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HarrynVegas 04-04-2014 12:09 AM

Is this worth a start
 
I want a Bandera, but that's prolly not going to happen in Vegas. What do you think of this for $50 bucks or less? Is this a COS or something better?

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/for/4398063003.html

ssv3 04-04-2014 12:46 AM

This has been up for a month if your interested in a bandera.

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/for/4342587791.html

bbqgeekess 04-04-2014 12:59 AM

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Originally Posted by HarrynVegas (Post 2870245)
I want a Bandera, but that's prolly not going to happen in Vegas. What do you think of this for $50 bucks or less? Is this a COS or something better?

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/for/4398063003.html

That's the one I was going to get before ultimately going with the Bandera. $50 is a good price as long as it is just surface rust. But I see it doesn't have the warming plate over the firebox which is handy.

Here is a recent thread on that smoker:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=184578

or just search for "New Braunfels Black Diamond" or "New Braunfels Hondo"

The NB Hondo / Black Diamond is still considered a COS, but it is a quality COS with thicker metal than most of the newer COS.. and it can be modded to work well.

Demosthenes9 04-04-2014 04:02 AM

If you are willing to put some effort into cleaning it up, it's definitely worth the $50 as it's the older model NBBD made from heavier gauge steel as bbqgeekess said.

viking72 04-04-2014 08:13 AM

I have one of that vintage, works well for the price and good to learn on.
Later,
Doug

AlwaysSmokey 04-04-2014 08:40 AM

50 bucks,.... grab it up.:thumb:

oldbill 04-04-2014 01:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HarrynVegas (Post 2870245)
I want a Bandera, but that's prolly not going to happen in Vegas. What do you think of this for $50 bucks or less? Is this a COS or something better?

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/for/4398063003.html

The NB Black Diamond is definitely one of the better COSs that have been made. I cooked on one for over 15 years and it's a good little smoker to learn on with a few mods. If the rust is just exterior then you should jump at it for $50 or less, I think mine was $300 new back in the early 90s!
It looks like the gas ignition is gone and it looks as though it's never been under any cover at all so I'd probably ask for more pictures or if possible go and see it in person to determine how much work she'll need.
I know that mine is completely rusted through on the bottom of the firebox and I now use the smoke chamber as a charcoal grill.


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