Hi all, I was hoping you could help me with making a decision between the 3 offset smokers mentioned above. I know they will all need work, such as sealing leaks, chimney extensions, coal baskets, new thermometers at grate level, etc.
I am planning to do all those mods to whichever I buy, so that being said the only one I was able to physically inspect at a store was the char-griller. I could find no displays for the other two at any stores where I live, so that's the other reason I'm posting this here, I can't visually inspect the other 2 smokers. So here are the big pros/cons I could find for each.
Char-Broil American Gourmet Deluxe: price $144
adjustable coal grate, can pull double duty as a grill/smoker (which I would be doing)
**does it come with an ash catcher for the main cooking area? I can't tell from the pics
large cooking surface
qc issues? I read they fall apart/rust out within a year even with covers?
sfb has NO drawer to clean ash :(
barrel of main body seems awfully small to me
Char-Griller smokin pro: price $200
adjustable coal grate/ash catcher for main cook area
sfb has a pull out drawer for ash cleanout
cast iron cook grates
the one I saw at the store seemed flimsy, thin metal on body, handles were cheap wood vs the spring ones on the char-broil models
reports of it rusting out quickly like the char broil model
Oklahoma Joe Highland: Price: $ $229
heavier, best built of the 3 (from what I've read)
tends to leak less than the other 2?
ash drawer for sfb
char-broil made exclusively for walmart? am I confusing this highland with the longhorm??
price- most expensive of the 3
does not have a ash catcher for main cooking area (if it weren't for this it would be the runaway favorite, I don't want to be trying to shovel ash out of my cook chamber)
non-adjustable coal grate for direct grilling