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georgiasmoke
02-11-2013, 08:31 PM
The headline says it all, I want a nice pit that will hold temp and cook evenly for the money I have to spend. I would love to get a Jambo but unfortunately my budget at this time is only about $1000. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

southernstyle
02-11-2013, 08:37 PM
Onyx oven

Alexa RnQ
02-11-2013, 08:42 PM
We've done very well with 18.5" WSMs. Reliable, lightweight and easily portable.

JD McGee
02-11-2013, 09:26 PM
WSM's are the best bang for your buck...:-P

jketron
02-11-2013, 09:46 PM
WSM all the way

porkingINpublic
02-11-2013, 10:14 PM
Backwoods would be up there on my list

dmprantz
02-11-2013, 10:26 PM
You asked this in the comp forum, so a suggestion: There are things to consider beyond the quality of BBQ produced relative to the money spent. Some of these can/will be dictated by the cooker that you buy, but see if you can answer any of these before you buy a cooker and it may push you in one direction or another:

Do you have a cooking style re hot-n-fast or low-n-slow?

Do you have a target timeline that you want to follow? The previous question will help you with this some, but when do you plan to take meats out? This leads into...

Which meats do you plan to have in the cooker at the same time?

How much of each meat do you plan to cook?

What is your logistical situation? How do you plan to transport your cooker(s) to and from competitions?

How do you plan to load and unload your cookers(s)?

There are lots of different cookers that can be purchased for < $1,000. Some are easier to transport than others, some are more capable of loading up with meat than others, and some are so cheap that you can buy (or build) 2-3. If you know what you are stepping into, I think you'll be a lot happier with whatever you buy. Also, don't forget that a lot of cookers work "better" with ADCs. That can add to your overall cost, and some ADCs can run multiple cookers, some can't. Just some things to ponder.

dmp

$billBBQ
02-12-2013, 07:16 AM
we were in the same position as you and we ended up making 3 UDS (double racks w heat shield) & bought a stoker unit to control them with a total under $1,000. so each UDS each self can hold 4 butts or 2 brisket and we have 6 racks so it nice we can just fire up one smoker or all 3 depending on how much we need to cook and now with the stoker unit we can get a little sleep (hopefully) at the competitions

SCSmoke
02-12-2013, 07:34 AM
I agree the WSM with a Stoker fan system. Easy to transport and when used right they make some great Q

tnjimbob
02-12-2013, 07:41 AM
I must add another vote for WSM's. Hard to beat for the $$$. You can buy them and have enough left over for some sort of ADC - (automatic draft control), like a Stoker or BBQ Guru. You might get lucky on Craigslist and find a used one in good condition that will save you even more $$$.

Shiz-Nit
02-12-2013, 08:28 AM
22.5 WSM with guru or stocker or very high for me would be the backwoods.
I have both and they both rock!

ibrisky
02-12-2013, 09:20 AM
We use 2 22" WSM's and started with a stoker set-up but don't use it now, once you learn them, no need for the stoker.

I've got a Stumps Plat3 in the garage for sale. I'd like to cook on it this year but don't want to haul it around....transporting the WSM's is easy on the fuel tank.

MNmoose
02-12-2013, 09:34 AM
Bang for the buck? WSM.

Muzzlebrake
02-12-2013, 12:48 PM
OK so I'll be that guy, I'm not a fan of the WSM, it has too many moving parts, the ergonomics absolutely suck and its made out of cheap sheet metal. For $1,000 you can find a quality small offset like the Yoder Cheyenne (http://www.yodersmokers.com/cheyenne.html) that will do what you are looking for. Dramatic leaps in quality, ergo's and versatility.

georgiasmoke
02-12-2013, 07:02 PM
We use 2 22" WSM's and started with a stoker set-up but don't use it now, once you learn them, no need for the stoker.

I've got a Stumps Plat3 in the garage for sale. I'd like to cook on it this year but don't want to haul it around....transporting the WSM's is easy on the fuel tank.

How much for the Stumps?

smokinit
02-12-2013, 07:32 PM
Backwoods chubby will be a little over your budget but not much.

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GOHOGS
02-12-2013, 09:54 PM
If you don't mind a little work, have tools and a shop to work in, and a few key ingredients hanging around you can just build your own. I built this bad boy with my 77 year old grandpa in just 3 weeks working nights and weekends and spent right at $1000 to get it done. Only thing left to do is bolt on some good handles and she's ready to roll!

G$
02-13-2013, 07:47 AM
OK so I'll be that guy, I'm not a fan of the WSM, it has too many moving parts, the ergonomics absolutely suck and its made out of cheap sheet metal. For $1,000 you can find a quality small offset like the Yoder Cheyenne (http://www.yodersmokers.com/cheyenne.html) that will do what you are looking for. Dramatic leaps in quality, ergo's and versatility.

This is all news to me.

Muzzlebrake
02-13-2013, 08:19 PM
This is all news to me.

I'm glad I could bring it to you:becky:

georgiasmoke
02-16-2013, 09:08 AM
Well, it's between a BWS or a WSM.

J. Ross
02-16-2013, 01:13 PM
Ok...I am also in the market for a new smoker. I currently have an offset stick burner made by Murphy Custom Pits in Kyle, TX. This pit has served me well but looking to upgrade...I have my eye on a new smoker by David Klose and have been working on putting the money together in order to get one. I have done some research regarding offset stick burners and would like to get some feedback regarding Gator and Jambo Pits. Also if you have a Klose pit I would like your feedback as well. I have met David and everyone at the shop and they are AMAZING individuals. Just wanted to see what's the difference between what I consider the top three stick burner fabricators.

Bigdog
02-16-2013, 02:08 PM
Ok...I am also in the market for a new smoker. I currently have an offset stick burner made by Murphy Custom Pits in Kyle, TX. This pit has served me well but looking to upgrade...I have my eye on a new smoker by David Klose and have been working on putting the money together in order to get one. I have done some research regarding offset stick burners and would like to get some feedback regarding Gator and Jambo Pits. Also if you have a Klose pit I would like your feedback as well. I have met David and everyone at the shop and they are AMAZING individuals. Just wanted to see what's the difference between what I consider the top three stick burner fabricators.

You can't go wrong with a Klose. Great smokers and built to last a lifetime. I should know, I have the MOAB and it will have to last a lifetime. Mine has to. If not, the wife will kill me, therefore, a lifetime. :wink:

BOT: Tough call as to the best for the $$ Lots of variables to consider. Bottom line is to pick one of good quality that will do what it is supposed to do, and more importantly, do for you what you need it to do.

WineMaster
02-16-2013, 02:15 PM
Best smoker for the money is the MJH from Backyard Bombers.

Harbormaster
02-16-2013, 02:43 PM
We've done very well with 18.5" WSMs. Reliable, lightweight and easily portable.

WSM's are the best bang for your buck...:-P
I haven't done as well as these folks have, but WSMs are GREAT comp cookers.

Buy the best, only cry once.

White Dog BBQ
02-16-2013, 04:53 PM
For $1,000, I would buy two WSMs, an 18" and a 22.5". I like the 18 for efficiency, and the 22.5" for ribs. If you play your cards right, you could get two 18s for the big meats, and a 22.5" for ribs in the morning, and still be under $1,000.

I love the BWS line, but I would not try and do a comp on a single chubby. On one of the bigger ones, sure, but not on the base Chubby.

Not sure I would call the WSM sheet metal "cheap". Thinner than a quality offset? Yes. But with the porcelain coating it will last a very long time. I consider cheap sheet metal to be a $20 grill from K-Mart that won't last more than a season or two.

Mad About Que
02-16-2013, 06:44 PM
even if you buy something, no matter what it is, it wont be what you will end up with. when buying my first pit, i found this guy that gave me the best advice.. go less expensive and then learn to use it. in a year, someone one here or CL will take it off your hands. took me 4 years to finally upgrade mine.. rolling into the BWS land with a G2 Party and Chubby. will easily handle KCBS loads etc. that said, i'll still have just under $5k of smokers shipped and guru'd. but i've been a good boy, so the wife isn't giving me too much crap.. build a couple UDS's.. want something simular but not as ugly, WSM's... hell, build two UDS's, and toss $800 in the "next pit" fund...