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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