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Published on Feb 21, 2011
This video shows the difference between 3 popular smokers for the beginning meat smoker. While I talk briefly about the differences between the similar looking Cookshack SM008 and the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker, this video is not meant to be a comparison between those two units. Hope you enjoy the video. If you have any questions about any of these smokers, feel free to post them in the comments.
The Brinkmann Gourmet is a very affordable unit (under $100), and can produce a high quality product. It does have some limitations to keep in mind depending on what you are planning to smoke, and your climate. Available at your local hardware store, or Amazon: http://amzn.to/epoQoY
The Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse is the smoker I recommend for all beginner smokers. It overs wonderful temperature flexibility (100º-275º) so you can experiment with different times on different cuts of meat to find what you like best. It also has a very convenient way to deal with drippings and loading more wood. Available at your local hardware store, or Amazon: http://amzn.to/h2LHab
The Cookshack SM008 is the unit I use most. The SM009-2 that Cookshack currently sells is $625, is stainless steel, and is the only SM series smoker available. If anything, the SM009-2 would be more durable than my SM008 because of the stainless steel. Overall, it is evident that this smoker is built better than the Masterbuilt unit (as it should be for the additional money). This unit is also much less maintenance during the smoke as you don't have to continually add wood. Available through Cookshack website: http://tinyurl.com/67382jn
The Cookshack is my favorite unit to use, but it is also quite a bit more expensive. We happened to be shopping for a smoker while in the middle of a home remodel, so we were able to allocate funds from a traditional oven to get the Cookshack. Had I started with the Masterbuilt, I might not have ever upgraded.
The bottom line is that all of these smokers can produce fantastic results. And that is what matters.
For more information about getting started with meat smoking, check out Fattybombatty's Beginner's Guide to Smoking Meat & Cheese: http://fattybombatty.com/