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#1 Tony Barbagallo

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 07:20 PM

I have an chargriller 5050 with offset firebox and myteam mate is bringing his Smoke Hollow. Both of these grills suffer from being 1/2 propane so together we have maybe 3/4 of a full size backyard smoker. I am doing my first comp and noticed I have way more meat then I have grill. So I was looking around and dont want to spend 400.00 on a WSM but found this and alot of the reveiws were pretty good. Anyone have an opinions on the Master Forge Charcoal Smoker?


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Posted 28 March 2012 - 07:35 PM

Sorry no........ find a used WSM or build a Ugly Drum Smoker

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:15 PM

Nothing can replace the skill of the pitmaster. However good equipment is very important. Most of us are hooked by competition bbq and will be around a while. Once you are fully hooked the junk will gather dust in your garage. Buy quality from the start, if you are not hooked someone will buy a WSM from you, the Master Forge Charcoal Smoker will look nice as a planter.

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#4 Tony Barbagallo

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:17 PM

Thanks I was looking for someone to talk me out of my cheapness. The WSM looks like the one for me.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:17 PM

Just wish they were not 300,00 to 400.00 a pop.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 06:18 AM

The WSM will last a lifetime. You can also build a UDS for about 1/2 the cost of a WSM.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:43 AM

Don't do it Dewey, don't do it! That Master Forge doesn't have the vent control you will need. WSM's are worth every penny.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:09 AM

Tony, look on Craigslist for a new or used WSM

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 02:35 PM

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:09 PM

View PostJerry Aguilar, on 29 March 2012 - 09:09 AM, said:

Tony, look on Craigslist for a new or used WSM

I just sold an extra one about 2 months ago. I had a friend pick one up from AZ when they where going for $42 so the deals are out their if you look for them.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 07:50 AM

Tony, you get what you pay for. I use a wsm 22.5 for comps, look for deals. I also highly recommend UDS smokers. I have an extra 55gal, food grade drum you can have. Come on over and we can talk.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 11:52 AM

Like most/all have stated - WSM or UDS. Good luck.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 04:35 PM

I started out competing on Drums, at the time I wasn't foiling the heavy meats and cooking direct. I was cooking what I liked in the backyard. But at comps I would get a few comment cards with responses like "tastes like creosote" or "too much Liquid Smoke". And I didn't really get the "turbo High Heat" method that comes with cooking direct (which I prefer) on the Drum. I slowly abandoned the Drums and compete with WSM's these days.

Be careful and never leave your lids off at a comp!

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You could add a waterpan or heat diverter to a Drum and it will cook like a WSM and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference in cookers, but to me thats blasphemy, but to each his own. But you could build yourself 3 decent Drums for the price of one 22" WSM and you don't need a welder to do so. And they produce some mighty fine Q!

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Don't go down that Master Forge road!

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:01 PM

Ok what is a WSM?

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:05 PM

View PostJamestev, on 05 August 2013 - 12:01 PM, said:

Ok what is a WSM?

"Weber Smoky Mountain" - aka a bullet-style cooker - here's some good information: http://www.barbecue-...ber-smokers.htm

They come in two sizes, 18.5" and 22", sometimes abbreviated like WSM18, WSM22, etc.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:18 PM

View PostJamestev, on 05 August 2013 - 12:01 PM, said:

Ok what is a WSM?
Check out this website: http://virtualweberbullet.com/

Edited by Andrew Soto, 05 August 2013 - 12:19 PM.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:40 PM

View PostDana Myers, on 05 August 2013 - 12:05 PM, said:

"Weber Smoky Mountain" - aka a bullet-style cooker - here's some good information: http://www.barbecue-...ber-smokers.htm

They come in two sizes, 18.5" and 22", sometimes abbreviated like WSM18, WSM22, etc.

Thanks Dana, I felt silly not knowig what they meant.

Does everyone think those types of smokers are the best? What about off set smokers?

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:44 PM

View PostJamestev, on 05 August 2013 - 12:40 PM, said:

Thanks Dana, I felt silly not knowig what they meant.

Does everyone think those types of smokers are the best? What about off set smokers?

Both pit styles do well, are you planning on competing on them or cooking in the backyard?

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:48 PM

I am not sure anyone is willing to say any particular cooker is the best. But there are some cookers to avoid. Off sets can be wonderful, but not the cheap ones you find at Home Depot. If I were to buy an offset, I would try a reverse flow or just one of those huge propane ones found in central Texas. WSMs are good cookers and for the price, can go head to head with any smoker as long as you don't want to cook a whole hog.

For the money, an 18 inch is great. UDS are also great but they can be a pain to clean since they don't disassemble so you have to reach down to clean them. It depends on what your priorities (quality of cook, cost, space, ease) are and how much you want to cook.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 01:09 PM

WSMs are very good for the new cook getting use to smoking meats. It is economical, easy to transport, easy to clean and a good way to get use to temp control. Like Donna said, you can cook most anything on it except for a whole hog. Many cooks do very well competing using WSMs.




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