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stan5677
06-08-2017, 08:52 PM
Hi guys new to the forum and looking for some advice. I'm in the market for a smoker and don't know what to buy. My budget is around $400 give or take a few. I've been looking at the WSM, pellet grills, and offset smokers any and all ideas and suggestions are welcome.

bwram1
06-08-2017, 08:55 PM
WSM for sure. :thumb:

Ruger410
06-08-2017, 08:59 PM
Can't go wrong with the wsm. I just took the middle section off mine and grilled some t bones tonight

Ruger410
06-08-2017, 09:02 PM
2 t bones onions asparagus and cauliflower

SmittyJonz
06-08-2017, 09:02 PM
What are you used to?

bwram1
06-08-2017, 09:06 PM
If you have any experience with stickburners, check out Old Country Wrangler II ($299) or Old Country Pecos ($399) at Academy Sports.

SmittyJonz
06-08-2017, 09:12 PM
UDS is One of The Best Smokers for Beginners.....

stan5677
06-08-2017, 09:18 PM
If you have any experience with stickburners, check out Old Country Wrangler II ($299) or Old Country Pecos ($399) at Academy Sports.

No experience at all been using regular charcoal and propane grills for years

stan5677
06-08-2017, 09:22 PM
What are you used to?

Just a regular propane grill and charcoal grills

Joe Black
06-08-2017, 09:25 PM
The WSM is a very good way to get started and not so expensive that you can't keep it if you decide to go to a stick burner. What Brad said about the Old Country smokers is good and at their price point they are well worth the money. The biggest difference is at the price, the WSM is much better quality.

Start with the WSM and save your money until you have about $1000 and then contact Craig Bell at: bellfab@sbcglobal.net

Good luck with your research, Joe.

Bigdawg580
06-08-2017, 09:37 PM
Oklahoma Joe is another good little offset pit.
This is what i started out with.

mrbill
06-08-2017, 09:38 PM
Hi guys new to the forum and looking for some advice. I'm in the market for a smoker and don't know what to buy. My budget is around $400 give or take a few. I've been looking at the WSM, pellet grills, and offset smokers any and all ideas and suggestions are welcome.

you gave us a budget..good. now, tell us how many ppl you plan to cook for and what types of food you're planning to cook and what kind of cookers you have experience with. not trying to be rude, but price point is only part of the equation when recommending a cooker.

SmittyJonz
06-08-2017, 09:44 PM
No experience at all been using regular charcoal and propane grills for years

Eyeball this.....

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23436
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stan5677
06-08-2017, 10:19 PM
you gave us a budget..good. now, tell us how many ppl you plan to cook for and what types of food you're planning to cook and what kind of cookers you have experience with. not trying to be rude, but price point is only part of the equation when recommending a cooker.

It's a family of 7 I wanna do brisket, ribs, and pulled pork mostly and only have experience with regular charcoal and gas grills

SmokinBuddha
06-08-2017, 10:21 PM
Backwoods Chubby 3400 for $699, but it's the only smoker in their lineup that's not Made in the USA. Looks nice.

KevinJ
06-08-2017, 10:45 PM
WSM 22.5 is a great smoker to start out on, very user friendly and the only thing that will hold you back from turning out excellent BBQ is yourself, for the price they are hard to beat and if taken care of will last a lifetime.

cheez59
06-09-2017, 12:39 PM
No cooker on the planet can make better tasting food than a WSM. For a family of 7 plus a few more all you would ever need is a 22.5 WSM.

upStomp
06-09-2017, 12:45 PM
I've had my WSM for probably 3 years - my first dedicated smoker (well, other than a POS electric that got 1 season of use a decade or so ago). I haven't regretted the purchase one bit and I'm still not even thinking about an "upgrade", even as I've started smoking much more than I used to.

fwdiii
06-09-2017, 12:50 PM
WSM 22.5 is a great smoker to start out on, very user friendly and the only thing that will hold you back from turning out excellent BBQ is yourself, for the price they are hard to beat and if taken care of will last a lifetime.

I agree....at your price point, the WSM is the best answer, especially if you have no experience with an off set.

Kikaida
06-09-2017, 01:48 PM
WSM 22.5 gets my vote. Easy temp control, ample room, small foot print, easy cleanup (foil your pan real good), great quality and fuel efficient. I can easily do 6 pork butts on it, maybe 8 smaller ones cramped in. Here's 3 average size butts from last weekend (left the lower rack out).

Stlsportster
06-09-2017, 01:55 PM
I gotta be the guy suggesting the Pit Barrel Cooker (PBC). Cooks similar to a UDS but you don't have to do the build. Less vents to mess with than the WSM.

For $299 it ships to your door and ready to cook in 10 minutes.

Check out the thread here. http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=210239

And the PBC site here. https://www.pitbarrelcooker.com

mtime7
06-09-2017, 02:18 PM
I would probably go with WSM, I think its what people should start out on, but if you are looking for no hassle cooking, pellet grill

THoey1963
06-09-2017, 03:10 PM
Another vote for a 22.5" WSM. It's a great entry smoker, fairly inexpensive, easy to learn on, After a couple cooks, she'll pretty much run by herself. One warning. She'll get you bit hard by the smoking bug, and it will cost you money in the long run buying a stick burner, a cabinet, prime briskets, etc... :mrgreen:

wire-it-up
06-09-2017, 06:26 PM
Big AGREE on that last statement. Sometimes feels like my WSM 22.5 is a mistress that I spend a lot of money on. But, this is one "gal" my family is happy to have around. It's what I learned on, and I still have it. I'm still learning.

I may be picking up my second smoker pretty soon, so I've got the bug pretty bad... considering I've only been at this for a little over two years.

Someone not too far from me has a WSM 22.5 for sale for $200, with only one cook on it. Had to think hard about that one for a couple of minutes. But I'm looking to go insulated with my next cooker, since I live in a cold climate area, and crave good Q when it's in the single digits outside. The Weber can cook in cold weather, but it struggles to get up to 225 if it's REALLY cold outside.

Rockinar
06-10-2017, 12:19 AM
With a $400 budget I would go with 22" Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) like everyone else says.