 25.00 over budget you'll do ever.