You don’t need much to start smoking. Two things that are a necessity are time and a smoker. I can’t help you on the first part, but the second I can…
When I decided to buy a smoker, I did a ton of research. There are a lot of options out there, you can get a $70 Brinkman at Home Depot, or a $700 Big Green Egg. I ended up with a Weber Smokey Mountain for a few reasons:
- I like Weber products. They are well made and have great customer service.
- After reading many, many reviews, the Weber seemed like a great first smoker because it holds its temp so well (which, once you start smoking, you will learn is 90% of the battle).
- It is the #1 type of smoker out there (from what I could tell), which meant it worked for people of all levels of experience
- In 40 years, it has not undergone any major design changes, which means it is engineered right. The only change was a few years ago when they added a thermometer and changed the handle from wood to plastic. That is it.
- It was priced reasonably well, about $300
I have been thrilled with my Weber. It holds temp well and goes about 5 - 6 hours without restocking depending on the wind and outside temp.
If you want to start smoking, I suggest researching on your own to determine which one you like. The only advice I can give is don’t cheap out, what you save on the smoker you will lose in time, charcoal and bad food. I read way too many stories of people who bought a low end smoker and had to sit in front of it for 10 hours, or had to replace fuel every two hours.