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Looking for suggestions for a smoker/grill
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Deener27
Posted 4/10/2018 7:25 AM (#737583)
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So, I am looking to upgrade and take my BBQ to the next level.

For years, I have been using a Smoke Hollow cabinet, but she is about to bite it bigtime (the bottom is going to come out).

I really want to go more Texas/Competition style with an offset, wood fired grill. However, I am open to suggestions and your experiences for sure. I am also going to get a move on here since I feel it is grilling and smoking season now.

Thanks everybody.
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PETE314
Posted 4/10/2018 10:35 AM (#737589 - in reply to #737583)
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<p>I think you can get a lot out of a Kammado style/Big Green Egg grill....especially since you can do both Low and Slow or High Heat and faster cooking...Big Green Egg does make a great product. But they are not the only one...Do some research... Look for nice thick wall, good seal...and make sure it has the room that you want...You will pay a little extra...but you will have it for practically a lifetime...</p><p>Check Vision Grills, I have heard good tings...</p>

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AustinMike
Posted 4/10/2018 10:41 AM (#737590 - in reply to #737583)
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If you get a pit with an offset firebox, I'd suggest 20" pipe for the main chamber. I owned a Lyfetime pit that was 16" pipe and I ended up getting rid of it. I now own a Pits and Spits pit that was made with 20" pipe.
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Posted 4/10/2018 11:58 AM (#737592 - in reply to #737589)
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PETE314 - 4/10/2018 11:35 AM

I think you can get a lot out of a Kammado style/Big Green Egg grill....especially since you can do both Low and Slow or High Heat and faster cooking...Big Green Egg does make a great product. But they are not the only one...Do some research... Look for nice thick wall, good seal...and make sure it has the room that you want...You will pay a little extra...but you will have it for practically a lifetime...

Check Vision Grills, I have heard good tings...



Agreed. May not be big enough for your needs, but I have a Primo Oval, their biggest model, and after 2 years I wouldn't have anything else. Really versatile and with a rack I can do enough for a crowd for sure.

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Deener27
Posted 4/10/2018 8:45 PM (#737615 - in reply to #737583)
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All good suggestions. Of course I know this is a cigar forum but I thought that smoking and smoking go hand in hand.

Keep em coming.
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Posted 4/11/2018 7:01 AM (#737621 - in reply to #737583)
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Check out Teager smokers I know several people that have them and love them. they a bit pricey, but all of them said well worth it.
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Posted 4/11/2018 10:15 AM (#737629 - in reply to #737621)
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Beegerply - 4/11/2018 10:01 AM

Check out Teager smokers I know several people that have them and love them. they a bit pricey, but all of them said well worth it.


I would 2nd a traeger. I really enjoy mine.
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Posted 4/11/2018 12:37 PM (#737634 - in reply to #737629)
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Beegerply - 4/11/2018 10:01 AM

Check out Teager smokers I know several people that have them and love them. they a bit pricey, but all of them said well worth it.


I would 2nd a traeger. I really enjoy mine.


I like the traeger idea, but for me, there is something romantic about loading and fueling wood into the firebox that makes me feel good. Almost like the challenge of maintaining the proper temps through the whole cooking process and getting awesome results is a win for me.

I am actually looking at a few of larger scale offsets, ie texas style cookers and am really awaiting the line that Aaron Franklin is working on. Now I am not saying that one is better than the other, but I don't really want to work over a vertical barrel.

I have heard really good and bad things about eggs or kamado's as well. Maybe I should have clarified that I have a massive Weber Summit with a natural gas line to it that does all of the grilling, searing and rotisserie work I can throw at it. I am looking for a smoker that can do some good quality Q and won't kill the ol cigar and beer budget. If I can get it down to a reliable process, I would love to do some amateur competitions just for the fun of it.

Sorry if I confused the issue a bit. I do like the 20" pipe offset ideee'er right now and am also exploring building my own and calling it a day.
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