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Old 04-11-2005, 01:29 PM   #1
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Yeah, I know, "when is this fool going to just buy a dam smoker". I did a road trip to a Wal Mart just south of here in a more rural area figurin' they just might have the Bandera. What they do have is the Char Broil Quick set which is sort of a barrel with a side fire box. It was $169. I don't want to buy another low end smoker but if this one is in the same class as the Bandera as far as keeping a fire and cooking abilities, mabye I should just go for it? I don't need the cooking space of the Bandera. I apologize for being such a nusiance.
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Old 04-11-2005, 01:46 PM   #2
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Hoo,

I don't see a danged thing wrong with that unit. It's similar to all the other round, two-chamber offset smokers. Me, I'd go for it and "buy a dam smoker, fool." ;)

You're in 'analysis paralysis' now!

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Old 04-11-2005, 02:01 PM   #3
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Old 04-11-2005, 02:13 PM   #4
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I answered this in another recent (today) thread.

I've got one - I put a baffle on it out of 20 gauge sheet metal. I cut and bent a simple charcoal basket.

I put on firegrate in the firebox, throw in the charcoal basket, fire off charcoal, add wood, and cook.

I've had it about 1.5 years and have cooked brisket, pork butt, chicken, beer can chicken, turkey, etc. etc. etc.

For $150-175 you won't find better. It is horizontal and has a hot spot near the firebox end - great for finishing chicken.
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Old 04-11-2005, 02:17 PM   #5
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You have to keep a decent coal bed going. You have to learn how to adjust the damper (typically, leave the chimney wide open) to control your heat. An analog thermometer (like from Walmart) works fine in the lid (predrilled) for giving you an idea of what the heat is. But, as always, meat close to thermometer or blocking air flow will change the reading.

The only way you're ever gonna get a handle on cooking que it to COOK. We'll happily answer questions, but Dude, we can't cook it for you.
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Old 04-11-2005, 03:11 PM   #6
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Old 04-11-2005, 03:19 PM   #7
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I think Arlin had it right, I'm in "analysis paralysis". It easy for me to do. I know I look like an idiot from the other end of this discussion but I don't have a lot to choose from out her on the West Coast and I want to get the bigest bang for my buck. There is some lousy equipment on the market. I just don't want another unit that I'm going to be wanting to move out of next season. I'm doing some pretty good BBQ now, that's the reason I'm looking for a new unit. It.s a reward to myself for getting this far. And don't think I don't apreciate you guys and the time you all take to walk me through this stuff. It may not show but I have learned quite a bit in the short time I have been hanging out here. You are great. I'll calm down here shortly, buy my smoker and be a regular contributing member I promis.
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Old 04-11-2005, 03:29 PM   #8
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In the words of whoever it was, in the midst of a panic attack: "Don't just do something, damnit, stand there!!" :D

I give you the same advice I give people that ask me about buying a PC: decide how much you want to spend, what you want to do with it (in this case cook for # people), then go buy a cooker!!

For 3-4 you absolutely can't do wrong with a WSM. They are good looking, easy to clean, relatively cheap, have their own support website www.virtualweberbullet.com, etc. etc. etc. They burn charcoal and wood chunks - set it up, dial it in, and relax while waiting for the que.

An offset is the same price but will burn wood or combo. Takes a lot more effort to keep the temp steady. Puts out some good que but you have to work for it.

Bandera, clone, etc: greater capacity. needs some mods. can burn wood only, charcoal only, or combo. Takes practice. Costs more than either the offset or the WSM.

So, decide what you'll spend and go get it.

Cook something!!
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For 3-4 you absolutely can't do wrong with a WSM. They are good looking, easy to clean, relatively cheap, have their own support website www.virtualweberbullet.com, etc. etc. etc. They burn charcoal and wood chunks - set it up, dial it in, and relax while waiting for the que.
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Old 04-11-2005, 04:25 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Hoorenga
I'll calm down here shortly, buy my smoker and be a regular contributing member I promis.
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Well, I wouldn't say you aren't a regular contributor, Hoo, but I think we'd rather see you take the plunge, you know?

I mean, don't MAKE us write poetry about you....

I could spend a happy morning
Smelling Q
I could spend a happy morning
Being Hoo.
But it just won’t ever matter,
If I don't get off my a$$,
And sit and worry-worry
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Old 04-11-2005, 05:24 PM   #11
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Yeah, thats me, I like to get good and worked up about somethin' before I take the plunge. It really irritates my wife too. I eventualy build up enough momentum to reach critical mass. Didn't know we had a poetry section.
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Old 04-11-2005, 09:34 PM   #12
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Dude, the best thing for you to do, is to go get ANY smoker, do some ribs, a brisket, a pork butt, COOK some meat. Then in about 1 - 2 years, you are going to go through all this again. There is no problem with wanting to get the "best" bang for your buck. But until you get SOME kind of smoker, you AINT making Q.
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Heres an idea. Try one of these.


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If you hurry, you can get this one. It's in Oregon.

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This one is in Washington. And no maitenance.

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