View Full Version : going to look at a "new" used smoker

phil c
02-04-2015, 06:09 PM
Going Sat to check out a used Backwoods Competitor. Seller says its an older one and Ive talked to another guy who has cooked on it and says its OK.
I'm new to verticals and unsure what I should be checking out on this model,
any suggestions? anyone got one of these? What do you think of them?
My primary purpose for this will be butts and brisket (long cooks) so I can get some sleep not having to babysit the stickburner all night.

02-04-2015, 07:26 PM
I had an older backwoods compeditor I had for years. The thing was a dream to cook on she cooked even and once set on temps and stabled out she would cook all night long. No spikes in temps and no under temps when set. I absolutely LOVED mine.
If it helps determining price I ended up selling mine for $2300, mine had the SS doors, small 6" casters for concrete and factory cover. Mine was also garage kept and never left out in the weather.

Watch out around the seams where the metal joints meet, the BWS I have seen seem to start to develops rust and bubble up in these areas.

02-05-2015, 10:57 AM
I had one as well and loved it. Im sure you will love it.

I've moved on from water cookers though

02-05-2015, 11:32 AM
FYI, I think people get too worked up with scratches or minor dents.

Big thing to look for on a competitor is if the door is warped. That was a big problem with some.