Posted: Apr 12, 2009 3:11 pm |
Edited by: Womb Raider
Those weber smokey mountain things are actually supposed to be some of the best smokers out there, but yeah, $300 is a bit much.
I have had a brinkmann pitmaster (standard horizontal offset firebox type smoker) for about six years now. It was pretty cheap, I don't remember exactly what I paid for it but I think around $150 at Academy. The bottom of the firebox finally rusted out a few months back. It has actually held up remarkably well considering the way I take care of it. It has sat out in the rain uncovered for most of its lifespan not to mention sitting in katrina water for weeks.
But all that said it is kind of difficult to keep a steady temperature in it. Also the temperature inside of the grill varies greatly depening on how close to the firebox you put the meat. I haven't had a lot of luck with the bigger cuts of meat like brisket and big pork shoulders, they never come out the way I want. But it is great for smoking large quantities of chicken, ribs, etc.
I like the looks of this thing but who knows it may be a piece of junk: http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=60000-16 39-3005C&lpage=none
One of these days I'm going to build an awesome one out of bricks, or just modify the fireplace in my house to be a pit.