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Old 02-03-2011, 08:59 PM   #1
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I have not been here in a while and in the market for a new smoker.

I have about $300 to $400 to spend and was wondering if there was something better than a WSM for the money.

Thanks in advance brothers.

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Old 02-03-2011, 09:03 PM   #2
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Nope, and I'll be the first to say this, "Build yourself a drumsmoker. They are pretty good too."
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:14 PM   #3
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Nope, and I'll be the first to say this, "Build yourself a drumsmoker. They are pretty good too."
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:17 PM   #4
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yeah, assuming you can find a acceptable drum that doesnt cost you that much to get to your house.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:26 PM   #5
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I love my drum smoker, but at the depot the other day I saw a "new" (I'd never seen it before) brinkmann offset. I was impressed, way more heavy duty than the standard cheapo. $300. If you want an offset, look into it, if not...Build a drum!
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:31 PM   #6
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I have not been here in a while and in the market for a new smoker.

I have about $300 to $400 to spend and was wondering if there was something better than a WSM for the money.

Thanks in advance brothers.

John
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:33 PM   #7
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All good advice. Thanks brothers.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:45 PM   #8
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A drum is one of the cheapest if your handy and if you can drill a hole you should be good to go. You can build no weld drums. If not a WSM is probably your best bet. They are simple to use and make award winning bbq.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:05 PM   #9
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If I hadn't started with a UDS I certainly would have gotten a WSM by now. When you see them all over the place at legit KCBS comps then you know something is working.
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:01 PM   #10
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If I hadn't started with a UDS I certainly would have gotten a WSM by now. When you see them all over the place at legit KCBS comps then you know something is working.
I see plenty of both WSMs & UDSs at every comp that I go to - about 12 to 15 contests per year .
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:05 PM   #11
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If you want to buy one, No!!
You could also build a UDS.
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:25 PM   #12
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If you really want an offset of name-brand smoker start scanning craigslist, there's plenty on there.

but I'd still vote to build a UDS. The drum = awesomeness.
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:39 AM   #13
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:40 AM   #14
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Build a UDS, with the money you save buy more Meat,sauce, and rubs.
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:19 AM   #15
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WSMs are like the set-it-and forget-it rotisseries advertised on TV. Easy to use with little care, if used properly.
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