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Unread 03-20-2013, 01:05 PM   #1
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I found what would appear to be a great deal on a rotisserie smoker. It's the base model, backyard version from Heartland (the 2430). I currently use a Horizon offset smoker – also their base model.

The Heartland model has a larger cooking capacity and four rotating shelves. I like that. I also like the idea of the rotisserie to avoid hotspots, which my Horizon has always suffered from.

The uncertainty comes in three major areas:

(1) I don't know how significantly different/better a rotisserie smoker is (it seems to be a better idea). And I don't know if this one is good due to the placement of the firebox to the food chamber. (it looks like it could produce a significant hot spot, but the rotaries feature should alleviate that.)

(2) The Horizon smoker is all 1/4 inch steel throughout whereas the heartland model is 3/16 inch steel in the food chamber and the firebox is 1/8". (I can cook in either chamber of my Horizon.)

(3) I don't know Heartland and can't find our too much about them (reviews, reliability, etc).

Any help is appreciated.

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Unread 03-20-2013, 01:30 PM   #2
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Do you have a picture or link?
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http://www.heartlandcookers.com/Leg_...del_Cooker.php
The heartland 2430 is only 1/8" steel.
Just another idea or rmake one.

And you can get a Convection Plate
The 16" drop-in Convection Plate fits all 16" Horizon smokers. It is made from 1/4" thick plate steel and eliminates "Hot Spots" during the slow smoking process.
PRICE: $45.00


http://spitjack.com/product/HORIZON-...FetFMgod3BoARw

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http://www.heartlandcookers.com/site...ooker.php#2756

After looking at the picture, the set up for the firebox is just like a Good One. They have the firebox that runs across the whole cooking chamber. Yes, there will be a hot spot along the back, but with the rotisserie, you won't have to worry about it. As for cooking in the winter, if you have problems, you can put a welding blanket over it to keep the heat in.
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And you can get a Convection Plate
The 16" drop-in Convection Plate fits all 16" Horizon smokers. It is made from 1/4" thick plate steel and eliminates "Hot Spots" during the slow smoking process.
PRICE: $45.00


I have the convection plate, but there is still a significant temp difference between ends of the cooking chamber.
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At the cost I'm looking at, I could easily sell my Horizon and make it a zero sum gain. Does anyone see this as a significant improvement over the Horizon? I do get great ribs, brisket, and pulled pork from my Horizon, but I do ribs at one end and pork/brisket at the other.
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Horizon has raised the price of the 16" convection plate to $60.
http://www.horizonbbqsmokersstore.co...sh--For/Detail
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At the cost I'm looking at, I could easily sell my Horizon and make it a zero sum gain. Does anyone see this as a significant improvement over the Horizon? I do get great ribs, brisket, and pulled pork from my Horizon, but I do ribs at one end and pork/brisket at the other.
I think it would be an improvement. You would not have to move anything during a cook and I believe you can get a longer burn time on fuel with the firebox on the Heartland. If you do get the Heartland, I can help you with fire management, as the firebox is just like a Good One.

There is one draw back I just came to mind. You will not be able to use a thermometer in your meat, the wire will get tangled.
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Isn't Woodpellet working on a wifi thermo?
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There is one draw back I just came to mind. You will not be able to use a thermometer in your meat, the wire will get tangled.
This is what I use with the rotisseries. Maverick ET-75. Works very well.

http://www.maverickhousewares.com/et75.htm


EDIT: Nevermind... I wasn't familiar with the cooker y'all are referring to. I'll shuddup now.
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Isn't Woodpellet working on a wifi thermo?
Will it work on a rotisserie with trays?
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If it were mine I would want something with wider than 8" shelves

just seems to small to me
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