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Unread 04-23-2014, 05:42 AM   #136
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ok! I am now the proud owner of the Lone Star Grillz Vertical Insulated Smoker. Try saying that 10 times really fast...

It was delivered today, and holly crap was it fun! (can you sense the sarcasm)

The crate was twice as large as the smoker, and didnt quite fit on the lift gate of the freight truck. I highly recommend this to be a 4 man job (we were 3 including the freight guy) LMAO

Anyone planning on buying one should get the 8" wheels or "you aint moving this sucker" anywhere.

Then came the unwrapping of the gift. I must say, the wrapping is top notch and protected the smoker very well.

Overall, this sucker is built like a tank.

I cant wait to fire it up this weekend if the weather behaves

In any case, this was definitely an experience I will remember
Congrats darkoozy! Your post was very similar to mine. Getting her uncrated and unwrapped was a chore. I dimantled part of the crate, and did it all by myself. I had a couple of neighbors assist when it was time to roll it down and out of the crate.

I am keeping mine in the garage because I don't have a covered patio. My house faces to the east, which means after about 2 PM I will be in the shade. If she was out back, I would be in the sun from 10:00 AM until almost sundown. I'll take the shade!

I hope the weather turns for the better, and you get your chance to fire her up!
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Out of curiosity, what do these things weigh?
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850lb's
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Yeah, after cooking on a horizontal offset for many years the vertical design is way more efficient and the amount of food that I can get on there is SCARY!
Did you use both as stickburners? Any difference in taste/smoke flavor between them? Thanks!
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Dang. You ain't kidding about needing the 8" wheels. That's about what my motorcycle weighs and it's hard enough to push around on real wheels.
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I am keeping mine in the garage because I don't have a covered patio. My house faces to the east, which means after about 2 PM I will be in the shade. If she was out back, I would be in the sun from 10:00 AM until almost sundown. I'll take the shade!
Our North Carolina home is built on the side of a mountain @ 3900 ft. and there's not much level ground here. We're having our contractor lay a level pad fore and aft for the cooker so the water pan will stay level.

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We're also extending the car port to the side of the mountain to have room to cover our "toys".

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Did you use both as stickburners? Any difference in taste/smoke flavor between them? Thanks!
I've always burned nothing but wood in my pits with the exception of a chimney of lit lump for starting my fire and to get a quick coal bed.
The most noticeable thing about the vertical configuration is that it gives a much wider range of temperatures. Because the heat and smoke get to travel up almost immediately after leaving the firebox instead of travelling sideways a great distance first, it's a lot easier to get higher temps and the cooker drafts much better. My old horizontal offset would barely get over 275 on a hot summer day while my LSG vertical can easily hit 350 if I want it to, and with not as large a fire as you would think. Once the 1/2' firebox and the 1/4" steel construction of my pit gets heated up it really requires very little fire to maintain temp. In addition to this the 30" x 24" cabinet with 6 slide outs will hold as much or in most cases more food than many of the larger trailer pits out there while costing a lot less!
If you're looking to purchase a high end offset, I'd HIGHLY recommend the Lone Star Grillz vertical offsets!
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Our North Carolina home is built on the side of a mountain @ 3900 ft. and there's not much level ground here. We're having our contractor lay a level pad fore and aft for the cooker so the water pan will stay level.
Very nice!

Ironically my backyard patio slab slopes downward...making it bothersome for me. I will probably have someone come out in the near future and extend my patio and level it out. I need to find a way to level off my cooker or it will drive me nuts. I also need to buy some wheel chocks to keep this sucker from rolling away
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I've always burned nothing but wood in my pits with the exception of a chimney of lit lump for starting my fire and to get a quick coal bed.
The most noticeable thing about the vertical configuration is that it gives a much wider range of temperatures. Because the heat and smoke get to travel up almost immediately after leaving the firebox instead of travelling sideways a great distance first, it's a lot easier to get higher temps and the cooker drafts much better. My old horizontal offset would barely get over 275 on a hot summer day while my LSG vertical can easily hit 350 if I want it to, and with not as large a fire as you would think. Once the 1/2' firebox and the 1/4" steel construction of my pit gets heated up it really requires very little fire to maintain temp. In addition to this the 30" x 24" cabinet with 6 slide outs will hold as much or in most cases more food than many of the larger trailer pits out there while costing a lot less!
If you're looking to purchase a high end offset, I'd HIGHLY recommend the Lone Star Grillz vertical offsets!
So not much difference in smoke flavor? I can see how the vertical allows for much higher heat vs. a horizontal pit. Thanks oldbill! I've heard nothing but good things about lone star grillz, I'll keep them in mind.
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So not much difference in smoke flavor? I can see how the vertical allows for much higher heat vs. a horizontal pit. Thanks oldbill! I've heard nothing but good things about lone star grillz, I'll keep them in mind.
Sorry I didn't really answer your question about the smoke! It's actually better on the vertical because with a better draft there's less of a chance of getting stagnant smoke hanging out in the smoking chamber and therefore less of a chance of too much smoke or creosote. The quality of my Q went up several notches once I got my vertical offset.
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Using water is it possible to hold temps of 275?
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Dave - She weighs between 775 and 800 lbs.

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Using water is it possible to hold temps of 275?
I'm sure you can, although I have not really done it yet. I cooked ribs once, and my temps did go over 275, but I cannot be sure about how much water was inside.
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Very nice!

Ironically my backyard patio slab slopes downward...making it bothersome for me. I will probably have someone come out in the near future and extend my patio and level it out. I need to find a way to level off my cooker or it will drive me nuts. I also need to buy some wheel chocks to keep this sucker from rolling away
I used slant levelers from Camping World
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to level my Myron Mixon smoker. Roll the smoker up on the leveler and check it with a level, then apply the brake or chock.
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to level my Myron Mixon smoker. Roll the smoker up on the leveler and check it with a level, then apply the brake or chock.
Thanks!

I ended up buying these from amazon. "Andersen-3604 Camper Leveler"

I found the slant levelers and others as well. Figured the ones I bought would be easier for me to handle on my own. Can't wait to fire it up!
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I'm looking to get my smoker up my garage. I have a 1 inch rise from the driveway to the garage. Any ideas. Ive been using the plywood from the crate to get it up there but there has to be something easier. Would like to get the plywood out of my garage. I looked at the leveler ramps and they just are too much.
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