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Unread 08-30-2011, 11:24 PM   #1
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What is a good smoker for a beginner? I have a regular grill but would like to get a smoker to smoke brisket, butts, etc.
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Unread 08-30-2011, 11:25 PM   #2
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WSM or UDS is where I would start unless you really want a stick burner. Much less fire tending and you will get some great results from either.
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Unread 08-30-2011, 11:37 PM   #3
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I started with a Weber Smokey Mountain and would be hard pressed not to recommend that for you. It's an excellent smoker and easy to use. If you wanna build a UDS, you will be quite happy with that too.
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Unread 08-30-2011, 11:43 PM   #4
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Master Forge Charcoal Smoker I found this on on the Lowes website. A good bit cheaper than the WSM. I was just seeing if this is an alright smoker to go with for now.
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what is your budget?
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I was looking to stay under a hundered on one. At least for this year and then upgrade in a year or two once i can get a larger budget set aside.
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I was looking to stay under a hundered on one. At least for this year and then upgrade in a year or two once i can get a larger budget set aside.
I'd recommend a Weber One-Touch Silver in that case. You can smoke on that with a little attention to the charcoal and use it as a great charcoal grill at the same time. You can get that for well under your budget.
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Alright thanks. I look around some. Where is a good place to get smokers from? The local Lowes, Walmart, or where. Just wondering where would have the best selection and prices.
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Lowes should have them and Walmart might (the Weber Silver). Home Depot carries them also.
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Alright man thanks. Im going to look at some tomorrow i guess and see what I like.
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I cut my teeth on an ECB, El Cheapo Brinkman, which I still have. There are some mods that make this a better smoker, not great, but good.
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What kind of grill do you have now? I used my gasser for years with good results. It's not a bad option to start with to see if you really enjoy the process.
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If you are handy at all you should really looking into building a UDS. It will be under $100 and will work better than you could ever imagine. I would keep saving and using what you have until you can get a WSM otherwise. You will not regret that decision.
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The WSM is nice over the UDS because you aren't struggling to work out why your design isn't working. Keep an eye out on Craigslist for a used WSM. That'd be my suggestion.

If you don't have any tools, or friends with tools, you do have to include that cost in making a UDS. A step bit alone is $40. To build one under $100 you need to have some good friends who have scraps and tools, or have access to all that yourself.
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The WSM is nice over the UDS because you aren't struggling to work out why your design isn't working. Keep an eye out on Craigslist for a used WSM. That'd be my suggestion.

If you don't have any tools, or friends with tools, you do have to include that cost in making a UDS. A step bit alone is $40. To build one under $100 you need to have some good friends who have scraps and tools, or have access to all that yourself.
You can buy a $10 step bit to handle this one job. A drill and a jigsaw was all I needed. You won't struggle at all with a UDS if you KISS it.
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