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SweetBlue 04-05-2013 12:05 PM

Beginner Smoker for Grandfather - Suggestions?
Hey All,

I was visiting my grandparents for Easter when my grandpa said he had been thinking about trying his hand at smoking. He has some free time on his hands and he's always wanted to try it.

As you can imagine I was pretty elated. He wants a to start out with a cheaper unit then move to something nicer if he ends up liking the hobby.

I'd love to surprise him with a smoker. Can you guys offer some suggestions on a relatively inexpensive smoker that would be great for a beginner? Thanks to my father in-law I started out on a BGE so I don't have much experience with other types of smokers.


silver8ack 04-05-2013 12:07 PM

Define 'inexpensive'. It's a relative term. :)

A UDS, WSM, or the small Traeger are probably the cheapest options... probably in that order too.

K80Shooter 04-05-2013 12:08 PM

I think for someone just starting out a Akorn would be great. Very similar to the egg but a lot cheaper. If not that then a wsm (weber smokey mountiam) would be great.

Jaskew82 04-05-2013 12:16 PM

I would consider a simple Weber One Touch gold. You can smoke on it and its pretty cheap and convenient. If you want to step it up, get a WSM. They are around $300 and very easy to cook on. I actually find the BGE and other Kamado type cookers have a slightly harder learning curve than the WSM or kettle's.

Neonnblack 04-05-2013 12:22 PM

My first smoker was a UDS, couldnt be happier.

sparky' 04-05-2013 12:28 PM

WSM are easy to use and produce great results. 18 = $300, 22 = $400.

Teamfour 04-05-2013 12:36 PM

UDS - and to make the experience better, build it together.

fantomlord 04-05-2013 12:39 PM

presumably he's not going to be cooking for large crowds (at least not at first)?

I'd consider building him a mini WSM

joshcary 04-05-2013 12:47 PM

18.5" WSM would be my suggestion. Many a wonderful meal has been made on WSM's and at $299, it's hard to beat!

16Adams 04-05-2013 12:49 PM

Pit Barrel Cooker is having a sale. Free shipping. Akorn amazing quality at a low price. WSM as set and forget as you can get for smoking but honestly I prefer the higher temps in the PBC.
The Mini WSM gets used a lot for 4 hour cooks around here. You have lots of options, best part is whatever you choose, you are right.
Where there's smoke, there's smiles.

checkrd past 04-05-2013 01:00 PM

Make it easy and get an entry level pellet smoker ,Treager ,Green Mountain Grill etc

El Ropo 04-05-2013 01:15 PM

Define smoking? does he want to cold smoke cheese and meat, or does he want to actually BBQ smoke? Don't want to p off the old man and get him the wrong setup.

^that is my pet peeve, people call 'em smokers, I call 'em BBQs, unless they are strictly cold smokers.

samfsu 04-05-2013 01:38 PM

18.5" WSM or a WSM Mini.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 04-05-2013 01:43 PM

Speaking as a grandfather I would love it if a grandson wanted to build a smoker for me with me. I vote for a WSM that you both plan and build together.

N8man 04-05-2013 01:50 PM

A Weber Charcoal Grill would be my suggestion for the beginner...

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