Originally Posted by SC_Dave
I have a $3000.00 budget. I have looked at Meadow Creek, PitMaker, Stumps, Lang and Mixons. I will use it for large family gatherings, some catering less than 25 people. It will need to be mobile but I have a utility trailer that I could load a non-trailer unit.
I like to learn from people that know more than I do so hopefully I can buy once. Lay some knowledge on me!
Check out Lone Star Grillz out of Conroe, TX. They make a quality product and are quite reasonable on pricing. Here is the model that they're making for me as an example, it has a 4000 sq. inch capacity which is more than most trailer pits that I've seen.
They also have trailer pits, insulated smokers and smaller pipe smokers. My smoker will include a widened cabinet and a warmer/oven which will increase the capacity of the standard unit by 2000 sq. inches yielding a total of 6000 sq. inches. With a 2 ft. x 4.5 ft. footprint it will have more capacity than a Lang 84! Along with the above mentioned upgrades, a half inch firebox, gas assist starting and a charcoal basket my build will come to about $3,200! Not bad for all of that cooking space!