Does This Cookshack ( UPDATED I BOUGHT IT!!!) 009 Look Like It's Been Used 3X

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by mavven, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. mavven

    mavven Fire Starter

    Does this look like it has been used 3 times? I'm new to electric smokers, I'm not sure this is how it should look after "3 timed used"
  2. all depends really. looks like its been used a lot more than 30x to be honest...just gunna need one hell of a powerwashin'...and a reseasoning. did u just buy it off someone?
  3. mavven

    mavven Fire Starter

    It's being sold for a good price. I've never owned a electric smoker, so I'm not sure if after 1 smoke a unit should look like this.
  4. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would guess about 300 times.

  5. after 1 smoke? lol. thought it was 3?..either way its been used been more than that.... if youve never owned one, how do you know its a good price? considering that new they're $675.00 , so whats a good price to you?
  6. dls1

    dls1 Smoking Fanatic

    I have an 008 which is the same model but has powder coated sides rather than the SS of the 009. It's seen a lot of heavy use over nearly 10 years and has a door interior that looks similar to the one you're considering. Because of the angle of the picture it's hard to tell much about the interior walls, but it's definitely been used. Also, it doesn't appear that it has the digital controller of the newer model 009. How old is the unit. The manufacturers tag on the back will have a build date.

    All of that said, if the unit works it might be worth considering at the right price, whatever that is. Have the owner fire it up when you're present. Also, not much can go wrong with the unit. The heating element and control knob are about it, and they're around $50 and $20 respectively. With an agreeable price and a little cleaning you could end up with a smoker that will perform better and more reliably than many other electric brands, even when they're new. No mods necessary. My unit is used 3-4 times a month in all sorts of weather with outside temps ranging from 100+ to well below zero and it's never missed a beat in nearly 10 years. No service or repairs ever needed.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2013
  7. mavven

    mavven Fire Starter

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    mavven Fire Starter

  9. mavven

    mavven Fire Starter

    Above are the rest of the [email protected] I'm aware of the price of this unit new, that's why I know the price is very good at $275 dollars. @dls1 Thanks a ton for your input. So basically what you are saying is this unit is not complicated? Meaning only the two problems it may have are the only things that can go wrong with this particular model? I may go check it out in person. One thing that worries me is I emailed the owner and pretty much told him there is no way this unit was used only 3 times, and he swore that's all he used it. I told him I wouldn't mind if it was used more as long as it worked fine and it wasn't damaged.
  10. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    IMHO: For $275 it's a good buy

    Little elbow grease, and you'll have a nice smoker for the $$$

    Check the door seal.....
  11. mavven

    mavven Fire Starter

    Hey Johnson thanks for the response. How do I make sure the seal is ok when I check it out? Is it something I will feel when I close and latch it, should I look for something particular?
  12. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You'll notice smoke leaking around the door seal

    It should be somewhat pliable, and not hard

    No worries, cuz it's a cheap and EZ fix!

    U get the cart too?

  13. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    For $275, I'd take a chance on it.
  14. mavven

    mavven Fire Starter

    Yes Johnson it comes with the cart and this.

  15. dls1

    dls1 Smoking Fanatic

    Mavven - $275 for the smoker, cart, and cover seems very fair. The extended cover alone sell for around $200. Not sure about the price of the cart. The cover is very high quality and will outlive you. If it were me, I'd offer him $225 and see if he bites. Before finalizing the deal, I'd still want to know the build date and see it in action.

    Don't be concerned about the seal. They don't have a seal or gasket, it's metal to metal. The door requires a little effort to close and latch, which is very tight. New units leak a tiny amount of smoke from around the door, but that's normal and not a problem at all. As you continue to use the unit the door leakage reduces then disappears completely.

    To answer your question, it's extremely uncomplicated. Probably the simplest cooking tool I've ever used. Open door, put 2 oz.-4 oz. chunks of wood in the holder, put meat on racks, close and latch door, plug it in, set temperature, and go do something else until it's done. Kind of boring, but it works every time.

    BTW, not to brag, but I stumbled across a never used 3 year old 009 that I bought for a second home I have in Florida. The sellers wanted $100, but took the $75 I offered. I was driving a sports car and couldn't carry it so they even delivered it to my house about 3 miles away. It was little used and I sold it 3 months ago for $300. Some times you get lucky.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2013
  16. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    maven, in short, buy it even if it doesn't work.  If service is needed, Cookshack has wonderful customer service.  You will spend more than that for the cart and cover alone.  As for the door seal, neither of mine have one.

  17. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'd say $275 is a good buy...those Cookshacks are real nice rigs.  But it looks like it's been used a lot more than 3 times.  Good advice given by all...I'd go for it and fix it up a little, you'll have a lot less in it than a new one.

  18. mavven

    mavven Fire Starter

    What would compare in size to this model cookshack, the smokin it #1 or #2?
  19. arnie

    arnie Smoking Fanatic

    From what I can see of the grates I’d say it hasn't had much use. By the amount of discoloration on the door and the insides I'd bet the owner was using too much wood and/or the wood he was using was green or wet. If all he wants is $275 for it I'd say jump on it and don't look back. I sold my 10 year old Smokette, stand and cover for what I paid for it new. I didn't want to sell it when I sold it and I wish I still had it. It is 15 years old now and I borrowed it last year and it still works like a champ. I just purchased my 3rd Cookshack smoker (each one bigger than the last one)this year and I can tell you they are worth every penny they cost.Whatever you do don't pressure wash it as was suggested earlier. All I do with mine is wipe them out with a paper towel while they're still warm and change the aluminum foil on the bottom and on the dog house after every smoke. Make sure you wipe off the temp probe from time to time and when you load it make sure nothing touches the temp probe. Pick yourself up a disposable mortar tub to soak the grates in and they'll clean up right nice for youAlso please note there is no door seal on this smoker the seal is metal to metal. It will leak a little when you first start using it, but it will self seal as it ages.This smoker will smoke in a blinding blizzard at -20 without a problemGood luck, you're gonna like the way you smoke
  20. shtrdave

    shtrdave Smoking Fanatic

    If you don't buy it leave me give me some info I may buy it if it could be shipped to me in PA I have had a black one for about 12 years and love the thing, no seal to worry about. If you do buy it load it up and take down to the local do it yourself car wash and give it a good hosing inside. When I moved I had no place to set mine up for a little over a year and it had some growth inside plus the mice liked the left over stuff that was on the foil from the last cook. They only go maybe 80 pounds, tossed in the back of the van and up the street to the car wash 3 bucks later loading back up and used it that night.

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