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Old 07-25-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
On the road to being a farker
Join Date: 06-04-12
Location: Wheaton, IL
Default From plugs to fires

Greetings -

I am looking to upgrade. I got my first "taste" of smoking via an electric masterbuilt smoker...which...for what it's worth set my tastebuds on "fire" with it's results. However, in the process of knowledge deepening I realize I need to take my journey of smoke to the next level. Please advise a humble, noob smoker on what the next level looks like. Thanks!
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:05 PM   #2
On the road to being a farker

Join Date: 05-03-12
Location: Chanute, KS

IMHO the next and last level looks like a 22.5" WSM or if your crafty a UDS. I am assuming you are talking about backyard BBQ for you and several friends and even a competition or two. If we are talking catering then it is out of my hands.
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:08 PM   #3
On the road to being a farker
Join Date: 02-25-12
Location: Overland Park, KS
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Get a weber smokey mountain or build a UDS. You'll find lots of different opinions on which is better, but I have both, and you can't go wrong with either one. Both cook great with or without a water pan.

WSM: easy build, but costs $300 for the 22.5" one.
UDS: you need to build it yourself, but you can do it for under $100.
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