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Best Offset Smoker for under $1,000?

Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:48 pm
by AKMIMNAK
I'm looking to step up from my Weber Grill and Pit Barrel into something a little more serious. I want charcoal/wood heat and under $1,000. I don't want another drum smoker.

From what I can find, only Yoder's base model, the "Cheyenne" meets these criteria. Looks like all the other mid-level players are only offering pellet grills (Traeger, Green Mtn, RecTec, Pit Boss, etc.). Am I missing a brand/model I should be considering? Again, I can't spend an arm and a leg, but need something under $1,000. Thanks for your input!

Jonathan
U.P. of Michigan

Re: Best Offset Smoker for under $1,000?

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:34 am
by Chasdev
Best plan is to watch Craigslist like a hawk and snag a $2000 unit for $1000 or less when somebody has to move or gets tired of it..

Re: Best Offset Smoker for under $1,000?

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:46 am
by outlaw
Chasdev wrote:Best plan is to watch Craigslist like a hawk and snag a $2000 unit for $1000 or less when somebody has to move or gets tired of it..


^^^^^^^^ What he said, plus it's already seasoned.

Re: Best Offset Smoker for under $1,000?

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:48 am
by AKMIMNAK
outlaw wrote:
Chasdev wrote:Best plan is to watch Craigslist like a hawk and snag a $2000 unit for $1000 or less when somebody has to move or gets tired of it..


^^^^^^^^ What he said, plus it's already seasoned.


Good input, thank you! Hopefully since I'm moving to Minneapolis, Craigslist will be a little better-stocked than the rural area I live now.

Any particular brands/models you guys would particularly recommend I try for?

Re: Best Offset Smoker for under $1,000?

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:56 am
by Okie Sawbones

Re: Best Offset Smoker for under $1,000?

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:13 am
by AKMIMNAK



Awesome, thanks for the input!

Re: Best Offset Smoker for under $1,000?

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:29 am
by rickhdz36
I know academy has a smoker for under 1K its online only i believe

here is it!

http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/store ... gIsJ_D_BwE

Couple reviews on youtube.

Re: Best Offset Smoker for under $1,000?

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:42 am
by outlaw
rickhdz36 wrote:I know academy has a smoker for under 1K its online only i believe

here is it!

http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/store ... gIsJ_D_BwE

Couple reviews on youtube.


Stay away from that one. My other son is an assembler and goes around to all these stores putting grills and bikes and stuff together. Says those rarely match up good. Require alot of gaskets and sealing for proper fit.

Re: Best Offset Smoker for under $1,000?

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:57 pm
by Chasdev
I just sold an Old Country Pecos for $300..Some felt heat tape sealed it up just fine and I had no build quality issues whatsoever.
My issue was with how it cooked, uneven heat and as I learned as I was selling it, the smokestack needs extending..

Re: Best Offset Smoker for under $1,000?

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:06 pm
by rickhdz36
outlaw wrote:Stay away from that one. My other son is an assembler and goes around to all these stores putting grills and bikes and stuff together. Says those rarely match up good. Require alot of gaskets and sealing for proper fit.


But i thought these were welded together? At least thats what i got from the review. Never seen it in person butI saw the Pecos and it was welded pretty good.

Yeah Chas I heard they cook uneven too. I guess thats why they sell the tuning plates, knowing they probably got complaints or request for them.

Re: Best Offset Smoker for under $1,000?

Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:00 am
by marvda1
look at the old country brazos 1/4 in. steel. i bought a convection plate for mine.

Re: Best Offset Smoker for under $1,000?

Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:33 pm
by AKMIMNAK
I love hearing the back and forth and learning from the varying viewpoints. Thanks for all the good feedback!

Re: Best Offset Smoker for under $1,000?

Posted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:27 pm
by bestsmokersinfo
I think Traeger Junior Elite Grill review good for you !

Re: Best Offset Smoker for under $1,000?

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:19 pm
by Neumsky
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