Which Wood Smoker to Buy?

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by seven10ashbury, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice! congrats. I'm sure they are all what the guys say they are. I can't say I've read a bad thing about them.
  2. jaxgatorz

    jaxgatorz Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    81 inches long and 45 wide........ U will love it !!!!
  3. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    Great buy, I purchased a Lang mobile deluxe in July. Couldn't be happier. wood is still cheaper than charcoal. Reverse flow all but eliminates hot spots and no flare up's. Lets put it this way I am still smiling. yeah shipping sucks, but this is probably the one purchase I have made that will last me and my children a lifetime, wont wear out and goes up in value as time goes by. Trust me you will never regret it and you will be like a kid on Christmas morning waiting for that truck to come. Lets face it I cannot think of enough good things to say about a Lang cooker, except it should come with a tee shirt or a hat so we could advertise. You will not be disappointed.
  4. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I hafta agree with Gary. I have yet to hear anyone say they wished they didn't buy the Lang, a few like myself would like to have a bigger one. Mine is a 60 deluxe as most folks already know. I bought it used, and drove 14 hrs each way through the pennsylvania mountains in Feb for it, and I am glad I did. I have a UDS too, but thats for cookin dinner for the family, your not gonna fit 110 lbs of meat in a drum, but they have their place.

    here is todays load, with room left!

    and the ribs, no charcoal, all wood!!

    If you can afford it, you won't regret it.[​IMG]
  5. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have to admit Dan; that is one sweet machine. Holds a butt ([​IMG]) load of meat too.
  6. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Rick, I found out 2 weeks ago how many racks of ribs it will hold without rib racks.

    the answer is 16.

    and as far as whole meats, it will hold almost 120 lbs.

    2 large packers, 2 20+ lb chuckrolls, and 6 butts plus 2 pans of Dutches beans and a 1/2 pan of hot dogs in the warmer/smoker cabinet.. We fed about 130 people at that event
  7. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Congrats there Seven10Ashbury....Nothing like a turn key smoker to get you on your way. [​IMG]

    I called Ben's office today and I was quoted "$600.00 freight to the West coast, then estimate another $5-600 to Hawaii"....

    Post Q-views when your baby arrives....and Hapy Smokes...[​IMG]
  8. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Congrats great choice I like my Lang as I think everybody that owns them does.
  9. gruelurks

    gruelurks Smoking Fanatic

    After reading through this thread, one thing popped in my mind is that getting serious on smoking foods can be just as expensive as my current hobby of pinball. Checking out the prices on some of these high end smokers is like some of the more sought after pins in the market. $2000 here, $1500 there, $5000 for a home use only (HUO) rig, yikes. I'm trying to keep myself rational here, and not sell/trade a pinball for a larger smoker like this...yet.
  10. thadius65

    thadius65 Smoke Blower

    I got a nice Williams High Speed in really good shape that I could be convinced to part with to help fund my new smoking addiction! My new Primo XL is on its way!! HELP!! [​IMG]
  11. crd26a

    crd26a Newbie

    You could always look at some of the smaller charcoal units like Backwoods or Stumps. Won't hold much on the smaller units, but perfect for backyards & families. I'd love big iron, but at the same time, don't really want to give up that much space (yet I'm probably going to build a 4 ft wide stumps clone lol)[​IMG]
  12. gruelurks

    gruelurks Smoking Fanatic

    Nah, you don't wanna give up your pin! I've thought of selling of a couple of mine and can't bring myself to do it.
  13. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    This thread has only enforced my thoughts that a LANG is in my near future. Just too much quality and room for the price the way I see it.

    I lust after the backyard one RickW has, but with 3 Banderas and a horizantal, I got plenty for my backyard...
  14. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    lang sure makes a nice cooker, if you got the cash go for it, there seems to be a misnomer that langs are the best, conventionals continue to beat langs each and every week all over the country, if you think Lang makes the best pits please let me introduce you to the real best offset-a CONVENTIONAL even


    my 24 x 54 .261 wall with 24 x 24 .316 wall firebox was handmade and cost $700, at 1/3 the cost I am willing to have a conventional that is heavier gauge and has more room every time. Its not my first cook so I don't have to worry about needing the water pan crutch


    his 24 x 36 with 20 x 20 sfb out of the .261 is only $450, trailer pits start at just $1400, not as fancy as a horizon or klose but being hand made is something that I think is cool, I don't need lazer cut lines on my doors to make me feel better. The only guy I know that has a lang uses it for his business but when he goes to comps he drags out a 20 year old oklahoma joes mobile kitchen.
  15. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Jambo's are awesome, but who wants to remortgage their house to own one. 8-18 K for a pit.Nice and flashy, but I have beat a couple Jambos in my last comp cookin off my 60 deluxe and a WSM.

    I would say that good Q is 50% cook, 30% cooker,10% quality meat and spices, and 10% luck and weather.

    Langs are good units, I love mine, got lucky and found it used and in great shape. Are they the best in the world? doubtfull, but for the money, I think they are a good buy. Thay are tanks, and hold their resale value well. Thats why you don't see many of them for sale, and when they are, they usually don't last long.

    No dissrespect to Jamie Geer, he has a great product, and a good market, but they are not practicle for most working folks.[​IMG]
  16. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    AGREED, of course there are the BEST...but "for the money"....
  17. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    HEY GARY, you got the 48 deluxe with the warmer box... it really just sits over the firebox and heats up that way, right?

    I own 3 Banderas, couldn't I just turn one of my bandera chambers into the warmer box and buy the cheaper 48 Original???

    it sounds like a good idea really...
  18. This guy builds it all! Back yard cookers to feeding a whole state. Small time guy just really getting starte! I own one and he will design build what ever you want! Does not have to be on a trailer. He was going to build something what you guys are talking about on these langs etc...back yard cookers for about 700-800 bucks and would blow this junk you guys want to pay 1500 for out of the water!

  19. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It's nice to see you think highly of the builder of your pit. I'm sure it's a nice one, some pics would be nice.

    To say his pits would "blow this junk out of the water" is a fairly bold statement and pretty ignorant of you to say. We too take pride in our wares as you do. Maybe you should familiarize yourself with this site and the folks that have been here for a while before you take it upon yourself to be so judgmental.

    Welcome to the forum.
  20. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I have to agree with Rick here... Those smokers look impressive and all, but for one thing, they are not even reverse flow, which seems to be quite an advantage with a Lang.

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