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Old 05-27-2020, 07:47 PM   #1
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New member. live in southeast Michigan. Just started bbq about a year ago. I have a masterbuilt electric smoker right now looking to upgrade to a offset smoker. I love spending time smoking meat and relaxing. My favorite part of smoking is people enjoying my food. I have a question that I hope someone could help with. What are some good offset smokers out there and are there any custom smoker builders close to my area? Thanks for all your help in advance and can't wait for all the help and fun to come!
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Old 05-27-2020, 07:52 PM   #2
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Hey..Royal Oak native here, but long before it was hip.

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Old 05-27-2020, 07:57 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard!

While I cannot offer advice on an offset, I can offer advice on BBQ - HAVE FUN!

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Old 05-27-2020, 08:43 PM   #4
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Welcome! I think there are some up there but I’ll let others from the area weigh in. Academy Sports has some decent affordable ones and can ship if they don’t have stores in your area.

I’ve considered going that route myself though I’ll probably pick up a Shirley Fabrication 36” if I buy one.
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Old 05-27-2020, 09:04 PM   #5
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A quality offset is expensive. I bought my first offset used just in case I found I didn’t like the time offsets demand. If you can find a quality offset used I recommend it.
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Old 05-27-2020, 09:35 PM   #6
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Grew up near Metro Airport. Been in the DFW area of TX for the last 4 years. Your best source of high quality meat is going to be Eastern Market, IMHO

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Old 05-27-2020, 09:50 PM   #7
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Old 05-28-2020, 05:23 AM   #8
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Welcome to the Brethren!!

Cant give you advice about offset's, never used one. But these guys here will help you as best they can!
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Old 05-28-2020, 08:52 AM   #9
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Welcome to the brethren. I am up in Lapeer. No offset though. I am sure you will be getting a lot of input though.
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Old 05-28-2020, 09:34 AM   #10
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Welcome. I guess it depends on how much you want to spend and how far you are willing to drive. Meadow Creek makes good quality smokers. They have dealers in MI and Ohio
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Old 05-28-2020, 10:15 AM   #11
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Outlaw BBQ Smokers is in Indiana. There is a guy in Jackson that makes Aaron Franklin style offsets. I will see if I can get his name and number. I know he has made a few big units for restaurants also.
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Old 05-28-2020, 01:48 PM   #12
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I was looking at getting a shirley 24×65 or a lang 60 so that tells you the price rang I'm in all your help is greatly appreciated 👍
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Old 05-29-2020, 07:36 PM   #13
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Forget the offset or fancy custom builds for now. Go get a wsm and master your craft for now. Oh, and welcome to an awesome site!
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Old 05-29-2020, 07:45 PM   #14
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I don't know whats near Michigan for offsets, but aside from the giraffe nature of my LSG (and draft door) I quite like it. Once at a smoke temp it becomes a rock solid easy feeding cooker. Were I to do it again I'd look at the Shirley patio model with a caveat or two.
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Old 05-30-2020, 12:04 AM   #15
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