Just got a used Okla Joe Highland

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by jaminator, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. jaminator

    jaminator Newbie

    Paid 100 bucks for this.  I know its not pretty but i dont care about that.  Someone told me to paint it but I was afraid it would burn off.   anything you  guys can think i should do to "tune up" this thing?

    Also, is there normally a grate in the firebox?  just trying to understand the best way to get air under

    the wood when starting.

    Also the temp gauge is fogged.  would you recommend stock replacement or something different?


    Last edited: Jul 8, 2016
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  2. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yes, you should have a good heavy grate in the FB and maybe a charcoal basket. I would replace the therm with a River Country. Maybe even two, so you will have one on each end. And, yes, I would spray on two good coats of Rustoleum 1200* paint.

    Good luck with it and good smokin', Joe
  3. khigh402

    khigh402 Newbie

    Hey as far as paint goes rustoleum has high temp paint I would use. Two coats sounds like a great idea to ensure a even covering
  4. ammaturesmoker

    ammaturesmoker Smoking Fanatic

    Get it sand blasted inside and out
  5. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

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  6. jaminator

    jaminator Newbie

    thanks for the advice.  I cleaned it up and painted it and posted the pic in the original post.
  7. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    Points for the hard work and breathing new life into a nice pit!
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  8. garvinque

    garvinque Meat Mopper

    Great find!
  9. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    What did you end up using to clean it up?
  10. jaminator

    jaminator Newbie

    I used 80 grit on a mouse sander to remove all rust and then three cans of flat rust oleum. If you look close at this pic you will see some smoke this morning. BTW whoever recommended the Maverick 732 was right on point. I actually got the 733 but what a great gadget. Worth the money. Totally takes the guesswork out. Now just have to keep myself from peeking at the brisket.

    Last edited: Jul 9, 2016
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  11. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    Came out great!
  12. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    A steal for $100!!
  13. jaminator

    jaminator Newbie

    Not good lookin just good cookin. Just like me.
  14. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It may be just like you when it comes to cooking, but it sure looks better than you.

    Good luck and good smokin', Joe
  15. jaminator

    jaminator Newbie

    forgot to take full pics but here are some slices.
  16. jaminator

    jaminator Newbie

    Hey guys brisket turned out great. I also cooked a rack of ribs and noticed the one end gets crispier. Someone said this may not be a highland. How can I tell because I definitely see the benfit of the baffle. Which baffle you guys recommend?
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