Hi everybody. I was hoping one of you bbq masters could help me. I want to get my brother a smoker for christmas, but I haven't been able to find any information or comparisons between the different types of smokers. Can anyone tell me some of the advantages/disadvantages of the different types. Do they all give you the same end product? I've seen electric bullet smokers, charcoal bullet smokers, horizontal smokers, water smokers and probably others. I'm just a bit confused by all the choices of styles not to mention brands. My brother has a gas grill right now, but he loves to cook, especially BBQ, and I think he would be up for a new challenge. Which type and/or brand of smoker would you suggest? Thanks!
I agree that the Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) has a huge following and with good reason. The bullet style is very economical when it comes to space saving along with fantastic results. It may be more welcome as well as compared to a fairly large displacement horizontal smoker. Regardless of the type, you would look for a smoker that has a good fit around all openings- the only smoke escaping should be from around the dampers only. Anything more will result in a undesireable loss of heat and smoke resulting in longer than necessary cook times as well as an increase in the amount of fuel required.
Last edited by chagan on Tue Dec 16, 2003 11:38 am, edited 1 time in total.
I'm in agreement about the Weber bullet, it's a fail safe smoker IMHO and is made really well and seals FAR better than less expensive smokers. I had a Brinkman charcoal smoker before the Weber and the difference is like night and day in regard to my ability to control the smokiness of my meat as well as a constant temperature which the Brinkman would fluctuate wildly at times.
Tue Dec 16, 2003 1:33 pm
Hey thanks everyone! Upon your advice, I think I'll go with the weber smokey mountain, although the 7 in 1 unit looks really neat too. I know my brother is going to love this new food adventure. Thanks again to everyone for taking the time to help me with this issue. Happy Holidays!
Depending on the type of person that your brother is I might suggest a horizontal "barrel" smoker instead of the bullet. The bullet is nice if your brother would want something simple and basic - I however chose a barrel smoker when I got started and I can say that if I went with a bullet I probably would not be cooking at the level that I can cooking now. THe barrel smoker is a more "true" smoker since it relys on the cook to master his craft. Barrel smokers are rather inexpensive also, I purchased mine from Lowes for $100 and it worked great. it was the Chargriller Pro with the offset fire box.