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Old 04-28-2019, 10:13 AM   #1
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Anyone use a smoker?

I've been thinking of getting a smoker that is portable enough to take with on camping trips. Does anyone use one?

Upright? Barrel? Electric? Propane? Wood chip? Pellet? Charcoal? Any suggestions - or is it a bad idea?
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Absolutely!


I have a smaller one that works great. I smoked a brisket for 9-10 hours on less than two 1lb propane bottles.


Mine is a wood chip one, can't remember brand name (off top of my head), but it has two racks and operates on the 1lb propane bottles. Its an upright, and small enough to fit in the front basement where tools and battery are on my 5er.



I've done brisket, bacon wrapped chicken (twice), and used it to heat/cook the ham on Easter.


Love it. Definitely nice to relax at campsite, drink a few beverages of your choice, watch football (or whatever), and just chill.


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Old 04-28-2019, 10:26 AM   #3
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I've been thinking of getting a smoker that is portable enough to take with on camping trips. Does anyone use one?

Upright? Barrel? Electric? Propane? Wood chip? Pellet? Charcoal? Any suggestions - or is it a bad idea?
I use the Traeger scout. Works great
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:36 AM   #4
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Smoking is one of my favorite things to do while camping at my seasonal site. However, Iíd have to buy a toy hauler if I wanted to take my smoker with me ó its massive! Having a smoker (and using it) is sort of like winning the lottery ó you make lots of new friends. But thatís okay, because I always have more food than my wife and I could ever eat.

My pellet smoker can also be used as an oven or a grill, so I can use it for anything I want to smoke, bake, roast or grill. Once the temperature gets to 300 degrees, the smoke goes away, so there is no smoke flavor ó not even a whiff ó when I bake with it. Itís just like an oven in your home.

I am definitely going to follow this thread because I have been looking for the perfect portable pellet smoker for a long time, but I can find nothing that can do everything my current smoker can do.

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Im contemplating doing a brisket next trip but don't know If i want to babysit for that long
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Old 04-28-2019, 11:44 AM   #7
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At home we have an The Char-Griller AKORNģ Jr. Kamado grill & smoker, it is small enough to take camping and big enough to cook for 4 at one time.
For smoking it will hold a temp around 200-215

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Old 04-28-2019, 12:11 PM   #8
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Green mountain grills. Davy Crockett portable pellet grill WiFi edition.
Works with both 12 and 120 volt.
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Old 04-28-2019, 12:12 PM   #9
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ive got a green mountain grill daniel boone for home. i love the pellet smoker - and surprised honestly by it. i really didnt think i would like it.

im seriously contemplating the davy crockett which is their portable version, but have also been throwing around a mini ceramic kettle.

i think the mini pellet smoker would be more versatile.
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Anyone use a smoker?

Another with the GMG Davey Crockett.

Loved it so much we bought the next size up for the house.

Donít use the gas grill at home or camping any more, just the smokers. Work great for everything from hot dogs to steaks and smoked anything is just great. Carry buckets with the pellets as well for ease of storage etc.

Also meet more people that way since they stop by to see what you are smoking and checking for samples.

Getting ready to fire up the one at home for some pulled pork. Cheaper cuts of meat come out great when smoked low and slow. So save money that way too.
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Old 04-28-2019, 12:27 PM   #11
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We had to return our Traeger Scout

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We purchased a Traegor Scout. Worked great at home. Took it camping and would no longer work. It would not hold a temperature. This is evidently a common problem. Traegor would send parts to fix, but we decided to return it.
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We purchased a Traegor Scout. Worked great at home. Took it camping and would no longer work. It would not hold a temperature. This is evidently a common problem. Traegor would send parts to fix, but we decided to return it.
I've never had a problem with mine.
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If you donít want to nurse it about the only option is to get an electric, LPG or pellet smoker. The pellets and maybe some of the electric might have a thermostat...LP? No.
The electric is prolly gonna be the smallest. I like LP because you donít need any electric and once you figure the setting to get your temp right you can just check it every 2-3 hours.

Some people swear by their method, but that would be a diffident thread. Smoke on!!
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Anyone use a smoker?

The GMG has pretty good thermostat, pellet alarm, etc and will run on 12v or 110. Comes with a hookup to clamp it to a battery and run it that way if needed.

When we bought ours the person we bought from came to campground to show us and had one running in the back of his truck all day on a 12 v battery.
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Another with the GMG Davey Crockett.

Loved it so much we bought the next size up for the house.

Donít use the gas grill at home or camping any more, just the smokers. Work great for everything from hot dogs to steaks and smoked anything is just great. Carry buckets with the pellets as well for ease of storage etc.

Also meet more people that way since they stop by to see what you are smoking and checking for samples.

Getting ready to fire up the one at home for some pulled pork. Cheaper cuts of meat come out great when smoked low and slow. So save money that way too.
What he said.

Turn it up to 400 and grill steaks and burgers and chops. Best of all worlds, regulated heat plus real wood smoke. I get the cheapo grill cover things, look like cheap expanded metal, thin, and put that on the grates when cooking burgers or steaks.



GMG Davey Crockett. BUT THROW THE LEGS AWAY. Trust me. They're worthless.



It's portable enough I can pick it up and move it. But I don't leave home without it.
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i take along a smaller Webber kettle wherever i go. set up as a regular grill for steaks, burgers.... set up as indirect smoker for butts, chic, smoked fish. Very versitile for any type grilling.
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Old 04-28-2019, 12:38 PM   #17
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I've been thinking of getting a smoker that is portable enough to take with on camping trips. Does anyone use one?

Upright? Barrel? Electric? Propane? Wood chip? Pellet? Charcoal? Any suggestions - or is it a bad idea?
I use a Traeger, Tailgater.
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Another vote here for the GMG Davy Crockett pellet grill. I bought mine specifically to use in my fifth wheel, but it folds up to move so easily that I carry it home when I am there and use it several times a month. Then bake to the fifth wheel when I am traveling.

The temp is very controllable from 150F to 500F so you can smoke, grill, bake, whatever. Smoke is not present at the higher temps so what you bake does not taste smokey. But the smokey flavors at the lower temps are great. I use it with either the Green Mountain or the Traeger pellets, whichever I can find. Have not tried it with any other brand.

What I like about it is I can put the fill the pellet hopper, put the meat on, set the temp go do something else and let it cook. It really does not need to be attended unless you are doing something complicated.
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X? for the Green Mountain Davy Crocket pellet smoker. Fully automated operation (if desired) and programmable from a smart phone. Legs fold up to provide a carrying handle. Powered pellet auger and fan hold temperature within about 5 degrees. Meat probe temperature may be used to step through your programmed temperature profile.
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I'm going to replace my factory-mounted POS gas grill with a Davey Crockett pellet smoker from Green Mountain Grills. These things kick butt for the size.
https://greenmountaingrills.com/prod...et-grill-wifi/
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