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Old 04-06-2013, 06:55 AM   #31
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This is a very inexpensive option.


Lowes has them for $59.00
I concur. This is how I started and I'm a grandpa too. Lots of good suggestions here though. Another option is to watch Craig's List and pick one up that way.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:34 AM   #32
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This little smoke hollow is the first smoker I had. It is good to learn some basics on. It is cheap and works pretty well. If he enjoys it, he can step up to a bigger and better smoker down the road.

http://www.gandermountain.com/modper...D=GSHOP_401740
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:35 AM   #33
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or build one together. That would be cool experience.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:40 AM   #34
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If he is cooking for a small amount of people (2-4 people) Make a mini WSM (you can find detailed builds by googling it). You get quality time with gpop doing an easy build (takes less than 90mins to make it, including painting it) And it is super efficient (with a load of royal oak lump charcoal I can get 6+ hours, with a load of wicked good lump charcoal I can go 9+ hours)

If you don't want to build it, a 18in weber smokey mountain for $300. It is a little bit more expensive than the entry level smokers, however it is also ready to go right out of the box. It requires no mods to cook well, and it is very simple to learn how to use it.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:46 AM   #35
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I started out on a cheap $50 brinkman charcoal smoker from Lowes. I learned from that smoker that I loved smoking and I needed a bigger one.

Everyone has their own opinion, but if I had it to do over again I would.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:51 AM   #36
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UDS - and to make the experience better, build it together.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:53 AM   #37
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Hey guys - I can't thank you enough for all the suggestions! Lots of great info here. I'm going to do some research, look into the WSM/UDS and hopefully have something narrowed down by this evening. As far as what he'll be cooking up, it will be pretty standard - brisket, pork butt, chicken, etc. I do imagine he'll end up getting more adventurous. As we all can attest to, rarely does it stop at those 3 cooks :) .
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:58 AM   #38
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lots of great information here so far covering the full range of options.

i'd go with one of the lesser price models of ceramic type smokers since you have that kind and will likely be his goto for advice.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:36 AM   #39
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For a family get together with pops, I'd also think about a mini WSM. Smokey joe ($30), 32 quart tamale pot ($20), Tuna can ($2.00), cooking grate and charcoal grate ($20). Stainless hardware? B ess.. Grab the cheapest hw you can find and give them a vinegar soak. All zinc coating will be gone in a flash (or slightly slower).

Very easy to learn how to use while being efficient on the fuel usage. You can even cook a whole packer brisket on a mini, fold it over.
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