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Hindsight



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16 14 3:07 am    Post subject: Cooker Suggestion - Noob Reply with quote

I am about as green as you can be when it comes to smoking and am ready to dive in. I have been reading the forums and am looking for suggestions for the best cooker I can buy. I have been looking at various Traegers but am still not sure what to do. What I am looking for:

Budget: 1k or less

Cooking for less than 30 but hope to expand, anticipate I will need new equipment by then to do so but if not, even better

Likely will meddle the temp - what's the best temp controller?

Anything else I should know starting out?

Any opinions on the rec-tec wood pellet grill?
http://www.amazon.com/REC-TEC-Wood-Pellet-Grill/dp/B008DZS1LO/ref=sr_1_1?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1416078444&sr=1-1&keywords=rec+tec

Thanks - J
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Chuck Roast
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16 14 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Ring! I'd suggest a Weber Smokey Mountain to start on. Available in 18.5" & 22" models under $400 and they maintain temps like you wouldn't believe! They are classified as an upright water smoker and use charcoal/wood for heat. I never use the water pan. JM2C.

Good Luck!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16 14 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If a pellet cooker is what you're after then the Rec Tec is a very good one in that price range. I would suggest giving Yoder a real hard look as well.



Otherwise, if 1000 is a HARD limit meaning that you would much rather spend well below that then I strongly suggest either a WSM 22.5 or build a UDS. They are extremely easy to keep temps and don't have electronics that could possibly go astray.
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Hindsight



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16 14 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info guys; 1k is more just what I have in mind, more of a soft budget. Can I still use wood in the WSM? What would the differences be between a pellet cooker e.g. Rectec and the WSM?
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Mike Lawry
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16 14 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the 22 inch WSM. For fuel Kingsford charcoal + wood chunks work best for me.

Mike Lawry.
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Alien BBQ
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18 14 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had good luck with these......

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16878&highlight=chargriller
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Tony
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18 14 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike Lawry wrote:
I have the 22 inch WSM. For fuel Kingsford charcoal + wood chunks work best for me.

Mike Lawry.



IMHO-Mike has Good Advice for a Beginner-

Can't miss with this rig..Learn and Work from there! Wink

JMTC...YMMV...MDN! Laughing

Best Regards,
Tony Very Happy
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k.a.m.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05 14 8:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Cooker Suggestion - Noob Reply with quote

Welcome to the ring Hindsight, looking forward to seeing some pics of your cooks. Smile
I agree that the WSM is a very good cooker. It is a well built cooker and user friendly, if you decide on the WSM there is a lot of members here that can help you get going.
You can also gather information at the Virtual Weber bullet site.
http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/
I have very little experience with pellet cookers, there are several websites that may be able to answer your questions about the Rec-Tec.
Good luck with what ever you decide on. Very Happy
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