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Mar 25, 2012 08:29 PM

Smoker. Is it worth it?

I am thinking of purchasing a smoker (Probably the Weber 18.5 inch) for my boyfriend's 31st birthday. (Last year was a Weber BBQ). But I am debating weather or not it will be worth it -aka- used enough to warrant it.

We love smoked meats and are big into making our own (Beer, bread, cheese, etc.) and I think this could be a great addition.

I guess what I would like to know from all you wondering people is do you find your smoker useful, used often and a good investment?


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  1. hello, About 20 years ago I bought a Brinkman Pitmaster at an end of season sale. Prior to that I smoked meats using a large Weber kettle by having the coals on one side and the meats opposite. It worked well but I have to say a dedicated smoker is the way to go. I will say that use has died down the last couple of years but prior to that we smoked meats 5 or 6 times a month so for us it was worth it. Hope this helps.

    1. Does your boyfriend use the Weber to smoke meat? He should try smoking meat on the Weber using the offset heat method for a while to see how much he really likes it. Personally, I prefer an offset smoker. I too bought a Brinkman on sale years ago, a verticle bullet smoker and I used it a few times before I just stopped using it (it's still in our garage somewhers, I gotta give it away). I did not like adding fuel or wood chips through the little door. I also did not like having to lift a top grate with meat on it to get to the meat on the lower grate.

      1. If you're talking about the Weber Smokey Mountain, you could do much worse! The WSM is a much much better choice than an El Cheapo Brinkman. I have an offset. I have two Weber kettles. I *had* an ECB (got rid of it, that piece of crap). I'd love to have a WSM. Mrs. ricepad says I have enough. (bummer!)

        1. We have a Brinkmann smoker and love it! We use it pretty much once a week to smoke things like ribs, pork shoulder, whole chicken, chicken wings, meatloaf, meatballs, etc. We've even smoked stuffed peppers and shrimp for shrimp cocktail.

          Our plan was to get the cheap smoker to see if we even liked/used it. Well, we do! When the Brinkmann falls apart, we'll buy the Weber one.

          1. Just for fun, here is a snap of our smoker and weber. The smoker has an offset fire box and the weber is about 27 or 28 inch in diameter.