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#4558227 - 10/29/17 09:51 AM Meat Smokers
whip Offline


Registered: 03/03/05
Posts: 2299
Loc: ohio
I'm looking to get a smoker. I don't know much about them. I've looked at high end units from Weber and Traegger down to entry level units from Chargrill and Charbroil. What are the pros and cons of electric, propane, charcoal or wood pellets? What size do you have?
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#4558266 - 10/29/17 10:26 AM Re: Meat Smokers [Re: whip]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4737
Loc: MTL, CANADA
I wouldnt go electric. Wood pellet is easy..maintains temp on its own. Start it and walk away. I think the true challenge is practicing and maintaining grill temps i use a weber charcoal bbq. (150$ grill) and use the snake method with charcoal. This requires practice and patience to maintain temps so if you plan to start it and walk away, go with a pellet smoker. I prefer taste of charcoal and wood together. I do plan on buying a pellet smoker down the road. Go read up on this site:amazingribs.com Tons of great info and advice, buying guides on grills etc..personally, if you wana practice do it on a weber charcoal bbq and learn to smoke on it first..after that get a pellet smoker.
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#4558269 - 10/29/17 10:38 AM Re: Meat Smokers [Re: whip]
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Registered: 05/20/12
Posts: 1283
Loc: Georgia
Electric, propane, or pellet are like using an oven. I would consider a pellet grill as a electric. I have used a Traegger and it is really easy to use and makes good food. At home all I use is wood fire to smoke, I like the vertical water smokers, but the cheap ones like I have are hard to control the temp on. A horizontal barrel type grill with a firebox would be better for cooking larger quantities of food though. I have one of the little Acorn Jr.s that is pretty neat, it is amazing how little fuel it needs to cook.

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#4558272 - 10/29/17 10:39 AM Re: Meat Smokers [Re: whip]
jonnied1 Offline


Registered: 10/16/16
Posts: 126
Loc: WV
I went from a Chargriller SMOKIN' OUTLAW GRILL to a Masterbuilt 40 DIGITAL ELECTRIC SMOKER with Bluetooth.
Love the electric grill, set the temp and forget it. Just add wood chips to the wood tray (don't even have to open the door).
The fire box rusted out on my Chargriller after several years. The Chargriller was also a pain to clean the inside.

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#4558273 - 10/29/17 10:41 AM Re: Meat Smokers [Re: whip]
AVB Offline


Registered: 05/20/12
Posts: 1283
Loc: Georgia
It really depends on what your goals are, how much work you want to put in, how much do you need to cook. Any method can get good results with the right person cooking on it.

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#4558283 - 10/29/17 10:56 AM Re: Meat Smokers [Re: whip]
leje0306 Offline


Registered: 08/28/16
Posts: 59
Loc: Minnesota
Im smoking a 6.5 lb brisket flat on my big green egg at the moment. BGE is expensive, but the results are nothing short of amazing and they last forever.

Natural lump charcoal burns longer and hotter. Ceramic kamado style grills trap moisture and maintain a perfectly even temp.

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#4558295 - 10/29/17 11:24 AM Re: Meat Smokers [Re: whip]
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Registered: 05/30/10
Posts: 8662
Loc: North Carolina
I have a masterbuilt electric smoker. I don't get enough of a good smoke with it. I smoke my turkeys on an off set grill for an hour, then they go into the masterbuilt smoker.




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#4558334 - 10/29/17 12:08 PM Re: Meat Smokers [Re: whip]
ATex7239 Offline


Registered: 01/19/17
Posts: 331
Loc: Texas,USA
Originally Posted By: whip
I'm looking to get a smoker. I don't know much about them. I've looked at high end units from Weber and Traegger down to entry level units from Chargrill and Charbroil. What are the pros and cons of electric, propane, charcoal or wood pellets? What size do you have?


We have the Pitt Boss 700 and love it.


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#4558340 - 10/29/17 12:16 PM Re: Meat Smokers [Re: whip]
KJSmith Offline


Registered: 08/31/15
Posts: 249
Loc: TX
I am a BGE/lump charcoal guy also.
I will never go back.

However, whatever you get take the time to learn how to use it to your best advantage.
I am sure everyone who has responded is happy with the results they are getting and have taken the time to learn their grill/smoker and method.

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#4558344 - 10/29/17 12:26 PM Re: Meat Smokers [Re: KJSmith]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
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Loc: North Carolina
Originally Posted By: KJSmith


However, whatever you get take the time to learn how to use it to your best advantage.
I am sure everyone who has responded is happy with the results they are getting and have taken the time to learn their grill/smoker and method.


Very true, whatever you go with, there will be a learning curve.
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#4558374 - 10/29/17 01:14 PM Re: Meat Smokers [Re: whip]
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Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 7162
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
I have an electric smoker. Much like the one pictured above. It works best when loaded up. Tons o smoke and mighty tasty meats.

No, the flavor is not the same flavor as my charcoal unit. (Charcoal rules! ) but its easy and different is not worse or in any way a bad thing. The electric does not get hot enough to melt fat, so I find I like lean meats in it.
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#4558386 - 10/29/17 01:33 PM Re: Meat Smokers [Re: whip]
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Registered: 11/30/09
Posts: 1052
Loc: Warner Robins, GA
I've had a side firebox smoker in the past and have a masterbuilt electric now. While the electric won't make bark that is quite as good as charcoal the ease of use outweighs whatever minor negatives there may be. I'm electric for life now.
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#4558441 - 10/29/17 02:22 PM Re: Meat Smokers [Re: whip]
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Registered: 12/11/08
Posts: 2339
Loc: CA
if you do get a masterbuilt, you should hold judgement and only consider it with the external smoke attachment which is only $60extra. dont even consider it if you're trying to smoke with only the main unit alone.

i think a big decision point on what setup depends on if youre going for brisket and need 10hrs+ of cook time,

so if you plan on waking up 4times a night to check and feed the unit, or if you want to set it and forget it and sleep so you can actually entertain and have fun on your sunday party.


Edited by raytseng (10/29/17 02:29 PM)

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#4558493 - 10/29/17 03:31 PM Re: Meat Smokers [Re: ATex7239]
funflyer Offline


Registered: 06/26/14
Posts: 692
Loc: Northern Arizona
Originally Posted By: ATex7239
Originally Posted By: whip
I'm looking to get a smoker. I don't know much about them. I've looked at high end units from Weber and Traegger down to entry level units from Chargrill and Charbroil. What are the pros and cons of electric, propane, charcoal or wood pellets? What size do you have?


We have the Pitt Boss 700 and love it.


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That's the same one I have. Great grill. The only downside I can see is it has a cheap burn pot. Mine is starting to corrode after three seasons and will probably have to be replaced within the next two. I plan on fabricating a new one using stainless steel.
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#4558500 - 10/29/17 03:44 PM Re: Meat Smokers [Re: whip]
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Registered: 02/10/08
Posts: 262
Loc: Michigan
If you decide to go charcoal, be sure to look at the Weber Smokey Mountain cooker. It comes in three sizes and is bulletproof. I've had mine for 22 years and never replaced a part.

Here's a fan website. http://virtualweberbullet.com/

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