I like this
one. Here's why.
It's small making it very portable but very roomy inside.
It's heavy duty; very thick metal so it holds a steady temp and will get as hot or cool as you need it. It won't break down in a year like the thin ones do.
You can easily set the temperature where you want it by adjusting the vents and/or adding more charcoal and/or wood.
It's good old fashioned charcoal (as opposed to gas or electric-not knocking pellet smokers).
It's very inexpensive (about $75; military discount too at Lowes!)
The grates are cast iron. Between that and the heavy duty metal it'll last a long time (you'll need to coat it obviously).
It cools down super fast. When you're done, take the coals out via the drawer and dump them in the camp fire. Grill will be cool shortly after and ready for storage (get yourself a nice set of heat gloves).
It's really easy to assemble.
It doubles as a grill. I make great apple wood smoked burgers on it though (buy the chunks not the small stuff you have to soak).
and also...it smokes super well. Add some chunks of apple wood on top of the charcoal and smoke away. I buy bags of apple wood from Amazon or Walmart. They last a long time (longer than you'd think). I think they cost about $8 a bag. I think I posted some photos of it on this forum somewhere but if not let me know and I can send a few.
Walmart sells a fantastic burner
. I place my chimney on it, fill it with charcoal and in 10 minutes or less I have hot coals. You'll also need a good digital thermometer that measures both air temp and food temp.
I hope this helps some. Let me know what you think!
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