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Cub
12-21-2017, 11:17 PM
I have a 1000 dollar budget for an offset smoker. Any opinions on which brand i should go with?

SmittyJonz
12-21-2017, 11:19 PM
Old Country Brazos. 1/4”. $999

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/old-country-bbq-pits-all-american-brazos-smoker#repChildCatid=650566

ssv3
12-21-2017, 11:20 PM
Old Country Brazos. 1/4. $999


+1 oc brazos

SmittyJonz
12-21-2017, 11:21 PM
Even tho it’s only 14 gauge I’d prefer the Old Country Smokehouse at $699.......

https://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=220797
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SmoothBoarBBQ
12-22-2017, 08:14 AM
I would also agree with the Old Country Brazos if you've got an Academy Sports in your general area. I had a look at them a little while back and they are pretty good quality and especially so for the price.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zTuW_gKfYE

Beentown
12-22-2017, 08:16 AM
Used Lang 36 deluxe.

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Sid Post
12-22-2017, 08:41 AM
I have a 1000 dollar budget for an offset smoker. Any opinions on which brand i should go with?

Craig Bell, Bell Fabrications
http://www.bellfab.com/index.html

https://i.imgur.com/Y2j7WNw.jpg?1

He is outside of Tulsa, OK so it would be a bit of a drive for you. However, if you know what you want he will build you a good offset for the same or less money than the options mentioned above. You will get a smoker built out of thicker heavier steel which considering where you live would be an important consideration for me.

Last year, I priced out a 24"x48" offset with 3/8ths in the $~600 range. Depending on steel prices today and what options and extras you want, you are at the same price as a Chinese paper-thin unit from a 'big box' store for something made in "America" out of heavier steel.

el luchador
12-22-2017, 09:09 AM
I have a 1000 dollar budget for an offset smoker. Any opinions on which brand i should go with?


what are you currently cooking on? because going straight to an offset can be a daunting task if you don't have experience on something else.


Craig Bell, Bell Fabrications
http://www.bellfab.com/index.html

https://i.imgur.com/Y2j7WNw.jpg?1

He is outside of Tulsa, OK so it would be a bit of a drive for you. However, if you know what you want he will build you a good offset for the same or less money than the options mentioned above. You will get a smoker built out of thicker heavier steel which considering where you live would be an important consideration for me.

Last year, I priced out a 24"x48" offset with 3/8ths in the $~600 range. Depending on steel prices today and what options and extras you want, you are at the same price as a Chinese paper-thin unit from a 'big box' store for something made in "America" out of heavier steel.


wow. those prices are actually TOO good. I hope they last.

SmoothBoarBBQ
12-22-2017, 09:11 AM
Craig Bell, Bell Fabrications
http://www.bellfab.com/index.html

https://i.imgur.com/Y2j7WNw.jpg?1

He is outside of Tulsa, OK so it would be a bit of a drive for you. However, if you know what you want he will build you a good offset for the same or less money than the options mentioned above. You will get a smoker built out of thicker heavier steel which considering where you live would be an important consideration for me.

Last year, I priced out a 24"x48" offset with 3/8ths in the $~600 range. Depending on steel prices today and what options and extras you want, you are at the same price as a Chinese paper-thin unit from a 'big box' store for something made in "America" out of heavier steel.

Wait... a 24"x48" offset smoker, out of 3/8" steel for ~$600 US dollars? Not sure if I believe this to be honest. That's EASILY $1000 less than any competitor for a similar product made of 1/4" steel.

https://langbbqsmokers.com/lang48/lang48_patio.html
http://www.lonestargrillz.com/24--x48---Offset-Pipe-Smoker.html
http://www.johnsonsmokers.com/rolling-patio-smoker/
http://www.gatorpit.net/2448-smoker.html
http://pittsandspitts.com/smokers/ (24 x 48 = $2900)
https://www.bigpoppasmokers.com/meadow-creek-ts120p

ferdelious
12-22-2017, 09:49 AM
Old Country Brazos, but I'm biased. It was the only all 1/4" steel smoker with 20" diameter that I could find for under $1,000 with cheap shipping. And it makes some great Q.

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Joe Black
12-22-2017, 10:43 AM
My Bell Fab (see avatar) has been a really good smoker for me. It beats up very well and holds heat very well. Craig Bell is a great guy to work with. Each build is a one off cooker to your specific needs and wants.

Call Craig or email and work our your details. bellfab@sbcglobal.net

Sid Post
12-22-2017, 11:03 AM
Wait... a 24"x48" offset smoker, out of 3/8" steel for ~$600 US dollars? Not sure if I believe this to be honest. That's EASILY $1000 less than any competitor for a similar product made of 1/4" steel.


He doesn't have the overhead of 'bribing' television networks and others to promote his products. He also builds on what's left over from the oil field projects in many cases. 1/4" pipe ends are easier to find than 3/8ths so, what's available varies over time along with prices. He also doesn't have the high overhead of a big staff (he answers his own phone calls) and expensive mills, cutters, etc.

If you look at his work, it isn't as 'pretty' as a lot of other options but, he also doesn't spend a lot of $$ in labor in grinders, sandblasting, etc. So, his smokers aren't the prettiest you will find and lack nice castors and wheels, however, there is no 'free ride' either so, the low price has to come out of construction somewhere.

Do you want something to smoke with that makes awesome BBQ or, something to photograph and brag about?
:smile:

Raider18
12-22-2017, 12:00 PM
I would contact Big Hat out of Ft Worth. They are always looking to make deals and they are build like tanks.

Cub
12-22-2017, 01:03 PM
Cooking on a blazin pellet grill.

el luchador
12-22-2017, 01:41 PM
can you smoke with that unit too?

el luchador
12-22-2017, 01:44 PM
Ive been practicing with mesquite lump and mesquite wood.

Mesquite lump is awesome. no imparted flavor to speak of.

Mesquite wood on the other hand - wow. you've got to get it just right or else there will be some bitter flavor. It produces a lot more heavy smoke than other woods and in my opinion that smoke will impart a bitter taste. so mesquite wood has to either be in flames, or burned to embers to be a good cooking wood.

Joe Black
12-22-2017, 03:37 PM
He doesn't have the overhead of 'bribing' television networks and others to promote his products. He also builds on what's left over from the oil field projects in many cases. 1/4" pipe ends are easier to find than 3/8ths so, what's available varies over time along with prices. He also doesn't have the high overhead of a big staff (he answers his own phone calls) and expensive mills, cutters, etc.

If you look at his work, it isn't as 'pretty' as a lot of other options but, he also doesn't spend a lot of $$ in labor in grinders, sandblasting, etc. So, his smokers aren't the prettiest you will find and lack nice castors and wheels, however, there is no 'free ride' either so, the low price has to come out of construction somewhere.

Do you want something to smoke with that makes awesome BBQ or, something to photograph and brag about?

:smile:

Pretty doesn't turn out good BBQ. The cook does. As far as labor and material are concerned. I had worked out a cooker with Craig. It was to be 24" x 42" and all 1/4" material. After he began to acquire all of the material, he called me to ask, If I could use a 5/16" fire box and a 24" x 48" cook chamber at the same price. Guess what my answer was?

That's a great cooker size and for South Carolina, I couldn't want a better fire box. I added a number of special items and features to my cooker and the price was still under $800.00. I was very satisfied and I still am.

AKMIMNAK
12-22-2017, 05:33 PM
I had this exact same question four months ago and spent many hours on this forum and youtube doing research. I ended up finding a steal on Craigslist of a $1849 smoker for $700, but if I had not found that I would have waited another two months or so until Costco begins stocking smokers and hoped that they brought back the Bayou Classic again this year. I found out about it too late last year, but it looked like an awesome deal at $699, and in some states, as low as $499.

http://www.bayouclassicstore.com/Charcoal%20Grills/500-736.html

Awesome review here by BabyBackManiac is what sold me on it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU5ZUk7g8cY

Even if I had to drive 300 miles to a Costco that stocked it, I would have considered doing so.

Sid Post
12-23-2017, 12:17 AM
... I had worked out a cooker with Craig. It was to be 24" x 42" and all 1/4" material. After he began to acquire all of the material, he called me to ask, If I could use a 5/16" fire box and a 24" x 48" cook chamber at the same price. Guess what my answer was? ...

Exactly! Instead of buying expensive virgin steel at a metal distributor, he does what most rural people do and looks for what's available in the 'scrap' pile.

A little heavier than required? Ok, it costs basically the same. Six inches too long, do I need to pay to have it cut or, is a slightly longer cook chamber Ok?

The Oklahoma oil field provides some opportunities for metal fabricators to get some good deals in 'iron' that you won't find in other geographies. I would expect something similar in an area around a shipyard too.

Why was my cattle fence built out of old oilfield pipe? Guess (hint, new weather and bug resistant lumber is expensive)! :-P