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Unread 11-05-2013, 09:58 PM   #1
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Hello brethren,

I am brand new to the world of smoking. My dad started smoking a while back and I would like to follow in his footsteps. I was wondering where should I start?? Any suggestions on what type of smoker I should start out with??
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Hello brethren,

I am brand new to the world of smoking. My dad started smoking a while back and I would like to follow in his footsteps. I was wondering where should I start?? Any suggestions on what type of smoker I should start out with??
It is possible to start out smoking on a charcoal grill. Many of us use a Weber kettle. Tell us what equipment you have, how many people you are cooking for, and a price range and people can give you advice
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Building a UDS is always a great starting point if you are semi-handy and on a budget. Speaking of budget, what are you thinking?
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Smoker a kettle, UDS or WSM

Advice...Keep things simple and don't over think things.
Look up " minion method"
Use the google search on the bottom of the page.
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Get a PBC for $269 shipped.
http://pitbarrelcooker.com/

Or a Weber Kettle for $99 plus Smokenator for $59.
http://www.smokenator.com/

Or Build an UDS - Kit $139 plus a barrel.
https://www.bigpoppasmokers.com/stor...rum-smoker-kit

or a Brinkmann Gourmet for $89 then Mod it.
http://www.wayfair.com/Brinkmann-Gou...FUVp7Aod0noAoQ

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=104545
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Start with a Weber 22" kettle. Probably can find one on Craigslist or at local garage sales for 10-40 dollars.
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It is possible to start out smoking on a charcoal grill. Many of us use a Weber kettle. Tell us what equipment you have, how many people you are cooking for, and a price range and people can give you advice

Thats the thing. I dont have any equipment. Price range is anything less than $200. And I just want to get started cooking for my family. Nothing major... Yet...
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Go with the used Weber kettle!
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Thats the thing. I dont have any equipment. Price range is anything less than $200. And I just want to get started cooking for my family. Nothing major... Yet...

https://www.bigpoppasmokers.com/stor...rum-smoker-kit

If you can find a 55 gallon drum...which is pretty easy to do then this will give you one bad smoker. It grills , it sears and it is a smoking machine. Easy to put together...can't beat it for 139 dollars.
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Go to Walmart and Get Weber 22.5" Kettle Silver, A Turkey Fryer Thermo, a bag of Kingsford Blue Bag Charcoal, a bag of Hickory Chunks (not chips) - walk over to Kitchen stuff and grab 2 16" perforated pizza pans for $6 each, roll over to food and Grab a Pork Butt or Picnic, Hit Spice aisle and grab McCormick GrillMates AppleWood Rub, hit Sauce aisle and grab Sweet Baby Rays and not even Hit $200 mark. Cut and Bend pizza pans like in pics below, rub your Butt and Smoke it.



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Thats the thing. I dont have any equipment. Price range is anything less than $200. And I just want to get started cooking for my family. Nothing major... Yet...
I've used a Weber kettle for over 30 years for grilling and smoking for a family of 4, plus an aditional one for larger groups. Many here start out with a kettle, then move on once the bug really bites.
Here is a post showing some of the setups people use to smoke on a kettle.
Weber Kettle, low-n-slow, let's see your setup
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=129246
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http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj6l_s6xMQM

Or You Could build a File Cabinet Smoker like I Had......( I kinda Miss it)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_3CaAlUbvQ
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Ask Mrfish for a jambo for christmas!
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I second/third/fourth/whatever the advice to get a 22.5" Weber Kettle. You can find cheaper kettle grills, but they won't last. Spend the extra money for a Weber. Also, they make an 18" kettle. If you can afford it, get the 22.5"...nobody says they wish they had a smaller cooker. With the Weber, you can grill and smoke. A great way to start and as your addiction grows, it will remain a great tool to have.

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