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Old 06-09-2010, 09:49 PM   #1
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I am a total noob with smoking (meat not cigarettes). But I have asked the wife and kids for a smoker for Fathers day.

I have a good supply of wood so would like to go with a wood/charcoal version. I have been reading for over an hour now and am no closer to deciding on a model than when I started. I would likely only use for small family gatherings ect...but would like a reasonably large capacity . I have seen several off the shelf models that people are making modifications to to help them work "properly". I would like to avoid this. Not that I couldnt do the mods, I just have too many projects as it is.

I have seen many delicious looking BBQ photos in the galleries. I would appreciate any advice from you chef's out there on a good smoker to get me started.

 
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:51 PM   #2
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Build a UDS and save tone of cash and hassle. UDS = Ugly Drum Smoker. Google it. Built mine for $142.

 
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:56 PM   #3
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What is your budget?
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:03 PM   #4
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What is your budget?
I'm thinking $4-$500 range. Nothing professional, just a good solid backyard unit.

 
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:28 PM   #5
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Build a UDS and save tone of cash and hassle. UDS = Ugly Drum Smoker. Google it. Built mine for $142.
I looked up a parts list. I should have most of the things mentioned or could get them cheap. How much time did the build take you?

 
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:39 PM   #6
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They sell the BGE (Big Green Egg) at Meyer's Sew n' Vac in Iron Mountain. They have different sizes. I don't know anything about them, but you could take a peek in there and see if you like those.

Once you fire it up, let me know when we're invited over to sample!
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:42 PM   #7
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They sell the BGE (Big Green Egg) at Meyer's Sew n' Vac in Iron Mountain. They have different sizes. I don't know anything about them, but you could take a peek in there and see if you like those.

Once you fire it up, let me know when we're invited over to sample!
Is that the Weber version? There will be smoke in the backyard on our hop harvest day!

 
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Is that the Weber version? There will be smoke in the backyard on our hop harvest day!
No, the Big Green Egg is, um, a big green egg-shaped smoker/grill. I don't think it's made by Weber, but I could be wrong.

Our lamb won't be slaughtered until November, but I bet leg of lamb on a smoker would be great!

I'm pretty sure that both EdWort and Yuri_rage have made posts about their BGEs on the forum. That's where I heard about them. I saw them in Meyer's when I was buying those bathroom heaters, but I don't know anything about them.
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:49 PM   #9
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Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker. The best. I have the 18" but there is a 22" available.
It's well made and holds temp beautifully. My first smoker was a cheap POS and it worked but controlling temp was very difficult.

 
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:03 PM   #10
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I use a cheap charcoal fired smoker and like was mentioned, holding proper temps isn't easy.
My buddies have electric fired smokers and have no trouble with them.
A lot of guys on my mailing list have the BGE and for cooking/BBQing say it is superior to anything else. Not sure on smoking with it.
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