Which gas smoker to buy???

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by wraunch, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. Ok all, I bought my day a Char-Griller charcoal smoker last yr.  I have never owned a smoker.  I love the flavor my dad's smoker gives but I am too impatient for a charcoal smoker.  I have seen a flood of deals recently but I am willing to wait until the 4th of July if the deals might get sweeter.  The main ones I am looking for your feedback on are the following:

    Smokey Mountain 30" from Gander for $100 shipped

    GOSM 34" Walmart $97 shipped
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Pretty much the same smoker GOSM stands for Great Outdoor Smokey Mountain. With that said I'd go with the 34" you'll want all the room you can get. To further complicate things Walmart handles a bigger GOSM that's 20" wide that would give you even more room and I actually have 2 of that model so I know they work great
  3. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    For starting out, I gotta agree with Piney, get the largest GOSM you can afford and don't look back.  It's a great basic unit to learn the secrets of fantastic smoking and since you're new to us, why not trip on over to Roll Call where one and all can properly greet you and set you on the path to "the secrets".    And be sure to check out the 5 day course to get you going with some very worthwhile knowledge.  Best yet, it's free, no obligations, no hidden strings.  Welcome aboard.  Oh, and remember, the only foolish question is the unasked one.  We all started out as newbies at one time or another.

  4. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF,

    Take the advice above and you can't go wrong.

    These guys know what there talkin' about.

    Happy smokin'[​IMG]
  5. smokinal

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

    [​IMG]   Glad to have you with us!  
  6. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

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  7. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I believe Landmann-usa has the BigBlock onsale for 299.99 with free shipping. If you dont mind putting out the $$ its what I would get.
  8. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  9. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I had the 3405GW (Wal Mart model) for 3 years and loved it, its cheaply made but works.

    First thing you'll need to do is replace the chip pan, another mod you may need to do, is install a needle valve.

    Do a search on Needle Valve Mod to see what I mean.

    The WalMart models are usually a cheaper build but they do work and it is a great starter smoker. I can not speak for the Smoke Hollow.

    Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain Gas Smoker Model# 3405GW

    • Heavy-gauge steel cooking cabinet with easy access large front door
    • Cool grip front door wire handle
    • Porcelain-coated water pan for easy barbecue cleanup
    • Cast-iron smoker box
    • 3 cooking grates and 4 adjustment levels
    • Rotary knob ignition
    • Cast brass burner for long life
    • Heavy duty side carrying handles
    • Gas smoker features an adjustable damper for ultimate temperature control
    • Wide stance leg design for stability
    • 13,500 BTU
    • 524 sq. in. cooking area
    • Dimensions of gas smoker box (not including handles) 16" x 14" x 34"
    These are the specs given from Landmann USA's site for the  Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain Gas Smoker Model# 3405GW

    • Premium features include:
      • Easy Access Door
      • Cool grip wire handles
      • 3 cooking grates
      • Rotary Knob ignition
      • Porcelain coated steel water pan
      • Cast Iron Chip box
      • Dimensions: 18" x 21" x 43.2"
      • Weight: 48 lbs.
      • Cooking Area: 524 sq. inches

    And I think you Mean the Smoke Hollow from Gander Mountain

    Smoke Hollow® 30" LP Gas Smoker

    Item # 438226

    In Stock

    Additional freight charge of $20.00 per item.

    Reg. $179.99Sale $99.99

    Web Price Only

    The Smoke Hollow 30" LP Gas Smoker is a fully welded smoking cabinet with a stainless steel burner and a push-button ignition system.

    • Stainless steel burner

    • Push-button ignition system

    • 3 chrome plated cooking grids

    • Porcelain coated steel water pan and chip pan

    • Built-in temperature gauge
    Specs from Amazon

    Product Features

    • 30x16x14 Fully welded steel cabinet
    • Stainless steel burner
    • Porcelain coated steel wood ship pan with lid
    • 3 Chrome plated cooking grids
    • Push button ignition system

    • Product Dimensions: 31 x 17 x 15 inches

    If you get big into smoking ribs you will get tired of cutting them in half.

    Last edited: Jun 9, 2011
  10. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I believe the 34" is the height

    The widths are

    16" GW

    20" BGW

    24" BGD
  11. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Side by side comparison

    3405GW and 3605BGD







  12. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    I have a GOSM 20 on the way my wife got it for me.I feel like a kid waiting on his birthday mines the 6/28.[​IMG]I got tired of all the danceing around the fire all the time.[​IMG]From what i here it's cheaper to boot compared to lump.
  13. toade

    toade Newbie

    Same question here.  Saw both of those smokers on sale on a deal site, started doing more research (on this site and others) and am now convinced that I need a smoker to go with my regular grill (Weber Genesis).  Only question is, which?  Not to thread hijack, but I think my questions will help the OP.

    Sounds like the two on sale are going to be pretty similar as far quality and featuers.  Seems like neither have a lower vent, which seems important.

    SQWIB, did you add a vent on your 3405GW?  Was that needed?  More importantly, do you think it's worth the extra $200 for the big block over the walmart version?  Obviously I'm new, so may not need everything the BB has, but I'm willing to invest the extra $$$ if the value is there. I don't really need all that size, as I really won't be cooking for many, but I do like some of the extra features (better grease control, better pans, better build).  Three times the price seems a bit hefty though.  I'm on the fence.

    My other option is a new Traeger Lil Tex Elite on craigslist for $400 (nearly half off).  I love getting a deal, and Traegers seem well loved, but they seem to have a lot of quality control issues over the last couple years.

    Thanks for all the help.  Will certainly visit role-call soon, as well as Q-View once i have my setup.
  14. butch cassidy

    butch cassidy Fire Starter

    3605BGD you will not be sorry. It will last you a long time and plenty of room to cook lots of great Q.  It is what I have and could not be happier.  Landmann's site 299.95 with free shipping.
  15. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
  16. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    3405GW Mods








    Last edited: Jun 10, 2011
  17. Thanks guys. I'm Chris from Raleigh, NC. I am pretty much a complete noob at smoking meats. I have helped my dad with his Chargriller a few times but that's it. I have not yet bought my smoker but I am trying to do research to buy the right equipment for the money. I would like to stay under $300 for the smoker so I can spend sone extra on things like a maverick et-732 and a a-maze-n BBQ unit. Thanks for the wealth of info. Ni look forward to sharing my q-views soon!!!

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