Horizon, Lang, cant decide

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by jeff 1, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    I am doing some research for a quality smoker and I have it narrowed down to these 2 manufacturers.  Are there any other companies that have high quality smokers like these that I dont know of?   I would love a Lang but I am worried the freight is going to end up costing a fortune.   I also like the looks of the Horizons, especially the RD special and I like the idea of being able to grill in the firbox.  Not to mention Horizon manufacturing is in the same area code as me and only like an hour drive and I am sure I could go up there with cash and bargain with them. 

    Anyhow lets say I wanted to keep it under $2000 and dont even want to come real close to approaching that amount and I want plenty of smoker room but not so much that it would be wastefull.   Give me some suggestions or oppinions weather with these companies or others I am unaware of
  2. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  3. pdx210

    pdx210 Fire Starter

    I've been looking at the Horizon smoker as well anybody have one ? 
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    My only advise would be. Since this is a smoker you will have for many years to come, don't let the shipping price get in your way. If a Lang is what you want don't settle for something else just because the shipping is expensive. There are a lot of Lang owners on here & I have yet to hear any negative things about them.
  5. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As Al said, this is a major purchase and you should definitely get the one that you want and best suits your needs...  Not like buying a cheap 300-400 dollar unit and if you don't like it just go buy something else...
  6. 3montes

    3montes Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I also recently went through the same thing. Thought I really wanted a Lang 48. If Lang could ever find a way to do something about the prohibitive shipping costs their sales would double. Couple of things I don't get when looking at their web site. The listed weight of their smokers seems teriffically heavy. I will explain further in a bit. Also a shipping skid adds nearly 150lbs? What are we really talking about here. A pallet some shrink wrap and some banding straps couple of nuts and bolts maybe? If they were putting the thing in a entire closed crate I could see it.

    I've been in the shipping business for 11 years I know a bit about it and these two things just raised my eyebrows a bit

    Not here to bash Lang. They have a superb product perhaps the best I just have some serious reservations about the shipping.

    So that being said I could just not bring myself to spend $500 plus on shipping a Lang to me. Just way to many other things I could do with that kind of money. I continued my search and found a new business in my state that custom make smokers. These guys started the business because they were avid smokers. They wanted to buy a quality pit but ran into the same thing many of us do. Prohibitive shipping. So I contacted them.

    Turns out these guys know how to build a pit. Everything is 1/4 new steel same as Lang.. I purchased a 20X48 offset convential flow through design. Slide out firebox and ash pan. Shelves slide out and remove. Grate on top of firebox that also flips up so you can fry or saute directly on top of the box. Fold down front shelf. Pnuematic no flat tires.

    1/4" baffle and 1/4" steel tuning plates all included. I thought I wanted the revrse flow but I do like the flexibility you get with the standard flow through design. I like to be able to utilize hot spots.

    Now to my point about the weight. This unit weighs 550lbs. The same size Lang is quoted at 795. Both are made from the same thickness of steel. I'm willing to bet the offset I  purchased has more steel in it. Now add another 150lbs to the Lang for a skid. Talking almost a half ton!

    I'm not saying Lang is trying to massage the shipping costs. They may be just erroring on the safe side with the weight so there isn't a issue. I don't think the shipping costs even pass through Lang..

    So the moral of the story at least for me was don't limit yourself to the commercial manufacturers. Check around in your state and neighboring states and see whats out there you may be pleasantly surprised like I was. The $500 I would have spent on shipping bought me a lot more smoker. Here is a pic.




  7. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Drive to GA and pick up your Lang. You'll have to pay sales tax, but that's a lot less than $500. Plus, you can check out a really nice part of the country.
  8. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Your primary consideration should be the smoker.  Remember size relates directly to fuel consumption.  To big you won't want to start it up just for you and the wife.  To small you won't be able to feed the neighborhood.   I selected the Lang 36 because I almost always cook for less then 25 people.  When I do have to cook for a larger number I either make two smokes or I pull out the old Oklahoma Joe offset and the three ECBs I have sitting around. I don't run out of smoker room very often.

    You may want to check out Bubba Grills.  When I made my decision it was between Bubba and Lang.  I chose Lang because I was familiar with their smokers and the 36 was the right size for me.
  9. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    thanks guys,  I really want a lang48 but we will see once I get shipping quotes,  I may get the 36 to offset the difference since it will be big enough for what I normally do.  IDK still have a lot of decideing
  10. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    responded to your other post first, with a $2000 budget you could easily have a 24 x 60 trailer pit with options or even bigger plain jane from Bellfab.


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