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Old 08-29-2012, 05:44 PM   #1
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Electric Smokers

Hey ya'll. I'm new to smoking and thinking about buying my first smoker. I was wondering if you guys had any opinions on what type or brand of smoker is best? I am looking into an electric smoker made by Masterbuilt. Any thoughts?

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Old 08-29-2012, 06:22 PM   #2
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Welcome to DC! We have some excellent smokers here who no doubt will be by shortly. Meanwhile, have a look around.
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:53 PM   #3
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I reckon electric smokers would do the trick. My preference is charcoal or wood, which can be used in places where there ain't no electricity. Likely someone here has tried or uses one.
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:21 PM   #4
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I'm with Hoot. Back in the day I was a purist... charcoal or wood only. That's the way to go if your schedule allows it. I just don't have the time anymore.

I'm not sure what your price range is. Traeger is hands down the way to go for an electric smoker. It burns hardwood pellets about the size and shape of rabbit food. Since the fuel is of uniform size temperature can be precisely controlled. The bin holds enough for 10-12 hours of unattended smoke time.

Here is a thread showing the Traeger in action...

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Old 08-30-2012, 02:14 AM   #5
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I recently purchased a Smokin-it Model #3 and am pretty happy so far. They do make smaller, cheaper ones too.

If you go with the Masterbuilt read all the reviews you can find. The ones I've read have been mixed. There are complaints about reliability and build quality but I've never seen one so it's just hearsay.
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:13 AM   #6
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My cousin converted his charcoal smoker at The Lake to an electric one--that way, when he is out fishing, he doesn't have to keep an eye on the temp. I just have a little all-in-one charcoal/wood smoker. I have only used it once, but am in LOVE with it. I guess the big questions are how often would you use it and how much money do you want to spend on it?
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:32 PM   #7
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Thanks guys this is helpful information.

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My cousin converted his charcoal smoker at The Lake to an electric one--that way, when he is out fishing, he doesn't have to keep an eye on the temp. I just have a little all-in-one charcoal/wood smoker. I have only used it once, but am in LOVE with it. I guess the big questions are how often would you use it and how much money do you want to spend on it?
Hopefully I will be able to use it at least a once a month. Especially since football season is here. The most I want to spend is $200
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:43 PM   #8
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If I'm not mistaken, I think CWS has a small Smoky Joe. I used one for years, it's not electric, but works pretty well. Folks here have also had great results with the good ol' Weber standard charcoal grill.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:51 PM   #9
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I really like my masterbuilt electric smoker.. but i do use my charcoal smoker about 75 % of the time..
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:45 AM   #10
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I have a char broil tru infrared smoker and it is awesome! Got it for $199 at Lowe's (my toy store/occupation) cooked a 8lb Boston butt on it a couple days ago. Yumm....
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