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01-29-2010, 06:14 PM
I've been cooped up in the house with my Mom & Grandma for a day or two now due to this weather and have been doing nothing but looking at BBQ. My Mom has started to show interest but I know she'd never mind a pit that was wood or charcoal only. Anyone ever had one of these or have an opinion about them?


01-29-2010, 06:42 PM
I've got a similar unit except that it's a GOSM. The biggest hassle with this smoker is feeding it wood chips every 45 minutes or so. If she only has a limited amount of interest in smoking, I wouldn't get her into any smoker that requires more attention than this one.

01-29-2010, 06:54 PM

01-29-2010, 11:45 PM
Get her a Traeger.

01-29-2010, 11:53 PM
How about a uds? Easy to run?

01-30-2010, 10:47 AM
Get her a Traeger.

I don't want to spend the money for something that may(very likely) end up collecting dust out back. This trip back here was completely unexpected and I took the travel money out of my house down-payment funds.

I Considered a UDS but she has ZERO tools and I am only here for a short time. Not really time to build and certainly not time to conduct the necessary training for her to use it.

01-30-2010, 06:07 PM
MES (http://www.masterbuilt.com/prod-smokers-digital.html).

:thumbs up:

01-31-2010, 04:09 PM
Well, after some looking around, I picked up an el-cheapo Brinkman vertical. It came with a bowl for the charcoal which didn't really make sense. I found a "grill wok" that happened to slide right in the rails for the bowl. The bowl is now an ash catcher. Lit it off and got the vents adjusted and it's been chugging along at 200-ish for 4 hours now.

Sorry for the picture quality, I am using my phone.

Buzzards Roost
01-31-2010, 04:13 PM
Looks like Its going to work. Now lets see some meat burnin.:thumbs up:

01-31-2010, 04:34 PM
Getting ready to toss a chicken in soon, pics to follow.

01-31-2010, 04:50 PM
I have that grill basket. Does it have a detachable handle? I use mine for grilled shrooms, scrimps and such. Love it.

Looks like the ECB will work just fine.

01-31-2010, 05:10 PM
No handle on the basket but it has extended sides that I suppose you use as handles. Best part was that it slid straight in with no mods.

02-01-2010, 09:59 AM
Came out pretty tasty, used a LOT of fuel, I am guessing this is due to the weather?


02-01-2010, 12:10 PM
I have a GOSM gasser. Love it. It is simple and easy to control. Turns out great grub. That Brinkmann should be very close.
Use wood CHUNKS, not chips. Do not soak them. You do not need the perforated basket for the wood. The pan it came with works fine, use it. Use the basket for cooking veggies, etc.
And show us the groceries. :D

02-01-2010, 12:17 PM
It all looks great, but I particularly like the "Less lettuce" salad.:msn-wink:

02-01-2010, 02:44 PM
@ Peculiarmike, it's a charcoal smoker, the perforated basket is what I used for the fire basket (kind of like a small UDS setup). It came with a solid bowl to hold the charcoal & wood. Since oxygen is part of the fire triangle, I thought it would work better...LOL.
I used to have a GOSM and loved it as well, I drilled out the lid of a DO and then filled the DO with the wood chunks, it lasted for several hours before I would have to fiddle with it again.

02-01-2010, 03:51 PM
"it's a charcoal smoker,"

:blushing: DUH! :exasper: :smack:

That's different. Nevermind.

02-01-2010, 04:36 PM
No worries, I figured you just missed that part in my earlier post.