Originally Posted by MarleyMan
These smokers are nice, and I don't want to be a "buzzkill" but Abe's needs to get it together. I know of 3-4 people personally now who have ordered (including yourself) and have had missing parts (thermometer, casters, gaskets, guru adapters, diverter plates etc...) that were shipped later after delivery of the unit or caused delays in when the units should be completed.
I know he is busy and got big too quick and has had to adapt, but not having stock of basic parts that you use everyday in building your product is ridiculous to me. Like a carpenter not having nails IMHO.
Again, nice smoker and they look well built.
Kevin and I discussed this and he understands our frustration. Like you said "growing pains". I agree that he should have everything on hand but I thought that having my smoker with some extras missing was better than waiting on all the parts to arrive and then ship. For the amount of money I saved that is something I could live with. I am not trying to make excuses for him but he is 23 years old. Other than Tyler from Shirley Fabrication I cannot think of any other person that young that I would trust to build my smoker. (I apologize if you are that age and take offense.)
Abe's Smokers 48" Entertainer, Custom 20x52 vertical, Texas Smokemaster, Brinkmann Mini WSM, Electric, Insulated cabinet "project", 22.5" OTG, Jumbo Joe