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I can order a Lang for my BDay! *Ordered*

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 

Hey gang, well after much discussion with my wife and a few PM's to Al and Rick about their Lang's my wife agreed to let me order a 36 for my birthday gift. I'm turning 29 this friday, only catch is I have to wait for the credit card she ordered for me (her account) to arrive.


It's going to have to be custom ordered due to door opening restrictions, Ben already said he would not charge me any more and it would not take any longer to make. Just give him the dimensions and he'll make it work. The pit is going to have to be rolled through the house, that's the only possible way of getting it to the backyard. It's an older house on a small lot that has narrow doorways.


She was going to let me order a custom 48 mobile but then I just thought about it and in all practicality (financial mainly) the 36 is plenty for us and perhaps leave some $ for a sausage kit, or at least an order of splits from Fruita Wood.

post #2 of 29

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post #3 of 29

Finally twisted her arm!  Glad to hear it,  now all you have to do is save a couple of extra bucks so you can fill the darn thing.  You will be inviting friends and family over to try your Q, eating ribs when you would normally just grab a burger, mail ordering different woods, looking for the perfect wireless thermometer.  The journey begins.  A good collection of knives, a slicer, vertical stuffer, quality grinder, the list goes on.



post #4 of 29
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys, my buddy just agreed to buy my Bar-B-Chef & BBQ Guru. It will help off set the cost and it will be an equal upgrade for him like the Lang will be for me.

post #5 of 29

Woo! Congrats! Color me jealous...

post #6 of 29

Congrats Raymo!!!



post #7 of 29

Congratulations.gif on your new smoker.

post #8 of 29

Congrats they are great smokers

post #9 of 29

I just looked that up. that is one sweet looking smoker, congratulations!

post #10 of 29
Congrats on the gift.
post #11 of 29

Nice gift. Good wife. Great food to come.

post #12 of 29
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys. I'm thinking about adding slide out top rack. I know I've read it in past posts that people don't see the need for it on the 36 but I'm not sure my personality would get along with the legs of the top rack in some situations.


I just sold some musical equipment and got $100, thinking about either ordering a thermapen (leaning on that) or an ET 732 thermometer, any suggestions on either of the two from anyone?

post #13 of 29

Thermapen is great---Pricey but great. Mine was just under $100.

There are a couple cheaper ones out, but I'm not sure how well they will hold up.


I had to replace a probe on my ET 732 (warranty), but other than that, so far I like it.

If you want one, Todd "TJohnson" sells them on this site (The guy who sells Amazing smokers).


Think about getting a good digital scale too.  The one I have is good, but the best one I've seen for the money is the one "Pops" and a few other guys have.

I'll let them tell you about it.



post #14 of 29

Congrats, you have a great wife and need to keep her.


Happy Smokin'

post #15 of 29
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input Bear. I have a non digital scale, I hardly use it though.


Thanks ptcruiser, been after my wife since 6th grade, got together a few years ago and never looked back.

post #16 of 29



Unless you are deadset on buying an expensive Thermo box stores have the small quick read elcheapo analog thermos something like 2 for 10 bucks.  I check the temp of the meat when I open the smoker to move everything around and mop.  Yes, you have to move the meat around in a Lang because mine at least is not perfectly balanced.  You get pretty good at guessing the temp/doneness of the meat and knowing when its time to check with practice and experience.   Good thermos are a great investment but I made the decision to wait and just use the cheap ones.  You can buy an inexpensive oven thermometer and set it on the grate to confirm the chamber temps,  I have found that the new  thermo included with the Lang is close enough for what I am doing.  I am sure as they get older they won't be as accurate but by then I'll have the cash to buy a better wireless set up.


Oh by the way I have maybe half a dozen of the cheap thermometers, allows me to check each Butt or Briskey separately at the same time


Like I said before   YOU NEED TO BUY MEAT  When you first get the smoker you will be having BBQ  morning, noon and night for a couple of weeks as you play with your new toy!

post #17 of 29
Thread Starter 

Yeah I stocked up on meat not too long ago, now I'm just saving it in the freezer for the Lang. What did I buy?... I went to costco and got a package of spare ribs, BB ribs, 2 butts (boneless), cornish hens, boneless skinless chicken breasts... hmm I think that was it from costco. The next day I went and bought 5 or 6 whole chickens, and a package of thighs from Stater Bro's. I used 2 hens, 3 chickens, and a few of the breasts in other meals. So my freezer is stocked full of meat waiting, a lot more patiently than me! hahaha.


I was figuring the that the thermometer on the Lang was of high quality and wasn't necessarily worried about that, just wanted a new thermometer to check meat temp accurately. I was using the thermo on the Guru previously, but that's getting sold. Thanks for your input Al, you are kinda my go to guy on 36 info, i'm just trying to go easy on PM'n you but I really do appreciate your help.


I can't wait for this credit card to come!

post #18 of 29

Everybody to Raymo's house!  We got a chowdown getting ready to happen!


I'm just glad you decided to buy it,  I know you have been putting a lot of though (and a little bit of hand wringing) into this purchase.  Trust me,  if you enjoy smoking and eating good food you will be happy with your decision.  I thought a long time before spending that kind of money on a freaking BBQ pit.  I think I was the first one that uses the forum regularly to pull the trigger.  Talk about a leap of faith!  But I am very happy with the decision.   The final verdict will be the peer reviews of my friends coming to SELA! 

post #19 of 29
Thread Starter 

Yeah I talked to my wife about SELA, I want to meet all you guys and learn as much as I can. I think in her head it was probably SELA or Lang, forgive me I was selfish biggrin.gif

post #20 of 29

There is probably a SELA in your future.  Hope to get the chance to have you come down eventually.  If you and your wife have never been to New Orleans it makes for a dual purpose trip, only 1 1/2 hrs out of NO.

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