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Oklahoma Joe's horizontal smoker-looking for info

post #1 of 39
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I've been looking for a wood smoker, and found this one at a garage sale this morning. It's an Oklahoma Joe's horizontal smoker, with a side fire box. Most of new units I see like this these days are made of paper thin iron, and around $180 to $300. This thing is all welded, no bolt-on fire box, the legs are clamped onto tubes, that are welded to the smoke chamber, with set-screws, and it is made of iron that measures thicker than 3/16", but is thinner than 1/4". It is very heavy, and in pretty good shape. I don't think it's been used much. I asked how much they wanted, and I was very surprised when the lady said " how about $40?"  I offered $30 cash, and took it home! The cooking surface measures 15" x 30". The serial # is 74226.  Anyway, does anyone know much about this thing, like how old it might be, or what it may have cost new? I'll try to post some pics of it soon, if that will help. This will be my first stick-burner, so does anyone have any tips to make this model work well? Is is a good model? Any info. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time!

post #2 of 39

w/o a pic i can't tell ya how much new .BUT ! I can tell ya you got a SWEET DEAL!

 great smoking unit.

post #3 of 39

Also you may want to use coals till ya get used to how it cooks then progress to sticks if you need to.

post #4 of 39

Ah but remember... It never happened without a pic!


So KenY, show us a pic of this sweet deal. Man... I never run across these kinds of deals.

post #5 of 39
Thread Starter 

Finally got some pics! Never posted pics before, so had to have some help from the wife...let me know what you guys think. Any info. or tips would be greatly appreciated!






post #6 of 39
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                                                They finally got put up...

Edited by kenY - 6/6/10 at 9:03pm
post #7 of 39

nice smoker and a great deal!

post #8 of 39

I have the same smoker but my firebox is bolted on I believe. Same heavy gauge metal.  I did spend close to 400 for it a couple of years ago but for it's size it turns out some great food.  I use mainly lump charcoal and briquets in mine.  I will use wood for flavor but not as main fuel.   Because of it's size the temp is a bit hard to regulate but a small block of wood under the lid and a  bit of practice will make it easier.  The right hand side of the grill nearer the firebox gets pretty hot so all the slow stuff goes on the left and the steaks go to the right. 





post #9 of 39
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Please give more explanation on the block of wood under the lid. Is it because the heat is too high? I thought about making a baffle plate with small holes drilled in it near the firebox,and larger ones away from the box, to lay in the bottom, butted up against the firebox, to help keep the heat more even throughout the cooking chamber. Do you guys think that will help?

post #10 of 39

Okie Joe is a great smoker!! You should go back and give her a tip. Older models go for $400 easily. A baffle will come in handy or just use less fuel butt I used a stove broiler pan with mine and tried to keep it full of water. Have fun!



post #11 of 39

we bought my dad a brinkman model almost identical to that except its a mirror image and it was 500

post #12 of 39

you got an awesome deal and i am so envious. I have one that i got from academy and paid 400 for it. the fire box is bolted on mine though. I use pecan logs in mine it works wonderful. I cooked three slabs of spareribs yesterday and they turned out great. it takes a little bit of playing to really figure it out. I still wouldnt say that i have figured it out but i am getting there. One thing that i found that works well is using the grate in the firebox and placing the logs on that so the ash can fall through the grate. Lighting the fire has become a breeze when i bought lighter bricks from academy. break them in half and place them under the grate directly below the logs and you will have a good fire in no time.

post #13 of 39
Thread Starter 

That's a lot of great info! Please keep it coming, cuz I love getting all these tips from you guys! 

Anybody else know much about this Ok Joe unit?

post #14 of 39

man, the more I look at that pit, our brinkman must be made by the exact same company. Our pit and this one are identical except our firebox is on the left and the stack is on the right and ours has steel wheels. but ours is only 2 years old so that could explain the wheels. everything else is identical to ours.

post #15 of 39

Okie Joe has an interesting and sorted past and here is some of it.

The folks at Oklahoma Joe's made the Longhorn Smoker about 5 years ago. They contracted to sell some to Sam's Club. These were great smokers but were 3/16 inch steel. At the same time the Longhorn smokers sold directly by Oklahoma Joe's were 1/4 inch steel. They had steel wheels with spokes and wooden handles. Roger's brother was the owner of the Original Oklahoma Joe's and later sold out to New Braunfels. Roger then started Horizon. The older the smoker the thicker the metal. The new ones at Academy Sports look like the real thing butt the quality is just not there.


post #16 of 39
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thanx graybeard, that's cool to know! sounds like you know your stuff! what's a longhorn like compared to mine, in terms of size, design, etc.?

post #17 of 39

$30 for that!!!


What a steal. Congrats.

post #18 of 39

You got one hell of a deal on that there.  My dad gave me his Brinkmann Cimarron Limited and it looks the same but the fire box is on the other side.  He paid 600 for it. He gave it to me because he was just too used to his Treager and couldnt maintain TBS.  I just got it going this last Friday.  The mods I have done to it are Charcoal basket from Lowes, 3inch metal elbo to extend the stack to grate level and I bought some high temp felt gasket for the doors.  Im hoping to get a baffle and tuning plates installed soon to.   I havent done much of a smoke yet, but was able to get TBS after about an hour of playing with it.


Good luck and have fun playing with it. 


i just noticed that you are from Kingman.  Im in Wichita, its good to see another Kansan.

post #19 of 39
Thread Starter 

Thanx for the info! Cool that you're in Wichita! Does extending the stack down to grate level help keep the smoke lower towards the meat? How close to the grates should it be?

post #20 of 39

I bought a 3 inch metal elbow from lowes and it puts the end of the pipe right at grate level.  I believe its there to keep the smoke and heat from escaping out the stack so fast.  Im new to horizontal ofset charcoal/wood smokers.   Im planning to try with and without the elbow to see if its really needed after i get the baffle and convection plates figured out. 

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