Its been a while since I’ve posted because its been very busy where I work. We’ve been thinking of springing for an upgraded, cabinet style, insulated smoker/cooker lately. Checking all of the Q forums there is not a lack of opinion on which one is better. There are those that like the Backwoods, Spicewine, Stumps, and Calderas. Each one has a lot of good points and very few bad points.
I wanted an insulated smoker primarily to have consistent cooking in the winter. In my neck of the woods it gets pretty cold in January, February, and March. It is not unusual to get single digit temps. For a good cook temperature is everything. My Weber Smokey Mountain or the offset Oklahoma Joe just can’t do a good job (I’ve tried and had to bring the meat inside to finish it off).
I ‘m only going on user feedback from forums but the consensus seems to be the aforementioned smokers are pretty closely matched. The Stumps and the Spicewine have a couple of tie breaking features that may be attractive to some.
The Stumps has an automated stoker that allows you to put a load into the smoker and feed the fire to keep the temperature consistent. The Spicewine team includes a custom paint job with logo that gives the owner bragging rights when showing it off.
I like the idea of showing your stuff off so I’m leaning towards the Spicewine. Stay tuned and I will let you how it all turned out.