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    electric or gas fired meat smokers??

    started about 5 months ago and started making home ground hamburger,mild pork sausage ,mild and hot italian sausage, and bratwurst. i am doing this to cut my cost down on meat. i would like to cook and make some natural casing( 35- 38 mm hog gut) smoked sausage,plus summer sausage, and some pizza sausage that is flavored like regular pepperoni..
    i have looked at the bass pro shops for gas fired and electric smokers. home depot has a bradley smoker that has a digital controller for control of cooking and control of the smoke into the smokehouse . the bradley smoker has 4 shelves for food. it looks like a very good smokehouse for the price..
    i am going to austin after christmas and i will stop at a cabellas and see what they have for sale.
    has anyone had any experience with these small upright electric or gas fired smokers. if you have had any experience with any of these box shaped smokers that can cook from 120 to 220 defgrees f.(with a capacity of 25 to 30 lbs of meat),please give me suggestions on what to purchase.thanks and have a happy holiday season..


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    Re: electric or gas fired meat smokers??

    Whatever u get make sure you can control the temperature easily with it. First electric smoker I had (brinkman) just plugged in and got hot and you're supposed to be able to control the temp with the amount of chips u use. Well it never really worked that way and it almost always ended up too hot.

    Now we have one of these bad boys: Bradley SmokerĀ® 6-Rack Digital Electric Smoker | Bass Pro Shops

    Only thing i dont like about it is that it's kinda hard to clean, but other than that it has been totally worth the money IMO



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    Re: electric or gas fired meat smokers??

    I have used gas for 6-7 years. I feel I have pretty good control on the temps but I have never used electric so I can't speak to the ability to control the temp. Gas is definitely better than charcoal for temp control. I have a Camp Chef Smoke Vault and really like it. I crank it up and smoke 50-60 lbs of meat at a time. Then I Seal-a-meal it and freeze it to have available for several months.
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    Re: electric or gas fired meat smokers??

    Weber Smokey Mountain+charcoal=winning.



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    Re: electric or gas fired meat smokers??

    I have a gas (well, I have gas too, but that's off topic) smoker. Maybe it's my model, but I don't get down to 120 degrees unless I put a fan next to one of the air inlets. Normally 'aspirated' the lowest it gets is 170. Which is ok if you're doing smoked meats like BBQ (pulled pork, ribs, etc.), but it's too hot for sausage, since it renders out the fat in the meat aboe 160-170.

    As I said, I've gotten around the problem by putting a box fan next to the air inlet and moving closer or farther away to control the temp, but it's not ideal, and if it suddenly starts raining, you end up with pre-cooked bacon.

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    Re: electric or gas fired meat smokers??

    I only use charcoal. Everything else is cheating to me.



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    Re: electric or gas fired meat smokers??

    A Traeger smoker can't be beat , almost fool proof


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    Re: electric or gas fired meat smokers??

    Quote Originally Posted by isuforlife View Post
    A Traeger smoker can't be beat , almost fool prove
    Is that better than fool proof? If so, can you proof it?



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    Re: electric or gas fired meat smokers??

    Quote Originally Posted by isuforlife View Post
    A Traeger smoker can't be beat , almost fool prove
    My father in law just got one yesterday for Christmas. I really like the design of the thing. If I didn't have such good grills already, I'd be taking a hard look at them. I'll be able to tell you more in a year.



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    Re: electric or gas fired meat smokers??

    Masterbuilt has a couple electric smokers that are nice. They have a digital thermometer on top to control the temp & a shoot on the side to feed wood chips thru so you arent opening the door & releasing heat. I just have a cheap cajun injector similar to these & it does a good enough job for me. We probably had 30 lbs of a variety of meat on it for the ISU vs IA game this year.



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    Re: electric or gas fired meat smokers??

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    My father in law just got one yesterday for Christmas. I really like the design of the thing. If I didn't have such good grills already, I'd be taking a hard look at them. I'll be able to tell you more in a year.
    Even though I've got a Weber, my parents have had a Traeger for close to 15 years, I can tell you it's a good product. They are pricey and made in China now, which turns away some people, but they are a good unit.
    I went for the Smokey Mountain because of the price point and name. It's treated me very well.



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    Re: electric or gas fired meat smokers??

    Quote Originally Posted by clone4lyfe View Post
    Masterbuilt has a couple electric smokers that are nice. They have a digital thermometer on top to control the temp & a shoot on the side to feed wood chips thru so you arent opening the door & releasing heat. I just have a cheap cajun injector similar to these & it does a good enough job for me. We probably had 30 lbs of a variety of meat on it for the ISU vs IA game this year.

    I have had this one for about 6 months (originally had a charcoal smoker for 4 years). Definitely like the electric version as it is much easier to control the temperature. I personally do not notice a difference in flavor vs. charcoal.

    Easy to add wood chips as stated above and easy to clean. i have an 18 lb turkey smoking right now which should be done in about 2 hours. First turkey so I am excited to see how it turns out.



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    Re: electric or gas fired meat smokers??

    I think most are missing the sausage part of the question. Smokers for BBQ are totally different than sausage smokers. For sausage, it has to smoke below 170 degrees or it will cook the meat rather than smoking it. If you cook a boston butt on it, it may not work for sausage. My previously mentioned troubles included.



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    Re: electric or gas fired meat smokers??

    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    I think most are missing the sausage part of the question. Smokers for BBQ are totally different than sausage smokers. For sausage, it has to smoke below 170 degrees or it will cook the meat rather than smoking it. If you cook a boston butt on it, it may not work for sausage. My previously mentioned troubles included.
    Although I have never smoked that low on my Cajun Injector I am pretty sure the beginning setting is less that 100 degrees so smoking at a low enough temp for sausage shouldn't be an issue w/the electric smokers I mentioned



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    Re: electric or gas fired meat smokers??

    Quote Originally Posted by isuforlife View Post
    A Traeger smoker can't be beat , almost fool proof
    Just got the Lil Tex Elite. Haven't even assembled it yet. Bought a bag each of cherry, hickory, apple, and mesquite pellets. The ability to control the temp even in winter is what sold me.


    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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