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Old 09-06-2010, 05:03 PM   #1
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Is this a good smoker?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Char-Broil...moker/13056698

Dont know anything about smokers an have never tried to smoke anything. Is this a good starter or should I spend more money an get a better one?
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:56 PM   #2
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yes it is pretty good I have a brinkmann just like it and it does just fine. It is a good one to learn on.
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:34 PM   #3
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Cool, thank you
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:03 PM   #4
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I think I saw that at Walmart the other day. Mine is similar, same brand but I *think* mine is shorter but deeper front to back. I don't have a fire box on mine yet but I haven't had any complaints!
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:27 PM   #5
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I was tempted to pick that one up as well. I guess from the comments here, it's a reasonable smoker. Right now, I use a little bullet smoker and my weber ketter (offset)
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Yeah it sounds like a good one, if you look at the "Customer Product Review" they all seem to be happy with it. I just dont always trust those reviews.
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Old 09-25-2010, 03:23 PM   #7
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Google modifacations for the grill. and by doing a few you can help it maintain temp. much better. There are a lot of fans of this cheap grill. I spent more and got a WSM 22 1/2 inch. Very easy to control temp. I've been give a GC and am looking forward to playing with it. Will probably mainly use it as a grill since I have other smokers and it has a nice grilling area.
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Old 12-28-2010, 10:13 AM   #8
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You get what you pay for, most of the time. If one is just learning, why not learn the right way? The cheap offsets have no insulation or heat retention at all. As said there are mods to do before even firing it up. Meaning raising fire grate. making a plate to act as a smoker plate, lowering the flue, adding therms.After all that they still won't produce low and slow cooking.. That's more than I would want to do as a novice. I would say to get better food for the money or effort, the WSM bullet or one of my firebrick lined BarrelSmokers. At least you could cook ribs, chicken tri-tips, etc., without burning everything to char. I'm not trying to oversell my products, just hope you would have a better experience for your time and money. Good luck. Steve.
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Re: Is this a good smoker?

I would discourage you from getting that smoker. You're headed in the right direction with charcoal and wood. It's the only way to go for fuel IMO. I would would recommend you start with a Weber Smokey Mountain. They're a little more expensive but well worth the money. I went through a few cheap smokers before I finally broke down and got a Weber. You will eventually wind up with one so you may as well just get it from the get go.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:23 AM   #10
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Re: Is this a good smoker?

No. !!!! If you want a smoker you need to spend more. Plain and simple. That thing is tempting because of the price,... I get it... but it is a POS. I still have the one I bought years back and it makes a good GRILL. I cut the firebox off of it because it makes a terrible smoker!!!!
That's it on the left. Great GRILL. TERRIBLE SMOKER
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Re: Is this a good smoker?

You guys do know that this is a 4 yr. old thread?
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Well then what are we going to fight about?
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You get what you pay for, most of the time. If one is just learning, why not learn the right way? The cheap offsets have no insulation or heat retention at all. As said there are mods to do before even firing it up. Meaning raising fire grate. making a plate to act as a smoker plate, lowering the flue, adding therms.After all that they still won't produce low and slow cooking.. That's more than I would want to do as a novice. I would say to get better food for the money or effort, the WSM bullet or one of my firebrick lined BarrelSmokers. At least you could cook ribs, chicken tri-tips, etc., without burning everything to char. I'm not trying to oversell my products, just hope you would have a better experience for your time and money. Good luck. Steve.
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Well then what are we going to fight about?
Dagnabit, that actually makes too much sense. Carry on.
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:10 PM   #15
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Re: Is this a good smoker?

I started out on one of those, it's a piece of crap but it got me started. Of all the problems it has, lack of insulation was the biggest, I used a water heater insulation blanket on it sometimes. Also, where the firebox mounts to the smoker, the metal deteriorates rapidly and the box starts to come apart. I recommend to spend a little more money on a better smoker.
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My wife bought me a Masterbuilt and its been working just fine.
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My wife bought me a Masterbuilt and its been working just fine.
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Yeah, why?
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