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Unread 10-31-2011, 09:59 PM   #1
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Default Advice for a good electric smoker

Since I got my WSM a friend of mine has been over a couple of times to have a few beers and sit around the smoker. He has become interested in buying a smoker, but doesn't want to have charcoal. I told him to get a WSM, but he doesn't want (what he described) a headache as far as messing with charcoal. He is more set it and forget it..

Anyway, anyone on here use an electric smoker? If so, please give me some direction on what you have.

He is looking to spend $300 or so.

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Unread 10-31-2011, 10:40 PM   #2
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I have a Cookshack Smokette 008 and paid $300 for it used, so its not in his budget.

Check out Masterbuilt or Bradley Smokers, but I get the feeling he'd get a headache and end up at your place for his Q!
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Unread 10-31-2011, 11:17 PM   #3
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CookShack Smokette if you can find one used. Been through the MES thing also.
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Unread 11-01-2011, 06:02 AM   #4
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I have a Cookshack Smokette 008 and paid $300 for it used, so its not in his budget.

Check out Masterbuilt or Bradley Smokers, but I get the feeling he'd get a headache and end up at your place for his Q!
I am new to smoking and felt that keeping the temp steady would be difficult for me. I started out with a Smoke Hollow electric. Bought at Gander Mountain for about $200. Works real well, keeps the temp right on spot. Has a water pan and a wood chip pan. Once I get used to smoking I hope to graduate to something else. I know the purists here will laugh at me but I am very pleased with it.
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my fatherhttp http://www.basspro.com/Masterbuilt-3...0210572/127747
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If his mind isn't totally set on electric I would actually suggest a gas smoker. I started with a Masterbuilt electric and while it was super easy to use the little wood chip tray didn't allow for good smoke flavor. My next smoker was a Great Outdoors Smokey Mountain I got at basspro. Not sure if they still have the exact model, but the link below is for a Masterbuilt gasser that is similar in size and less than $200. I was able to put smaller chunks in the cast iron wood box and it really put out the smoke that electrics can lack. And it runs steady as well.

http://www.basspro.com/Masterbuilt-E...10219561/80511
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yikes. i guess he doesnt want a stick burner!
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I too have a Cookshack electric smoker, love that little thing.
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i've got the once size down with out the window, black model. Love it.

stick a butt in before work, come home to a nice pulled pork samwhich for supper.
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wow. i should proof read my replyies. it was suppose to say. my father in law has two, and they turn out some gret product
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http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/pr...Id=prod1180971

$299

Bought the MES40 in March and used it regularly. Also bought the A-Maze-N smoker: http://www.amazenproducts.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=12 for continuous smoke.

Actually, I am marinating some beef right now for jerky that I will start in the am

I can honestly say that this will be the first time I've used the MES40 since I bought the WSM 22.5 in August
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I am new to smoking and felt that keeping the temp steady would be difficult for me. I started out with a Smoke Hollow electric. Bought at Gander Mountain for about $200. Works real well, keeps the temp right on spot. Has a water pan and a wood chip pan. Once I get used to smoking I hope to graduate to something else. I know the purists here will laugh at me but I am very pleased with it.
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I have a MasterBuilt 40 inch electric I got at SAMS for just under $300. The company sent me a larger wood chip pan at no charge to replace the small pan that comes with it. Haven't had it long but it seems to be doing fine with the larger wood chip pan. Very easy to use and holds temp ~constant. It is on wheels so easy to roll it in/out of storage area when I get ready to use it. So for I am pleased with it. Let you know more in a few months.
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Default did both - side-by-side wood and now a gasser..

had the Braunsfels side-by-side for years - takes a lot of attention controling the woodburner/temp/smoke


and when it rusted out I went for the Master Forge propane smoker.. from Lowes for $149.= .... can't beat that price..



should have gone that way a long time before that - love it - easy to control heat and like the 2 doors - bottom access to the woodpan and waterpan.... without having to open the smoke compartment if you have to refill...





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Unread 11-01-2011, 03:14 PM   #15
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Set it and forget it doesn't come much easier than via this....
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Masterbuil...ehouse/7811422

I started with this and it works well. However....if he spends any time on here the UDS gods will call him. Just tell him it's futile to resist.....
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