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    Looking into buying a smoker

    I want to spend between 100-200$ on it. I've heard people debate between charcoal/gas/electric but I'd like to get your guys opinions on the matter.
    My main thing I'd look for is probably convenience of use, like built in thermometer and ease in keeping it a certain temp.

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    Trust me man, Charcoal is NOT hard to maintain. all you need to do is dump the ash into a trashbag and then BAM, it's clean. Charcoal is the way to go.

    http://www.aimtofind.com/weber-18-5-...045_a_7c721001

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    I got my smoker used so I was able to stay in your price range. you can find one similar to this for about 150 and up. The more you spend the longer it will last you and the better it is designed. I like the fire box on the side, you can use charcoal to start and wood chunks for split logs. These are harder to keep going and start but the product is so much better.

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    Ya if you got space I like the side fire box better.

    sadly I'm stuck smoking on a balcony so the stand up smokers are the only ones I can use.

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    Have you seen Alton Brown's terracotta smoker? Looks like it would work well.

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    Theres no way to control air flow so its not really something to use for the long term.

    But in a pinch I've used a cardboard box smoker lined with aluminum foil like Alton brown's smoked salmon episode .

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    Very cool. I take the shortcut and use Liquid Smoke

    Lemme know what you get and how it works!

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    My mom got my dad an electric one for xmas last year and I must say I was surprised at how good it is and it was fairly cheap as well I think under $150 w/ free shipping on some deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ren View Post
    Very cool. I take the shortcut and use Liquid Smoke

    Lemme know what you get and how it works!
    this is very funny! i dont think that the use of liquid smoke would be a short cut in any way. ha ha
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    I researched them and decided on going with an electric smoker. Much easier to use, just put the wood in, set it, and come back when it's done. No need to deal with trying to maintain temperatures or swapping out coals and wood. It's easy as hell, and the shit comes out so good. Plus, you can cold smoke cheese and stuff in it.


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    Yes its easier to maintain (charcoal is not hard though, after the first 30 minutes I usually dont have to touch it) but coming from someone whose owned both charcoal smoker is the way to go. There is a huge flavor impact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathcharms View Post
    I want to spend between 100-200$ on it. I've heard people debate between charcoal/gas/electric but I'd like to get your guys opinions on the matter.
    My main thing I'd look for is probably convenience of use, like built in thermometer and ease in keeping it a certain temp.

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    Sounds like its gonna be the next EF meetup at deathcharms...I want smoked foods nao.

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    In the end I decided against one. But I think I might get a slow cookery now.

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    if you can't get a quality smoker, don't waste your time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoxygen View Post
    Theres no way to control air flow so its not really something to use for the long term.
    i found that this isn't as big of a deal with electric smokers. I might actually rig up one of those terra cotta smokers but for charcoal... if I could get a way for it to seal between the planters I could use the water drains to control air.

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    Oh yea, forgot that it was electric. Yea it doesnt really matter then.

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    h4ppydaze: If you could rig up something like a terracotta pot on top of a kettle grill, it might work out well. You'd most likely have to chop off the bottom of the pot to make a conical shape and buy a bigger grill-plate in order to position the food high enough above the grill to reach the optimal temp. you also would probably have to reinforce the original grill-plate notches to accompany the additional weight of the giant terracotta insulator. If you could do it (sounds feasible to me), it would probably be the best bang for the buck, but would require a dremel tool and a bit more tinkering.

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