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    BBQ Smokers

    Looking to get one for some spring time smoking. Which ones do you guys have?

    I am looking at getting a vertical one for easy access and probably propane, I like to set and forget (for the most part).


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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    First step: dont get a propane
    Second step: get a Weber smokey mountain


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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    I know it's sacrilege, but I've had nothing but awesome luck with my 30 inch, Masterbuilt Electric Smoker. I've not had a bad experience yet.


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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    First step: dont get a propane
    Second step: get a Weber smokey mountain
    Well I am more comfortable with propane. I've smoked in a propane with my dad for the past 7 years or so.


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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCyclones2015 View Post
    Well I am more comfortable with propane. I've smoked in a propane with my dad for the past 7 years or so.
    Then why not buy that one?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    I know it's sacrilege, but I've had nothing but awesome luck with my 30 inch, Masterbuilt Electric Smoker. I've not had a bad experience yet.
    How big do you say those are (besides 30inch har har)? I was currently debating a 30inch or a 40inch Masterbuilt Propane. How much food do you get in your 30inch? Like can I smoke a few racks of ribs while I do a pork butt?


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    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    Then why not buy that one?
    His is a $800 propane. I don't know what my stepmom is doing with it but I don't think I could lug it out to Iowa from Ohio. I was trying to shoot for the $250 or less range


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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCyclones2015 View Post
    How big do you say those are (besides 30inch har har)? I was currently debating a 30inch or a 40inch Masterbuilt Propane. How much food do you get in your 30inch? Like can I smoke a few racks of ribs while I do a pork butt?
    I'd get a rib stand so you can do more than one, per rack. Then you'll have plenty of room. The 30 inch has four moveable racks.

    Honestly, I haven't had any issues with space. We had a big Thanksgiving get together this year, and I had three 4lb turkey breasts going, along with 4-5 smoked sausages, and then dry rubbed wings covering every remaining bit of space, and it handled it just fine.


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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    I'd get a rib stand so you can do more than one, per rack. Then you'll have plenty of room. The 30 inch has four moveable racks.

    Honestly, I haven't had any issues with space. We had a big Thanksgiving get together this year, and I had three 4lb turkey breasts going, along with 4-5 smoked sausages, and then dry rubbed wings covering every remaining bit of space, and it handled it just fine.
    Sweet thanks. That definitely helps me a lot.


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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Traeger for ease of use. Nearly impossible to mess up.



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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Quote Originally Posted by sunset View Post
    Traeger for ease of use. Nearly impossible to mess up.
    The Green Mountain Grill has even more features. Meat probe, remote control, Taller peak for beer butt chicken, more temperature range, etc. I have Green Mountain, and my son has a Traeger. Both are good pellet grills.



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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    First step: dont get a propane
    Second step: get a Weber smokey mountain
    Hank Hill would disagree with this post.


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

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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    First step: dont get a propane
    Second step: get a Weber smokey mountain
    it's all about preference. I've had both a Weber and a propane smoker. I can't tell a difference in taste (both can be amazing) and I prefer the ease of control of my propane smoker - won't go back to the Weber.

    Some die-hards will tell you charcoal is the only way to get good results. My experience is otherwise.



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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    I've got an electric master built and it's foolproof if you don't care about smoke rings. I'm also building a mini smokey mountain out of a smokey joe and a tamale pot.


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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU_phoria View Post
    it's all about preference. I've had both a Weber and a propane smoker. I can't tell a difference in taste (both can be amazing) and I prefer the ease of control of my propane smoker - won't go back to the Weber.

    Some die-hards will tell you charcoal is the only way to get good results. My experience is otherwise.

    Those die hards have never tried pellets.

    As noted above, it's out of your price range, but Green Mountain or Traeger are hard to beat. Especially if you want 'set it and forget it.'

    Turn the dial to what temp you want, make sure the pellet hopper is full, you're golden.

    Just to be sure, if you're not familiar, Pellet grills are different from the smokers that use the pucks. Pellet grills' only source of heat is the burning of the pellets. The pucks use electric heat, and just use the pucks to make the smoke.





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