Upgrading from Chargriller questions

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by apres, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. apres

    apres Newbie

    I want to upgrade from my Chargriller offset to something better. I am looking at getting an Old Country wrangler. My question is will this be a significant upgrade?I have had my Chargriller for 3 years and have done pretty decent with it but it is a hassle to keep temps steady.

    Do the wranglers hold temps better? I could save up until next year and get something better than a wrangler like a horizon or lang but my Chargriller is not going to make it another season. Lol. I do have a wsm but dont have as much fun with it.

    What is the biggest difference between something like an old country wrangler and a higher end smoker like a lang or horizon?

    Just really want a new smoker but want something that is better than the chargriller. Hoping the old country will fit the bill. Whats your suggestions?
  2. voodoolord

    voodoolord Newbie

    I can't believe no one chimed in on this. I'm in the same situation. Bought a char griller pro 5 years ago and it's absolutely toast. I have done tons of research on this and here are my conclusions. The Wrangler is basically close to a $1200 Horizon minus the 1/4" steel and a few other small details. The $850 Horizon 16" I just looked at the other day was way smaller than my char griller and didn't have a top rack. I looked at the OC Brazero for $999 and while it has 1/4" steel for that price you might as well start looking into a Lang and get reverse flow even though it costs more. The Wrangler is a huge upgrade from the Char griller even though it is a little smaller and at $500 it's way more smoker for the price. I really wanted to get a reverse flow and probably still will in the future but the Wrangler is going to be a good intermediate smoker until then. Hope this helps.
  3. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    About 1-1/2 years ago, I did a tremendous amount of research and was really caught between the Wrangler and the Brazos. I really wanted a 1/4" product and the $1k was tough to give out. About that time, I saw someone post something about a Bell Fab smoker. I did a little research and looked at the Bell Fab site. I finally placed a call to Craig Bell and I was hooked. Craig is a great guy to work with. He will build a one off smoker to match your individual specifications and needs. His material and fabrication is very good quality. The pricing is very reasonable. I think the Old Country is a good product, but at the price point of the Brazos, the Bell is a much better buy. Give Craig a try, you will not be disappointed.

    Contact Craig at: [email protected]

    Good luck with you research and purchases, Joe
  4. voodoolord

    voodoolord Newbie

    So your saying at a $1000 price go with a Bell? I can see that if Bell's smokers are good and custom. At $500 the OC is an immediate upgrade over a Char Griller with not much of a $ hit. It really comes down to how much your comfortable shelling out.
  5. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    IMO, the Bell is well worth the difference in 1/4" steel and custom fabrication to your specifications. I can't say too much about mine. I've had it for a little over a year and it has been great for me. I would definitely buy another one. I have a grate in the FB and a convection plate in the CC. Craig will work with whatever you want.
  6. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Are you wed on getting another offset? The old country wrangler does not seem particularly large from the photos online - now might be a good time to consider something different - like a WSM.

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