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post #41 of 52
Make one. I'll give you some tips along the way friend. Here is one I made. Took about 7 weeks. Still putting it on a bigger fancier trailer with some fun things on there but right now it's 15 degrees in Michigan so I am waiting a few months. Here are a few pics.
post #42 of 52
Here are a few more pics from the Rose Bowl this year




post #43 of 52
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Originally Posted by Pkerchef View Post

Check out the bubba grills line. This is one of the most versatile rf smokers in the industry and they are a good bit cheaper than the lang. I have cooked 1200 ribeyes on mine in a single day and cooked 60 boston butts on it the next day. Made in Georgia built line a tank. Tows well and Lonnie is great to work with. I know where a used one is for sale if you are interested. Pkerchef

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post #44 of 52
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Originally Posted by rweidner86 View Post

Make one. I'll give you some tips along the way friend. Here is one I made. Took about 7 weeks. Still putting it on a bigger fancier trailer with some fun things on there but right now it's 15 degrees in Michigan so I am waiting a few months. Here are a few pics.

 

 

Thanks for the offer of help along the way:beercheer:  My smoker build has been put on hold for the time being as the wife and I opened a retail shop in a craft mall in Branson, Mo.  I've been hand making Sterling jewelry for several years, but never thought I would take it to the next level.  Been in the shop since early November and have been pleasantly surprised at sales.  It's pretty slow now as all the tourists are gone, but I am hard at work getting new pieces in the display.  Pretty much every dollar that comes in goes right back into supplies to make more jewelry.

So much for retirement:icon_lol:

post #45 of 52
Horizon Smokers are Damn good, and if you buy one from Bass Pro Shops, they will deliver to the closest store to you for free, and you can pick it up, or they will tack on $300 to deliver to your door. Not to bad for somthing weighing in at 600lbs or more.
post #46 of 52
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Originally Posted by Matt22556 View Post

Horizon Smokers are Damn good, and if you buy one from Bass Pro Shops, they will deliver to the closest store to you for free, and you can pick it up, or they will tack on $300 to deliver to your door. Not to bad for somthing weighing in at 600lbs or more.

 

 

I'm not in the market for a factory built unit as my rebuilt New Braunfels does a heckuva job.  I was curious as to some of the best smokers on the market so I could look them over and see all the different designs. and decide how to build a smoker from the ground up.  So far the one that has impressed me the most is the Peoria Custom Cookers

post #47 of 52
Look up Pits by JJ down in Boston. He will build anything to sit and to fit your budget. I would recommend emailing Jose (owner) directly. They have quite a few on their website, more on Facebook and are are up for any job. I absolutely love mine but would have made a few changes had I realized the breadth of what they can make.
post #48 of 52

Interesting thread, I'd never heard of the PCC smokers until I read the comments about them here. I am looking for a large stick burner to get my BBQ business up and running and am torn between a custom built by a no name shop or a professionally fabbed and tested one. I live in Tennessee and am willing to travel a little if the price is right on the cooker so I've been looking at what people are listing out of Atlanta Craigslist. Again, I am weary of the designs and don't want to put my success on something unproven. I've toyed with having a custom built from an old tank but the fabrication cost would be astronomical. I can get a 250 gal tank for $100 any day of the week but it's no good when I got to pay someone $75 an hour to turn it into a smoker!

 

After seeing the Jambos in person and talking with both Tuffy Stone and Johnny Trigg at the 2013 Jack, I can see why those pits cost what they cost. Let me tell you, it's like BBQ smoker art! The fireboxes are so large because they are insulated, what you see is not the actual dimensions of the FB. Jamie Geer says he builds his pits that way so that they achieve greater efficiency and a cleaner burn. He also tunes them and will show you how to operate the pit when you pick it up. I was looking at spending around $1500 for a small towable, something in the size of a 250 gal tank smoker to get me started, but I think I will save some more and buy a Jambo if I can. They really are great pits and for what you get in quality and functionality, I think they are worth every dime.

post #49 of 52

Mr. Cue-

Of course a Jambo is worth every dime, it's just most people can't afford to dish out the $5.5k+ for the "economy" model, let alone a J3 or J5. The baby J is nice, but if you want something larger than a 24x48 on a trailer, it's too small (and still $3.5k). PCC also makes fabulous cookers, but they can get pricey as well. They're meat monster is one bad a$$ rig, but it can get up to $11k. For a big name company, Lang probably gives you the best deal for your dollar.

 

On another forum I saw Shirley Fabrication. Like you and PCC, I had never heard of them until I saw people commenting on how the quality of their smokers is outstanding. One guy is a weld inspector at a nuke plant and said the welds on their cookers are top notch. So I contacted them and was able to customize a cooker the way I wanted it and it ended up costing over 1k less than a Lang of similar size. A new Lang 60 deluxe will cost $4k. My SF 24x60 with a larger warming box and fire box than a Lang, with a few added customizations is $2800.

 

All the large companies put out a fine product. I've never seen/heard of anyone regretting making a purchase from them. The only regrets are that they didn't get the bigger one after they out grew the one they bought. I was planning on getting a 48 original from Lang, but went with the bigger one from SF. I'm sure there are other small companies like them around, you just gotta dig a little deeper in your search.

post #50 of 52

I buy a lot of propane burner supplies from Tejas Smokers, the customer service is great. They build some nice looking smokers, even though I have never used one, I will still recomend checking these out, due to customer service aspect alone.   That is a big deal these days!

post #51 of 52

I see no off site links in this post but i have seen them in some of the other posts in this same thread . Pkerchef

post #52 of 52
So what's the best price you guys have seen on a meat monster MMIF, I am cooking on a big green egg, also have a weber summit and weber kettle grill ,O and a smokin-it Electric smoker, I have also been looking at a old Hickory and Lang 36".
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