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Unread 06-27-2014, 11:13 AM   #31
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Let me know when you want to get rid of one of those R2 units
One I've already sold to a friend, the other I think I'm going to keep in case I need the overflow. Although it's temping to make a road trip to Memphis for some more tasty Q. You guys have nailed the art of dry ribs.
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Unread 06-27-2014, 11:27 AM   #32
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I used to get all hung up on electronics for all my cookers. As I started to figure out how each one worked, I no longer use them for every cook. You have a ton of options as far as your alotted price range, so you won't be sorry for any of the brethren's suggestions. If you don't need one right away, I would consider buying used from craigslist. When I started smoking meats, I used a weber 22.5 and got pretty good with it. The cook controls the cooker, so learn your equipment. Good luck with your choice.
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Unread 06-27-2014, 11:34 AM   #33
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I think that's a good choice for you as well! Going from electric to a WSM is one step closer to a stick burner.
It's kinda like getting hooked on drugs,.. you start with a couple of wine coolers or beers, which leads to weed and then the next thing you know you're sticking white powder up your nose, wondering what happened! LOL!!!
The dark side is calling you and we'll get you eventually! Wa-ha,ha!

HahahaYes!!! I started with open pit to ceramic then got a weber and after that got a PBC. I absolutely love the taste of food from a steel drum. It tastes by far the best for me. So much so that I have a stick burner on order. Food from a stick burner is second to none IMHO.

PBC is the easiest to control beacuse you dont need to. 1. Start fire 2. Hang food 3. Take it out when its done.

I say PBC or UDS
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Unread 06-27-2014, 12:13 PM   #34
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You don't need another controller, the PartyQ *is* the controller. It has a temp sensor that goes in the pit, and you set the temp you want to hold on the screen.

It's set-and-forget for about 10-12 hours with a good charcoal that doesn't ash over (lump, KC, Stubbs, etc.). A pellet cooker is even more set and forget--those work like ovens. Just don't let the hopper get empty and you're golden. You just end up spending a little more.

I'm probably going to upgrade from a pair of 22" WSMs to a Yoder YS1500 for more cooking space, flexibility to grill or smoke, and real set-and-forget ease of use.

Understood. Statement was to build a cheaper alternative based on a Raspberrypi I already have.

But as others have stated, it may not be needed. I guess after I get a WSM and start using it I'll know.
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Unread 06-27-2014, 12:32 PM   #35
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Another vote for a WSM, they really are fantastic cookers!

Although, I do agree...stick burners and just so much fun.
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Unread 06-27-2014, 12:45 PM   #36
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Another recommendation for WSM.

Make sure you get the 22" model. You will appreciate the extra space for large cooks and large briskets...
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Unread 06-27-2014, 01:17 PM   #37
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I have been using a pellet pooper for last year, its pretty easy. They have a small one for less than $500 but I was not happy with the size, had to get a much larger one even though I only cook for a handfull of people. I use Traeger Lil Tex. I get a smoke ring on my meats and get smoke flavor, I would like to try something new in time.
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Unread 06-27-2014, 01:44 PM   #38
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I've got a Masterbuilt gasser and I don't have any complaints. I mean, I'm not going to be entering any competitions with it or anything, but for backyard bbq for friends and family, and especially for the cost, it's absolutely fantastic.
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Unread 06-27-2014, 04:35 PM   #39
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I have a wsm 18.5 it has enough cooking space to make plenty mouths happy, a maverick 732 added is way easy cooking.
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Unread 06-27-2014, 04:40 PM   #40
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I personally love my Egg I have heard nothing except good things about the UDS- get a drum and a kit from Big Poppa Smokers and also the WSM
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I agree with OldBill, sticks are in.
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I have a smokin-it #2, I used it frequently then went back to charcoal and picked up a WSM, the smokin-it #2 is mainly to make jerky, keep things warm or the occasional over night cook. I use the WSM and now a BPS UDS more than the smokin-it. Hell I often have a hard time deciding between the WSM and BPS UDS because both are such a joy to cook on.
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Unread 06-27-2014, 05:01 PM   #43
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Sounds to me like you should get a pellet smoker. Built in temp control. No babysitting. Easy and the food still tastes great.
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Thanks for all of the good info guys. I pulled the trigger on a 22.5" WSM. Another q though, What is everyone using to pick up their meat when in the smoker? Gloves, Bear Paws, etc...
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Unread 06-27-2014, 06:17 PM   #45
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Understood. Statement was to build a cheaper alternative based on a Raspberrypi I already have.
I see. I was going to suggest an Arduino. I already have one. (Three actually ) But making a controller is not high on my list. I'm pretty happy with manual control and for the last couple cooks, I've not even bothered with pulling out the ET-732. (We tend to obsess about the process but in fact, KISS works!)

As for the smoker, hard to go wrong with the WSM. I was going to suggest a UDS as it might be a good choice for a maker, but you have already ruled that out. Unless you like a *lot* of 'Q, I would consider the 18. It's a lot cheaper than the 22 and will hold a lot of meat and not use a lot of charcoal.

If price is an issue, you can watch for a WSM on Craigslist or similar. They don't show up often but do occasionally appear. In the mean time, there are usually lots of Weber kettles available and you can start smoking with one of those. (Look up the 'fuse' or 'snake' method. It doesn't work as well as a WSM but it does work well enough.)

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