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Old Yesterday, 03:45 PM   #1
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Hey Brothers I wanted to get your opinion on this... I’m beginning to save up on getting a nice offset stick burner. I’ve been looking at JH smokers around the L.A area. Looking at the prices ( which are very fair) its going to be quite some time before I get to place my order (Probably 2 years). Here’s the thing, Lowes has the Highland on sale atm for $270. I know they are COS cookers but I figure with a couple mods it would hold me over for the next few years while I save up for a real offset. My wife thinks I should just continue to save and save, but the itch is hard to bare... What are your guys opinions?
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Old Yesterday, 03:52 PM   #2
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A lot of good Que comes off the Oklahoma Joe's, sounds like a good plan.
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Old Yesterday, 04:02 PM   #3
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Don't go overboard with mods, unless there's extreme issues it will run fine stock and you'll just get annoyed trying to make it perfect.


Throw it together and season it and do a few cheap cooks before you bother investing into mods just because people on the internet say you need to.
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Old Yesterday, 04:06 PM   #4
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I have the very unit you are speaking about. It is very serviceable and at a great price.

I bought it because i had moved into a new house and hadnt built the outdoor kitchen yet so i wanted something that i could grill with and smoke occassionally. I now have a gasser that I use for the grilling so the OK Joe has been rendered to smoker only.

Think of it like training wheels on a bike, you got to start somewhere and learn a little bit first.

I have done ribs, turkey, pork butt, and brisket. I am still learning and will one day get a "nice" smoker, but i have other priorities first.
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Old Yesterday, 04:16 PM   #5
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The only mods I was thinking about is getting a high temp gasket for leaks and maybe have my neighbor cut me some pieces of metal for tuning plates. Other then that I don’t think it needs much. I think by using this smoker it will make me appreciate the other one that much more...
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Old Yesterday, 05:03 PM   #6
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I have one and used it for about 2 years before I ordered my new LSG. The OK Joe works good and I have made sum great food. The metal is a little thin but if your in cali like me your fine. I used mine with mostly charcoal and wood chunks not strait wood burner because I was afraid the fire box would burn out. Your plan is about the same as mine was. I got my OK Joe to see if I would like smoking and found I enjoyed it and wanted to move to a high end stickburner so I ordered the LSG. The OK Joe will help in learning for when you do step up. As for the mods all I did was the high temp silicone and the fire tape. I say go buy it you will enjoy it!!!!
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Old Yesterday, 05:03 PM   #7
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I found a used OK Joe to learn on before I found a used Shirley. It worked out great for me. I absolutely say go for it. Also, I agree with using it a few times to see which if any mods you want to do.
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Old Yesterday, 05:22 PM   #8
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Other options: Brazos or Pecos - bit more money but thicker steel

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Old Yesterday, 06:33 PM   #9
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Scott, which Highland are you looking at? The standard one, or the reverse flow version?
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Old Yesterday, 06:44 PM   #10
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Even if you never master the art of the 12 hour brisket you can cook chickens turkeys pig parts and most of all fattys in reasonable time frames. You can also grill reverse grill bake and have a ton of fun. Many years of fun under 3 Benjs. Hell Yea. Buy the Bride something nice and go get your cooker.
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Old Yesterday, 07:00 PM   #11
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while serviceable I'd go a bit bigger if you can. a budget of $500 will get you there. who knows, you may decide its enough smoker and you can save the money for a future cooker.

I only say this because I got the longhorn (the larger ok joe) and it has been good to me. I bought it used for $250 as my starter offset. I have used it for years and would only upgrade for what I consider my dream smoker.
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Old Yesterday, 07:04 PM   #12
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I say go for it. I had one and learned a lot about how things work in a smoker. It leaked a bit but I didn't change anything. Because I live in a cold climate, it went through a lot of fuel - I was using charcoal and wood. Mine had a worthless temp gauge, so you might want to invest in a thermometer with probes. After I bought an insulated smoker I sold the Ok Joe for about 2/3rds of what I got it for.
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Old Yesterday, 07:34 PM   #13
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GO FOR IT!!!
Most people started off with a PITA - COS and still fell in love with smoking. So, go for it.
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Old Yesterday, 07:49 PM   #14
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The only caveat I would offer is it is not a stick burner, and I get the impression that is what you want. Do you have a good charcoal grill you can smoke with now? A Weber Kettle or a PK? My point is you can smoke some damn good food with either and then when you get your dream stick burner you still have a great charcoal grill. With the Highland you have only a smoker you may want to get rid of. You will learn just as much about smoking meat too.
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Old Yesterday, 08:12 PM   #15
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Do it. I had a COS for 10 years. Didn’t even realize there were mods to make or that the better pits were even available for the first 3 or 4 years. Loved it, learned a ton, and fed a whole bunch of really good food to a whole bunch of people. It will make your wait easier, and you’ll appreciate your new pit even more when you get it.
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