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My old smoker finally died. I would like to hear recommendations on a open front propane or electric vs pellet smoker vs ceramic. I smoke ribs, roast and sausage. I would like it to hold 25 lbs of sausage.
I'm lazy I love my electric Master built but I'm no purist.I had poor results trying a Bluetooth smoker the app was crappy
I have a Green Mountain pellet smoker. Love the damn thing!
I also have an electric. Had a propane but found the electric keeps a steadier temp.
I run a Rec Tec 590 pellet smoker, changed my life! Top quality made in GA.
Good timing. I’m considering a pellet smoker. I have two masterbuilt electrics and they work ok, they just don’t put out enough smoke so no smoke ring and very poor/nonexistent bark.
They are easy and consistent so that’s a plus.
I’ve used a Bradley for a number of years. Not sure it will meet your capacity requirements. The wood wafers that you use in it are a bit spendy but it makes great food and is easy to operate.
Yoder Smoker all the way.
This is timely. My buddy got the Pit Boss 1230 combo pellet/propane smoker/grill about a years ago. He loves it, and has produced some delicious results. He says he rarely uses the propane/grill side. I doubt he can smoke 25# of meat on the pellet side, though.
I'd love to one up him, if there is a better option at a similar price tag. ;-)
My Green Mountain pellet grill for ribs, butt, and brisket. Electric for sausage and fish.
A Weber kettle grill does fantastic rib, butt, and brisket if I have the time to babysit. It's hard to beat charcoal and wood.
I’ve been trying since January to get a Campchef woodwind 36. Finally came back in stock and when I went to order it was already out of stock!
A barrel smoker is hard to beat. I like mine.
I own a pit boss pellet smoker and grill combo. It’s does decent for smoking as well.
I also have a ceramic egg grill. It’s the best of both all in one. I can sear my steaks at 650 degrees like butter. But, I can smoke anything I want as low as 150 degrees.
I really like the barrel grill too.
Love my Green Mountain. I previously had a propane Smoke Hollow smoker. No comparison. Everything we have made on the GMG has been excellent.
FWIW....I have a spiffy electric one still NIB sitting in the shed. However my "go to" smoker for the last 15 years or so has been this little electric barrel smoker. It's not fancy but it is simple to use which is a plus for me. I have two of them....one north and one south. I used it last week on this chunk of pork. I'll be using it again in the next day or so on some fresh salmon. You can find them pretty cheap on craigslist or FB market place.
We have a Kamado Joe Classic grill/smoker and we love it. Beats any other grill or smoker we’ve ever had. Probably wouldn’t have the capacity you’re looking for but they do make an XL model that may. It’s amazing to me the way that thing will hold a steady temp.
Big green egg here… ribs, pulled pork, chickens, turkey, Christmas prime rib the list goes on. Not sure you could do 25# of meat on it but if you have the time to get it going lump charcoal and the egg is my go to
Pat if you'll soak those pellets you'll get good smoke in that electric smoker
I have a Yoder. No complaints so far
I have a Traeger 34. Have had it a month. It is a magnificent cooking device. Next trick, smoking a hind quarter from a pig....
There are a lot of good ones out there. Find one that fits your needs. I needed a fair bit of surface area while my girlfriend wanted a tinier one.
Get the best, get a CookShack.
Cookshack is the Reconyx of smokers, works great, expensive, reliable. I’ve had the same one for 10 years- Amerique 066. Made in Georgia great customer service. Put meat in- Set it and forget it.
Rec Tec 700rt is the Cadillac if you want to spend $1200.
Z Grills makes some nice ones for half that. Go for a PID controller. They have one double walled model I’m waiting for a sale on. 700D4E
Google Grilla Grill they make high quality pellet smokers at a good price point.
It's a Yoder Loaded Wichita here. it's an offset stick smoker built like a tank.
Z-grill here (from Sam's)
So far I love it - its more like an oven with bursts of smoke the way it works (as I see it so far)
Bradley 6 shelf electric works like a champ! May not compete with a true wood burning smoker but I get great results and the set and forget is invaluable to me. You could get 25lbs of sausage in it if laying them down(not hanging).
My Primo XL Oval is the BOMB!!
“Smoker Recommendation” my Dad was a smoker and if he was alive he would recommend Camel unfiltered.
Bradley 6 shelf here (I actually have 2). They get a little funky to deal with in the cold, but as mentioned I can do around 32 pounds of summer sausage at a time. etc. Little modification and I can do 20 racks of jerky at a time. The only real issue is inconsistent heat, it is hottest low and back. So if you are doing a jerky for example you need to rotate the jerky. Usually move the bottom rack to top and top to bottom.
I have a 6 shelf digital Bradley. Had some heating element issues but it does a good job. I’m ready to move up to a pellet grill though and use wood heat instead of electric.
Made this last year. Works awesome.
I've been using the same little electric smoker for 25 years. As basic as can be, just plug it in. I got tired of waiting for it to die so i could get a bigger one and bought an Oklahoma Joes Bandera, charcoal/wood. It too is basic by todays smoker standards, but that's more me, basic, minimalist. Used it once a couple weeks ago. It holds twice what my other one does. I'll use the Bandera for bigger loads and the electric for smaller stuff.
No wheels on your bow either Jeff? ;-)
all of them work great. from the cheaper ones to the high end ones. you just need to decide what features you want and go from there. If I were to buy a new one I would stick with a pellet grill and I would probably go with Green Mountain or Pit Boss.
I've owned a Rec Tec for the past 10 or so years. Zero problems and maintains a temp +/-1 degree.
Russell that thing has to be wore out! Wanna sell it? Lol