I’ve been a member of the forum for a couple of weeks now. I had a GOSM big block smoker, that finally bit the dust, and I really hated to see it go. I’ve smoked so many ribs on it that were always good, moist, and tender. I’ve done a lot of research trying to decide what to replace it with, and almost bought another GOSM. I also debated about buying a 22 ½” WSM. And, I’m sure I couldn’t go wrong with either, especially when ease of smoking is concerned. I also had to take into account my budget of $500.
What I finally decided on was an Old Country Wrangler stickburner from Academy. It has about 920 sq in cooking surface and is built from 3/16” steel. In fact, it’s the only one I could find anywhere that was thicker than 1/8” and less than $500. I think I’m going to be very happy with it.
I learned a lot from oldschoolbbq’s Stickburning 101 article, as well as others on the forum. Thanks for all the help. However, I haven’t found anything yet on smoker covers.
Now, I'm wondering, do you cover your smokers? If not, do you put it inside a garage or shed or something? Or, do you just leave it out? I always cover my Weber Genesis grill, and never have a problem with it. The Weber cover fits nice, and does a good job. But, it’s not built like the side firebox smokers, and not near as heavy steel.
My Old Country Wrangler arrives today, and of course when it's delivered I want to go ahead and get started seasoning it. Probably play with it more tomorrow...then, hopefully do a test smoke with some chickens on Friday. If I ruin a chicken, not much of a bother. But, if I ruin a few racks of ribs, or a brisket, that would be BAD! :-)
Anyway, I ordered an Oklahoma Joe Longhorn cover, thinking it might fit my Old Country. But, now I can see there's no way. For one thing, the smoke stack on the Old Country is way bigger than the Oklahoma Joe...so the smoke stack cover part will never go over the Old Country's smoke stack.
So, what do you guys think…cover or not?