KAT Smokers

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by warrenot, May 6, 2013.

  1. Anyone ever heard of or tried KAT smokers?  Its a company out of Modesto California that builds offset smokers and reverse flow smokers.  I am thinking of purchasing one but wanted to get some feedback from the forum.

    Thanks for letting me know your thoughts...
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  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Warren, morning..... Looks like a good smoker.... Lots of good things built into it....   I would have them add a "pie" vent in the top third of the door....  Other than that, it looks like she'd be a dandy.....   Now you have to find someone who owns one and get a "real" revue....  

  3. Thanks Dave. I will see if they can make that adjustment. I was hoping there was someone in the forum who may own one. Once I get it I will let you know how it is.
  4. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Their "Porkinator" looks interesting too!  Not really sure why they say to run the drill in reverse though as it looks to me like the tongs are flat edged and forward or reverse would not matter.

    Porkinator demo video

  5. Well Dave I finally got the new smoker.  It is truly a brute and better built than I thought it would be.  I will post pictures of my first smoking session soon.

  6. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Rig!

  7. I'm also looking to buy a smoker from these guys. Just wondering how you like it now that you've had it for a couple months? Is the reverse flow a game changer from normal offset? How's the capacity on that size rig? Thanks in advance for your help
  8. Jesse,

    I couldn't be happier with the Kat smoker. Very well made, heavy, holds constant temps, its a quality smoker. I use to have an offset and the reverse flow makes all the difference to me. No more tempature fluctuations and that steel plate acts like an oven... It's almost cheating! Attached is a picture of 3 slabs of ribs and 3 whole chickens I cooked Sunday.
    I have done as many as 8 slabs at one time or 8 chickens. It's plenty big for my wife daughter and myself.
  9. Thanks for taking the time to get back to me. I'm looking to get their 48" model as I do quite a bit of entertaining. Ill post it here if I pull the trigger. Thanks again.
  10. hagisan

    hagisan Meat Mopper

    Sactown in the house!  When I was researching smokers and looking for local pit builders, I had looked into these as well.  Ken had great patience and answered all of my noob questions  I ended up with an 18.5 WSM because I could not pass up the price of bnib for $150.

    Was there a waiting period for your smoker or was it in stock.  I'm glad you're happy with the smoker.  I'll be hitting KAT up for an offset this fall.

    Thanks for sharing.
  11. The wait time I had was about 5 weeks from ordering.  I think Ken had some issues with his welder but once delivered it was well wroth the wait!
  12. neil campbell

    neil campbell Newbie

  13. This is good information, I just ordered the 36-20 reverse flow smoker, can't wait to get mine 

  14. I purchased the 48x20 in May 2014 ,and I tell I could not be happier.!!! I was able to pick it up myself to save on shipping, it weights about a ton, well built, solid welds through out, with a lot of extras, the guy Ken is a master at his craft. I worked with the sales Rep Ryan S. all around great guy, he kept me up to date on the progress of the build, after completion Ryan will guide you on how to operate this unit ,and how to achieve great results, happy I got it !!!!! Like someone said in a earlier post it's like cheating!!!!!!!
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2014
  15. copaaz

    copaaz Newbie

    can those of you that purchased this smoker update on how you like it now?
  16. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Copaaz, I just checked the "last online" dates of the guys who bought KAT smokers.  Looks like they got what they needed and moved on.  No one has been back on the site for 2 years or more. 

    If I ever buy a stick burner, KAT smokers is on the top of my list.  Unfortunately, cooking wood, at $350-$400 a cord locally just doesn't justify the investment.  I can run my WSM every week for years for the price of one cord of wood.    
  17. I’ve been in contact with Ken for the purchase of one of their vaults. Reaching out to anyone who is currently using one or considering buying one. Aloha.

  18. Working on bringing one of these to the 50th State...

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