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doubt3 10-07-2015 09:54 AM

New $500 Budget Starter Offset
 
I have enjoyed cooking on my kamado but wanted to try an offset smoker. I wanted to stay around $500 and hopefully have it last 4-5 years at which point my youngest will be out of college and then I would be willing to spend several thousand (if I enjoy this type of smoker). From reading several threads, I knew I wanted to make some mods from the start so I decided on the smaller (18") Oklahoma Joe Highland. I found it at Lowes for 10% off a couple of weeks ago, so I paid $293 with tax. I ordered a baffle plate for $90 and a coal basket for $74. The nomex tape (1/2 " and 1"), aluminum vent, aluminum tape, and RTV cost $53. My total was $510 until I remembered I needed a cover which I found for $36. Grand total: $546. The wife was happy I was within 10% over budget.

http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/t...pspbjf1cvj.jpg

MAB52 10-07-2015 10:01 AM

Congratulations, that is a nice looking offset.

WhitesideJC 10-07-2015 10:06 AM

Congrats! Looking forward to hearing how it pans out for you - I'm itching to find an offset myself...

doubt3 10-07-2015 10:09 AM

Mod pics:

1" nomex tape between fire box halves:
http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/t...psrudzoul0.jpg

1" nomex tape between fire box and smoke chamber:
http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/t...pssgfcm2ej.jpg

Nomex sealing all of the bolt holes:
http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/t...psqd1goajp.jpg

http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/t...psoke9wss8.jpg

Aluminum tape on the smokestack for a snugger fit:
http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/t...pshtr14z9r.jpg

http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/t...psfv77lwsb.jpg

Vent to lower smokestack intake sealed with RTV:
http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/t...pswhl9ixly.jpg

1/2" nomex tape on smoke chamber lid as well as fire box lid:
http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/t...psjsur1we9.jpg

Baffle plate installed:
http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/t...psknfsptyp.jpg

Coal box doesn't arrive until tomorrow.

ButtBurner 10-07-2015 10:14 AM

looks good

On my OK longhorn, I found that it drafted better without the vent ducting.

Stale air builds up in the upper part of the chamber and has no place to exit

longhair75 10-07-2015 10:32 AM

I bought a OK Joe Longhorn a few weeks ago and also modded it a bit. It has been great.

MAB52 10-07-2015 10:37 AM

:pop2:

Woody Butthrie 10-07-2015 10:40 AM

Good looking smoker. Can't wait to see pics from the first cook.

doubt3 10-07-2015 10:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Woody Butthrie (Post 3373767)
Good looking smoker. Can't wait to see pics from the first cook.

Depending on weather, first cook should be this Sunday.

Bludawg 10-07-2015 10:47 AM

JM2C Loose the stack extension & the coal basket so the pit can breath or your gonna be fightin & cussin it. Burn all wood. Good luck.

Grimm5577 10-07-2015 10:48 AM

those plates are nice, wonder if they would fit a Brinkmann trail master... I use cookie sheets now.

doubt3 10-07-2015 10:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Grimm5577 (Post 3373774)
those plates are nice, wonder if they would fit a Brinkmann trail master... I use cookie sheets now.

They have several plates available for specific smokers and I recall seeing Brinkmann listed. Came from bbqsmokermods.com.

ButtBurner 10-07-2015 10:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bludawg (Post 3373772)
JM2C Loose the stack extension & the coal basket so the pit can breath or your gonna be fightin & cussin it. Burn all wood. Good luck.


agreed

I made a coal basket but ended up using it on another pit as it did not work well on my OK Joe

16Adams 10-07-2015 10:58 AM

I recently sold my offset. Patio no longer screams Texas Q. Sad- but it went to a better place

SmittyJonz 10-07-2015 11:26 AM

I'd of saved the $74 and whatever the exhaust ext cost.............


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