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Wood like some info on a wood smoker please


Joined Nov 17, 2013
Hi all I really don't know if this is the right place to post this topic. I am new to smoking and looking to buy a wood smoker from wal mart, lowes, or Home Depot and don't really know what I am getting into I really like the barrel type with the offset fire box a lot and watch a lot of vids on YouTube about the mods for them which is ok for me looking for a price range for. 400- 500 I seen this o e at Home Depot called the. RiverGrille Farmer's Charcoal Grill which here's the link to it


Would anyone know of this one would be ok

Thanks for the help tommy


Smoke Blower
Joined Sep 25, 2013

I have looked at the Home Depot site and the smoker you are referring to.

There is only one picture of it so it is a little hard to formulate a good answer for you. I am assuming that the fire box is to the right side of the unit and that it has a cover and grate over it where you could also grill food.

Is the fire box built to accommodate wood splits (6" in length) or wood chunks that I think Home Depot sells, like apple, cherry, hickory?

If so, this may be a good starter smoker for you.

When you get the smoker food bug like I did, you need to step up to the next level and purchase a better quality smoker that will easier and more fun to use. This is what I did and I am now going to "move up a notch" as Emeril Lagasse would say and purchase a little larger back yard smoker. I am going to purchase a Lang 48 patio model. I have smoked a lot of butts, turkeys and chicken on two different Lang smokers and really pleased with the quality and performance of their smokers.

Lang does make a smaller model than the one I am looking at that may be something for you to consider when you think the time is right.

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