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Who has an electric smoker?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Desert Rat, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. Desert Rat

    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    Thinking of picking up a Cabelas electric smoker to start doing some jerky, maybe some turkeys, and other meats. Anybody have one? Preferences on brands and advice?
     
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    I have 2 Little Chiefs they work great. One is prolly 30 years old and still smoking. I mostly use them for fish and jerky sausage, salami, ect. I have a bigger Brinkman kettle smoker for bigger things like Turkeys, Ducks, Geese ECT. It works good for them as well. I smoke a lot of meat.
    Electric smokers are nice because the whole process is controled. And dont have to worry about getting too hot or cold.
     
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    mofugly13 1 ton bucket of rust Premium Member

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    Like Thunder, I have 2 little chiefs also, one was my dads and one my grandpas, they're both 25+ years old. And ditto to everything he said. I do jerky and sausage in them. They work very nicely, there's not a whole lot to them either.
     
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    Went to cabellas and looked at ther smokers. Is this what you are getting?

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    Looks like a good all around smoker that will do what you want it to. Its pretty similar to my Brinkmans smoker.
     
  5. Desert Rat

    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    I was thinking electric originally. Then I went to a bunch of websites for people into smoking meats and the general consensus seems to be that if you aren't going to be a purist and burn wood, then go propane. Looks like the Cabela electric one doesn't have a controller to regulate heat. The gas ones allow you to raise and lower the heat to your desire. The two I'm now kind of looking at is the Cabela gas one and a Great Outdoors one sold at Wal-Mart and elsewhere. But I am still open to hearing more suggestions. When I was a kid, the Little Chief style was rampant in the neighborhood and the meat was outstanding.
     
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    A propane smoker might be good for hot smoking, but I don't know if you could get the temp. down far enough for cold smoking. But, I really don't know. The little chief is tried and true, though.
     
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    I have an electric smoker, it's called "Totem". Works well
     
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    That's the front-load version of the little chief, isn't it?
     
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    I think I read somewhere its by the same company or something. I don't know. it is front load though.
     
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    I still like electric over propane or wood. It is just simpler. Dont have to worry about the bottle running out with a full load in. You aren't always minding the fire. Propane does cook faster but if you want fast cooking just use the BBQ.
    But I gotta say. That 7 in one cooker on Cabelas looks like a very nice unit.[​IMG]
     
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    I really want a charcoal smoker/grill combo. [​IMG]
     

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