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For you Charcoal Smokers, please forgive me as I work long days and my wife is not prepared to monitor the smoker while I am not home.

I thought I would ask your oppinions, which would be better for a home smoker - Electric or Propane. I have been doing some research on the versus aspect between the two fuel sources.  I am just trying to keep it simple. My wife is willing to adjust a propane smoker if needed and throw in a new smoker chip box .

I live up in Calgary Canada and winter is setting in. I have read that electric smokers although simple to program or operate, have troubles getting to and maintaining temperatures in cold weather. I do not BBQ or smoke in -20C or colder weather, but still like to fire up my BBQ when it is as cold as -10C.

 I have read several "fights" on other sites discussing the smoke ring on electric somewhat not being the same. I do not wish to go there on this site, so let's play nice in the sandbox guys.

 Exchanging propane bottles is not an issue as there is a program five minutes from home and I always have a spare on hand.

I am looking at theMasterbuilt Two Door.. I can build an insulator if needed.

http://www.basspro.com/Masterbuilt-Two-Door-Propane-Smoker/product/...

 Any input would be appreciated,

 GGGander

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Personally, I'd buy a Cookshack sm025. It is a little pricey, but will last a lifetime. Stainless steel, double walled with 800* insulation. Easy to operate and takes a couple of 2 oz chunks of wood to smoke. Those that say it won't produce a quality smoke product just haven't cooked on one or used one correctly. I'm an experienced KCBS certified judge, so I do know a little about quality finish products.

They have a web sight you can check out the smokers.

Welcome aboard Goosie!

Personally I prefer the electric smokers. I have a Smokin' Tex that works great and I love my Traeger grill/smoker and Smokehouse. The electrics are basically a set it almost forget it type deal. I'm not familiar with the propane smokers but, they would be more suitable for portability.

If you're lookiing for something in that price range and have a Sam's Club nearby check there to see if they still have the electric type smoker they had a while back. Academy Sports has a couple as well. One that comes to mind is the Cajun Injector smoker I saw there last time I was there. Looked like a neat piece of equipment. I believe it is even made by Masterbuilt. 

http://www.brucefoods.com/mystOre/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcate...

Amazon.com has it for $199.00

http://www.amazon.com/Cajun-Injector-01940-Electric-Smoker/dp/B0026...

 

Thanks for the input so far. I will be accumulating inputs ansd waiting until spring before I buy, Hope some good sales pop up.

Note to Calvin: I agree with you about the understanding how to use the electric smoker and  wood properly for the smoke rings, but some of these other sites... they get into a war, insulting each other instead of answering the intial question. Hilarious reading.

 So far

2X Electric Could be pricier.

0X Propane

One really quick question about the electric smokers.

 When the temperature gets to the programmed temperature, does it back off the heating element to save energy?

 We have high electrical rates here. One of the reasons i am looking at the Two door. Also you can add water and wood chips without losing heat or smoke.

Go with the electric. They will hold at your preset temp like a heater for a room, on and off as necessary to maintain constant heat. This way the wife only has to add wood chis along. An electric pellet smoker might be your best bet, it will take care of itself.

Welcome to the asylum.

With the Cookshack electric smoker(same company that makes the FEC100 pellet smoker) you will not need a water pan or adding additional wood, good cooks actually learn to dump moisture to form better bark. It costs around 50 cents of electricity for an all night cook. The smoker cycles on and off as needed, which will not be much towards the end of the smoke. Best customer service in the business, 30 day unconditional money back guarantee. NO I don't work for them, but I have more than one of their products and am very happy with all my smokers/grills.

Goosie Goosie Gander said:

One really quick question about the electric smokers.

 When the temperature gets to the programmed temperature, does it back off the heating element to save energy?

 We have high electrical rates here. One of the reasons i am looking at the Two door. Also you can add water and wood chips without losing heat or smoke.

Hey GGG, I am a fellow Canadain, I live 1.5 hrs. east of Calgary. So I barbque all year round like you. Did you ever get a smoker ? I got one about 1.5 years ago. It is a Cajun Electric Smoker. I used it about ten times and don't like it. It gives the meat a funny taste and texture. I wish I had of went to a Propane one. I rarely use it anymore and instead use my Master Forge Charcoal with much more sucess. The only problem is the constant babysitting of adding coals to get the temp right.

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