Advice on purchasing a smoker

Hello- I am planning to purchase an electric smoker in the near future.. I have narrowed it down to a Cookshack Elite 45 or a           Smokin It 2D. I want something large enough to smoke 5 to 7 racks of ribs without having to cut them in half. I will also be smoking brisket and pork butts. The Cookshack 025 would probably work for me but I didn’t want to get something to small and regret it later. Temperature where I live usually falls into the 20’s so it will need to be able to hold temperature when it’s cold. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Cookshack shelves for the SM045are 14 x 18, anything less probably not going to fit a full rack of ribs.   I've had a SM066 for about 8 years and have cooked as low as -20 with no problem holding the temp.  Too cold and the LCD panel gets a little grumpy but can be easily warmed up to respond to set to required settings.

Ditto on dakotasmoke. I have never regretted the cost of my SM066 for one second. It can do 6 racks of ribs without even using the lowest rack, which I think is too close to the heat. I have used it for ribs at an outside temp of 25 degrees with wind - no problem, and I haven't had any display problems on my unit. I bought in 2013, if that has any usefulness. I do try to keep it from getting wet from rain, at least the control unit, but otherwise I am very happy with it. Brisket, pastrami, ribs (pork loin backs and beef short ribs), pork butt, lots and lots of salmon every summer, and chicken wings and turkey thighs. All is good and no worries about the smoker behavior at all. Just solid "set it and forget it." I should say that it lives in a non-heated garage when not in use.

Jdcellar posted:

Hello- I am planning to purchase an electric smoker in the near future.. I have narrowed it down to a Cookshack Elite 45 or a           Smokin It 2D. I want something large enough to smoke 5 to 7 racks of ribs without having to cut them in half. I will also be smoking brisket and pork butts. The Cookshack 025 would probably work for me but I didn’t want to get something to small and regret it later. Temperature where I live usually falls into the 20’s so it will need to be able to hold temperature when it’s cold. Any advice would be appreciated.

I started with the smallest cookshack smoker many years ago (do not remember the year) and  it served me well. I was living in the Chicago area at the time I had no problem smoking meats when the temps dropped below zero. I now use a FEC-100. If you are not competing  I recommend the SM066.

I own a Smokin-It #3. Full racks of ribs fit in it just fine without cutting them.  The #2/2D will require all racks of ribs be cut. The #3 also has a higher wattage element which helps during cold weather.
I have also smoked at 10 deg, just took a longer time to get to temp than it did when it is above freezing.

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