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Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18-1/2-Inch Charcoal Smoker, Black
If you talk to any serious amateur or even professional pitmaster, the Weber Smokey Mountain is one of the best affordable and durable charcoal smokers money can buy. I agree with that sentiment, because like the other smokers and grills on this list, I actually have owned one.
I nominated the WSM Bullet as my dead finger tech of 2009. Once you start using this smoker, you'll never have to eat sub-standard BBQ smoked chicken, sausages, ribs, or pulled pork ever again.