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Old 09-26-2013, 08:25 PM   #1
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I am finding it very hard to decide on the size smoker I want to upgrade to. It's almost as hard as when I bought the house.

Using a Primo jr now and have had too many double cookings this past summer or worse, only able to have time for one item and use gas grill for other stuff.

I am thinking either a lang 36 hybrid or the lang 48 non hybrid. I have cardboard cut outs of the grates sitting here on the floor and keep bouncing back and forth between them with pro's and con's for both. I am about at the point of flipping a coin.

Any 36 hybrid people that wish they had gone to the 48? Or any 48 people that think they should have gone smaller?

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Old 09-26-2013, 09:16 PM   #2
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I think wishing that you had bought bigger is very common, and wishing that you bought smaller is fairly rare
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I think wishing that you had bought bigger is very common, and wishing that you bought smaller is fairly rare
Very true.... How often do we here these words... "I need more room"

When I was doing research to buy my smoker, I simply thought what the largest cook I could ever imagine myself doing, and then I choose the next size up from that.

It worked out best because the unit is large enough to hang large batches of homemade sausage for smoking.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:56 PM   #4
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It comes down to how much you normally cook. Not having enough space is the most common complaint that comes to mind, but if you normally only cook small meals the extra space that needs to be heated can waste a lot of fuel.

Decisions...decisions.

You could always fall back on the old saying...Go big or go home.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:01 PM   #5
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This was brought up in another thread today...

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Old 09-27-2013, 05:17 AM   #6
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+1 on going bigger. You've said you don't have enough room for your cooks now.
I know I'd be upset if I bought a smaller one and still found myself short on room regularly.
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:30 AM   #7
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Buy what you have enough physical space (and funds) for. You can never have too much cooking space as long as that are accounted for.
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I agree with everyone else on this. The only downside is extra fuel consumption, but I honestly find that to be a non factor since you already have a small cooker.

I had this crossroads when it came to the WSM 18 versus the 22.5
I got myself a Kettle from this uber awesome site, and got the WSM 22.5. If I'm doing a small cook I just make it in my Kettle, and if I'm doing a large cook then I've got ample space in my 22.5, and if I'm doing a reaaaallly big cook I've got both cookers at my disposal.

It's always good to have a small(ish) size cooker in your arsenal, and it's always good to have the biggest mama jama you can fit/afford in your arsenal too.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:03 AM   #9
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Langs are great cookers and I'm sure you would like either but if it was me making the decision I would definitely go with the 48! Looking at the grate sizes, I would be afraid that I would be crowding the food to much on larger cooks on the 36, but I do tend to cook a bunch at one time.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:10 AM   #10
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If your worried about fuel consumption, you might consider an insulated vertical smoker. I can get a 16 - 22 hour burn on a single 8 lb load depending upon the brand of charcoal.

Also it has a much smaller footprint,
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are you keeping your Primo?

If you are fuel comsumption is not an issue since you can always use it for smaller cooks when you dont require the large pit
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Bigger is better.

If you're considering a Lang, be sure to take a peek at the shirleyfabrication.com site first.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:14 AM   #13
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are you keeping your Primo?

If you are fuel comsumption is not an issue since you can always use it for smaller cooks when you dont require the large pit
Yes, will be keeping the Primo for the small items such as Steelhead Trout on a plank. (Unless doing two, which doesn't fit very well right now.) Or for an overflow even.

Fuel consumption and cost were not issues I was too concerned with. I was originally leaning towards the 36 since it has a grill on it, but now am thinking that too could be something the Primo could handle while I had the larger cooker.

Thanks to all. I will probably call on the 48 and see what it costs with the changes I want and go from there. I figure shipping will be roughly the same cost since they both would weigh about the same.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:15 AM   #14
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Don't be surprised if you go with the bigger one....then at some point wish you had gone even bigger...
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