Looking for new Smoker

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by ian minyard, May 22, 2016.

  1. ian minyard

    ian minyard Newbie

    Hi guys,

    I'm new to this and have been looking around for a good smoker. I'd like something that will "last." Have seen the box store kits and don't think those will hold up very well. Seem like sheet metal molds. I've done a little digging on the site w/ regards to type of smoker and have decide on a wood burner.

    I found a company that looks like they produce some quality products but was curious if anyone had any experience/reviews? There are a couple reviews on the site itself, but am looking for more third party. Was also wondering if you could comment on the price versus other manufacturers. I'm willing to spend up to $1600.The smoker is called the "Luling Offset Smoker" from Texas Original BBQ Pits.

    I also looked at some of the smokers from Matt's BBQ and B&B Construction.

    Thanks a lot!

  2. rober49

    rober49 Smoke Blower

    depending on where you are located the shipping cost can be as much as 1/2 the cost of the smoker. check with makers & see if they have a dealer near you. if you are near a bass pro they carry horizon smokers which are built by an ex Oklahoma joe employee & well made. also if you are not in a hurry start checking craigslist daily. people upsize, downsize, & move, & deals can be found. an oklahoma joe smoker from lowes could get you started while you bide your time looking for a used one & would not be too hard to recoup most of the purchase price when you resell it when you find what you want. it took 6 months but I just got a great deal on an older heavy built oklahoma joe smoker on craigslist. if you find a deal do not dawdle. jump on it because the deals get swooped up fast. the seller of my new ( to me ) smoker told me they could have sold it 30 more times.
  3. phatbac

    phatbac Smoking Fanatic

    If you have that kind of budget i recommend getting a Lang 36 or 48 patio. check them out at their website (google pig roast or lang smokers) and you can see many youtube videos on them too. they are top of line smokers and endorse them wholeheartedly. i have had one since February and they are just a joy to use.

    Here is a phto gallery of mine....


    PM me if you have any questions about buying one  i will be happy to help.

    Happy Smoking,

    phatbac (Aaron)
  4. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi Also check out Shirley Fab..They will build any thing you want. I have their 36" Patio Model.Only problem there will be a long wait.

    Last edited: May 23, 2016
  5. jirod

    jirod Smoke Blower

    I recently ordered a smoker from Bell Fab.  Noticeably less expensive than some of the other names.  They are really good to work with and he will do mods to his standard model depending on what you want.  I haven't received it yet, so I can't speak directly to quality/use, but there are a number of guys on the site who have smokers from them and they seem very happy with their's.
  6. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    OK Good choice..Enjoy yours. Just saying  Shirley must be doing something right, if there is a 6 month wait. 

  7. ian minyard

    ian minyard Newbie

    Thanks everyone! Definitely have some more units to check out. Doesn't look like anyone has any experience with the Luling Offset Smoker. Need a few days to reach out to the fabricators. Thanks again guys.
  8. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have had my Bell for 1-1/2 years and it is great. Craig Bell is a great guy and will build you a one- off smoker to your personal specifications and wants. His quality and fabrication are first quality and his pricing is most reasonable.

    Contact Craig at: [email protected]
  9. ian minyard

    ian minyard Newbie

    Well.. I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the Luling Offset Smoker  ..will let yall know how it is. Seems like most of the custom units are right outside my price range for a 20x40 build. I really liked the Gator Pits, Party Gator but again, right outside my price range - maybe in the future. Definitely a nice build. Thanks!
    Last edited: May 23, 2016

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