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Rivergrille smokers

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Thread Starter 
Greetings,

Been spending way too much time lately looking at offsets. Looking to graduate from my Weber bullet. Found a Rivergrille at Home Depot. But am finding fairly limited reviews and also cannot determine who makes them. Does anyone have any background information please? Great site and thanks!
post #2 of 8

i bought the cheap one from homedepot the other day. i think i paid $130. its cheap... i think with some mods like gaskets it would work better. i feel like it lost a lot of heat. it was hard to keep the very cheep thermometer to read above 200. it was easy to put together. i think with some mods and a little more practice i will be happier with it. not bad buy for a poor first timer. 

post #3 of 8
I've not read anything about the Rivergrille, but they look a little flimsy. Might be a good starter, though, to see if you're into it. HD also has CharGriller "Smokin Pro" for $199. A lot of folks here have them and share a lot of mods. I saved my nickels over the winter and went with the CharGriller "Competition Pro" for $299 and am very impressed. Other than using Permatex Red while assembling and adding a baffle at the fire end, no mods. I compared to the OK Joe Longhorn at Lowes for $429 and the quality looks the same, not worth the extra $130.
I haven't seen a factory door therm yet that was accurate. Maybe on the high end brands..

You'll have fun with whatever you get!

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saw one @ Home Depot the "farmer" built much like the other tin can off sets. Your right at the price range of the Old Country Pits Pecos, drop a few more bucks and you will have the Wrangler.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your responses guys, still saving my pennies and watching craigslist for better stickburner.

post #6 of 8
Just got the Rancher, it needs a decent amount of mods but it is made from heavy gauge steel(almost a 1/4 inch). Holds temp well and has a ton of space. It is about a grand but its a well built smoker. just be prepared to use some RTV and Nomex Tape.
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Originally Posted by Triplesnake View Post

Just got the Rancher, it needs a decent amount of mods but it is made from heavy gauge steel(almost a 1/4 inch). Holds temp well and has a ton of space. It is about a grand but its a well built smoker. just be prepared to use some RTV and Nomex Tape.

For $1000 it shouldn't need any "mods".....
post #8 of 8
Maybe so but i couldn't find anything even close to the size with 1/4 inch steel that included free shipping.
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