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Unread 09-25-2013, 03:04 PM   #1
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I have been wanting a stick burner for a while, but I don't want to spend a lot of money. I have heard that the older OK Joes were quality built but the newer ones not so much. I found a CL ad for one but can't tell if it is a newer or older one. I would assume it is an older one because it does look clean.

These are the pictures from CL. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It is listed for $200. Is it worth it?



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For $200 I'd be all over that...
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That appears to be a good value.
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It's missing the ash pan below the firebox (you can see the rails) and the stainless front shelf came with the ash pan models too. If it doesn't have some kind of a mod there will be a big gaping hole. Have him send you pics of the inside floor of the firebox first. It also looks very repainted, check for signs of rust.

Otherwise, it's a decent pit to stickburn on, but by no means great. It has it flaws for sure. It was what I learned to cook on, so if you can learn to cook good food on that, you can cook good food on anything.
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looks like a newer one to me

is the firebox welded on? If it is then its an older one

I have a new one bought in Jan from Lowes, I love it

no issues at all with it

it does look like the ash pan is missing, it might be plugged up. the old ones did not have that. Mine doesnt either thank goodness
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Newer ones are still WAY better than the Chargrill/broiler cheapo's!!!!

I'd get it. Run $400-$500 new still.
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Thanks for the info. I really don't need another cooker but I want to learn how to stickburn. I will keep an eye out on the add for another week or so if I decide i want to pull the trigger, I'll try to haggle with him.
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He'll yes. There is no doubt in my mind that you will get 200$ of entertainment out of that cooker. Even if it leaks like a sieve think Moinks, turds, side dish warmer plus the all around coolness factor of an offset chiminea with a purpose.

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Thanks for the info. I really don't need another cooker but I want to learn how to stickburn. I will keep an eye out on the add for another week or so if I decide i want to pull the trigger, I'll try to haggle with him.
I'm just making you aware of what looks off with that picture. It is a bolted firebox, but IMO still better than the newer ones you see in stores now. It is a good cooker to learn to stickburn on without a major investment, I enjoyed mine. What I'm saying is don't be surprised if you get frustrated with it or outgrow it in a year or two. You will learn why Yoder's, Lang's, Jambo's, Horizon's etc. are worth what they are.

Shoot for $125 if you can get him down there. His wife may be on his rear to sell it.
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Thanks for the info. I really don't need another cooker but I want to learn how to stickburn. I will keep an eye out on the add for another week or so if I decide i want to pull the trigger, I'll try to haggle with him.
if that was in my area it would not last 2 days
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Hard to tell exact condition from the pics of course. As nucornhusker mentioned, it looks like fresh paint. The rust on the door handle...
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looks like a good value to me... don't wait 2 days.. haggle today.. lol
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Hard to tell exact condition from the pics of course. As nucornhusker mentioned, it looks like fresh paint. The rust on the door handle...
Good point. I'll ask for pictures of inside the firebox and inside of the cooker.
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Good point. I'll ask for pictures of inside the firebox and inside of the cooker.
post up some pics if he sends them

my bet is its rough inside but still might be workable
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I picked up a New Braunfels Black Diamond recently for pretty much the same reasons. When I went to look at it, I took a small wrench with so I could rap against the metal in spots where I thought it might be rusted out. The bottom of the firebox and smoke chamber sounded pretty solid so I went ahead and paid the $40 for it and took it home.

I think the OK Joes are heavier metal - the NBBD is about 1/8" thick - so don't feel bad if you pay more. Mine was ready for a refurb too
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