Originally Posted by DaveOmak
xlaxx, morning.... I would buy that unit..... It has radius corners... looks well built....
Well, we just had one heck of a beautiful day here in Northern VA. I worked about 4 hours of side-work and I must say, I started thinking about my potential smoker purchase this morning and didn't want it to slip away. I figured it might be a good idea to go back over to the Seller's house and look it over once again, just to 'make sure'. I had some reservations seeing as how the smoker is: 1) a discontinued one, 2) an older model with horizontal box, 3) I didn't get a real good look inside it to see the condition of the grates and side firebox shield, 4) I wanted to see how this tank comes apart to get it home, 5) I wanted to do a thorough inspection as per Chefrob's recommendation,...I am kinda 'Type A' with my stuff and I like things to work properly and be in decent condition prior to purchase, so bear with me. 6)The wife ain't very pleased about big purchases, so I had to make sure this thing would perform without much 'to-do' and maintenance to it so as her to find fault with.
After making a quick call, I arrived at the Seller's house and I proceeded over to the smoker in good light. I got a really good look inside it and all I can say is WOW! Despite all the stinkbugs cohabiting inside and a few cobwebs, it was completely ash-free in the smoking section (big cylinder barrel). I swear it was spotless, and the original black paint inside looked fantastic, smooth, with no rust. All the weld seals looked NEW, with original paint and none of it had cracked or flaked. The grates looked superb inside the bigger barrel and were seasoned, oily and greasy. The Seller mentioned that he seasoned the smoker 8 hours. I asked for the Owners Manual or paperwork but he did not have this available. He mentioned again that he purchased it when Bar-BQ Galore was going out of business and stated he paid $740. I asked him again about how many times he had used the smoker and the Seller stated that he smoked 1 turkey and 3 slabs of ribs in it that took him 14 hours to do so over Thanksgiving several years ago.
I took the grates all out and they were not cracked but the side firebox grates did have some surface rust on the bottom grate with paint flake,...nothing bad at all,... the original black paint still covered about 97% of the lower side firebox grate still. All other grates were basically new, just black, greasy residue-covered from seasoning and from the previous smoke. The grates were very clean with no greasy meat clumps stuck on them. At this point, I started getting a little excited because to me, it seemed like the smoker just had cosmetic issues on the outside of it (surface rust and it is minimal). I ended up dealing on the smoker and we ended up settling on $200. I cleaned and dusted it all out with a clean paint brush and air compressor. I proceeded to take the side box off of it to get into the minivan. The screws came off nice and easy, not frozen,... I used my fingers to get them off! I took the chimney and stainless steel shelf off as well with ease. I did notice that the baffle on the top was not connected to the chimney and was missing. The Seller said that when he originally purchased the smoker, the baffle was missing and the manager took $25 off the purchase of the smoker at the time. The Seller said that he used a vegetable can top with a hole in it to control the exhaust??? The smoker fit into the minivan standing up so that was nice. I lubed the wheels and they spin freely. The heat shield inside the side firebox was rusted on the surface were the ash falls on it but the other side looked almost mint (see pic below). The Seller threw in a 1/2 bag of 1 cu. foot of cherry wood, 1/2 bag of Cowboy lump, stainless steel fork, tongs, mesh wire scraper, and a stainless steel 4-pronged fork. We were able to get the smoker into the vehicle with ease as well.
I unloaded it an hour or so ago and took a few pics for comment. I think, I did OK on this seeing as how I am a beginner and that this smoker is a reputable one. I am thinking that I would be pretty hard-pressed to restore and paint this puppy right now because the insides look so clean and unused from minimal use. The hardware is basically new, too. The outside is the only thing you could say is 'hurting' right now. It could use some outer paint protection but the stock cover seems to be holding up well. No tears, holes, un-stitched areas or falling out seams, or mold.
Here are a few pics that I took after getting it home. So I need to ask,... what should I do next? I do not have a manual for it. Feel free to provide crucial links from the forum on what to do next!
Thank you all!
Covered the goodies for tonight.
Grates,...note the rusty one is from the firebox bottom grate
Heat Shield from firebox
Back side of Heat Shield from firebox
Cherry Wood,...are these any good?
Cowboy Lump Charcoal