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Unread 06-14-2014, 06:59 PM   #1
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Does anybody know about the quality of these smokers? Anybody using them?
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Never heard of them. When in doubt, stick to reputable brands. Smokers require the right engineering to work correctly. Brand X might be cheap, but you may end up with a poorly designed pit that doesnt run right
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Well, I googled them, and the first hit was this thread.
Whitewater BBQ Smokers is located in Harrison, Ohio.
Their website makes it look like they know what they are doing. Prices seem good.
If I was in their neighborhood, I would check them out.
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These guys?

http://www.whitewaterbbqsmokers.com/

It's always best to include a link when asking about a product or smoker. Folks may not know the builder's name but may recognize it from a pictures. In this case it seems like they are a small local shop and may not have much national exposure.
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Does anybody know about the quality of these smokers? Anybody using them?

I can't speak on the quality, but their website states "we use 12 gauge steel". So that means the steel is really thin and when looking at the prices of the 60" model, you can get way better pits for cheaper or around a little more money.

Here are a few to help your search:

http://www.lonestargrillz.com/Vertical-Smokers.html This 24 x 30 smoker is $1,925 and made out of 1/4 steel everywhere and has a small footprint, but its not reverse flow.

http://www.shirleyfabrication.com/smokers/patio-models/ The 24 x 50 patio model with warmer is $1,950 and is made out of at least 1/4 steel everywhere and is a reverse flow.

East Texas Smoker Company

Pits by JJ

Bubba Grills

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All these companies are just off the top of my head, but I would with any of them before I would purchase a 12 gauge 60" smoker for $2,050. If you let us know your budget, anyone on this website would be willing to help you find the best bang for your buck.
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There is nothing wrong with 12guage steel. I personally use it and have built a lot of smoker ang grills with. Some of which are 13 to 14 years old to date and still running strong. It's more about the care you put into keeping one up. A lot of builders are using lighter material than 12 guage and are doing very well selling them. Some of whom are major pit builder in the world of BBQ. Thicker is not always better. I have thirty five years of experience in structural steel and fabrication business.
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JM2C there are better options. Two things stick out on these pits> Thin metal and in the one picture that has the pit running the firebox is leaking you can clearly see TBS leaking around the FB door. I'd move on.
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There is nothing wrong with 12guage steel. I personally use it and have built a lot of smoker ang grills with. Some of which are 13 to 14 years old to date and still running strong. It's more about the care you put into keeping one up. A lot of builders are using lighter material than 12 guage and are doing very well selling them. Some of whom are major pit builder in the world of BBQ. Thicker is not always better. I have thirty five years of experience in structural steel and fabrication business.
smokstaclightning: You are correct about many pit builders using 12 gauge steel, but I see those mainly on insulated pits like Stumps, Pitmaker, Rebel, etc.

My view is that if I'm going to purchase a reverse flow smoker and the prices are the same, I'm going to choose the thicker steel.
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For my dollar 1/4" or nuttin'.
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