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Unread 01-28-2011, 08:22 PM   #1
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Default What smoker to buy? Pellet vs Stickburner

I know this can easily end up in a unanswerable debate, but Id like to get everyone's opinions anyway. Im new to the world of BBQ, Ive always enjoyed cooking and this past summer I looked into smoking and bought a wsm and loved it! Used it at least once a week whenever I had the time and thought I could make some decent Q.

But now I'm already getting greedy and want to take it to the next level, Im working a lot of OT right now and can afford to throw some money at a new pit. Now I dont make a lot of money so Im thinking at most...$3000?, and thats only cause (at 25) Im convincing myself you only live once. I started off thinking about getting a pellet pooper so I had some extra space and plenty of convenience that comes with pellets. Than I started thinking how bad ass a real stickburner is. Yes its more work, but more work leads to more gratification. Plus with the extra room an offset has I can try to cater personal parties and events, and move up from there. I'd also like to try some competitions too, though up here in eastern PA I would be cautious spending money for comps until I have some proven recipes. But today while researching I starting leaning back towards a pellet grill. What sucks is I have no experience with either and am going on pure research (which I do a lot).

So what say ye brethren? Save up for a lang 60, or get a pellet (I like the GMC and the new Yoder) and maybe something else, or save money for more meat! I also have given myself the goal to smoke a whole pig/hog. Cant do that on a pellet, unless I go with the whole hog CS smoker but Im not sure on the quality of the product for $2k.

I have a lot of ideas and obsessions going through my head and would love to get your input! Sorry for the life story, but none of my friends understand my rambling and I like advice.

Thanks!
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