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Old 12-07-2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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im new to smoking. What should i buy? gas or wood? which requires less attention?
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:24 PM   #2
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Old 12-07-2013, 01:07 PM   #3
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Old 12-07-2013, 01:16 PM   #4
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Gas can be, and is used with success , but wood fire is a lot more interesting and fun. Remember gas, and even electric will have to use some kind of wood product to achieve a smoked flavor so why not just go with wood to start with? Otherwise why not just cook in a crock pot or kitchen oven?
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Old 12-07-2013, 01:53 PM   #5
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Gas is a Petroleum based product unless it comes out of an AXX, do you want either near your food???
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:18 PM   #6
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Wood only for bbq. If you don't want to pay attention to it buy a pellet grill or an insulated vertical with guru. Stick burning is more fun though.
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:20 PM   #7
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Get a Kamado Style Grill/Smoker and run Charcoal n Wood without having to babysit it. And Great in Cold Weather because they are heavily insulated.
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If you're talking about a stick burner being feed splits of wood versus a gas cooker, the gas cooker is easier to run. It's as easy as turning on a gas stove.

As has been mentioned though, if you buy a cooker that uses lump charcoal or charcoal briquettes it'll be a really simple process as long as you're buying a quality cooker, and you'll get the best of both worlds.
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:31 PM   #9
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:43 PM   #10
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Gas has a purpose. Weed burners and log lighters are useful.
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:45 PM   #11
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I have had success with gas, wood, briquettes, and lump. They all have their advantages, but I must confess that wood burned down to coals is unparalleled. I just don't have time for it often. Once I decide which one I want to use forevermore, I will tell everybody who disagrees that they are woefully wrong...
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:49 PM   #12
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Gas is for stoves. Wood is for BBQ. You'll never get the true BBQ flavor you seek from gas or a plug IMHO
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Pellet Poopers are a good option to get wood flavor and no attention needed.
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:15 PM   #14
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There are many different types of smoking devices available. And if you peruse the pages of this forum, I think you'll see people having success with all of them. If your sole requirement is to have a "set it and forget it system", a gas device may be best for you. But there have been some good suggestions above for low maintenance wood/charcoal based smokers. I personally have a UDS (ugly drum smoker) and it was extremely cheap to build and is very easy to run with great tasting results.

However I think you'll find many people on this forum enjoy the process as much (maybe even more!) than they do the end result. Many people relish learning how to master a keeping a small hot fire in a reverse flow offset wood burner by throwing another stick on every 30-45 mins.

Me personally, I'm with most of the traditionalists above. I don't foresee a gas burner any time in my future. But I can see why some might choose to go that direction.
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:40 PM   #15
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Wood! The more I used wood fueled cookers, the less I had any desire for a gas fueled grill. I have only used a gas grill twice in the last four years or so, and I don't miss them one but.
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