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Old 10-07-2015, 09:54 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 10-07-2015, 10:01 AM   #2
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Congratulations, that is a nice looking offset.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:06 AM   #3
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Congrats! Looking forward to hearing how it pans out for you - I'm itching to find an offset myself...
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:09 AM   #4
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Mod pics:

1" nomex tape between fire box halves:


1" nomex tape between fire box and smoke chamber:


Nomex sealing all of the bolt holes:




Aluminum tape on the smokestack for a snugger fit:




Vent to lower smokestack intake sealed with RTV:


1/2" nomex tape on smoke chamber lid as well as fire box lid:


Baffle plate installed:


Coal box doesn't arrive until tomorrow.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:14 AM   #5
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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
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I bought a OK Joe Longhorn a few weeks ago and also modded it a bit. It has been great.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:40 AM   #8
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Good looking smoker. Can't wait to see pics from the first cook.
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Good looking smoker. Can't wait to see pics from the first cook.
Depending on weather, first cook should be this Sunday.
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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.
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those plates are nice, wonder if they would fit a Brinkmann trail master... I use cookie sheets now.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:54 AM   #12
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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.
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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
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I recently sold my offset. Patio no longer screams Texas Q. Sad- but it went to a better place
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I'd of saved the $74 and whatever the exhaust ext cost.............
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