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Unread 03-04-2014, 10:04 PM   #31
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Ok I will check out Big Poppa Smokers, Going to bed more confused than when I posted this thread.. Thanks for all of your inputs!!
Question is, would you be interested in building your own UDS? The Big Poppa Smoker is a kit so you'd have to get a 55 gallon drum and make it yourself.

Altogether it'll cost you around $250 to make it (or more depending on type of drum or if you get it powder coated, etc..)
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Unread 03-04-2014, 10:22 PM   #32
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I have an Acorn and a WSM, if I want steaks and burgers I pull out the Acorn and if I want to smoke I grab the WSM. Yes I can smoke on the Acorn but why would I since I have a WSM if I want pizza I'll pull out the Acorn as well.
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OK, the original poster likes his Yoder but wants something small, quick, and cheap for grilling.

I don't think that's a UDS - not for grilling.

What he really wants is a small and cheap Yoder.

Sounds exactly like the Traeger PTG. It's 300 bucks, it's portable, it can grill or smoke, and it's a pellet grill so he can use the same fuel as the Yoder.

http://www.traegergrills.com/shop/detail/BBQ020
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Does the Akorn have plastic handle and plastic side tables? eek.
Weber Performers have plastic tables. OTG's have plastic handles on the lid and kettle...despite not being insulated like the Akorn. I see no issue.
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I have both and the akorn for sure when it comes to grilling. They like to run hotter. Enjoy!
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Weber Performers have plastic tables. OTG's have plastic handles on the lid and kettle...despite not being insulated like the Akorn. I see no issue.
Well I was more concerned with the tables.. but it turned out they aren't plastic. I had a gas grill before with plastic tables on each side and I burned it like the 2nd day I had it.
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Akorn all the way. Versitilty. You can smoke, sear, grill and bake.
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Akorn all the way. Versitilty. You can smoke, sear, grill and bake.
I forgot about pizza!
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I forgot about pizza!
Yes maam! You def cant go wrong with either but putting versitility into perspective akorn is hard to beat. Im basing my statements off of owning a kamado grill.
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I love my 22.5 WSM and have modded the firebasket so that I can use it to direct sear steaks, burgers, etc. But that's the benefit to me of the WSM is that I have a dedicated smoker that I can also grill with.

If you are going to have the Yoder for smoking, then I would suggest one of the Weber kettle grills for your grilling needs. You can buy cheaper, but you'll be replacing it in 3 to 5 years...
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My 2 cents worth:
I grew up on Weber kettles. My father gave me my 1st Weber in the mid 70's when he upgraded from an 18" to 22" kettle. I still have that kettle and still use it at our cabin. I have several Weber kettles, a WSM, and a gasser. I am a Weber fan.

Having said that I purchased a Char-Griller Akorn about 3 years ago and love it. I haven't used my WSM since, and only use my Performer for cold smoking. With the Akorn I do not have to battle the wind which was a big problem as as I am in a pretty wide open area. The Akorn is insulated so I haven't needed to add more charcoal during winter smokes. I can cook low and slow at 250 or I can sear at 600+. I can smoke pulled pork for 18+ people easily, but mostly I cook for my wife and I. The WSM will hold more meat for smoking. Another huge plus for me is the design of the Akorn. I am comfortable using it on the composite deck off of my kitchen and dining room. I would not use a Weber charcoal product for fear of a coal starting a fire.

Three years into it my Akorn still is looking good. I haven't noticed any signs of corrosion. The cast iron grate is a big plus. And the extra stainless steel grate is very handy for veggies etc.
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use my Performer for cold smoking.
How do ya do this?
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This is the general idea:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sivMMDnUEpc

Pellets or wood chips both work. If you are smoking cheese, avoid having the heat source directly under the cheese, it may soften and melt. Yes, go ahead and ask me how I know this.
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For something small, portable and does smoking, barbecue, roasting & grilling: Mini WSM.

Not so good for pizza!
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For over a year now I have used my Akorn at least 3-4 times/week. It has held up well in that time. It has endured grease catching fire. 2 winters out side uncovered. Most people won't use theirs like I do. The only thing I don't like about it is the pot metal top vent. It will break if it is frozen shut and you try to open it. Two features on the Akorn I really like are the gaskets and ash pan. The gaskets are like the ones found on ovens, not the felt type like a BGE has. The ash pan actually come off of the bottom and you just dump it out. There is also a guide in the center to make it easy to replace. I did a 13# brisket in about 6 hours on my Akorn today.
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