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rcochran
12-08-2015, 03:27 PM
OK guys, this is my first post on here. Looking to buy a vertical smoker, have looked and looked and researched about every model out there. Not looking for a big competition smoker just for family and friend cooks. point me in the right direction. Want something that does not have a lot of temp variation if possible.

SmittyJonz
12-08-2015, 03:29 PM
Humphreys Battle Box.

IamMadMan
12-08-2015, 03:42 PM
I would also recommend Humphrey's

Evil-g
12-08-2015, 03:59 PM
Check out 270 Smokers, the Sumo is the perfect family size and insulated.
http://www.270smokers.com

Joe Black
12-08-2015, 04:11 PM
Welcome from SC. This is a great site with lots of really good folks who are always eager to share their ideas and tips. All you have to do is ask and keep reading. I'm sorry, but I don't know anything about vertical smokers. I see that you have already gotten several tips and I'm sure that you'll get more.

Good luck on your purchase and good smokin', Joe

theBBQspecialist
12-08-2015, 06:54 PM
Humphreys Battle Box sound just what you need. Kevin (smokinit) is a brethren member and Humphreys dealer/Humphreys expert can answer any of your questions! He is great to work with to find the perfect smoker for you with the right options.

smokinit
12-08-2015, 06:57 PM
I am here ask away. Check out all the Info in the sales and venture section under Northeast Professional BBQ/ Humphrey Smokers

rcochran
12-09-2015, 10:50 AM
Thanks for the info.

Leftwngr
12-09-2015, 11:53 AM
Humphreys, spicewine, pitmaker, backwoods

All make a vertical that fits what you're looking for.

Peterock4040
12-09-2015, 12:03 PM
Pitmaker BBQ Safe

abangs
12-09-2015, 12:12 PM
Welcome! Lot's of nice pits around. You will get alot of opinions too!!!!

Richard_
12-09-2015, 12:50 PM
Assassin gravity feed

Ribeye Republic
12-09-2015, 01:09 PM
I ordered a Lone Star Grillz.

pigville porkers
12-09-2015, 02:44 PM
Love my Battle Box .. Never looked back after I got it..

pjtexas1
12-09-2015, 03:44 PM
Everyone is going to recommend what they bought. Just human nature. It works for them so they like it. Just stick to the major builders with good reputations. Think about what and how much you cook. Narrow it down and then compare specs. Or you can just go with the one that is calling to you.:becky: good luck with your decision.

SmittyJonz
12-09-2015, 03:47 PM
Humphreys Battle Box.

pjtexas1
12-09-2015, 03:55 PM
Humphreys Battle Box.

Fan boy:laugh:

Actually smitty probably researches more smokers than anyone. He's been in love with the BB since they first came out.

Burnt to a T
12-09-2015, 05:49 PM
Fan boy:laugh:

Actually smitty probably researches more smokers than anyone. He's been in love with the BB since they first came out.

Oh Boy :doh:

Thegout
12-09-2015, 06:59 PM
Disclaimer - I own a Battle Box.

I purchased mine after researching cookers for about a year. Was going back and forth between Humphrey's and an Assassin. Ended up calling Chad at Humphrey's and he spent about a half hour answering all my questions. Turns out he had a customer change his mind on his BB and order a Pint so I was able to purchase one without going on the wait list. I am very happy with my decision.

Things I have learned - The BB is great at holding temp. I live in SoCal so it doesn't get very cold but I set my digiQ @ 275 and it stays there. Opening the door will cause it to drop 10-15 degrees depending on how long it's open but it bounces back in just a few minutes. @275 with a full load of KBB it will run for 12 hours no problem.

I ordered the tall cart with mine. Regardless of what brand you purchase, this was the best investment I made. No bending over to spritz meat. Your racks will be at waist to chest height making it very easy to quickly check on things.

When researching make sure you think about clean up. Is it easy to remove the firebox? Does it have a water pan? If not where do the drippings/grease go? Also consider how easy is the unit to move. The BB with cart weighs about 350lbs. With the big wheels it rolls easy enough but if you plan to move the cooker you purchase take that into consideration. I didn't. It takes 3 people to move mine from my back yard (stairs and corners) to the driveway when I go to comps. Now it lives under my carport and when I cook at home it makes it a pain hiking around the side yard carrying food. Easy to load for comps but no longer is the super convenient backyard cooker.

I guess I will have to buy another one to solve that problem;-) List out your requirements and then compare what each brand offers. Buy the one that meets those requirements and looks the coolest. That's the real reason to buy something.

pjtexas1
12-09-2015, 07:34 PM
Oh Boy :doh:

Its the new "build a uds".:thumb:

Sallenthornton
12-09-2015, 09:30 PM
I vote Humphreys Pint! Wanted BB, but chose Pint for small amount of money. Recently cooked at -18 and its didn't miss a beat! Highly recommend.

GreenDrake
12-10-2015, 06:36 AM
Tons of options out there and as others have said, we are all proud of the purchases we made. As my disclaimer, I also have a Humphreys Pint.

It's not just that an insulated cooker is a rock solid meat monster and a fantastic investment for the hobby, but the cleanup and maintenance is a huge factor in my decision as well. The Humphreys cookers are probably the easiest cookers I have ever worked with to keep in tip top shape. I am not of the mindset that a cooker should be nasty and rusty with leftovers all over the grates. With that, I take my round bar racks out and clean them after each cook. It takes very little time to clean these things, foil pan under the food, water pan, shake out the firebox and empty the pan beneath it and you are done before it cools down.

I spent a lot of money on it, it's going to stay gorgeous. Height is another consideration, I didn't opt for the cart with mine because I need to tip it into the bed of my truck for competitions, since I tow a travel trailer, not a cargo trailer (I like bringing a small home with me). So Chad and Nicole put on some taller angled legs for me. Two guys can tip and lift it into the bed of the truck no problem.

Shipping is another factor to consider, where you buy, are you close to the manufacturer? If money is a factor this should be a consideration. Shipping can cost quite a bit with a several hundred pound cooker. If you are close by to some, consider those as well.

The best thing to consider is, it is not the cooker, it's the cook. But I have to tell ya, sitting at a comp relaxing with a beverage and watching other cooks spend hours setting up kitchens and multiple cookers sure is a pleasurable experience. Another buddy with his Assassin grill and gravity fed and I just sat there giggling and saying "I remember those days". Comfort is where it's at. I don't want to manage and feed a cooker every hour, get an insulated cabinet and life is lovely.

ichbin73
12-10-2015, 07:18 AM
Disclaimer:I have a T&K Smoker... (:
Not sure how far you are from southeast Indianapolis, But T&K Smokers makes a top quality insulated cabinet. Either in gravity flow, charcoal basket, or BOTH. Very nice and user friendly. Todd will take care of you.

SmittyJonz
12-10-2015, 08:02 AM
Take a road trip to St. Louis to St. Louis barbecue store and look at a pint and a battle box side-by-side then take one home

Burnt to a T
12-10-2015, 10:39 AM
Take a road trip to St. Louis to St. Louis barbecue store and look at a pint and a battle box side-by-side then take one home

I was informed if you want a base model that is a great route if its closer then Maine. That is unless you want options, and not just have a cookie cutter smoker.

At that point you are better off just going through Chad Humphrey. It may even be cheaper if you add options. At least that is what I was told.

It would be a very good idea just to see them live if you can like Smitty said.

I don't have that option. Well I do, but that would eat up money that I will pay for shipping because I will get options.

I was also surprised I just asked opinions between 3 smokers Humphrey's Pint Southern Q Limo Jr. and Deep South small single chamber.

I thought Humphrey's would run away, but Deep South got more votes. So now I'm looking into that option.

I know many say this, but I believe it to be true. Most any top brands will be good. I have been advised here to stay with the known builders. You may pay a bit more, but less headache in the end.

Get the input of others then do the leg work for the one that is right for you in the end. I spent about a year looking at pellet, and I have gone away from that now. I'm looking at insulated cabinets because of ease, and my climate.

IMO pellet are more jack of all trades masters of none. I also use charcoal for my kettle so why introduce yet another fuel I wood have to stock. IMO cabinets are the best of both worlds from what I have gathered. Everyone is different so get what type you want, and don't just settle.

You can learn a ton by just using the search bar at the bottom of the page as well. Good Luck

KevinJ
12-10-2015, 11:11 AM
Since you live in Western TN, I'd take Smitty's advise and head up to the St Louis BBQ Store. They keep a good amount of Humphreys and Backwoods in stock. I've never been myself but have talked to them on the phone, good helpful people.

Buckeye79
12-10-2015, 03:04 PM
Disclaimer:I have a T&K Smoker... (:
Not sure how far you are from southeast Indianapolis, But T&K Smokers makes a top quality insulated cabinet. Either in gravity flow, charcoal basket, or BOTH. Very nice and user friendly. Todd will take care of you.

Thanks for posting this. I had no idea there was someone near me making a quality smoker.

pjtexas1
12-10-2015, 04:08 PM
Thanks for posting this. I had no idea there was someone near me making a quality smoker.

For anyone else looking at cookers...
Check the builders website for dealers. I found a backwoods dealer near me that way. Drove passed that place 3-4 times a year and had no idea.

Hog1990
12-10-2015, 04:23 PM
If you look at Backwoods, you can go see Mark Lambert in Memphis/North MS.

Just to be different, get a Killer Smoker.