what are the best choices???

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by bud1955, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Hi

    I am new here. Just started smoking.  I just got done signing in and it was suggestedthat I put this request into the charcol and the electric forums  I have looked thru alot of the posts.  I have not seen any mention of the birnkman a only a few about the bradley. So the below post is what I am thinking about.

    I have a Brinkman electric and it is so-so. My Brother is the one that is really into smoking. He has a repurposed Fridgidaire circa 1958. I am thinking about the same thing but can not find an old Fridge. I am looking at a charcol brinkman with the two doors or a Bradley "Original" electric (without digital controls. Both are used. The charcol is going to be $90.00 and the Brinkman is $150.00 What is the considerations or concerns from other members?

    I would like all the info I could get about my choices.

    Thanks in advance for the help

  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  3. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    This site has tons of info.

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  4. I'm trying to figure out the same thing. I don't know why some would choose on offset smoker or reverse flow I guess you call it over a vertical smoker. I'm trying to learn the differences and then I'm hoping to build one.
  5. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member


    When you start looking at larger smokers a good reverse flow is an excellent choice.  The heat and smoke pass under a metal plate warming it and giving the smoker a good even heat distribution.  They tend to be pretty stable.  The smoke on it's way back over the meat is cooler.  As the drippings hit that heated metal plate they vaporize adding moisture to the cook chamber.    A good reverse flow is a lower cost option to get into quality charcoal and wood smoking.  You do not have the advantages of a reverse flow but you can pick up decent offsets for about 300 bucks.  They need to be tended but the heat is away from the meat so you don't have to worry about charring.   Many have grates over the fire if you want to grill on them.   I have an Okie Joe that I used for years and it served me very well,   just a bit more trouble them my Lang 36   Not as familiar with a vertical smoker,  many of us have them,  I know they are great for things like hanging sausages and doing large turkeys. 
  6. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

     I think that the AL and AL got you covered

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