- Joined Oct 28, 2005
I just wanted to let everyone know to watch where they purchase a smoker, shop around and compare. I own a 34" GOSM. I had been looking at them for a couple of months at Gander Mountain and finally decided to purchase one. Just before I went to Gander Mountain I happened to see that Wally World (Walmart) had them for $129.00 verses Gander Mountain's $149.00. So I stopped at Wally World to look at them. Thank goodness I did, I couldn't believe the difference in Quality. The quality of the GOSM at WalMart SUCKED! The unit was made of very light guage steel, the wood box was much smaller and also made of light guage steel. Overall very chincy. It had a shipping weight of 54 lbs. The unit at Gander mountain was constructed of much heavier guage steel and included a cast iron wood box. It had a shipping weight of 85 lbs. The cast iron wood box sure didn't make up the 30 lbs difference. The unit at Gander mountain was much higher quality. These were supposed to be the same model number. It's a shame that Great Outdoors had to lower themselves to Walmarts level to gain shelf space in thier store. If I hadn't taken the time to check the two out I would have probably ended up purchasing one at Wally World and would have been convinced that anything Great Outdoors produced was junk.