Matthewp44
im looking to buy my first smoker and have been looking st the Weber Smokey mountain and the pit barrel cooker. Anyone have any pros and cons of either of these, or which one they like better? Anything helps.
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Mongo
I have never used a pit barrel cooker. I have (3) Weber Smokey Mountains (2) 18" and (1) 22". With some practice you can set them up and not have to hardly touch them for 10 plus hours. I highly recommend them.👍
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Mark_in_NoVA
From my experience, I recommend starting with the WSM, either size.  I used sand covered by aluminum foil rather than water in the pan for my best results.  The WSM will let you learn how to control the heat, smoke, and maintaining the charcoal with wood chips is easier than maintaining a wood fire.  I replaced my WSM when I moved with a Traeger (significantly more dollars) and enjoy the ease of cooking, but the heat is less even and one does not learn how to maintain a fire.
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pepperjack

Matthewp44 wrote:
im looking to buy my first smoker and have been looking st the Weber Smokey mountain and the pit barrel cooker. Anyone have any pros and cons of either of these, or which one they like better? Anything helps.


2 VERY important questions you have to answer first.

1. How much effort do you want to put into your cooks? Set it and forget it (then go with Kamado style, Weber Smokey Mountain, or other pellet poopers like these https://grillguru.org/best-pellet-smoker/). Or do you want to stay up all night tending a fire and earn your wings (and have the food taste better)?

2. Budget?

I started with a big green egg which is extremely versatile and can cook everything from smoked whatever to bread to deserts. Boooorrrrring but set it up and it can go for 24 plus hours without opening the lid.

I then moved to a Weber Smokey Mountain (while still cooking on the egg for certain meals) which I really liked but I wanted more hands on.

I then bought a Yoder wichita (https://amazingribs.com/grill-smoker-combination-grill-smoker/yoder-loaded-wichita-20-smoker-review) and don’t think I’ll do anything but burn logs till I’m incapable of staying up all night or tending the fire all day. I don’t care what anyone says but the flavor of the stick burned is FAR superior than any of my other cookers. I was my own worst critic before, but now I love almost everything the Yoder puts out.
So it was my journey. First decide what style you want then you can research all the various options in that class/style. Let's begin with basics, what are you going to cook, Matt?

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best-smoker
Yes, @pepperjack provided the valuable  answer. I also support his answer. You may visit amazingribs.com site for more information. Also consider the convenience,functions, accurate results and durability of smoker. https://best-smokerthermometer.com/
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