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16Adams 10-16-2018 05:55 AM

The Lure Of The Offset Smoker
 
Walked into Walmart garden center to buy some mesquite chunks. There sat a NIB unopened Oklahoma Joe Highland discounted to $125. Stared at it, thought about it- left. Sitting in my easy chair reading Holy Smoke random pages I Youtubed the OJ-H. Anyway decided I could easily have $125+tax of fun. I’ve said before outside of a pit nothing screams bbq like an offset smoker burping TBS.

Went back, was gone.

Good.

smoke ninja 10-16-2018 06:02 AM

not a fan of the highland, too small. the hotspot is almost half the cook chamber. the longhorn is better but retails for $550.

besides you have a stick burner, they are just really really tiny splits made of saw dust

pjtexas1 10-16-2018 06:42 AM

You snooze, you win...

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16Adams 10-16-2018 06:42 AM

According to brickseek they’re discounted quite a few locations. I’m good that it was gone. The YouTube vid showed how to seal it up and work more efficiently- tuning plates using existing grates and HD aluminum foil. It wasn’t going to be for long cooks- more like functional statuary that produces food. A chicken-a casserole-SPAM-garlic; the usual short term suspects. Here’s SKU info if anyone is interested

Oklahoma Joe Highland 879 sq in Smoker
MSRP: $288
SKU: 33605961

frayedend 10-16-2018 07:07 AM

I've got the Highland. I do want something bigger but this thing works just fine. I used a few ceramic tiles as tuning plates. I get even temps across the entire chamber. I use charcoal and wood chunks mostly. I'd have loved to get that deal. I paid $300 and I'm happy with that.

Big George's BBQ 10-16-2018 07:20 AM

I liked my offset when I had it- a Meadowcreek 120 Cant stay up at night like I use too I am happy with my Egg

fwdiii 10-16-2018 08:32 AM

I picked up my OK Joe Highland the same way....deep discounted to $140. Added a few mods and it produces some pretty good food which the family loves. Very happy with mine.

SmittyJonz 10-16-2018 11:23 AM

Go Vertical.........

Nuco59 10-16-2018 06:09 PM

A COS in a back yard can be one of two things:

A well-taken care of tool whose owner knows and has mastered its limitations to turn out envy inducing bbq- the toast of the neighborhood

Or a monument to a once aspiring pit master who has given the hell up and now dumps charcoal into the bottom of the cook chamber for overcooked burgers, hot dogs and his signature burnt ass cheap sirloin that the dog won't even eat.

I'd love to have one to see what mine shows me to be... one day maybe.

keezy 10-16-2018 06:23 PM

"Or a monument to a once aspiring pit master who has given the hell up and now dumps charcoal into the bottom of the cook chamber for overcooked burgers, hot dogs and his signature burnt ass cheap sirloin that the dog won't even eat."

That's kind of what became of my cheapo offset but I did some awesome grilling in the main chamber until I burnt it out. I had a few good pork butt and chuck roast low and slow cooks but it was way, way too hard.

Nuco59 10-16-2018 06:45 PM

I wish the COS had a bit less "cheap" - AND in the instruction manual, it had a few websites (this one for example) that could help you make the best of your purchase. I would have zero reservations about buying even a Highland using what I learned off this fine site. The Highland IS smaller than I'd like- but I could run it and be happy with the food that came off it.

SmittyJonz 10-16-2018 06:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nuco59 (Post 4082936)
I wish the COS had a bit less "cheap" - AND in the instruction manual, it had a few websites (this one for example) that could help you make the best of your purchase. I would have zero reservations about buying even a Highland using what I learned off this fine site. The Highland IS smaller than I'd like- but I could run it and be happy with the food that came off it.


You already gots a stick burner your buddy at work made.........

gtsum 10-16-2018 07:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nuco59 (Post 4082904)
A COS in a back yard can be one of two things:

A well-taken care of tool whose owner knows and has mastered its limitations to turn out envy inducing bbq- the toast of the neighborhood

Or a monument to a once aspiring pit master who has given the hell up and now dumps charcoal into the bottom of the cook chamber for overcooked burgers, hot dogs and his signature burnt ass cheap sirloin that the dog won't even eat.

I'd love to have one to see what mine shows me to be... one day maybe.



Lol...too funny!


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Nuco59 10-16-2018 07:57 PM

"You already gots a stick burner your buddy at work made........."

yep... but it's not an offset - Adam16 says there's a difference :grin:

(disclaimer, I enjoy my upright- now that I'm using the right fuel. I'd lurve to try something different- even if it's not "better" in any demonstrable way)

Happy Hapgood 10-16-2018 10:41 PM

Nawww no way you can "Master" it Adams what with all the wind, rain, snow, sleet, high temps, sand storms, sleet and such.

Best leave it to the Pro's. :caked:


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