My Landmann 3895GWLA unboxing & mods so far. (Lots of pictures warning!)

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by staatus quo, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. I've been moving slow with my pair of Landmann 3895GWLA's for my catering business (since it's not officially open yet.) But I decided to post pictures of my unboxing of one of the smokers, assembly, and my door seal mod that I have done so far.

    First off going from a cheap offset smoker to this I've been really impressed by the build quality of this smoker and the packaging. With my old offset Char-Griller I had to do a lot of work just to get it assembled because of poor craftsmanship and horrid packaging. The Landmann 3895GWLA was packaged so well, I was amazed by how much care went into the packaging! 

    So without further adieu, here are the pics of the unboxing and build.

    I was not impressed with UPS, while this was just about 100 lbs. delivered, the UPS guy wrestled with this and he actually dropped it off the back of the truck onto his cart and had trouble even walking it up to the door with his cart! My normal UPS guy is pretty stout and strong and uses great care, this guy filling in couldn't have weighed much more than 130 lbs. soaking wet. Oh well, the amazing boxing kept it safe!

    I was impressed how strong the cardboard was! It supported my weight even!

    Of course like any other red blooded male, I got ahead of the instructions and had to

    disassemble the legs after putting them on because the control panel needed

    to be installed in between them... Doh!

    Back on track!

    I had planned to buy a stainless whip with a built in needle regulator,

    but Landmann uses a proprietary fitting here and have it sealed with

    a non-serviceable glue and I was too worried about breaking it.


    Nice brass burner.

    And done! As I said, everything went together beautifully! And I guess I didn't

    get a good picture, but all the corners inside were packed in styrofoam with angle iron around it!

    Full inside view of the meat area.

    And now for the mods done so far.

    I don't like the magnets used on this smoker to hold the door shut, and I knew putting in a fiberglass style gasket would cause it not to close properly so my solution was to pick up two 4" Amico toggle latches from Amazon, sadly they didn't come with screws so I had to buy some. Then I bought a Rutland Grapho-Glas No. 91 gasket and stove cement to seal the door.

    Drilled pilot holes and zipped in the screws, (The hinge length is adjustable so it doesn't have to be perfect the first shot!)

    I cleaned the edge area, laid out the glue and stretched the gasket somewhat tight (One No. 91 will fit this door with stretching.)

    Fully glued on and trimmed, I let it sit for about 30 minutes before putting it back on to "squeeze" the glue and gasket down.

    I lined the body of the smoker with newspaper to keep any glue from getting on the body.

    And snugly latched her up!

    I bought the gasket & glue from my local Ace, it was in the next day and didn't have to pay shipping!

    And that it is so far. I'll be cutting off the regulator and inserting a needle valve this week and sealing up any other seams or smoke loss points I find. I don't think I'll have too many though as all the welded seams seem to be at the bottom, I'm just thinking a few of the screw areas and around the chimney stack. I'll post more pictures when I get the needle valve on.
  2. I see many years of great Q in your future!

    Happy smoken.

  3. pridetv

    pridetv Newbie

    Where did you purchase it?
  4. BJ's online. Awesome deal if you have a membership.
  5. Mine's the same one...only not the wide body.

    I'm using it with no modifications. Picked it up at Costco for $270 and it included a cover.
  6. Nice! The mods were worth doing I think. I smoked three pork butts, a huge brisket and 20lbs of wings on Saturday and with an added needle valve only had a fluctuation of about 15 degrees with a string wind blowing.
  7. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sweet! Looks like it can hold a lot. I love that sausage rack idea! Never seen one like it before.
  8. pridetv

    pridetv Newbie

    Is the smoke box steel or cast iron
  9. The chunk/chip box? They say it's cast, it feels like cast, but I've never seen cast that thin before. But I had no fire problems like the Brinkmans do.
  10. pridetv

    pridetv Newbie

    Cool. I think you have me convinced. BJ online seems to be the best deal. Home Depot and SAMs club offers it also but at a higher cost. Thanks for all of your help
  11. No problem! I've been very happy with it so far.
  12. pridetv

    pridetv Newbie

    So I just bought it from BJ. They had the best deal. I almost went with the one from Walmart at 1/2 the price but it was missing some things I wanted. Are you going to or did you already do the needle valve mod?
  13. I already did the needle valve. I bought a nice small one (had no problem with the amount of gas flow) and attached two 5/16" barbs with pipe dope (I'm pretty sure that's the size) and then hooked them in with hose clamps. No leaks, no problems!

  14. I need to put in a needle valve. It seems like I barely breath on the standard flow knob and I go from too cold to too hot and vice versa.
  15. Real simple to do too. Just leave the main regulator on high and use the needle for everything.
  16. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Kiley, morning and welcome to the forum....  That's a nice looking smoker.....   Great air vents and with the needle valve, you should be able to make some great Q.....    [​IMG]  ....


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