is this worth 50 bucks

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by tnbrewer371, May 4, 2011.

  1. tnbrewer371

    tnbrewer371 Newbie

    [​IMG]found this gem for 50 bucks, it appears to be a brinkmann smoke king deluxe, does everyone think that with a little tlc it could be turned into a nice working smoker?  it appears, havent gone to pick it up yet, that all it needs is to have the rust sanded down and than maybe a new coat of bbq paint along with a good heavy cleaning.  Is this a good buy or am I wasting my time?  Im new to Q, and looking to get started with a decent piece equipment that I dont have to pay an arm and a leg for.  Additionally, can I use just wood in this smoker?  Thanks guys/gals.
  2. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For $50 you got good start.

    Are all the racks inside and is there a grate in the firebox?

    Any holes in the firebox?

  3. tnbrewer371

    tnbrewer371 Newbie

    not sure yet, im headed to check it out tomorrow.  do you have any experience with this model?  wondering if it can be used as a pure wood smoker?
  4. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Not personally, but why would you want to use 100% wood?

    How about Lump Charcoal and add wood for flavor?

  5. tnbrewer371

    tnbrewer371 Newbie

    benefit to using just wood is i have an unlimited supply of hickory, and oak for free so thats why id like to have a smoker that can be completely fueled by wood, additionally if necessary i can burn sticks down to coals in a seperate fire pit and use the coals i guess but using straight wood would be very convenient and cheap
  6. tnbrewer371

    tnbrewer371 Newbie

    just a note I havent finalized my purchase here, the alternative, (unfortunately) because of my limited price range is a store bought (read new) new braunsfels hondo jr, horizontal offset, so im unsure of which one to go with although I feel like with a little work and a few bucks the above will turn into a great smoker, seems the people who have used this smoker are very happy with its performance and results even unmoded.  thanks for any additional input all.
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That is similar to a New Braunfels Bandera which is a good charcoal smoker.   It should be well worth $50.00 if it is not rusted through.

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