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Propane or charcoal ? #7563023
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Need a new smoker. Im done with the pellet types. To many problems. I like the simplicity idea behind the charcoal smokers, but the propane versions sound pretty reliable too. Any preferences for either type ?

The simple chief electric smokers look reliable but I dont think they actually cook the meat ??


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Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: yukon254] #7563027
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How can you have problems with a pellet smoker ?

Just set it and forget it .....lol


Black chicken is a thing of the past for me 😂


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Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: yukon254] #7563028
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Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: AntiGov] #7563030
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Originally Posted by AntiGov
How can you have problems with a pellet smoker ?

Just set it and forget it .....lol


Black chicken is a thing of the past for me 😂



Ive had two. Both had electrical problems.


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Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: yukon254] #7563031
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I have a char broil electric that is super easy and good results. Can put a probe in the meat set the cook to temp and go hunting. It will go to 120 degree's when it hits your set temp.

Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: warrior] #7563032
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Originally Posted by warrior
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Cook on real wood. Everything else is just a poor imitation.

My favorite wood to cook on is mulberry.

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Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: yukon254] #7563033
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Charcoal or wood is kind of fun to play with if you don't have other stuff to do while smoking

Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: yukon254] #7563133
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Cook on real wood. Everything else is just a poor imitation.

My favorite wood to cook on is mulberry


X2

Never seen a restaurant advertising bbq, anywhere not just kc style, that uses pellets. You wont see them in a competition either. might see somebody who prefers mesquite, or hickory or apple but never pellets


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Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: yukon254] #7563189
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To me Pellet smokers/grills are too much like an easy bake oven from the 80s. I personally use propane for grilling and cooking whole hogs. I have added a 3 angle iron about 4 over my burner so I can put wood chunks on and still get the smoke without having to babysit a cooker all day.

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Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: yukon254] #7563201
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Weber USA propane grill with smoker tray. Works great. Not set it and forget it though..


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Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: yukon254] #7563203
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Depends on what your "3T's" desires are. . . Taste, Texture, and Time. :-)


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Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: danny clifton] #7563205
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Originally Posted by danny clifton
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Cook on real wood. Everything else is just a poor imitation.

My favorite wood to cook on is mulberry


X2

Never seen a restaurant advertising bbq, anywhere not just kc style, that uses pellets. You wont see them in a competition either. might see somebody who prefers mesquite, or hickory or apple but never pellets

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Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: yukon254] #7563285
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You can do a pretty good job with charcoal and wood chunks, The Weber Smoky mountains have won a bunch of competitions, All wood is the holy grail, but you have to tend it more closely. You can screw up with any of them though, lol

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Originally Posted by gcs
You can do a pretty good job with charcoal and wood chunks, The Weber Smoky mountains have won a bunch of competitions, All wood is the holy grail, but you have to tend it more closely. You can screw up with any of them though, lol


That Weber is on my radar....is there an all wood smoker on the market ?


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Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: yukon254] #7563329
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I can't recommend on smokers, but for bbq grills, charcoal is the only way to go for taste.

Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: yukon254] #7563332
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I'm not sure how many carcinogens you ingest from cooking with charcoal - but my guess is the Tri-Tip, Rib Eye or Brisket will kill me first

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Gonna die from something, might as well not torture yourself while your alive.

Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: yukon254] #7563347
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Built my own smoker and pipe smoke/heat in with an old small wood stove. I use wood only. Apple, cherry, pear and preferably plum when I can get it.


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Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: Eagleye] #7563352
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Originally Posted by Eagleye
I'm not sure how many carcinogens you ingest from cooking with charcoal - but my guess is the Tri-Tip, Rib Eye or Brisket will kill me first



Read the diet thread. Meat isnt going to hurt you. It will improve your health though.


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Re: Propane or charcoal ? [Re: yukon254] #7563425
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Be a real man and cook real meat on real wood.
At least use lump charcoal made from real wood with nothing added.

Cheap charcoal actually contains coal dust / chips.

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