It is really great that you are sharing all of this good information about your stick burner and its performance, especially the seasoning and performance. It has influenced me and provided valuable insight into the purchase of a stick burner which I did this week.
However, the most important aspect of all of your posts is that you are showing your excitement and enthusiasm for traditional wood/charcoal smoking. And, it really shows how happy you are in pursuing this wonderful hobby and passion. It is fun, isn't it? And, you have immediate gratification on your results.
It is a learning experience and we are all not too old to continue to learn a little bit more.
With kind regards,
Hey Ed, thanks for your service to our country. I agree with you...Lance started a great thread here, and we've gotten a lot of info from a lot of folks. I've learned so much about stickburning in the past two weeks, and learned a lot from this one thread. It is FUN!
So, did you end up getting that custom-made smoker in Uvalde? Or, did you get an Old Country? I don't think you could go wrong with either one. That sounded like a great price on the custom job. If I could've found a custom made 1/4" smoker in the Tyler area, I would've jumped on it. But, I couldn't and needed delivery, so I got the Wrangler...and love it.
I ordered mine online, as the Tyler Academy was out of them...the one I looked at was in Texarkana. Would you believe Academy flew that smoker from Georgia to Dallas. Then, had a trucking company deliver it to my house from Dallas...and I live a good hour and a half to two hours from Dallas. The shipping cost me $89...but no-telling what it cost Academy. :-) It was bolted down on a pallet, and all wrapped up with that black shrink wrap stuff...and didn't have a ding anywhere. No bad welds, nothing. I know...I got lucky, as I could tell a big difference in some of the ones I looked at in Texarkana. The ONLY thing is the bolt that holds the firebox vent in the back...they put it on too loose, so it's hard to adjust the vent. And, with it being welded and no adjustment, I will have to cut it off and then put a normal bolt on it, so I can tighten it down.