Originally Posted by Mylegsbig
Hmm, this brings up an interesting point. I also wanted to cook stuff on it like Hamburgers, steaks, etc.
So the product i linked is just for smoking, and is a pain in the *** to clean?
I will be smoking half the time and doing stuff like burgers and whatnot the other half of the time.
I most DEFINITELY going to head out to that place that you mentioned.
By any chance can you locate the name of the place? You mentioned, Universal Grills or something similar?
I can't find the description of the "WSM" but since I bought our son's New Braunfels sidebox smoker in Houston (at Lowe's or Costco I think) when passing through one time, I will post my experience with my own New Braunfels, purchased after that. If I have already posted to this thread, please forgive.
The sidebox smokers have an additional big plus--you can regulate the temperature of the smoking chamber (and they have a thermometer mounted on the unit) fairly precisely by using the dampers.
This is important when making things like pork butt for pulled pork, since you want the temperature to not go above 250*.
It is important for roasting/smoking chickens when you may want the temp to be a bit higher--350* for a short roast/smoke.
It is important when smoking fish--trout, salmon, mackerel--when you want the temp to be no more than 150*.
You can use the side firebox as a small charcoal grill for grilling directly over charcoal--OR you can use the main large chamber for a charcoal grill and more space.
If you buy at a place like Barbecues Galore , etc. you will definitely pay top dollar. Take a look at Home Depot and see what they may have. And as someone said, since you are in Houston, you should have a lot more places to shop. Good luck. It's fun.