I really couldn't find a review of the Lang 36 Patio before making a decision to order one so I hope this helps anyone considering the baby Lang.
Like all Langs the 36 patio is reverse flow. Specifics such a rack size and dimensions are available on the Lang Website. But it is one of the smallest and most affordable reverse flow smokers I could find.
I ordered this smoker constructed of 1/4 inch steel instead of the stainless steel offered on the Lang website. Mods such as sliding racks are available.
Be aware that R&L Carriers delivered this smoker to a residential address in one of the largest 18 wheelers I have ever seen. Delivery was to the driveway close to the street on a skid. Estimated weight of the total package is 650 lbs. Be prepared to break down the packaging and move the smoker to a safe place when delivered
As packaged on the skid
This smoker is very heavy on the firebox end. When I rolled it of the pallet the smoker got away from me and I bent the spring handle on the firebox. Nothing that couldn't be bent back in but those type of things make it your smoker.
I followed the instructions on the website to cure the smoker. Sprayed the interior of the cook chamber with a can of cooking spray and built a hot fire. It took a while to get the fire started but once it got going I didn't have anymore trouble with it. Got the temps up over 300 and let it burn for about 45 minutes. Got rid of the the heavy smoke and some unusual smells.
The next step was to spray the cook chamber with a fine mist from the hose. It goes to say be very careful with this step, I had may face steam cleaned! Break in instructions say to do this twice, allowing the smoker to get over 300 and then spraying.
Next step is to check your fuel, close down the dampers and let the smoker smoke cure. I found it fairly easy to keep the temps I wanted by small adjustment to the firebox dampers.
I let the smoker go the rest of the night.
The wife asked for ribs tonight so I am on the way to Sam's. I'll post a couple of pics with the smoker loaded to give some perspective on the smoker's size