Pitmaster Help - Compare / Contrast Vertical and Horizontal?

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by joe bryant, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. joe bryant

    joe bryant Newbie

    Hi Folks,

    Thought I'd ask here and get some opinions.

    I've cooked for the last 5 years of so with an offset Oklahoma Joe's. Something similar to this http://www.hawgeyesbbq.com/20rdlg.jpg I like it a lot and it's worked well. Mainly pork shoulder burning hickory.

    But I'm looking to go with a mobile rig that has a much larger capacity. I'd like to be able to feed up to 300 folks or so.

    The question I have is can you folks with experience using both vertical and horizontal smokers offer some insights into how they compare and contrast?

    It seems to me that you can max out the cooking space a bit more with a vertical style. Along the lines of something like this http://www.bbqpits.com/commercial_in...30_upright.htm (I hope the links are ok for illustration. If not I'll remove)

    But I know the horizontal style (like I have now) seems awfully popular. http://www.bbqpits.com/mobile_cookof...0x8_mobile.htm

    And then I know the rigs combining both styles are popular like this http://www.bbqpits.com/mobile_cookof...2x6_w_uprt.htm

    I know there are lots of ways to skin a cat. But I was looking for some feedback from the folks here with experience on the different styles.

    What do you like or dislike about the different styles?

    Thanks for the insights.

  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  3. joe bryant

    joe bryant Newbie

    Thanks Richtee. Much appreciated. Let me dig in there.


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