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briguy
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USA
175 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2017 :  10:38:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What does anyone recommend for a smoker? Electric or gas?

dcon12
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Georgia
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Posted - 12/06/2017 :  10:39:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wood. Don
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JimmyJack
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USA
2725 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2017 :  10:43:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ive switched to electric and can control the temps better.
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CaptFun
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USA
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Posted - 12/06/2017 :  10:52:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bradley Digital..... I have the 6 rack.
Excellent temp control and smoke. Lots of flavors of wood pucks available. I like to put a shoulder on just before bedtime and let it smoke all night.... It pushes a fresh puck onto the heating element every 20 minutes. burned out one falls into the bowl at the bottom. Highly recommend it.

I want to get the cold smoker attachment so I can do bacon....



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briguy
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USA
175 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2017 :  10:55:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Guess I should say I am talking about the smokers you find at a Runnings Farm & Fleet store or Cabelas or somewhere like that. The kind you use wood chips with but use electric or gas for heat.

I do agree with The wood smoker tho.
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cbxjeff
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USA
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Posted - 12/06/2017 :  11:55:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Temperature control,in my opinion, is huge. Add any wood chips that you like and you got the real deal. Heat source is secondary.

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rambo rebel
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  02:07:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cbxjeff

Temperature control,in my opinion, is huge. Add any wood chips that you like and you got the real deal. Heat source is secondary.



agree. I bought a masterbuilt 30" 4 rack electric that uses chips.

real wood, only smaller pieces Don

I haven't used another one but I like it a lot. time and temp control, one tray of chips last 4 hours + - depending on temp. meat probe and remote control. after I start it I just sit on the couch and monitor it with remote. probe lmk when desired temp is achieved.

I think electric is less trouble. even with a gas one you still need electric to run the control panel unless there's battery ones. still more trouble.

https://masterbuilt.com/product/20078715-30-digital-electric-smoker-3/

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Flying Clay Disk
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USA
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  03:00:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Temperature control isn't just "important" with smoking...temperature control is EVERYTHING in smoking!

Electric is a better solution.

The problem with propane is water. Water is a byproduct of the combustion process with propane, so you wind up steaming your food more than 'smoking' it. Too much water in the smoking process can give meats and other products a bitter taste from the smoke (not to mention the undesirable effects of steaming meat).

Ultimately, wood fired is the best of all, but is is also by far the most difficult to regulate temperature with.

Consequently, electric is the best if you're looking for a "set it, and forget it" pure smoking solution.

A pellet stove like a Traeger also does a pretty fantastic job, but you've got to understand how these grills work in order to get an actual "smoke" job and not just a oven bake.

edit...if you get an electric, make sure you get one which is insulated. Most electric smokers have a 1500 watt max (which is the the max the average convenience outlet in a home can handle without tripping the breaker). So in a decent sized smoker this will make the max temps inside the smoker 235-250F. Add in any wind at all and this temp will drop, and quick, down into the 190F range which is the ideal temperature for 100% "shoe leather" results. Insulated units solve this problem.

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Edited by - Flying Clay Disk on 12/07/2017 03:07:37 AM
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forgemonkey
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USA
18390 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2017 :  07:05:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

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Edited by - forgemonkey on 12/07/2017 07:08:39 AM
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westernMDhunter
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Iceland
3223 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2017 :  07:21:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Definitely recommend electric. We run our Smokin it smoker continuously this time of year and never had any issues. Tried many different smokers and got rid of them all, people are waiting for me to get rid of this smoker but it isn't going anywhere. Highly recommend these https://www.smokin-it.com/

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M1A762
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Niger
3066 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2017 :  07:26:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I made my own smoker out of a steel insulated General Motors fridge that was made in 1929.

I bought it at an auction for $18.00.

I removed the small "freezer" that had a control board dated 1929.

I added a 1500 watt electric element and a programmable temp controller.

Smokestack on top and an adjustable floor air vent on the bottom.

The door needed a felt type gasket to seal it, and I installed an extra external temp gauge to verify the electronic temp controller.

I also mounted four casters to the base, it rolls easily on my garage floor.

I have less than $150 total cost into this smoker. I am very happy with it, works great!

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armilite
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Mozambique
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  07:47:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Warbirds
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USA
12981 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2017 :  09:06:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Big Green Egg.

It can control temp as well as anything you have to plug in.

You can also do so much more than smoke on it.


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mrbruce
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USA
3507 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2017 :  10:04:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love my 30" Masterbuilt electric smoker, set it and forget it....

Gun control is hitting what your aiming at.
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longspur rider
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1847 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2017 :  2:56:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
ditto on the Bradly digital.
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rambo rebel
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  3:21:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
forgot to mention that mine came with the leg kit, meat mits from Amazon for $299 delivered to the house. it is insulated - that is a must have. you can spend a LOT more but you won't taste the dif. IMO.

I have eaten at a friends who has to have the "best" (priciest) of everything but I couldn't tell his smoked shoulder or ribs from mine. wife says mine are better but she thinks they are snobs anyway, and they are but I feel for them because they are in hock up to their eyeballs. they do live in a big house, drive a fine car and have a 3k patio grilling/smoking setup.

they bought into the "Jones" BS hook, line, and sinker.

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Mr. Perfect
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Posted - 12/07/2017 :  4:52:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dcon12

Wood. Don


Exactly. There is no substitute.

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wpageabc
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USA
5203 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2017 :  5:52:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thought this was about Cigars and Scotch...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u99Q7pNAjvg
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gunnut505
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USA
9096 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2017 :  11:20:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by wpageabc

Thought this was about Cigars and Scotch...



Keep the cigars out of the Scotch whilst smoking the brisket.

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retroxler58
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Burkina Faso (Upper Volta)
33046 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2017 :  11:26:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by JimmyJack

Ive switched to electric and can control the temps better.

Agreed.

My electric has a side mounted electric chip smoke generator. So there's two plugs. The smoke generator gets hot enough to produce the smoke. The smoke 'draws' into the smoker and cools a bit. The smoker keeps tabs on the temperature and very accurately maintains the 'best' temperature for the process. Meat (and other stuff) comes out perfect! I can monitor everything without opening the door of the smoker. For redundancy, I also use an electronic chef's oven temp probe to provide the core temp of the meat.
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retroxler58
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Burkina Faso (Upper Volta)
33046 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2017 :  11:28:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CaptFun

Bradley Digital..... I have the 6 rack.
Excellent temp control and smoke. Lots of flavors of wood pucks available. I like to put a shoulder on just before bedtime and let it smoke all night.... It pushes a fresh puck onto the heating element every 20 minutes. burned out one falls into the bowl at the bottom. Highly recommend it.

I want to get the cold smoker attachment so I can do bacon....




Very similar to mine. Except I load wood chips and do have to keep the smoke generator stoked.
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retroxler58
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Burkina Faso (Upper Volta)
33046 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2017 :  11:30:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mr. Perfect

quote:
Originally posted by dcon12

Wood. Don


Exactly. There is no substitute.

If time is a premium AND you want the smoker to it's job better than you can... Electric WITH wood chip smoke generator by a wide margin.
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