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OKLAHOMA JOE'S LONGHORN TRIPLE (3) BURNER

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Pros: Do it all grill, great for biginners

Cons: almost too short hose for propane tank

I'm a charcoal guy who wanted to get into smoking. Even though I cook on charcoal I wanted to have a propane grill for small quick cooks like hot dogs. So when I bought a house that had room for a big grill it didn't make sense to spend money on a propane grill, while still always using my Weber, and then spend more money on a big smoker. Plus that's a lot of equipment in the back yard.

 

This Oklahoma Joe gave me everything I wanted and with great quality too. I can still cook over charcoal, use the propane to cook hot dogs quickly after work, and use the smoker to learn how to smoke.  I highly recommend this to someone who wants a do everything grill. If we're talking about smoking: the smoke chamber is smaller than a normal smoker. It did however hold a brisket flat with no problem.  For someone who is beginning to smoke, and not planning on feeding more than their family and/or friends, the size won't be an issue.  If we're talking about charcoal or propane grilling: there is a very nice cook space on both sides.

 

I definitely recommend this grill.

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Pros: Good material and quality construction

Cons: Smoker not really set up to smoke without major upgrading

I like the unit. The metal is thick enough to withstand heavy use and hold its heat.
The workmanship and the fit of the various doors is good and all parts are made of quality material.
 
The gas grill section will cook up a burger or whatever quickly and with minimum fuss. Care must be taken not the let the gas grill get away from you when cooking, it gets very hot quickly. It caught me by surprise when I was seasoning the gas grill section and very quickly hit 450 degrees with the lid closed.
 
The outside burner looks like it will be handy for sauces and such. The flat pan warmer mounted above the fire box is a nice touch for keeping items warm while you are cooking.
 
The fire box leaks around the clean out door. I took three pieces of 1/8 flat steel and installed  them across the top and both sides of the opening to close up the air leaks around this section. I am going to put a fourth piece of steel across the bottom of the firebox for the clean out door to fit against to shut off that leak. Stick on heat seal will complete this mod.  I will be able to control the amount of air getting to the charcoal in the expanded metal basket I made.
 
The heat coming from the firebox into the cooking area is a blast furnace next to the firebox and much cooler at the far end of the cooking area. I installed two rails in the bottom third of the cooking box for a baffle plate and heat diffuser. The heat diffuser I made was a bust, I over estimated the size of the various holes to evenly spread the heat under the grill. I found out I am not as smart as I thought I was. Humble pie time.
 
I found some 1/2 inch plate material at the local salvage yard, cut it to size, cleaned it up, cooked it in my homemade charcoal basket, for about 4 hours, to get rid of any bad stuff in the pores of the metal  then I installed the clean plates on the rails that I previously installed.


Heat distribution using the plates and spacing them worked much better than the diffuser plate that I had previously made. The mass of the steel from the plates also let the cooking area recover from the lid being opened much quicker than the diffuser plate arrangement. The recovery time for the cooking area was about 2 to 2 1/2 minutes verses 15 minutes with the low mass diffuser plate.


I realize that the factory cannot put in the extras needed to make this a great little smoker without raising the price several hundred dollars, plus I have added about 40 lbs of mass to this unit with the large charcoal basket I made and the 1/2 inch plates I installed. But the rails for the plates could be put in and suggestions from the company about how to improve the performance of their product without adding to the cost too much.Or just make up a plate kit and sell it separately to customers that are going for some quality cooking. Shifting back and forth between charcoal grilling and smoking may be a bit of a hassle.
 
I like the unit,l like the company and I appreciated the service I got when I called to register the unit an request a replacement temp gauge. They were quick and courteous and timely in the delivery of my parts they promised.
 

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Pros: Heavy Duty, can grill on gas or charcoal, and smoke.

Cons: Minor mods needed to better control smoking temps.

I had been looking to get a smoker and was researching a few different models.  My hand was forced when my grill quit working, so I ended up getting this rather quickly as a result.  My rationale was that this thing could do it all when needed.  I'm a beginner smoker and didn't have plans to smoke that often, once a month or less, and not plans to feed an army off of my smoker.  This thing is built solid and weighs around 200 lbs.  I don't know the exact gauge of steel used, but it isn't thin like it's lesson cousin the charbroiler.  

 

Gas Grill:  Heats up extremely quick.  Gets to over 400 F in a minute or so.  I normally cook over low to keep stuff from burning.  Has a decent area for cooking, can probably fit 16-20 burgers on if needed.

 

Main charcoal area/smoking grate:  similar area as the gas side.  Not huge by any means, but I fit 4 slabs of baby backs on it with no problem.  The one drawback, is I had to mod it to get better control of the smoke and heat.  That included running a 3" pipe down from the exhaust stack to the grate.  That ends up taking up some of the grate space, but again i'm not doing a huge amount of meat.  I did get some high temp silicone and gasket to seal up the leaks in the lid and smoke chamber.  I did the mods after my first smoke when it was difficult to control the heat.  100% better after the mods.  I can maintain a 225 F smoke for about 5.5-6 hours with one load of charcoal. 

 

I did fabricate and purchase a basket for the charcoal for easier use and clean up. 

 

The temp gauge on the smoker side is off by about 50 degrees when compare to a calibrated digital remote thermos.

 

I don't resent this purchase at all.  I think this will be a great unit to learn from and progress from there.

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Pros: Heavey duty construction, very sturdy.

Cons: Not too pleased with the allignment of the lids and some of the welds. Smoking area is smaller than I wanted.

This is my first smoker, I am transitioning from Charcoal grills.

My Fiance prefers propane, that is the only reason we got this model instead of the OJ Longhorn.

I have already smoked pork shoulder and 2 racks of ribs, they were excel ant. I did experience some heat issues from side to side.

One feature I did not expect, I can use the side burner to start my charcoal chimney.

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Pros: Grill and Smoker, Price

Cons: Some leaking, small cooking area

Still needed a grill, wanted to get started on smoking.  Picked this up at Lowe's for a good price.  Delivered it, seasoned it, and got right to it.  As with other OK Joe's, there are some issues (as I have read).  You probably want to seal it up a little better around the firebox, drop the stack in the smoking chamber, and add a tuning plate.  The first smoke, I used foil and baking sheets to lightly tune the smoke.  My first pork shoulder came out great (although a little heavy on the rub).  Second one came out perfect.  Did a flat, came out a little overdone (my fault).  Overall, I am very pleased with the purchase. Temperature control seems good, not great, but I am working on it.  A smaller cooking area leads to a few restrictions.

 

The smoking chamber and grill area are the same size.

 

Grilling area works wonderfully well and HEATS UP QUICK.  Unbelievably quick. Grates are high quality, however, the plates that cover the burners will wear out quick.  they are cheap to replace though.


The main issue others have had is with the hose for the gas tank not being long enough.  I thought the same when assembling, but with some minor placement change with the tank there was no problem.  An issue I still have is with the grease collector for the grill area.  You have to go to the back to access the drawer.  Small hassle.  The larger problem is that the assebly that holds the drawer is not removable.  I had to MacGuyver something to clean it out.  I don't have a picture of it yet.

 

Overall, a great buy and a great entry into the world of smoking.

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OKLAHOMA JOE'S LONGHORN TRIPLE (3) BURNER
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Oklahoma Joe's brings a new smoker to the masses. 36,000 BTU grill area, smoking chamber with an offset firebox offers a "toe in the water" approach to smoking. More: Liquid propane gas grill features 3 cookers in 1 with a charcoal grill and an offset smoker box 1,060-sq in total cooking area: 750-sq in primary and 310-sq in warming rack Three main burners and one side burner Huge, heavy, metal wheels

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