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Unread 05-19-2010, 11:06 AM   #1
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Default Best Smoker for 100 bucks?

i have a friend who's wife wants to get him a smoker for fathers day. he is just wanting to get started.

i'm not building him anything. so she is going to purchase it. other than brinkmann and scouring craigslist, what are her best options. gas or charcoal are both options.

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Unread 05-19-2010, 11:15 AM   #2
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Weber 22.5 kettle $89 & then the char coal holders for $14 and you got the best smoker in the world & and you can do comps with it.

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ill concur with the kettle, except skip the charcola holders and just get some brick wrapped in aluminum foil, ive had the same regular red bricks in my kettle for 3 years, from 600degrees to 200, never had one explode, crack or anything, they're practically black, no more aluminum foil, and are well seasoned now
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Weber One Touch Silver 22.5" and a Smokenator.
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ill concur with the kettle, except skip the charcola holders and just get some brick wrapped in aluminum foil, ive had the same regular red bricks in my kettle for 3 years, from 600degrees to 200, never had one explode, crack or anything, they're practically black, no more aluminum foil, and are well seasoned now
I'm still a newb in the smoking world, May I ask what the bricks do?

does it help with indirect heat?
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I'm still a newb in the smoking world, May I ask what the bricks do?

does it help with indirect heat?
Otherwise known as the firebick method, the bricks act as a barrier to contain your coals and also help conduct heat so that you use less fuel. So yes, it helps with indirect heat.

I have two bricks in both of my kettles that I never remove; I use them for both a smoky reverse sear type cooking, and traditional smoking using a minion style start on either cooking method.
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I've used bricks, too. They are a simple container/divider that allows for indirect grilling/smoking/cooking on a kettle. They do the same thing your charcoal baskets do. Bricks in the middle, hot coals on one side, indirect grilling on the other. The attached pic doesn't have any bricks, but they would go between the coals and the drip pan from one side to the other.

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Otherwise known as the firebick method, the bricks act as a barrier to contain your coals and also help conduct heat so that you use less fuel. So yes, it helps with indirect heat.

I have two bricks in both of my kettles that I never remove; I use them for both a smoky reverse sear type cooking, and traditional smoking using a minion style start on either cooking method.
Thank you very much for the explanation, bro.
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So in just what we're saying hnd, get the weber, it's very versatile and it's the perfect tool for the back yard cook & the comp cook.
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Anyone have pics on how to setup and use this grill to smoke? I am not sure I understand.
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Anyone have pics on how to setup and use this grill to smoke? I am not sure I understand.
Here's how I do it.



And there is so much more way's then this.

By the way go to youtube.com and search for the minion method.
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I've used bricks, too. They are a simple container/divider that allows for indirect grilling/smoking/cooking on a kettle. They do the same thing your charcoal baskets do. Bricks in the middle, hot coals on one side, indirect grilling on the other. The attached pic doesn't have any bricks, but they would go between the coals and the drip pan from one side to the other.

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I forward another vote for the Weber kettle. A very flexible smoker/cooker that will bring you lots of chow happiness.
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I've used bricks, too. They are a simple container/divider that allows for indirect grilling/smoking/cooking on a kettle. They do the same thing your charcoal baskets do. Bricks in the middle, hot coals on one side, indirect grilling on the other. The attached pic doesn't have any bricks, but they would go between the coals and the drip pan from one side to the other.


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