has anyone seen a current old country smoker in person recently. old reviews state it's built out of 1/4" steel. the current specs show it as being 14 gauge ( 1/16" ) chamber & 11 gauge ( 1/8" ) doors. the nearest dealer is 1 1/2 hours down the road. if this is true the Oklahoma joe is looking better considering it's 3/16" steel & i have a lowes less than 2 miles away.
oklahoma joe smoker vs old country pecos
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One and a half hours is not a bad trip to look at a smoker that you will have for a number of years.
At the price of a Brazos, you are moving into a similar custom smoker. I was about ready to pull the trigger on a Brazos about 1-1/2 years ago and saw a post about Bell Fab. I contacted them and spoke with Craig Bell. He is a very good guy and makes a really good quality product. The material and construction are first class. You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I went back to lowes & kicked the ok. joes tires & took a good look at everything they had. one lesson is take notes. the ok joe is 3/32" metal not 3/16" like I posted above. something stood out though. looking at the ok joe longhorn I can see that the metal gauge, components, welds, fit, finish, size, etc. are nearly identical to the older brinkman pitmaster deluxe that I just picked up at the scrap yard. the chargrill models are about the same as the newer brinkman horizontal models that I looked at being closed out at home depot. I wonder if these were built at the same or neighboring job shops.
you know this is worse than shopping for a truck. I looked at bellfab, gator, tejas, hoder.............the list goes on & most are out of my price range. the price of shipping has gotten to be just plain stupid so with the weight of these things I need to find something relatively nearby. the drive to acadamy is at least $40.00 in fuel. I think that for now I will cool my jets, clean up & use the pitmaster & keep looking & researching. there is nothing urgent about this. in april I have to go to a farm & pick up some hives near academy so I can check out the old country smokers.
all the research I've done points to attaching the exhaust stack below the food grates. lyfe tyme, gators, & yoder all have stacks above the grate. do these stacks extend down internally?
are these horizontal offsets fuel hogs??