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sparky' 01-24-2013 11:52 AM

what's a good stick burner for a novice?
no, i'm not getting a new smoker. just researching them. i am a lazy bbq person. i love the mak. flip a switch and put the meat on. easy. i love my WSM's also. alot. i have never had a stick burner but i hear that the food coming off them is some of the best bbq food ever. not looking for anything like the blue october. and i'm not catering anymore either. i'm just using it for me, the wife and a bunch of no good kids and their spouses and maybe a 4th of july party or so. also do you need a insulated smokers box? are some stick burners easier to use than others? and where do ya'll get your wood from? just fireplace wood from the wood guy?

DownHomeQue 01-24-2013 11:58 AM

Char Griller are decent little stick burners... I have one.. Stickburners I would say infuse a little more smoke flavor onto what you are cooking.. This however isn't always a good thing.. You can oversmoke on stick burners... They are not hard to cook on they just require more monitoring and you will need to add wood to continue your cook..

DownHomeQue 01-24-2013 11:59 AM

Plenty of Trees round here.. and i got a chainsaw! thats where i get my wood from..:thumb:

Panthers65 01-24-2013 12:51 PM

for a cheap version go with a chrgriller. IF you want something that is going to last a while, the lang 36" is the way I'd go. Also, the horizion smokers from BP are the old school oklahoma joes, very well made also.

16Adams 01-24-2013 01:04 PM

Tiernan SOB 34 or 48. Their website is and click on their Son of Brisket line of cookers. Great product and handmade in Amarillo Tx. You will pay several hundred less than those mentioned above. Great customer service. I mean great. I just sold my 1993 Sob-48 after 20 years of service. A guy made me an offer I could not refuse.

Kernscookin 01-24-2013 02:23 PM

I have a 60" Lang and I love it. It is reverse flow so the temp stays close all the way across the smoker. They make a 36" and a 48". I almost bought the 48" but decided at the last minute on the 60" They have a web site you can go to. Most of the smokers at least 48" and up are made with 1/4" steel so it holds the temp better than the Chargriller. I started out with the Chargriller and moved up to the Lang. The Chargriller is 11 gauge steel and doesn't work to well in cold weather to keep temp up. Also you can only use about half the Chargriller for smoking because it gets to hot close to the fire box. It is not reverse flow.

DownHomeQue 01-24-2013 04:06 PM

Jambos are nice offset smokers also.. the Lang is too.. Those are upwards of 1000 dollars.. if you want a top of the line.. def. the way to go.. but if you want to experiment grab a chargriller with the firebox.. and try it out.. they can be had for around 200.00 at lowes.. and are actually decent little cookers.. A water pan can help with the heat coming off of the firebox.. so the whole little smoker can be useful..

Trumpstylz 01-24-2013 04:06 PM

Yeah, if you can find it, get a bandera or oklahoma joe. Lang, jambo, jj, gator, bubba grills, Klose, and JJ are all solid built. Some are reverse flow and some are offset. They both have their advantages and disadvantages.

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