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Cobra7 07-07-2013 12:48 PM

Old Country Off-Sets
Anyone own one? Need some opinions.

smokenpreacher 07-07-2013 04:28 PM

I graduated from an el cheapo sidebox smoker to the Old Country Pecos. Picked mine up at Academy Sports. They actually allowed me to go into their store room and look at the Pecos models in stock and not rely the floor model as representative before purchasing. The one I picked out had the best fitting doors, and so far little to no smoke/heat loss around the doors.
I have had good results so far, and still in the learning curve about this smoker. It is well made, weighs about 350#, and holds heat well. The large metal wheels made mobility possible, but still a chore. Forget charcoal for smoking, and lump is good only for short cookings. Stick is the only way to go.

Cons....the heat deflector in the bottom needs to be longer as it creates a major hotspot right over deflector. I have added a couple of pans, (one perforated, one solid) that helped tremendously.
It recovers heat rather slowly after opening either of the doors, possibly needs a larger damper, but the one it has is pretty big.

Hope this helps.....

Cobra7 07-07-2013 05:23 PM

Thanks. I was beginning to wonder is anyone had bought one!!! I have been looking at them hard for 3 weeks now. I love grilling as much as smoking and I'm tore between the Old Country (good price) and the large Big Green Egg (bad price).

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