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Looking for a new smoker, would like to do both hot and cold smoking

I have been smoking for years with a barrel smoker with an offset fire box. The ting is almost rusted through at this point and am starting to look for something new.

I would love something that would work for both cold smoking and hot smoking and am willing to move from using charcoal to either gas or electric. Would like something that is nice and sturdy.

Please let me know what has worked for all of you.

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  1. I've been using an upright gasser for close to 10 years and have had great results. Recently, I purchased one of these smoke tubes for, among other things, cold smoking. This thing will burn for 6 hours sitting in my cold smoker. Also have used it in my Weber gas grill some smoke flavor on steaks and burgers. Check them out.

      1. re: JMF

        I went through that thread, it doesn't address cold smoking all that much.

        1. re: chazzer

          I have a Bradley electric smoking and cold smoke on occasion. I've probably mentioned it in my threads. Here's a link to their forum:


          I'm guessing that cold smoking isn't done nearly as much as hot so there will be info but the info that's around should be reliable. And if you have specific you can get the answers.

      2. Large BGE fed by a mini or small BGE. This way you have the ultimate versatility for grilling, hot or cold smoking.
        Aside from that a dedicated smoke house.

        1. The Bradley smoker with the cold smoke attachment. I've used it many times to make smoked trout and salmon, country hams, etc.

          1. Thanks, question on the Bradley, is the digital worth the extra money?

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            1. re: chazzer

              I actually have the Original (I wish the "New Original" had been out when I bought mine), plus an Auber Dual Probe PID, then made some mods like a circulating fan and a second element... but I like to geek out and go for perfection.

              I think it all depends on how handy you are, and looking at the price differences, ease of use, etc.

              Here's the best place to ask Bradley questions.

                1. re: c oliver

                  Thanks, just ordered the new original from them. The price was better then 1/2 off.

                  1. re: chazzer

                    Cool! That's what I found also re the price. You're gonna love it :)

                    1. re: chazzer

                      $240 for a new original Bradley is a great price.

                2. For electric, I would recommend looking at the smoking-it line and the smokintex line. Smokin-it, if you compare the two brands, gives you more for less: larger wheels, longer cord, higher wattage element, overall a larger unit for less money. Both are analog, and all stainless inside and out. And the smoking-it forum is super active, so join and ask questions, read the posts, good and bad.

                  If you want a digital smoker, then look at cookshack. They are American made (the others imported) and pricey. But they have a 6 month paypal deal so you don't have to break the bank all as once.

                  Good luck and happy smoking.

                  1. Lots of options. How much space do you need and what is your budget?

                    I went electric with a Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse. Cheap and not without issues it has lasted longer than expected. I built a cold smoke generator to use in this smoker.

                    The top daddy of the electrics are the Cookshacks. Expensive and built in the US. Good knock offs like the Smoke It smokers and SmokeTex have become popular. These smokers have a cold smoke baffle or plate to shield the food from heat