Hey, Larry! Welcome to the forums!
After looking at the pictures and specifications, here's my humble opinion:
Neutral: listed dimensions must have a typo: 17" x 13" smoke chamber (probably is 27 x 13),
as the fire box is 13 x 13...this should be adequate width and depth for smoking a medium size
full packer brisket (approx 10-11lbs), or 2 pork butts in the 8lb range, or 3 whole medium weight
(3.5lb) chickens (2 if spatch-cocked)...OK, this with good mods to the smoke chamber...
I'd estimate it at 351 square inches of main/smoke chamber cooking space, which is just under
the size of a 22" kettle grill @ 363 sq in;
Pro: 14 gauge sheet metal construction...heavy enough to hold heat for a reasonable amount of time...
76lbs weight for a smaller horizontal is relatively heavy...my SNP 40" is 100lbs, and I'm not sure
on metal thickness, but could be 18 gauge fire box and 20 gauge smoke chamber;
Neutral: Combustion draft vent control is very large, allowing for a roaring fire if desired...
upper opening may need a cover to reduce air flow over the top of the fire grate...
this may prevent airborne ash being carried into the smoke chamber;
Con: Low and narrow fire grate...will need a wider grate installed if low chamber temps cannot be overcome...
wider grate will sit higher off the bottom of the fire box allow for ash removal on long smokes;
Pro: Cooking grates are very similar to the stock grates found in my model of the brinkmann SNP 40"...
porcelain coated, which is easy to clean, rust-free durable finish, unlike chrome plating...
they should work out fine, as mine have;
Neutral: Huge throat opening between the side fire box and smoke chamber...
with mods, this can be lowered to allow for baffle/tuning plates;
Pro: A thermometer you can actually use!!!!!!!!! I love it! The only problem is that it is mounted too high,
but it can still be used for a baseline chamber temp if you use a probe at grate level and compare to
this stock thermometer...then, you'll be able to use it solo with reference to previous comparisons;
Pro: Solid built wheels, door handle mounts, door hinges and other hardware...very heavy duty...
built for a lifetime of great cooking, IMO.
Pro: Exhaust vent control is a simple, sturdy design which is easy to use...similar to SNP 40 also;
Pro: Grease can hanger/hook...good design, instead of a clamp or rest to set a can in,
which always seem to dump inadvertently...use a wire hoop handle on the can top an you're good to go;
I gave this a bit of planning ahead as if I were wanting to see what it could do for me in my own outdoor kitchen,
so you could think about what you might want to smoke in it right out of the box. It's a small smoker, even for
most back-yard Bbq applications, but the smaller rigs have some benefits over the larger smokers. Reduced fuel/smoke-wood use,
initial purchase price, modification costs and maintenance, to name just a few. You would still have a large enough
smoker to cook for far more than stated in the sales info (4-6). I'd say closer to 10-15, depending on what you're smoking.
If grilling only (not smoking) on the main grate, then, yeah, you'll likely only feed 6-8 adults, I think.
I'd give it an overall review score of 4.5 out of 5. Nice little smoker/grill combo, IMO. Price is a bit high, but this seems
to be in-line with the quality. It's not built in the states, but, not much else is anymore either...what can you do?
Welcome to your (soon-to-be) addiction!!! Trust me...once you start, it'll stay with you for life...it's that good!
Edited by forluvofsmoke - 10/30/10 at 11:39pm