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Unread 08-25-2006, 06:53 AM   #1
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A buddy of mine and I are looking for a smoker, I would say in the 300 gallon range, It does not have to be on a trailer. I was wondering if anyone knew of any for sale say in the $1200.00 range or less.
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Never saqw one listed as 300 gallon...check ebay often. Also craigslist. Thillin found me a Klose Backyard Chef for 1200, had to drive form NYC to Kansas city to get it but have been very happy with it. Scott
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Sounds like you're looking for a smoker built from a propane tank, right?
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Unread 08-25-2006, 12:52 PM   #4
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does not have to be from a propane tank, I was just using that as a refernce to the size I am looking for. I would want it that big or bigger.
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Here are a couple of examples of LARGE smokers...I've used the one with two chimneys...odds are someone in your region makes cookers, too.

http://www.partygrills.com/
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How big is that smoker Chad?
I figure a three foot diameter by about 6 feet length would give you something just over 300 gallons-
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The one I used was something like 40" pipe and 8-10 feet long. It has double shelves in each side.
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That is a big smoker. I think that translates [using 10 foot length] to about 650 gallons.
Sounds about right. The big cooker my buddy and I cook big events on started life as a 500 gallon propane tank.
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I think you guys have the size down......now how you gonna fit that into the limited budget?
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A 630 gallon tank at 1200.00 is $1.85 per gallon. Thats cheaper than gas.
Seriously, I have seen some big old ones made from propane tanks around here for under a 1000.00 on a trailer. Don't know where one is right now, but will keep my eye out.
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Forget the tank stuff. You owe it to yourself to have a look at a Spicewine Cooker. See them at www.spicewineironworks.com. I can tell you first hand, that these smokers are make with the very best craftsmenship.


PS: I am not affiliated with Spicewine Ironworks. I own a Spicewine Cooker and cant believe the craftsmenship.
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Forget the tank stuff. You owe it to yourself to have a look at a Spicewine Cooker. See them at www.spicewineironworks.com. I can tell you first hand, that these smokers are make with the very best craftsmenship.


PS: I am not affiliated with Spicewine Ironworks. I own a Spicewine Cooker and cant believe the craftsmenship.
I mean no disrespect to Spice as I really want one of his smokers, but you need to decide what kind of smoker you want. I really wanted a stick burner, and that is why I picked the Lang first, which I really love (the Southern in me !). I will own a large Spicewine shortly to compliment my stick burner, but you need to decide what style you want. $1200 is really limiting your options for that size smoker, so you will have to be really diligent in your search! Like the words of a previous post, you get what you pay for!
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Noah, I was in the same boat. I was just set on burning sticks. The BSKD fit the bill for me. The Lang is a remodeled propane tank, but that's not a bad thing. The thick metal is a fine advantage. Take advantage of what is available for the best dollar value. And yes I too will some day have a spice box. These are all fine cookers. The priority to me is that K took a dump and that makes stick burning all that much more appealing to me. Oak trees grow on every piece of undeveloped land here. Hope this made sense.
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Kevin, I agree with you and Noah. If our brother EZ Smoker had asked advice on the BEST smoker available, I would point him toward Spicewine at once.
However he seems to be looking for a large stick burner, so that is what we were talking about-and low cost. The tank based cookers are the ones that most easily fit that description. The thick metal is a boon both in heat retention and in resisting burn-out and rust. That makes even elderly units a good buy.
My buddy and I have been cooking on our cooker for over 20 years, and it shows no rust or wear. The only thing we have replaced is the fire baskets-the original ones were made out of fairly light expanded metal.
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Maybe something like this http://www.academy.com/index.php?pag...263-40121-0600 at $748 would suffice. It is made from 3/16" steel but other than that it looks ok. or a Lang 48 http://www.pigroast.com/model48p.htm at $1295 is close enough to their budget.
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