Loving your American barbecue shows and fancy putting your skills to the test in the UK? It’s time to invest in a decent offset smoker.
It’s really important to note here that some of the cheaper offset smokers that you will find in everyday stores are well known for being leaky and in turn, can cause difficulties in terms of keeping temperatures, there are some middle-ground options though with a good quality smoker going for between £300-£1000
What to look for in an offset smoker
When it comes to picking an offset smoker to invest in you will be looking for the same types of traits from each one, here is what you need to be looking for.
This is number one by far, we have mentioned it a few times above, and it really does tend to come down to price when looking at the build quality. You really want an offset to be using 1/4 inch steel, with tightly fit vents and hinges to make sure there is no leakage. There may be times where a bit of DIY will be required to really seal everything up, but in most cases, you shouldn’t need to do that.
Are reverse flow smokers better?
We wouldn’t necessarily say normal or reverse flow is better, it tends to come down to the skill of the chef alongside the build quality of the offset smoker. The way to tell the difference is by looking at where the chimney is on the smoker, if its a reverse flow, the out pipe will be on the same side as the firebox if its a normal flow it will be on the opposite side.
Reverse flow works by pulling the heat and smoke under the are in which the food is cooking before it’s pulled back over to the firebox side and out of the chimney.
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