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flyin-lowe
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20 14 8:14 am    Post subject: Electric smoker decision Reply with quote

My mother hinted around earlier this year that she and my father might like to try a smoker. They are in their mid 60's and neither have any experience other then grilling dogs and burgers. I don't want to spend a lot of money in case they don't like it or don't want to use it. Just for ease of use I am guessing I will end up getting an electric. I know as is with most things cheaper is not the best way to go. Are any of the electric smoker that are in the $175.00 or less range decent? Is there one that stands out over the other within my budget? Any input would be great.
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jess
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20 14 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The masterbuilt 30 is one my bil has & is happy with, but then he puts beans in his chili. JMHO but the ECB electric would probably fill the bill...
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flyin-lowe
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22 14 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Masterbuilt-Sportsman-Elite-Electric-Smokehouse-30&i=787532

I ended up with the Masterbuilt 30. My local Gander had them. Once we get a chance to use it a couple times I'll let you know how it preforms.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24 14 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the Masterbuilt 30 and love it. Lets me Q when the weather is bad. Keeps a steady temp, and I don't "really" have to watch over it, drink & smoke while it's running. But don't tell my wife that. Laughing
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Smoldering Coals
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24 14 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved my Masterbuilt....that is till someone stole it. I had all the grates and wood chip holder inside the dishwasher, they made off with only half of the unit!! Crying or Very sad
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flyin-lowe
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11 15 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update.

Last weekend I went to my parents house and fired the MB up for the first time. I was impressed, especially compared to my propane smoker. It was below freezing outside. We did a whole pork loin and about two pounds of chicken legs. Unit held temps perfect and smoked a lot longer then I expected on the 1/2 cup of wood chips. I obviously can't speak for the longevity of the MB but my first impression is it is worth the money if anyone is looking into it.
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