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Suggestions for New Smoker Please

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by liquiddirt, Dec 31, 2006.

  1. liquiddirt

    liquiddirt Fire Starter

    Hello all,
    I have been reading the boards and I am really interested in the Weber Smokey Mountain Grill. It just seems a little expensive for that type of smoker. Are there any other bullet type grills that would be comparable to the WSM? I currently own a charbroil offset grill but I run through charcoal like crazy and would sometimes like to leave the grill unattended for a period of time. On another note, I have a very old Mr. Meat Smoker from my grandfather which came with no paperwork. It is suppose to be either electric and/or charcoal but again, I have no paperwork and I am not really sure how to even use the grill. From what I have read I also believe I would run into some major temp swings with this older grill. Please let me know what you think and thank you in advance.

  2. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    liquid dirt if you are like me, why don't you build one from scratch? I took an old refrig and converted it for penny's and it works great. The only problem I am having now is that it is too small.

    I think I should add on to the house and make a smoking room ( I already got permission from the boss to make a processing room so why not a smoking room too)
  3. coz

    coz Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    LD ,I have a GOSM and it is ok except it is now too small and in the Wisconsin winters sometimes heat control is an issue but where you live you shouldnt have that issue.GOSM has a bigger model called a big block.I am building my own to get the size I want.If the refridge conversion interests you there are a lot that really like them.I have a email that was sent to me from a guy and if you have time to look at a lot of pics I can forward it to you it is very nice.It is a gas conversion but Cheeches elictric is a nice unit also.I guess it boils down to what you want to cook with.If I had time I would use a wood fired unit but since I dont it is propane for me.
  4. liquiddirt

    liquiddirt Fire Starter

    Thank you both for your input. I have the extra fundage so I will be purchasing the Weber Smoker Mountain Grill. Out of every review I have read I have seen not one bad review on this grill. Thank you all and I will let you know how it goes :)

  5. hi liguiddirt,
    i am also new to all this ..i just got a cabelas 36" s.s. gas smoker.. i`ts great... there having a sale now maybe u might want to check out the 48" ...well any how good luck....
  6. chris_harper

    chris_harper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i built my smoker out of a 55-gallon drum. i bought a side firebox and put on it.