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Unread 03-26-2010, 06:51 PM   #1
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My friend is looking for a smoker and grill in 1. I'm not sure what to recommend him. His budget is 250. I have a cheapo offset that I got for under 200 and thought I'd recommend that to him. But perhaps you guys have better ideas.
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I would scour craigslist, that is where he will get the best bang for the buck.
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Find a Weber kettle on craigslist, order this http://candcgrillinco.com/ and you may have money leftover for a steak!
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Build a UDS!!!!

Seriously, though, I like the looks of the cheap offset smokers. Definitely NOT competition or professional grade, but they remind me of the offset my dad made from a drum when I was a kid.

You can smoke on the, grill on them, or both at the same time...

Good way to get your feet wet without blowing too much money. If/when your friend deicdes it is worth his while, he can upgrade. Should it not be his cup of tea, no major investment wasted.
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Brinkmann offset allows you to grill on the firebox side, or use use charcoal in the main chamber and allows for multiple heights of charcoal. With a little practice it works just fine as a smoker, but I wouldn't try an over-nighter with it.
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Check Craigslist, might find a WSM for a great price.
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Brinkmann offset allows you to grill on the firebox side, or use use charcoal in the main chamber and allows for multiple heights of charcoal. With a little practice it works just fine as a smoker, but I wouldn't try an over-nighter with it.
This is what I do when I want to grill with mine too.

I'll email him the thread later tonight so he can make his own decision on what to get. I think the brinkmann would work fine, but the kettle sound better.
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And thanks everyone, appreciate it.
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I have a Chargriller with SFB. Not only have I turned out some great smoked butts & ribs, I also have indirect grilled chickens & pork loins & direct grilled steaks, burgers, dogs etc. Got it at Lowes for less than $200 total.
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Find a Weber kettle on craigslist, order this http://candcgrillinco.com/ and you may have money leftover for a steak!

If I didnt already have a grill a UDS and a diy cold smoker that is what I would buy. That is pretty darn cool.
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I would recommend the Chargriller with a SFB also. It has a larger diameter (think turkey) than most other offsets in that price range and has a larger grilling area than a kettle.
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Might try a 22.5 Weber kettle plus a Smokenator accessory. Best of both worlds but rather limited capacity for low-n-slow smoking.
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Under what heading are grills and smokers on craigslist?
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Thanks everyone. He didnt follow my advice nor yours. He purchased a Traeger Pellet smoker/grill. The Jr model. The simplicity of use and set and forget it is what made him choose that one.
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For $250?
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