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As the title says im looking to get a "real" offset. I have been using a cheepo Brinkman for about 2 years now and have decided to make an upgrade. I have been looking into Lang, Horizon, etc.

 

i am looking to be between $700-$1000. I have never really looked into the better built smokers, so any help yall can give me in choosing a new one would be much appreciated. 

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Welcome to SMF glad you joined us. What part of the country are you in shipping is something to take into consideration

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I'm on the east coast, yes I am prepared to have something shipped and I'm fine with that. Looking to do it sooner than later.

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More specifically I'm in Virginia

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Personally I own a Lang and am very happy with it

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BasedSS: I was in your situation. I started with a cheapo smoker and spent a few bucks (actually more than a few) converting it too reverse flow, which I think is the only way to go. The mods worked but you can't get around two big problem -- the thin metal doesn't retain or distribute heat and air leaks carry out moisture which dries out the meat. Air leaks make it impossible to control airflow which controls temperature.

 

So, with that in mind, what I think a mate should look for when deciding to upgrade, is units constructed of thicker steel and workmanship that is as close as one can get to air tight. I have a Lang and it works for me for the price I paid for it. It's not prefect but it cooks good product and heat control is a snap compared to the cheapo one I had. Horizon also makes a good unit but you have to buy accessories to convert it to reverse flow.

 

My advise is because you're spending around $1000, which may not be a lot of money to some folks but is to me, is to do your research. Check out all the owners comments of the various units your looking at and then decide which brand works for you. Your first priority should be thicker metal. 

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