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  • LonghornChief51
    Former Member
    • Feb 2020
    • 3

    A beginner from upstate NY.

    I'm so glad I found this!,
    I'm a starter for smoking, and about to buy my first.
    I'm looking for opinions, so please be up front.
    I was gonna get the masterbuilt electric m30 box with bluetooth, but the reviews say its junk, the weber bullet then caught my eye, and so far, it looks awesome!.
    thoughts?.
    Last edited by LonghornChief51; February 14th, 2020, 06:59 PM.
  • ofelles
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 1494
    • Brentwood CA
    • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
      Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
      LSG Insulated Cabinet
      Jumbo Joe
      VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
      FireBoard and Fan
      Thermoworks Signal
      Thermoworks Dot
      Thermopen Mk4

    #2
    Welcome from the California Delta.
    You will get honest answers and opinions here, and lots of then too.
    More info on what type of cooking you do and fuel you what to use.

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    • LonghornChief51
      Former Member
      • Feb 2020
      • 3

      #3
      Click image for larger version  Name:	20200214_160532.jpg Views:	0 Size:	6.73 MB ID:	802878 Awesome .
      I'm a charcoal and stick guy. Anything else belongs inside.
      I'm a huge midwest and Texas BBQ fan. Lots of chicken, pork, and brisket.
      I want to start learning how to smoke, and so far this seems like the place to be.
      I would prefer chips to pellets, chips just seem so much more pure to me.

      above is the smoker box I'm concerned about buying.
      Last edited by LonghornChief51; February 14th, 2020, 07:22 PM.

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      • RichieB
        Club Member
        • Apr 2018
        • 1105
        • Western Mass

        #4
        Welcome from Western Massachusetts. To get an idea go to this channel

        https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...-other-cookers

        any question Max Good is the king of cookers for this community. he puts them through the ringer and lets us know the results.

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        • Sweaty Paul
          Founding Member
          • Aug 2014
          • 1305
          • Hays, KS
          • Green Mountain Grill - Jim Bowie
            (I've never regretted having too much grate space).

            Weber Genesis Gas grill
            Weber Kettle grills x 2

          #5
          Salutations from Hays, Kansas! For equipment recommendations check out the free site and various reviews of what’s available. As you narrow your search ask questions because someone here for sure has cooked with one of whatever your considering.

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          • LA Pork Butt
            Charter Member
            • Dec 2014
            • 4904
            • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

            #6
            Welcome to the Pit from Dallas!

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            • Steve B
              Club Member
              • Jun 2016
              • 2805
              • Rockland county New York
              • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
                Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

                22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

                Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

                1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
                1 maverick et-733 - gray
                1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
                1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
                1 thermoworks thermopop - red

                Pre Miala flavor injector
                taylor digital scale
                TSM meat grinder
                chefs choice food slicer
                cuisinhart food processor
                food saver vacuum sealer
                TSM harvest food dehydrator

              #7
              Welcome aboard from the lower side of NY.

              You mention that you’re a charcoal and stick guy.
              With that already said don’t waste your time and money on an electric smoker.

              How much/many people will you regularly cook for?
              What equipment do you already have?

              Your gonna get a lot of responses here. But we’re going to need more info from you.

              And don’t be shy to ask questions. That’s why we’re all here for.


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              • RonB
                Club Member
                • Apr 2016
                • 11833
                • Near Richmond VA
                • Weber Performer Deluxe
                  SNS
                  Pizza insert
                  Rotisserie
                  Smokenator 1000
                  Cookshack Smokette Elite
                  2 Thermapens
                  Chefalarm
                  Dot
                  lots of probes.
                  CyberQ

                #8
                Welcome to The Pit. It would also help if we knew how many you think you will be cookin' for. Also, do you know how much smoke flavor you want? An electric will give the least amount of smoke flavor - even with chips. Gas will give a little more smoke flavor with chips. Then comes charcoal where you can add wood chunks if you need more smoke, but you may have enough flavor without chunks. A wood burner will give the "best" wood flavor if you have a very hot and clean fire.

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                • Dewesq55
                  Dewesq55 commented
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                  Not to pick an argument with RonB , but I have a Masterbuilt electric cabinet which, while I don't use it much any more, has pretty good smoke flavor. What you won't get is any smoke ring, but that's just cosmetic. Also, you can mos def use chunks in a propane box, not merely chips.
              • Donw
                Club Member
                • Jul 2017
                • 2574

                #9
                Welcome from Maryland

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                • MBMorgan
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2015
                  • 5934
                  • Colorado
                  • > Weber Genesis EP-330
                    > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
                    > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
                    > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
                    > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
                    to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
                    > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
                    > Thermoworks Smoke
                    > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
                    > Thermoworks Thermapen
                    > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
                    > Anova sous vide circulator
                    > Searzall torch
                    > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

                    > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
                    > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
                    > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

                  #10
                  Welcome from Colorado ...

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                  • holehogg
                    Club Member
                    • Nov 2017
                    • 1888
                    • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

                    #11
                    Greetings from South Africa

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                    • Subman658
                      Club Member
                      • Dec 2019
                      • 20
                      • Swoyersville,Pa

                      #12
                      Welcome to the Pit from NE Pa!

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                      • DavidNorcross
                        Club Member
                        • Nov 2017
                        • 1038
                        • Virginia
                        • Rec Tec RT-680
                          Coleman RoadTrip LXX
                          Javelin Pro Duo
                          More Cast Iron than I care to admit

                        #13
                        Welcome from Virginia!

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                        • ScottyC13
                          Club Member
                          • Jul 2019
                          • 427
                          • Boston Area
                          • Name: Scott, Chemical Engineer

                            Equipment:
                            Weber Genesis
                            Weber Spirit Special Addition, with Griddle and Grillgrates (just got)
                            Thermoworks Smoke (2)
                            Thermoworks Thermapen (2)
                            Thermoworks IR (1)
                            Maverick IR (1)
                            Penzey's Spice rack with loads of spices

                            Hobbies:
                            Cooking, wine, guitar, golf, beach, board games, travel, herb gardening

                            Want to get into BBQ and Smoking.

                          #14
                          Welcome from Massachusetts!

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                          • FireMan
                            Charter Member
                            • Jul 2015
                            • 7152
                            • Bottom of Winnebago

                            #15
                            It would also help if we knew how much money we are working with. Do you have 401K’s investment properties, any spare cars to sell, ya know, we gotta know the financial parameters here to make a good decision fer ya. Do ya like sauce on yer meat or not? There will be more questions as we go. Welcome, eat good & have fun!

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