Lang or Diamond Plate?

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by johnnie2130, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. johnnie2130

    johnnie2130 Meat Mopper

    Which smoker would you guys recommend? I'm waiting on someone from Lang to call me back with info. I wanted to get opinions here too. I know a lot here use Lang with a few DPP here too. A few facts: I don't have a big family and haven't cooked for a lot of people. I doubt I'd cook for a huge group, but I wouldn't rule out cooking for about 50-100 if someone asked. All I've ever had is a MES, so this is new to me. Lawdog and a couple others have answered some of my questions. So, which one to go with?

    A 3 year old Diamond Plate Model 50, in good shape and lots of options. (water steamer, 2 propane tanks, side burners, chrome package, wood storage rack under smoking chamber, etc) $2500 + a few hundred for delivery.

    A Lang 48 Mobile - $1700 + shipping (I don't know the shipping cost yet from GA to Louisiana)

    A Lang 60 Mobile - $2200 + shipping

    Any suggestions?
  2. johnnie2130

    johnnie2130 Meat Mopper

    Maybe some of you can tell me this. Do the Lang smokers go through a lot of wood? How are they compared to other top brands regarding using wood?
  3. seboke

    seboke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I can't give ya a comparison, but I LOVE my Lang. Just have one smoke under my belt now with it, but it was a huge all-nighter! Once I got it to temp, I only needed to add one oak split like every two hours or more to keep temp for the 15 hours I had meat on. I have done a lot of reasearch in my bid to buy a big smoker, and the diamond plates were in the upper part of the list, but got the sweet deal on the Lang and would recommend one to anyone.
  4. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hell, I love his Lang![​IMG]

    almost as much as I love mine, and mine loves me back!

    I have never seen a diamond plate up close and personal, but they look like nice units, alot different configuration than a Lang, But I am sure they are great units. I would imagine the wood consumption would be campairable.
  5. seboke

    seboke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Mine loves you too Dan! [​IMG]
  6. johnnie2130

    johnnie2130 Meat Mopper

    How long did it take to first get the temp where you wanted it? One oak split every two hours sounds good to me. Since I only have a MES I've never had to worry with building the fires. That's a concern of mine, but from what I read people make it sound pretty easy.
  7. seboke

    seboke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dan or Steve help me out here with the experience, cause I can't give you an accurate estimate from my last smoke. I lit a huge fire to get the temp up to 450 so I could do the steam clean thing, wasn't watchin the clock, but it took well under an hour to get it that high
  8. smok'n steve

    smok'n steve Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am a lang lover too, although the DP's are pretty nice. For me, I love the reverse flows, but have never smoked on anything else.

    I think I love them so much because I really didn't need to practice---its just plain easy to smoke on the Lang 60 or even the other reverse flows I have built:)

    If I were you, I would call both companies and talk to them both at length. Ask each the same questions, then apply those answers to your needs.

    Good Luck!!!
  9. coyote

    coyote Master of the Pit

    I do not own either of them, But have read about them. I would believe they both to be great smokers but a differnce being is the DP pulls behind a vechcle better then the lang. so I have read. if you would be traveling with it. and they both look cool.
    and it sounds like you have a pretty good deal going with the DP with all the options on it..
  10. seboke

    seboke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I drug my 84 back 3 hours, half at 80 mph, half over state highway with towns, stoplights and railroad tracks. Tracked stratght as an arrow at highway speed. Hit some rough highway RR tracks pretty hard. Smoker hopped in the air about a foot, right back on the wheels without another wobble. Got NO problem with how the lang trailers! But having never pulled a DP.....
  11. coyote

    coyote Master of the Pit

    Well thats what I read about the DP. it is supposed to pull better then the lang..Must have been their advertising dept that thought that up.. 80 with any trailer is rough..normally pick up a bunch of folks off the highway that run those speeds with trailers.. guess they are not used to it..
  12. johnnie2130

    johnnie2130 Meat Mopper

    I've talked to the DP owner and rep. They are very nice. I've tried calling Lane about four times today. So far I haven't talked to anybody there. I did leave a specific message. I like knowing I can talk to somebody pretty easily in case I need to.
  13. smok'n steve

    smok'n steve Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ask for Ben. He is the owner and usually handles ALL the calls with smoker questions, so, I bet he is either out or handling others. You must talk to him, because even if you don't buy from him, you will learn something whether it be about smoken in general or about your needs---He knows how to ask the right questions to see what you should have and need---the last thing he wants is for a customer to be unhappy:)

  14. johnnie2130

    johnnie2130 Meat Mopper

    I'll keep calling him. Hopefully I'll talk to him soon. Others have also mentioned that it's hard to get in touch with him. [​IMG]
  15. lawdog

    lawdog Smoking Fanatic

    For me DPP was geographical, I knew I had a trip planned to their location, 3 hours both ways but I combined it with being able to pull it back on my way home.
    I live the way it cooks but in saying that I also have a backyard homebuilt reverse flow smoker that I love also.
    Both types are great, it really comes down to personal preference, distance and what you are most comfortable with.

    P.S. I pulled the DPP home 3 hours @ hmmm....80-85, never a wobble or jump [​IMG]
  16. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    All here know I love my Lang 48 mobile. She cooks steady and is easy to control after a play time when curing. Ben Lang was willing to give me a break on the shipping if I waited to piggy back my unit with another delivery in the deep south. Just ask about it and he will work with you. The 48 will hold 70 lbs of meat. That is a lot of people for the non catering type like myself. I have fed 30 but was no way full. Last smoke I had a turkey, brisket, butt, and sausage with lots of room left. Good Luck and you cant go wrong with a Lang.
  17. neens

    neens Smoke Blower

    I only had one call that Ben didnt pick up from lang. I think it is more that he answeres or Mrs. Lang does if shes in because the woman who ansered seemed older than dirt.

    Getting the lang up to temp is quick you can have it there in 15-20 min without a problem. I like to let her burn at 350-400 for about 45 min to an hour before smoking to make sure I have an even temp across the smoker. It is normaly around 3-5* off from right to left.

    With the splits of wood I have been using for my 60 I have put in 2 about every 45 min, but they are very small and also some what green. Also I like to keep a very small hot burning fire as I feel it makes better TBS. When I say small I mean about 12-15" long but only about 2" at the thickest.
    The only thing I really would like my lang to have that the DDP offers is the pullout cooking area. It would be nice to have so I would stop burning the hair off my arms.
  18. The DPP looks pretty boss though, with from what I read none of the temp issues related to sfb models. Hell, I'd take either lol, but if I had to choose I think I'd roll the DPP.
  19. coyote

    coyote Master of the Pit

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