A quick write up on the New Big Block.
I recently had the privilege of becoming a distributor for Landmann and I just received my first order of the New BIG BLOCKS.
Landmann has made several improvement to this line of smokers:
They have gone with a Steel chip pan, but I ordered replacement boxes that are cast irons.
The have installed a new adjustable smoke stack that is a pretty red.
The legs have been replaced with steel tubing rather then folded sheet metal and the control panel mounts in a more solid manner with with screws to the cabinet body and tubing legs.
They added bolts and thumb screws to mount the thermometer. Creates a much tighter seal
The flimsy spring handle has been replaces with two magnetic latches. One at the top and one at the bottom. One unit had some issues with one of the magnetic latches not catching. Landmann with quick to respond and remedy the situation.
Because the handle mechanism was replaced they also replaced the handle with a solid mount pull handle that has a plastic coating.
They replaced the small thinner side handles with beefy handles that are easier to grip.
This new unit also come with 5 grills now as the standard.
Overall I think Landmann hit the nail on the head with the upgrades they made to this unit. I wish they would have kept the cast iron chip box. But overall great job on their upgrades to the GOSM Big Block. The price went up a little but well worth it in my mind. During my seasoning process I was able to maintain temperatures and had great smoke flow in the unit.
Hope this information is helpful