Which Smoker Size is the Best for You?
If you’re planning to buy a smoker, the first thing you need to determine is the smoker size you want to buy. There are few elements you need to consider before buying an electric unit. First, does it have to be a small electric smoker or a big one. We will present those elements to you so you can have an insight into what to pay attention to when buying an electric smoker. You don’t want to end up with a unit that’s too big for you. Neither the unit that doesn't cook enough meat for your needs. That’s why you need to determine these things before you go and purchase this product.
So if you are wondering what size smoker do I need, we have the answer for you. Read on!
First of all, do you need it for commercial or domestic purposes? If you’re running a restaurant, you’ll need a large size smoker. Even if you don’t have a large business, it’s always better to buy something bigger, because you’ll eventually end up upgrading it as your business grows. If you need it for home purposes, consider buying a smaller unit unless your family exceeds eight or nine people. You won’t need a huge electric smoker for home usage, a 30-inch or 40-inch will be okay.
The next thing you have to take into consideration is your budget. To avoid unpleasant surprises, be sure to set your upper budget limits first.
Whether you want a unit with a lot of additional features or you want a simple one? Conduct a thorough research and find out which one has the best quality-to-price ratio.
If you’re struggling with the budget, opt for smaller and more compact units. They tend to be cheaper but still maintain the same level of capability as a more expensive model but with less room.
Also, if you have more cash than you need, buying the most expensive one won’t do you any favors. Instead of opting for the most expensive one, try finding the one that suits you and your needs the most. It’s always better to have something useful instead of something expensive. Expensive ones have more features, you’ll never need or use.
Also, consider the quantities of food you’ll be smoking in your electric unit. If you have never cooked or smoked meat with these units, then buying a big expensive one isn’t going to be more useful than purchasing a smaller and more compact unit. In fact, it’s a better choice to buy a small smoker and gradually upgrade to larger ones. That said, if you’re an experienced master of meat then the next thing you should take into consideration is the number of people in your household.
If you live alone, there’s no need for a massive smoker that’s only going to take up a lot of room. A small smoker provides the same features but with less space. That said, if you’re alone, you don’t need much space, to begin with. On the other hand, if you have a family with numerous members, make some calculations and come up with a particular number. That way you’ll be able to pinpoint exactly what size of an electric smoker you’re looking for.
Bear in mind, when you finish calculating the ideal size add 10% free space. Thats because you don’t want to stuff your meat in the smoker. You want to leave free space on all sides of the meat to allow the smoke to penetrate into the meat. It will taste much better on all sides.