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lang 60 deluxe question

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by davef63, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. davef63

    davef63 Smoke Blower

    im considering on bitin the bullet on one of these, but have a question. is there an option to do direct grilling on these ( above firebox in warming chamber) ? or is this a smoker only? maybe can have a 60 made with a chargrill mounted on the front? anyone know? thanks in advance.

  2. jjmrascal

    jjmrascal Smoke Blower

    Hi Dave,

    I know it has been a month since you posted this but you may still be interested in the response.  I bought a Lang 60D a couple months ago and the only drawback I thought of beforehand was the same you are asking about.  I bought the "stock" model with the removable upper meat rack (that is, the one with the little legs on it).  For just home grilling, I have a stainless steel catering pan I put charcoal into and park it under that meat rack...works great!  The meat rack is just wide enough to use two of those pans although I have not yet bought a second one. 

    I have not yet tried to grill a crowd-sized job yet, but Mr. Lang insists it can easily be done by ramping up the fire and leaving the firebox door open a bit.  That will really heat up the steel plate, which is only an inch or two below the lower grates and allow you to grill burgers etc.  From what I have seen on my initial fire starts and heat ups, I believe it.  That pit can really regulate temps well as long as you practice a bit.

    Hope this helps.
  3. davef63

    davef63 Smoke Blower

    yeah i see what your doin and i thought about that too. i thought maybe you could direct grill over the fire in the warming box? thanks,

  4. jjmrascal

    jjmrascal Smoke Blower

    No, the fire box top on the standard unit is solid metal, although it could be used as a cooking surface for  a cast iron skillet or something.  I use it for keeping my "sop" ("basting liquid" for the non-Texan in origin) hot.

    However, Mr. Lang can put a dual butterfly valve on the firebox top that would allow you to grill on the lowest warming rack in the box.  Call him up and talk to him about it and I am sure he could send you some photos or something.  When I first stopped by there last year (he is just an hour or so south of me) he showed me a unit he modified in that way.  I think it was a few hundred extra or so.

    He is a really nice guy and never in a hurry to get away from you.  He will answer any and all questions you have.  I think they are one of the last bastions of real customer service left in America.
  5. davef63

    davef63 Smoke Blower

    thanks jeff, i think ill be making the trip down there this spring, sounds like i need to talk to ben about some mods so i can grill over the wood fire. cant wait!

  6. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    You can grill in the Lang, you just need to build a hotter fire in the firebox.  When I was seasoning my unit, I had temps in the main chamber up above 400°.

    On another occasion, I built the fire like I normally would for smoking in the cold, (my brain was still in a "winter mindset") but this smoke was toward the end of June but the weather had really been cold.  My thread on that smoke is posted here.  We're talking chamber temps of 550° on the upper thermo and 480° at grate (lower thermo) level.
  7. davef63

    davef63 Smoke Blower

    does it take alot of wood to get to them temps? time? thanks,