View Full Version : 4k for a new smoker-go!

07-07-2011, 10:30 PM
Hello all,
I am looking at a new smoker with a $4,000 budget and am looking for some advice from the brethren. I am currently using a CS Amerique and though it is great unit (I will keep it) I want to use fire. I usually do smaller smokes but want capacity for future and possible competition.
I was leaning hard towards the CS FEC 100 but after looking through the forums here the Spicewine looks interesting as well.
I am to lazy and like to play a lot of golf so a stick burner is out. Need longer burn time.

I see teams winning with both units as well as stumps and Backwoods.
Pellets or Charcoal is one consideration. I have no experience with either.

Ay help is greatly appreciated, thank you in advance.

07-07-2011, 11:38 PM
I don't think you will regret any of those cookers you listed. Have fun!:cool:

07-07-2011, 11:57 PM
If it were me and i wish it was i would look at this (http://www.stumpssmokers.com/products/gravity-feed-smokers/vertical-smokers/the-stretch) or the ss1 (http://www.superiorsmokers.com/) I have heard nothing but good about about the Spicewines just thought I would throw those out there. The good thing about the spicewine is you will find the owner of Spicewine on this forum.

07-08-2011, 12:19 AM
I love my FEC and it takes no time to get started and it's a pretty worry free smoker once you figure it out.

07-08-2011, 12:21 AM
SS1, SS1, covet, dream.

07-08-2011, 12:48 AM
Honestly, I'll sell you my UDS for $3,200. I'll even throw in a few bags of lump charcoal and a chimney starter. If you really want to spend another $800, that just happens to be what I charge for my recipe book (with pictures).

07-08-2011, 12:56 AM
I love my FEC-100 for the quality of the smoker, the solid customer support and the consistency of the food. If I were to look for an alternative my first choice would be a Spicewine, followed by an Old Hickory or a Backwoods.

07-08-2011, 01:31 AM
I've owned my Stumps for about 19 months now and it turns out great meat. I only wish I had bought a Stretch. I use a BBQ guru and once its loaded and up to temp I can leave it alone. Worth every penny.

07-08-2011, 04:53 AM
The Spicewines are nice from what I hear, the Stumps and Superior both have charcoal chutes. I have a stumps and I do really like it. I load the chute full and can do an overnight cook without re-fueling. Temps hold well. I also run a Guru and it gets to temp in about 20-30 minutes. Take a look at gator pits. They have a cabinet smoker that is nice but expensive. Right at your budget.

07-08-2011, 05:03 AM
+1 for the FEC100 -- There's nothing better

07-08-2011, 06:30 AM
I have my clone I am selling in Ft.Collins. Check it out

Fatback Joe
07-08-2011, 07:34 AM
I love my Stumps and Spicewine, but I give the edge to the Stumps due to the GF set up.

Good luck on the decision, many good smokers to be had in that price range.

Lake Dogs
07-08-2011, 11:03 AM
I suggest spending $3500 on a Lang and the extra $500 at a strip club.

Ryan Chester
07-08-2011, 01:08 PM
Oddly enough, the same question was asked a few days ago by a guy on CBBQA.com. Here is the post which may help your decision.


07-08-2011, 01:27 PM
I use a Superior SS2 for comp and backyard and I really like it. It's easy to clean, efficient, easy to move around, has a tapered gravity chute that gives me unattended 8 hour burns and it's built like a tank. I'm planning to buy another by end of year to give me more capacity at comps. An SS1 would be a perfect backyard cooker.

07-08-2011, 03:22 PM
Thank you for the input! I have some more research to do, I had not looked at Gator, superior etc. The link the previous question like mine with the troublesome FEC gives me pause.
I was not interested in a stick burner until I read Lake Dogs post. For some reason I am now compelled....

07-08-2011, 06:06 PM
Thank you for the input, I have some more research to do now... The Gator, Superior,Stump Stretch, etc. The link to the fellow that had issues with the FEC was usefull.
I was not interested in Stick burner but somehow feel compelled by the post from Lake Dogs :-D

I hope this does not end up double posting, tried responding on my Ipad and it did not show.

07-08-2011, 06:29 PM
I can't speak to a Backwoods or other cabinet type smoker but I can tell you first hand that Spicewine cookers are great and made to last. I love my Large Spicewine which gets treated like a baby. It's the only cooker that I have that lives in the garage.

07-08-2011, 06:47 PM
I have a Backwoods Competitor and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Ask Big Mike :becky:

07-08-2011, 06:53 PM
an FEC is an enabler for a lazy man....

I'm a lazy man:becky:

07-08-2011, 06:53 PM
FEC 100 here

07-13-2011, 10:29 PM
Backwoods Competitor. Excellent capacity, not to heavy for the size and backed by the owner of the company 100%. Mike makes things right in the event the go wrong. All are excellent smokers though.

Lake Dogs
07-14-2011, 07:36 AM
In the cabinet lines, I know the guys that have Stump's smokers swear by them. I know of one national champion (who's been on TV, etc) who recently sold his rig (for about $15,000 if I recall) and got a new one, loaded up with Stump's smokers.

Best of luck!

<--- still like my earlier idea though . . . .

07-14-2011, 08:07 AM

Bourbon Barrel BBQ
07-14-2011, 09:45 AM
Stumps Stretch owner. You would have to pry it from my cold dead hands.

07-14-2011, 10:09 AM
Stump Stretch for me as well. Start the fire go inside and get your meat together, put it on, set the temp and go golfing!!! Put on two butts and two brisket last friday at 7:00 a.m. Came back at 2:00 from running errands and temp was right where I left it and never opened it until 3:30 to pull off the meat. Can't beat that IMO. Good craftsmanship and turns out a quality product every time. Take a look at the FBA leader board and that says it all.

Jason TQ
07-14-2011, 10:44 AM
I have a smoker built basically like a Stumps and I would definitely recommend going that route. Get the stretch and let it do all the work for you.

07-14-2011, 10:57 AM
Don't forget about the pitmaker line of cabinets. I want the safe so bad.

07-19-2011, 06:17 PM
I'll second the vote for Pitmaker. Built like a tank. Should last a lifetime and still be worthy of a fight between the sons in the 'ol will.