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countryrocker212
06-06-2018, 05:29 PM
Want to get a new smoker at the end of the summer and Iím looking at these two. Whatís everyoneís opinions from purely a smoking standpoint? Both are roughly the same price except I would have to pay a decent amount for shipping on the assassin.

SmittyJonz
06-06-2018, 05:50 PM
I'd prefer the Assassin Grill.

Rib Rub
06-06-2018, 05:52 PM
Want to get a new smoker at the end of the summer and Iím looking at these two. Whatís everyoneís opinions from purely a smoking standpoint? Both are roughly the same price except I would have to pay a decent amount for shipping on the assassin.I like the Assassin myself. Just be sure to know they take a month or two to build.

BBQ Freak
06-06-2018, 07:17 PM
your going to get a lot more cooking room on the Assassin and you can use it as grill or a smoker .

Bob C Cue
06-06-2018, 07:34 PM
I might as well be the first to say it: build a UDS. In most cases it cost less than $5 to build and can be done 30 seconds or less.

I kid, because I love!

countryrocker212
06-06-2018, 07:52 PM
I currently have a uds that’s about ten years old. Still works just want something else. I know the Hunsaker is basically a uds but it is much more refined.
As far as the assassin how is the temp from left to right? The only thing I didn’t like when looking at them was having to flip the v plate during the cook.

KevinJ
06-06-2018, 08:12 PM
The Assassin is great grill/smoker, lots of capacity, well built, great bang for the buck, thought really hard about purchasing one myself at one time, so much so I gave Jeff at Assassin a call to talk about the grill, that being said I love my Hunsaker Drum.

Gets up to temp quick, even temps across the grate, super stable and will lock into a temp for hours and hours without the help of electronics, I've done 8+ hour cooks without ever touching the vents once they are set. I like the fact I can cook on a grate or hang, started hanging on a WSM 18.5 and was hooked, the ability to hang is what steered me towards drums and the Hunsaker. Going on 15 months of ownership with over 60 cooks on it and I have never second guessed my decision to purchase the Hunsaker, as far as a charcoal smoker is concerned I'm set.

If you need a grill as well as a smoker then the Assassin would be a no brainer.

Good luck.

countryrocker212
06-06-2018, 10:17 PM
With the Hunsaker is it easy to adjust the temps? From what Iíve seen online you leave the bottom vent half open so do you adjust the temp with the top vent?

PlattDaddyBBQ
06-06-2018, 10:25 PM
With the Hunsaker is it easy to adjust the temps? From what Iíve seen online you leave the bottom vent half open so do you adjust the temp with the top vent?

Once I get it to my desired temp, usually around 300 for hot and fast, I do not touch my intake really for the rest of the cook, maybe a couple minor adjustments when opening up the cooker to check my meat and to spritz. But it is very easy to cook, the vortex is a must IMO. I wish I would have started with a Hunsaker or a UDS from the very beginning on my BBQ days, as I do not think I could see myself cooking with anything else now. Either way I think you will be happy with whatever you buy for BBQ is truly addicting!!!

JS-TX
06-06-2018, 10:52 PM
BBQ Freak aka Jeff has had much success with long burns using his 48 assassin as a smoker. In my tinkering I can only get about 4 hours before having to reload or tend the fire in my 36, however I'm a lump user and we have different temp controllers which may or may not factor in.


However, I've been having fun using lump and small wood splits in my setup.. smoke flavor is a little more enhanced in a good way IMO.

ssv3
06-06-2018, 11:05 PM
Both great. Two different animals though. I love my Hunsaker and it's one of my best purchases ever. Having said that the Assassin is a badarse cooker also. Depending your cooking style I suppose and what your looking for really.

You can control temps really easy on the Hunsaker once you get a few cooks under your belt. My choice of cooker to smoke homemade/homecured bacon/sausage/ham is the Hunsaker because I can dial 'er in at 180 and let 'er go. It'll run the default 300* all day long though for "regular" Q effortlessly.



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KevinJ
06-07-2018, 06:56 AM
With the Hunsaker is it easy to adjust the temps? From what I’ve seen online you leave the bottom vent half open so do you adjust the temp with the top vent?Very easy to adjust temps, Cooked a Butt and Beef Cheeks last month for Carnitas/Barbacoa (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=259970), cooked naked at 300 then panned opened the vents and in about 10 minutes the drum hit my desired temp of 350, reset the vents and did the rest of the cook at 350. Most of my cooks are 275-300 but I've cooked anywhere from 250 to 425 on it without it putting up a fight.

olewarthog
06-07-2018, 02:38 PM
The Assassin Grill is exactly that -- a grill. It is built well enough that it also functions as a darn good smoker. Will the Assassin burn as long & be as stable at low temps at the Hunsaker? No. OTOH, the Assassin gives you a lot more grill space. There will some temp variance from side to side, but that can used as an advantage if you are cooking different things like butts & chicken. The biggest plus for the Assassin, it you can pull out the water pan or V pan & you have one of the best made grills on the market.

I have an Assassin 17 to handle smoking big meats like butts & brisket. Pretty much everything else gets cooked on my Assassin 36.

Not to hijack the thread, but something else to consider. Assassin now make the 36" in a pellet grill. I am seriously thinking of getting them to convert my 36 to pellets.

countryrocker212
06-07-2018, 03:51 PM
I thought about that. That is what I originally got a shipping quote on. Just nervous that it’s new and it looks like a cheap pellet hopper added to their grill without any other changes.