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Vertical Smoker Suggestions

DrMarrs

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I unfortunately purchased a Bradley digital smoker several years ago and it has been a pain in the ass ever since.... between the errors and the the cheap cabinet barley staying closed up and maintaining temperature... i have had it with cheap big box store smokers. That being said i know i will be spending over $1k for something worth while, and that is fine... a friend has tried to talk me into a pit boss copper series 5, which i feel like is just another cheap Bradley that will continue to disappoint me.

during my research for a decent built grill with a PID controller i came across this model, the The Pellet Pro® Vertical... i really would like to buy this model however the fact that they charge between 100 and 200 to deliver the item to my residence is a bit unnerving.

can anyone recommend another vertical PID smoker similar to this model, or even reassure me that the pit boss series 5 are a step better than the retail disposable smokers? or even another grill provider local to the Raleigh, NC area ( i already found https://www.grillbilliesbarbecue.com/ who sell the BX 25 Smoker, but i have just the opposite problem with them, they charge a 115 surcharge to pick it up locally!



Thanks
Michael
 

ofelles

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I have been kicking around the idea of a Cabinet smoker lately. I am of the idea of buying once and not regretting it. I know these are a bit above the budget but they have very good reputations and with a controller they are kind of set and forget.
I'm think the T&K gravity feed is very interesting.
 

ristau5741

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are you looking or COTS? or willing to build? there are lots of instructions on converting file cabinets to smokers, you could probably get one cheap at a yard sale or something.
 

poacherjoe

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I just picked up a Smokin Tex 1460 that is 3 month's old for 450 off craigslist and I love it. MSRP 999.00 plus shipping. I looked on craigslist for a month before I found it but I did see quite a variety of good quality smokers for sale and some were in great shape. If your not in a hurry start watching craigslist
 

DrMarrs

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are you looking or COTS? or willing to build? there are lots of instructions on converting file cabinets to smokers, you could probably get one cheap at a yard sale or something.
Honestly off the shelf, im not interested in building it. and really interested in the pellet system vs propane or charcoal.
 

DrMarrs

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I just picked up a Smokin Tex 1460 that is 3 month's old for 450 off craigslist and I love it. MSRP 999.00 plus shipping. I looked on craigslist for a month before I found it but I did see quite a variety of good quality smokers for sale and some were in great shape. If your not in a hurry start watching craigslist
so thats my dilema, someone near me has a pit boss series 5 brand new in box for 200. i almost want to buy to use until i can make an educated decision on a professional setup.
 

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so thats my dilema, someone near me has a pit boss series 5 brand new in box for 200. i almost want to buy to use until i can make an educated decision on a professional setup.
I have the PB #4 it is the best smoker I have for ease in use,holds temp very good.
Not one problem with the smoker the 5 is even bigger,were are you for 200 it may be worth my ride
Richie
 

SmokinVOLfan

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I would buy the pit boss for $200 and see what you think of it. Worst case you hate it and can probably pop it back on craigslist and get your $200 back. Are you only interested in pellet rigs? Pellet smokers have a lot of moving parts and things that can go bad but the ease of them is appealing no doubt. Seen some great Q come off of them. Stumps makes some great vertical smokers but you will drop a pretty penny.
 

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Pit Boss vertical pellet smoker.
 

DrMarrs

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Pit Boss vertical pellet smoker.
I would buy the pit boss for $200 and see what you think of it. Worst case you hate it and can probably pop it back on craigslist and get your $200 back. Are you only interested in pellet rigs? Pellet smokers have a lot of moving parts and things that can go bad but the ease of them is appealing no doubt. Seen some great Q come off of them. Stumps makes some great vertical smokers but you will drop a pretty penny.
Agreed. I took your advise and bought the pit boss for 200. Driving home with it now. This way I can see if I like the pellets or not then have a nice 2k model built the way I want it next year.
 
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Agreed. I took your advise and bought the pit boss for 200. Driving home with it now. This way I can see if I like the pellets or not then have a nice 2k model built the way I want it next year.
Have you had a chance to use your smoker yet? Looking forward to your review.
 
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Just thought I would show the mods I did with my cabinet pit-boss. The water pan/drip pan sloshes like crazy when I am carrying it to the house to clean. I live in a neighborhood, so I can’t just pitch the old water/grease in the driveway... I made these baffles to reduce the sloshing when carrying things inside. So far it works awesome.

Additionally, I added a Smoke Daddy cold smoke kit. I didn’t like the low amount of smoke from the pellets. With the smoke daddy, I absolutely love this set up now. I wouldn’t trade it for anything...

Happy smokin’ yall
 

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kstone113

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That's too bad they have to charge so much for shipping. That's the downside of a small company like SmokeDaddy.

Maybe you can work something out with them? I can say(since I live fairly close) that I've seen their vertical smoker in person and it is built very well and is a beast!

My suggestion is talk to Dennis or his daughter Elizabeth and see if you can work something out because I haven't seen a better built/designed vertical pellet smoker.
 

mike243

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Too many good choices to pick just 1 without a lot of feedback
 
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