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Unread 01-25-2010, 04:20 PM   #1
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Default Can't make decision, need help!!

I need some help on a smoker/grill purchase. It's been asked before and I've read every thread here and elsewhere, but I haven't seen anything that has helped me decide. I can't sleep anymore because I'm constantly trying to decide, so I have to get something done.

I own a gas grill, a weber kettle, and a Smokey Mountain gas smoker and I don't really like the taste of ribs/brisket/pork butt on any gas fueled smoker. My kettle with charcoal and wood chunks produces better.

I'm looking for equipment that will give me the best quality food. I won't be cooking for more than just my family. I'm looking for something that can cook ribs to butts to steaks, with an emphasis on ribs. I enjoy wood flavors and have access to oak, pecan and hickory and wouldn't mind using pellets (i've never used a pellet grill) but I'm not sure of the flavor quality i'd get from them.

I've looked into offsets like the Pitts and Spitts (with a grill over the firebox), Stumps/Backwoods, Fast Eddy's Pellet Grill (not FE100), HastyBake (it's made here in Tulsa). I can also buy all the Gurus/Stokers/etc to make operations as easy as a pellet grill, if the pellet grill can't produce quality.

Please help! I'm so confused that I'm thinking about going vegan or just ripping out my tongue.

Thanks for any help.
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Unread 01-25-2010, 04:32 PM   #2
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If you are looking for a smoker, just build you a UDS.Some people have modified them so they can also cook steaks.
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I used my Weber silver grill to smoke everything until I finally built my UDS. It works great and you learn temp control which you will find handy when you get a different rig. Ribs, butts, meatloaf, chicken, brisket, etc..... all smoked low and slow on the Weber. It is a great cooker.
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Unread 01-25-2010, 04:51 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies so far. My wife/warden has one caveat.....the smoker must look appealing or be able to be bricked in, otherwise i'm on furlough for the rest of my life.
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Unread 01-25-2010, 04:55 PM   #5
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If I had the money, I would seriously consider a WSM, I think they look great, and get a stoker, or, I would get a Fast Eddy, I think it looks good too. If you have the money and don't worry about it, those units will do you well.
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Thanks for the replies so far. My wife/warden has one caveat.....the smoker must look appealing or be able to be bricked in, otherwise i'm on furlough for the rest of my life.

UDS, have someone with talent airbrush her portrait on the outside.


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UDS or WSM...use your kettle for grilling
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UDS, have someone with talent airbrush her portrait on the outside.


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Whether her portrait is appealing is left up to personal opinion. To much of a risk.
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If you are looking for a smoker, just build you a UDS.Some people have modified them so they can also cook steaks.
X2 on the UDS I love mine.
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Unread 01-25-2010, 05:15 PM   #10
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I can't imagiine a wife not liking this....

Not mine by the way- I saved this picture because I was impressed with the table.

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ya beat me to it.
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I was just waiting for the Egg heads to chime in!

Of course, that kettle could be converted into a bullet without the expense of the WSM.
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I am the recent owner of a Char-Griller offset. Very happy with it especially based on price/performance/difficulty point. But, I think I would do an UDS next time. Look at the UDS forum, there are some beautiful units. There is a picture of a stainless steel one to die for!
I'm just sayin..
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a klose byc could be made into a pretty looking brick pit.
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Whether her portrait is appealing is left up to personal opinion. To much of a risk.


I pity the fool who would say any different to her face, you're safe..


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