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Old 04-05-2007, 01:11 PM   #1
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Ok Guys, I am thinking about buying a new smoker, since I moved back to California (I had to Leave my Bandera at my brothers back in Texas).

The grill is great, but I'm tired of grillin and need to do some smokin!

I know there's the standard fare of smokers at Lowes/Home Depot which are ok, but I am looking for something similar to the Hondo model (B/C CA homes and backyards are cramped) out here in So Cal, just wondering on price/availability/Quality, smokers I should avoid or one's that are just all around good?
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:19 PM   #2
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Small space, good quality...gotta go with the WSM!!! Need more room? Get two!!!!
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:35 PM   #3
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I still use my small offset smoker that I got from home depot 4 years ago. It makes a good grill too. Thats what I mostly use it for. To use it as a smoker you will need to make some modifications to it.
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:55 PM   #4
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Go to search. Type UDS. Let the fun ensue.
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:03 PM   #5
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I agree on the WSM
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:15 PM   #6
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If you have the room and want an offset. Check out the Bar-B-chef at BBQ Galore. Decent quality and not a bad price. Cramped on space i would say WSM
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:16 PM   #7
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Ok Guys, I am thinking about buying a new smoker, since I moved back to California (I had to Leave my Bandera at my brothers back in Texas).

The grill is great, but I'm tired of grillin and need to do some smokin!

I know there's the standard fare of smokers at Lowes/Home Depot which are ok, but I am looking for something similar to the Hondo model (B/C CA homes and backyards are cramped) out here in So Cal, just wondering on price/availability/Quality, smokers I should avoid or one's that are just all around good?
Are you locked into going with an offset pit?

If you do custom bumpers, would you mind shooting me a PM? I have Ranch Hand bumpers on the Dodge but I'm thinking about possibly doing something custom for the front.
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:16 PM   #8
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WSM, or roll your sleeves up and go UDS. Get away saturday and join Bentley, BigMista, and? in the great build this weekend. Real good people.

Or if you havent't decided go to the Autry comp. next weekend and meet Brethren and check out the equipment/goods

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If you have the room and want an offset. Check out the Bar-B-chef at BBQ Galore. Decent quality and not a bad price. Cramped on space i would say WSM

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Old 04-05-2007, 03:11 PM   #10
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UDS... more capacity and a better conversation piece.
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Old 04-05-2007, 04:47 PM   #12
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WSM, or roll your sleeves up and go UDS. Get away saturday and join Bentley, BigMista, and? in the great build this weekend. Real good people.

Or if you havent't decided go to the Autry comp. next weekend and meet Brethren and check out the equipment/goods

http://www.autrynationalcenter.org/bbq.php
Unfortunately I will be tied up with Family stuff this weekend in LA, what exactly did they have planned for the "Great Build"?
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Old 04-05-2007, 05:41 PM   #13
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I guess one question needs to be asked before we give you more advice. How much you wanting to spend?
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Old 04-05-2007, 05:47 PM   #14
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Unfortunately I will be tied up with Family stuff this weekend in LA, what exactly did they have planned for the "Great Build"?
We will be building an Ugly Drum Smoker from Scratch. Any are welcome to come watch. Should be a lot of fun!
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Old 04-05-2007, 07:39 PM   #15
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Small space, good quality...gotta go with the WSM!!! Need more room? Get two!!!!
Here, here! I second that commotion!
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