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Which smoker would you choose?

 
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Chelps03
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PostPosted: Mon May 13 13 9:23 am    Post subject: Which smoker would you choose? Reply with quote

Hey guys. I'm finally thinking about making a big purchase and buying a smoker. Which kind would you guys choose. A offset stick burner or a vertical cabinet smoker like the backwoods party. I like the party better for functionality but like the trailer pits for portability. Just wondering your guys opinions. I take it that the cabinet would be easier to maintain Pitt temp. Thanks
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PostPosted: Mon May 13 13 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is your financial situation?

What are your storage constraints?

How much time do you want to spend tending your pit?

How much meat do you cook in an average sitting?

Whats the most meat you need to accommodate at any one time?

Will you be doing whole hog, primals or cuts?

What is your access to good quality split wood? Or lump charcoal?

How hot do you need the pit to go?

Will you be competing? Taking it with you to events/parties etc? How frequently?

As you can see your question needs a bit of clarification before advice can be given.
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PostPosted: Mon May 13 13 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim_Abrahamson wrote:
What is your financial situation?

What are your storage constraints?



Single with an extra garage?

BOTH! Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon May 13 13 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As cold as it gets in IN. a Pitmaker Safe.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14 13 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fancy this one as mynext one:

http://www.firecraft.com/product/the-good-one-the-marshall-smoker/full-size-charcoal-grills
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PostPosted: Tue May 14 13 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like my Stumps Classic. Especially in windy or cold conditions. It is so efficient that in the summer here in Atlanta I have to move it out of direct sun to help keep the temps down. One downside is it takes a long time to cool down after a cook so I can get it back in the garage.
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PostPosted: Wed May 15 13 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Lang offset and a Backwoods Party. Honestly I do most of my cooking on the Backwoods. It's a lot less work, uses very little wood, and produces excellent product. I use the Lang for bigger cooks or when I don't mind babysitting it for long periods.
For comps, I use both. I'm planning to build a trailer with an offset, two cabinet, and a grill. That should handle everything for me.
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PostPosted: Wed May 15 13 12:16 am    Post subject: Re: Which smoker would you choose? Reply with quote

Chelps03 wrote:
I like the party better for functionality but like the trailer pits for portability.


The Backwoods Party is quite portable. Weighs something like 130 lbs. My wife and I can get it in the back of the pickup pretty easily.
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PostPosted: Wed May 15 13 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BluDawg wrote:
As cold as it gets in IN. a Pitmaker Safe.

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PostPosted: Wed May 15 13 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I have read, horizontal smokers are harder to maintain constant heat than the vertical ones. So I'd say vertical.

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PostPosted: Thu May 16 13 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So many variables Shocked

I prefer a offset stick burner for great flavor, but plead guilty to using a vertical cabinet that plugs in for convenience. Laughing
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