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Old 01-06-2013, 10:53 PM   #1
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Question Smoker question??

I have a friend that asked me about a smoker...



He is looking at this one, I'm new to smoking and didn't feel I had enough experience to give an opinion, and he's new to smoking too...
Anyone using one or have any feedback on this unit? I have a Master Build electric smoker and it works fine for me....I'm building a UDS for better smoke, but still to new to give advice. I also told him to look at a BBG or a Webber....

I think he want a kind of all in one unit, smoke and grill....

Thanks for any and all responses to this question....

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Old 01-06-2013, 11:19 PM   #2
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If he wants an all in one unit. How about a kamado?

The Akorn Kamado which is about the same price point as the cooker in the link.

Kamado Joe Classic is about 699 and is a heck of smoker/grill/pizza maker.

Or he can go old school with a weber kettle and build a UDS, or an 18" WSM.
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They work good from what I here but your a slave to Bradley for the wood pucks and they're proud of them($$$$). Anything with computerized control scares the bejeebers out of me, 1 power surge and your calling Pizza Hut or the power goes out an your having peanutbutter & baloney on wonder bread. IMO an Brinkman Gourmet is a better choice.
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I think he want a kind of all in one unit, smoke and grill....
The best rig to do both is a Weber kettle. Especially if he wants little fuss to go back and forth and wants a unit that's gonna last forever.

The only down side I can think of for a kettle is that if your cooking for a crowd (more than 4 or 5 people) space can run short real quick. Not that it isn't possible to cook for a crowd with one though. I've cook for a 20ish person party and did pork steaks in multiple batches. I had to start early and had to add another load of charcoal but it wasn't a huge deal. The finished steaks were thrown into a roasting pan and put in a warm oven until the party.

If he is just cooking for his household, a kettle is the sure bet. Plus the price is right too. A One Touch Silver 22" is like $100 from Lowes. The Golds and Platinums aren't much more either.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:52 AM   #5
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the ketle grill is the best. If you want anything better you have to look for a long time .
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Get a Weber 26.75 Kettle ...Pretty versitile .
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:56 AM   #7
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I would go with the kamado if it will be his only weapon. They're very versatile. Grilling, long smokes, and even baking pizza. Don't get me wrong though, I love my 22.5 kettle and I can cook ANYTHING on it. I just prefer my kamado for longer cooks because of how little fuel it uses and it will park at the same temp for hours untouched.




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Old 01-10-2013, 06:23 AM   #8
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I agree the Weber Smokey Mountain and the Komando are both good choices.

I also have to add that the UDS is also great for a beginner with a small budget.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:16 AM   #9
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That unit will be fine for a bit but I see it on craiglists a few months down the road because it is boring. The Kamado suggestion is great or get a Weber Kettle and build a UDS and spend less money and he will be set for a long time.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:01 AM   #10
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I have a Bradley but would not buy another one.

it works fine and you dont need to use thier pucks, I use an AMNPS pellet smoker in mine

But the heat element is weak, I added a second one and its much much better.

its not an all in one unit, it will not grill

One thing I will say is Bradley Customer Service is excellent.

And yes, it is kind of boring to use.
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