Originally Posted by Lake Dogs
Confirmed member of the Lang Gang, I think I own the oldest one, first generation 84, but they didnt call it an 84, they called it an 1160... I LOVE my Lang, particularly because of the reverse flow design. I've used other non-reverse-flow and I just wasn't as happy with the evenness of the heat and smoke distribution as I am with my Lang.
That said, I live VERY close to Lonnie (aka. Bubba) of Bubba Grills. He makes a fantastic reverse flow offset smoker that is very similar to Lang in most every aspect, and generally is a little less expensive. Honestly, I've sold many of Lonnie's smokers. I have no reservation whatsoever recommending his smokers. www.bubbagrills.net
FYI: All the ones mentioned above have not only been tested by plenty of back-yard enthusiast smokers, but have been proven winners on the competition circuit as well. Lonnie himself won Memphis In May ribs category 2 years ago and competes with his own standard models. I've competed against him and I've also judged him on-site many times. He and his smokers are awesome.
Some day I'll probably have a Stumps stretch cabinet smoker. I do enjoy that set-it-and-forget-it aspect. However, frankly, there is no substitute for the flavor of meat that comes off of a true wood burning offset smoker, IMHO.
Thanks I checked him out I really like what I saw from his website except for no prices. But I contacted him for a price list. Being I let my membership expire I can find TuscaloosaQ to contact him so maybe he will see the thread at some point and chime in, hi work looks great as well. The Jambo and other pit makers from Texas have great work, but the more I think about it thats a long way to Ohio so the road trip or shipping would be expensive. Ive got family in Georgia so that wouldnt be a bad trip.
Im not really stuck on the Brand game. I just want a good efficient stick burner on a trailer that is also versitle with room for other options as well. I have plenty of time to figure it all out. Im a year or so out from being able to make anything happen. I just like to do lots of research to make sure im getting the best option for my needs and budget.