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Best Place to Buy a Weber SMC In Toronto?

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maybethereshope Apr 25, 2010 12:04 AM

I'm looking to purchase the smaller Weber Smoker in the Toronto( Canada) area. I've seen the 18 for $419 but that seems excessive considering it retails for $279US on Amazon, and currency is at par right now. I know it's luck of the draw regarding what hardware stores carry it, so if anyone knows any that do, it'd be greatly appreciated. I can drive to anywhere in the GTA. I'm looking to purchase within the next few weeks.

Many thanks,

  1. Kagemusha Apr 26, 2010 02:36 PM

    Pricing is getting more aggressive on Weber with C/US$ parity. Shop hard, compare and don't shy from asking for price matching+ a bit.

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      shms Jun 20, 2010 08:40 AM

      Hello I've very recently been looking into the same smoker and was wondering where/how much you ended up finally getting yours for?
      did any of the places end up price matching?
      I've seen this for as low as 175 usd in the states so when I saw the 375-420 prices in toronto it kinda sucked
      I was initially considering waiting for the off season and hope the price goes down by like 20-30% but i dunno if i can wait :D

      sorta OT but has anyone tried the other brand smokers of the same type? (Vertical, charcoal, water smoker, bullet style)
      I think char broil makes one for about half the price but I've heard better things about the weber

      1. re: shms
        jayt90 Jun 20, 2010 10:20 AM

        Brinkmann sells a $60 smoker which will get you through the summer. I think Bass Pro has it.
        It lacks the precise air control of WSM or Egg, but it is fine for slow cooked foods up to 5 hours.
        It is steel, painted, without the porcelain coating of WSM.

        I have used one for a month now, and I'm happy with it.

         
         
         
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          Kagemusha Jun 20, 2010 04:18 PM

          Jayt90's approach is eminently sane for learning the smoker ropes without a large-ish outlay. At that price, you could curb it if it didn't deliver for you.

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            shms Jun 20, 2010 06:32 PM

            This brinkman you have is an electric smoker correct?
            I was looking to get a charcoal one and use wood chips instead of something that would require pellets or bisquettes or pucks or whatever
            I saw a brass pro branded vertical water smoker that uses charcoal for 45 bucks but it seems like it might be flimsy or cheap
            at that price though i may just have to give it a shot

            1. re: shms
              jayt90 Jun 20, 2010 06:40 PM

              No, you are incorrect, even in the spelling.
              If you look at the first photo you will see "charcoal". I have used it with lumps and hickory chips to great success. Nothing from Brinkmann is flimsy.
              Like the WSM, which I also have, it can be used as a grill.

              Here is a description if you want to compare it to a Bass Pro product.:

              http://www.brinkmann.net/products/out...

    2. grandgourmand Apr 26, 2010 01:13 PM

      Not sure where you're getting that price, but it is high. Ontario Gas BBQ in Concord sells it for $360+tax. Check Sobie's or BBQs Galore, probably the same price. Still high compared to the US, but so are books, cars, magazines, etc...

      Last year, I saw one at the local Home Depot for $300. I think it was there by mistake so priced to sell.

      You'll never find one on craigslist.

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        maybethereshope Apr 26, 2010 02:31 PM

        $360 seems to be the common number, but Dickson's, while not having any in stock, said they could order it in a week and it would be $329.99.

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          grandgourmand Apr 26, 2010 03:15 PM

          that's not a bad price, if you're timeline is flexible should go that route.

          For an extra $30 plus tax, you're assured inventory at Ontario Gas BBQ or Sobies, whichever is more convenient. Then again, tell them what Dickson's is selling it for and they might price match.

          In the end, it's a great cooker and you won't be thinking much about the price when you start using it. Mine's in storage right now, I can't wait to be reunited. I've got two big racks of ribs and about ten pounds of pork shoulder in the freezer just waiting for some low and slow smoke.

          As an aside, you might want to pick up a foodsaver vac sealer.

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            maybethereshope Apr 26, 2010 08:41 PM

            I'm quite excited to get one, I had restaurant brisket today and it was awful, it looked well done and had no flavour. So I'm excited to try my own.

            Already have a vac sealer, but with the people in my house, I doubt leftovers would last that long.

            I'll probably go with Dickson's, but I may not be buying till June now, so I'll price check again then, to see if parity has changed anything.

            Thanks for all the suggestions!

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              BusterRhino Apr 27, 2010 05:02 AM

              Good look with cooking the brisket - I would seriously consider getting awesome at every other meat before you attempt brisket (don't believe me, ask any other person who knows BBQ (not grilling, real BBQ))...

      2. TorontoJo Apr 26, 2010 01:08 PM

        Check out my recent thread asking about Weber gas grills -- lots of recs that you can call. Which reminds me, I need to report back on my search!

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/697878

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