The URS Posted May 20, 2021 Share Posted May 20, 2021 Hey guys, this will be my first post in the forum. I started offset smoking a year ago with a cheap Landmann offset smoker that I have outgrown. I need something next level for my home use and progressing my skills with. I am based in the EU and therefore the options are very slim for a great smoker, I do not want under any circumstances to pay import taxes for a purchase outside of the EU. Basically I have to chose between BM (BBQ Mates) and Nette Lette, and I chose BM after some research and reading, not that Nette Lette is bad but I like the BM designs better. My 2 options are: BM S-3: https://www.bm-bbq.eu/product/bm-s-3-offset-smoker-grill-2/ and BM S-2: https://www.bm-bbq.eu/product/bm-s-2-offset-smoker/ BM S-3 advantages: - cheaper - has the hotplate - optionally you can add an insulated firebox Disadvantages: - extra money for insulated firebox - has thinner metal (5mm vs 6.5mm) BM S-2: - More room to cook (negligible more) - thicker metal (6.5mm vs 5mm) - has default insulated box but not hotplate - has the wide exhaust the length of the cooking grate which I've read it makes for better heat distribution Disadvantages: - More expensive - Shipment will be more expensive (twice the weight as S-3) My thoughts: - I would go for the S-2 even though the S-3 is way cheaper but I don't want my choice to be reasonless and just based on some faulty perception - An insulated firebox isn't something I truly want, I don't cook in low temperatures. I've also read that an uninsulated firebox gives better flavor (marginally) and that fuel consumption isn't that much reduced. - The hotplate also isn't something that I truly want, but most likely I will use it if I have it (if it gets to a proper temperature that can sear a stake well) My questions: 1) Is the metal thickness difference really a big problem (5mm vs 6.5mm)? I know the theory, thicker the better, harder to heat but less temperature fluctuations and warping but really, is there a real life application difference? 2) Is an insulated firebox that necessary? Will it make such a big difference? I've seen lots of people swear by them and lots of people not giving 1c about them. 3) For those who uses any of the above mentioned smokers, which one is better when it comes to heat management, flavor and overall satisfaction with the product? 4) Would there be another option for an Offset Smoker with the same quality build and features in the EU but cheaper price? Thanks a lot guys! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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