Oklahoma Joe Smoker Question.

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by redfish10, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. redfish10

    redfish10 Newbie

    I can pick up this smoker for $75 but dont know a whole lot about it. The cooking chamber is approx. 40" and the smoker box is approx. 20". The smoker is about 6 years old. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  2. redfish10

    redfish10 Newbie

    Ok I was able to find a little information about this. Would it be accurate to say that this is the model that was sold at Sams Club and is made out of 3/8" steel. If so do you think it is still worth dropping $75 on it.
  3. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks just like the smoker I own and use.  I think I bought mine at Academy sports and spent at least 350 bucks on it.  Good buy for 75 if the rust isn't too bad.  I use mainly a mixture of lump charcoal and wood in mine.  The side of the cooking surface nearest the fire box does get pretty hot but I have learned how to regulate temps pretty well and turn out some great food.

    Good luck with your decision

  4. soafung

    soafung StickBurners

    i think that model is 16" diameter.  if it is you could try and see if horizon would make one of these for the smaller OKJ.

    Horizon Convection Plate

    the OKJ has a larger opening from the firebox to the cook chamber and needs a baffle extension to make the plate work properly.
  5. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    well worth $75
  6. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like a great deal to me. Shoot, even if you built your own smoker, you would end up putting way more that $75 into it unless you were able to get your materials for free. Any mods you need to do to it should be fairly inexpensive.
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Are you sure it is 3/8" steel and not 3/16" Steel? 

    3/8" would be pretty heavy stuff and would not ever wear out...

    if it is 3/8" for $75.00 I would jump on it as fast as you can...
  8. Hey, I have a brinkman / Oklahoma Joe. It works great I got mine used for $100. But it had all the mod's done already. It is the older version that has the heavier steel. I dont think I would have bought the newer version they sell today. Heck buy it and play with it find out if its for you. If not sell it for $75 or $100. Let me know if you have any questions.
  9. redfish10

    redfish10 Newbie

    Thanks for the input. How is the heat retention and what is the approx. weight of the smoker.
  10. The heat retention is great. I hold right where I want it and the intake adjusts exactly to what I want depending on wind conditions to get the right temp. But all I know for weight is its a lot heavier than it looks. I had to get a hand to lift it off my truck the day I got it home. My mod's that were done already were the temp guage was moved to the lower front of the main section door to be closer to the grate level. and a flat heat shelf added on top of the side fire box. For warming mops or sauces or whatever.  
  11. redfish10

    redfish10 Newbie

    What exactly is a baffle extension.

    Last edited: Jul 20, 2010
  12. meyer

    meyer Newbie

    Pasted from an earlier thread:


    A baffle is a “deflector” of sorts that is placed at the firebox end of the smoker at the point where the firebox opens into the smoke chamber. The purpose of the baffle is to protect the meat at the firebox end from extreme heat and help the heat travel farther down the smoke chamber to even temps out a little bit. Again, there are a few different ways to do this. Some people use cookie sheets, some just use a large foil roasting pan filled with water placed against the opening. I uses a piece of 1/8” steel, cut to fit so that it lays at about a 45° angle and the bottom is about 2-3/4” inches from the bottom of the smoker.


    Kind regards

  13. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    if it ain't rusted it is a good deal..............
  14. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I say, if its 3/8 or heck even 1/4, jump on it. I'm still working on mine and its built from 3/8x18" pipe by 42 long on the cook box and 20 long on the firebox. I don't know a weight other then its really freaking heavy, to the point that I am not sure I could roll it up the ramp of my mowing trailer by myself.

    Thick wall pipe isn't cheep, even at scrap price its going for about 30 cents a pound around here. With a few mods it could be a great smoker.
  15. love it just needs some t l c [​IMG]
  16. christjonosc

    christjonosc Newbie

    I hope you got the smoker. a little sand paper,and high heat paint.Your friends will be callinng you the pit master!
  17. morvis

    morvis Newbie

    Hey I've got one of these smokers, and I was considering some ways to give myself some... room to grow?  I was thinking, take some sheet metal and weld a decent size box that I can attach via pipe where the chimney attaches, support legs on the bottom so it doesn't tip over, etc.  Basically giving an extra side box for additional smoking space.  Was just wandering if anyone has any thoughts on why this wouldn't work?  I have a couple little sketches I can post later after work if my description isn't clear enough =).
  18. meyer

    meyer Newbie

    That is truely a great picture!



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