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Looking to Replace 18" WSM with new Smoker/Grill Combo

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  • jhapka
    I was thinking Good One Open Range before I got to the part in your post where you mentioned it. Looks like a fun cooker

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  • jpietrantone
    Welcome to the pit! I have a 22 WSM, a 22 kettle and recently added a Masterbuilt 1050. I got the 1050 for the same reason of wanting more space while keeping the great charcoal and wood chunk taste profile.

    I went with the Masterbuilt instead of a pellet smoker for that main reason. I have a large property to maintain and a young child so wanted something that I could set and forget but not compromise on my preferred taste.

    That being said, I have heard nothing but great things about the open range cookers.

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  • Looking to Replace 18" WSM with new Smoker/Grill Combo

    Long time user of 18'' WSM....looking for more space (had to cut rib to fit inside lid) and some direct heat grilling in a combo unit for my next purchase. For smoking, I like to do a lot of ribs, occasional butts and a few briskets. For grilling, I like to do burgers, hot dogs, steaks and chicken (used to do this on gas grill that I sold). My budget is up to 1200. I prefer one combo unit since I have a small deck space.

    I did a wide range of research from pellet grills to Slow N Sear kettle. It's hard to find one that does both well. I am used to set and forget with WSM. I don't mind dialing in on vents but don't want to tend to a fire all day.

    I heard lots of good things about pellets but I am hesitant due to less smoke flavor and limited direct grilling. The Slow N Sear kettle was good at both but lacked space (I like to do 3 to 4 ribs per session).

    From my research, it seems like the Good One Open Range was the only thing that could provide what I was looking for: 1) Set and Forget temp controls, 2) Good at long smoke, 3) Direct grilling over charcoals , 4) Charcoal/wood flavors that I am used to.

    I am wondering if there is something else I should consider that could do those things. I am about to pull the trigger and was offered a 5% discount with a free shelf, free cover and free shipping (about $1100 total). Is this a good deal or should I wait for Memorial Day sales?

    Any advice is appreciated. Thank you!


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