My new Horizon

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by rickw, May 2, 2009.

  1. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I received my new Horizon smoker just yesterday afternoon. After it was unloaded from the truck my neighbor and I had to wrestle it off the two pallets it was loaded on. The one wheel and one leg had busted through and I had to completely take the pallets apart to get it free. Once freed from the pallets we rolled it up hill on my gravel driveway, that was a chore. I finally got it in place, got the therms installed put a charcoal basket in and went to seasoning it. I used a bag of RO lump with some hickory and oak.

    One thing is for sure. The build quality between this and the RO unit I was looking at is like night and day. This thing is built like a darn tank, heavy is an understatement. Anyone that hasn't checked out a real "heavy duty" smoker really should at least take a look at one.

    I am very glad I went this route instead of buying from one of the big box stores.

    Ok, here are some pics.










    Here's the rod to the adjustable convection plate.







    Here are the two therms after a couple of hours into the seasoning. There was very little difference in temps from one side to the other.

    This is the one furthest away from the firebox.



    Here's the one on the firebox side.




    I'm going to do a test burn tommorrw and a cook on Sunday.
     
  2. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    Congrats! Glad you finally got it.
     
  3. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow...that looks great Rick! Congratulations!
     
  4. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks guys.

    I forgot a pic, here's the top grate from the firebox.
     
  5. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice lookin rig yall got there!
     
  6. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You'll like it alot, i got it's older sister.
     
  7. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Does that baffle slide or pivot or something?
     
  8. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Slides, the handle on the slide pull out/push in
     
  9. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks great congrats
     
  10. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats Rick.
     
  11. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Hmmm interesting concept!
     
  12. cajunsmoke13

    cajunsmoke13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice smoker Rick.
     
  13. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Mine has the plate, not the handle attached to it, it would be handy at times, i just use a fire poker and go thru the fire box with mine if i think it needs moved. Mine will probly get this mod along with the top great and 2nd thermo.Just gotta find time, been saying for 2 years i was gonna do it.
     
  14. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great, Rick.

    Can't wait to see it in action.

    Dave
     
  15. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks everyone. I hope to have it running with some product in it tomorrow.

    The plate does indeed slide with the handle in the pic. I had only ordered the drop in plate but the folks at Horizon made a "mistake" and made this one with the handle plus the second therm was installed at no cost to me. I wasn't to awful upset they made these "mistakes" on it.

    The folks I talked to Angie, Mark and Roger at Horizon were all very, very nice folks to deal with. I would recommend them in a heartbeat.
     
  16. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I did a test burn on her today and things went quite well. I used mostly oak started by a chimney of charcoal. It ran pretty steady at around 250 all day. We had a fairly good wind today and she still ran well. Actually I am quite surprised on how easy it is to keep temps up, with clean smoke to boot.

    Another thing I am surprised by is the amount of fuel it needs to keep temps at 250 or so. What I mean is; it takes only a couple of sticks to keep her up to temps.

    We'll see how she runs with a little product cooking. Tomorrow will be the big test, chicken and sausage is on the menu for dinner. I wanted to keep it nice and simple.
     
  17. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Rick glad you had a good day with it and your right its surprising how little wood the heavy steel smokers use to maintain the heat. I look forward to some Qview of the smoke tomorrow
     
  18. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I was able to get the smoker going today with some product in it. I started by putting in a chimney of bricks and let them get good and hot. Once really going I started with the wood, oak and cherry. I was able to keep the temps up around 260 to 270 for the entire smoke, around 4 hours. For the most part it was all tbs. A couple times I just kept open the fire box door to really let the log get to burning real good.

    Here's a pic of the tbs I had.







    As you can see, if ya look real hard, it was a good burning fire. I was very pleased with the quality of smoke coming from this unit.







    Once the temps were up I put in a whole chicken. I wanted to keep it simple, short and easy. We also put on some sausages half way through. I'll post a separate Qview for that. I was really expecting a heavy smoke flavor seeing that was my fuel, didn't happen. As matter of fact it was a lighter taste than what I was getting from the usd.
     
  19. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Beautiful rig rick! I'm glad it is all you wanted. Next on my wish list is a heavy duty offset too. Great TBS too, very nice!
     
  20. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    Great looking TBS, well done! Just add food!
     

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