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Reverse flow smokers
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I have a reverse flow Lang 36 patio. Horizon makes a good unit, which I looked at in the $990 to $1500 range BUT I think you have to buy the reverse flow plates as an accessory. The Lang is built as a true reverse flow unit. Lang, as well as some other companies, can custom build anything you want -- for a price!!
One of the problems (in my opinion) with the Horizon is the chimney is in the wrong place when you TRY TO CONVERT it to reverse flow. As a non reverse flow cooker, the chimney is correctly positioned. In other words, the heat/smoke comes out of the fire box and makes a beeline up to the top of the cook chamber and out the chimney. If they placed the chimney on the fire box end it would be worse so they have to locate it at the far end of the cook chamber.
On my former COS unit I used tuning plates and moved the chimney to the fire box side. Horizon, in an effort to keep the heat/smoke in the cook chamber as long as they can uses a plate with holes in them (check out their accessory page and also look at the charcoal basket, which are nice to have). The heat/smoke doesn't reverse flow when you install the plates with holes in them. The bottom line if you're looking for a TRUE REVERSE FLOW unit as you indicated, it's not a Horizon. Google "reverse flow" to see what I'm trying to explain. One mod that would help the Horizon and others like it is to extend the chimney down to the cooking grates. Google that aspect also.
I went through the same drill you're now going through before deciding on the Lang and the above is just my opinion for what's it worth.
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Give Paul at Shirley Fabrication a call. He can build anything you ask, and a hellova lot cheaper than the other companies. The quality is second to none, and cooks great. Here a a couple pics of mine I just picked up. 3/8" cook chamber and firebox, 1/4" cabinet. 52" wide door, 65" overall length
^^ Congrats!! I truly believe you won't regret it. I know the wait sux, but then again virtually every pit builder is super busy this time of year. The warming box is awesome! I use it as a charcoal grill, a small vertical smoker, and also warm my splits when I'm not cooking in it. It's very versitile. Make sure you post pics when you get it!