Want to buy an offset, WHICH ONE??? HELP

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by stayhot, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. stayhot

    stayhot Smoking Fanatic

    I have been smoking for the past 8-10 years on vertical electric and propane smokers but I have always wanted to use an offset smoker for the better flavor and smoke ring. My question is this, there are so many different brands and model and I was looking for all your advice, comments, pros and cons on them. Not looking for a competition rig but something half way decent for weekend smokes. I've seen them from $129 up to $1000's and I do realize that the $129 unit isn't the best option. Thanks for any and all info!![​IMG]  
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have a Lang & love it.

    I have the 36 patio model, it has plenty of room for what I need.

    The killer is the shipping. I'm only 300 miles from Lang & it cost $ 400 for shipping.

    But the smoker should last a lifetime, probably my kids lifetime too.

  3. stayhot

    stayhot Smoking Fanatic

    Those are nice but a little....ok a lot more than I'm looking to spend.
  4. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The Old Country Wrangler at Academy Sports is a good smoker for the $500 price range. I did a lot of research about 2 years ago and this is the best one out there at that price. Check it out. It is all welded, has a baffle, the stack is at grate level and looks good to me. The only mod that I can see that it needs is a convection plate to even out the heat in the CC. But, I would smoke on it a few times to see if it really needs to have one.

    Good luck in your search, Joe. :grilling_smilie:
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  5. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Old Country looks like it would be in your price range. They have quite a few models you just have to decide what size you want.
    Another option could be watching Craiglist. Sometimes you can find good deals on there.
  6. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    My CharGriller "Competition Pro" model 6125 for $299 at Home Depot has served me well, and the OK Joe is $459 at Lowe's. The Old Country sounds good. The only "mods" I've done with the 'griller is to use permatex red on joints during assembly, some steel plates for baffle, and a sausage rail. The doors are tight enough for me.....
  7. gr8day

    gr8day Smoke Blower

    Academy Old Country Pecos or Over Under, the Pecos needs a tuning plate mod and the Over Under needs a fire box mod to help with ash, the Over Under has very even temps across the grates, and you have a wood fire or charcoal grill as well.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2016
  8. jscaldwell07

    jscaldwell07 Newbie

    I'm in the same boat as the OP - there is an OK Joes Highland at a Walmart nearby for $268...deal?
  9. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Sounds like a deal to me. Must be an end of season close out sale.

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