Hello everyone! This is an awesome forum and we have learned a lot already. The wife and I are looking to buy our first Stick Burner smoker. We have narrowed it down to the Lang 36 Patio or this one http://charlotte.craigslist.org/for/4177855330.html which is made just up the road from our house. I contacted the local guy and have an appointment to come look right after Christmas. I like the idea of buying local and these look really well built. The obvious difference is the local one is 3/16" cooking chamber but does have the 1/4" fire box and the box is round. The Lang is all 1/4" and a square fire box as you all know. I can save quite a bit by getting this local one and just picking it up. I talked with this guy and he said he can build this same model with a square box if I prefer with or without grill on top (right or left hand box too). Here is the square box but this one has the warmer on top http://charlotte.craigslist.org/for/4235348412.html
Is it worth the extra money for the Lang and all 1/4"? Which fire box, round or square if I go with this local smoker?
Thanks so much for your time!