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Char-GrillerI love Weber Kettle Grills as much as Heath, but I have been the proud owner of a Char-Griller Smoker for the last five years.  This is a really great starter bbq smoker for anyone starting out.  I bought mine for around $150 at Lowe’s and have been very happy with the purchase.  I have always thought I would upgrade my smoker, but my wife and friends always ask for seconds when I grill so I figure I’d better not mess with success!

What I really like about this smoker is that the folks at Char-Griller offer a wide selection of add-ons and replacement parts.  Any smoker that gets used as much as mine is going to need things replaced, and they have everything you could possibly want!  Char-Griller does it up right.

The major downside of the Chair-Griller is temperature control and the amount of fuel it goes through due to it’s lack of insulation. With that being said it is still a great starter smoker for anyone looking to dip their toes into the world of BBQ.

We give the Char-Griller Smoker an 80 out of 100 due to it’s affordability and excellence as a starter smoker.

There is a wide range of grills and smokers out there – drop us a line at and let us know about your favorite grills and smokers.  Don’t forget to visit Pork Barrel BBQ on the Internet and pick up some of our Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub.