• Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

Looking to buy a new smoker - Looking for suggestions

bob95065

Newbie
21
13
Joined Dec 19, 2013
I have a Brinkman offset smoker that I bought in 2003 that served me well. It's time for an upgrade.

I am thinking about getting an Oklahoma Joe Longhorn reverse flow smoker. I am trying to keep the cost down. Should I look at another smoker?

I like the reverse flow a d ability to convert it to a regular offset smoker. I need to have that ability because I'll need to use it to grill burgers and hotdogs from time to time. Is there another smoker that can be used both ways?

Any suggestions are appreciated.
 

flatbroke

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
2,248
2,025
Joined Sep 16, 2007
Look at bellfab. A few members have them and have stated the quality is great and so is the price. I will say I haven’t seen much product off of them though
 

daspyknows

Meat Mopper
297
192
Joined Jun 9, 2020
I was where you were and ultimately ended up spending more on a Horizon Offset.Took awhile to arrive but have had it a week and very happy with it after two smokes.
 

bob95065

Newbie
21
13
Joined Dec 19, 2013
I was where you were and ultimately ended up spending more on a Horizon Offset.Took awhile to arrive but have had it a week and very happy with it after two smokes.
I just read your thread. I'm down in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
 

drunkenmeatfist

Smoking Fanatic
446
144
Joined May 28, 2017
I would like to stay under $750, $1k max.
I would keep an eye on Craigslist and other resale sites and try to have some patience or keep saving up. I was able to get a Lang 36 in pretty good shape for $400. I have a little savings fund going though that could eventually go towards a Shirley patio model or an LSG offset.
 

smokerjim

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
4,124
1,653
Joined Jan 14, 2014
don't know anything about reverse flows but i did see walmart had a Oklahoma joe longhorn reverse flow 750 inch cooking space for 679.00 i think shipping was another 50. not sure if that's what your looking for.
 

bob95065

Newbie
21
13
Joined Dec 19, 2013
don't know anything about reverse flows but i did see walmart had a Oklahoma joe longhorn reverse flow 750 inch cooking space for 679.00 i think shipping was another 50. not sure if that's what your looking for.
That is the one I a looking at
 

bob95065

Newbie
21
13
Joined Dec 19, 2013
Cool, hope you survived the fires. The Horizon is a bit more. My original budget was about yours but decided to go all in.
We survived the fire. The CZU Lightning Complex fire got less than a mile from our house. I evacuated the wife and kids and went back and was home during the whole ordeal. I worked with fire and police to make our neighborhood safe and defensible.
 

Smokin Okie

Smoke Blower
146
33
Joined Jun 27, 2018
Is this the Oklahoma Joes you're looking at ?

https://www.oklahomajoes.com/longhorn-offset-smoker

I would guess that the thickness of the steel is the main diff between Horizon and that smoker, the Horizon would be 1/4" pipe.

I own an Old Country Brazos that is also 1/4" steel and its in your price range, its 20 X 40 , with a 6" stack that exhausts at grate level. It sells for $1,000. But I don't think you can get it delivered to Cali, some strange law y'all have that keeps Old Country out. I've heard Old Country is trying to work around it, however.
 

daspyknows

Meat Mopper
297
192
Joined Jun 9, 2020
What are the advantages of the Horizon over the OK Longhorn?
Thicker steel and made in America. The thicker steel has 2 benefits, more stable temps and it will outlast me. Teaching my 21 year old son how to use it and told him if we take care of it he will be using it at my age.

Glad you survived the fires. I know a few folks who lost everything in that one.
 

zimman

Newbie
3
0
Joined Apr 14, 2020
I recommend checking out Lyfe Tyme Smokers. Good quality 1/4” steel, won’t break the bank and will last.
 

Latest posts

Hot Threads

Top Bottom
  AdBlock Detected

We noticed that you're using an ad-blocker, which could block some critical website features. For the best possible site experience please take a moment to disable your AdBlocker.