I've enjoyed smoking in my back yard over the last couple of years and now I'm ready to buy some better equipment.
Right now I have a chargriller pro that I have modified with additional thermometers, a horizon charcoal basket, and a horizon convection plate (for the 20" model).
Its worked okay (made 5 slabs today with a whole smoked salmon) but I'm looking for something that will hold heat better, not leak, and last quite a bit longer. What I really want is a Lang 48 Patio. I don't mind paying 1000-1500 for a smoker but what gets me is that it'll cost 500$ to have it shipped to California. No one out here makes these things and I'd be willing to drive out far as Arizona to pick one up because I travel there enough for business to make it a weekend trip.
I was looking at home depots website the other day and noticed they started selling the Oklahoma Joe for 499$. I went to my local store and sure enough it was there. It looks quite a bit more durable than my COS POS but it still doesn't look like it has the build quality of a Lang or a Horizon. But at 500$ it seems like a good deal because the metal seems to be at least 3/16" thick and the welding looks okay.
My budget is about 1000$ including shipping or pickup. For 1500 I'm willing to fork out for a Lang but no pay shipping.
Has anyone had a good amount of time with a Oky Joe? For someone who smokes every other or third weekend would the home depot special suffice?
Any advice would be appreciated.