1. 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 purchase a trailer pit - suggestions please

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by va_connoisseur, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. Considering the purchase of a trailer smoker. I'm looking for suggestions in the 2500-3500 range
     
  2. Dutch

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

    Well short of building your own, you can check Ben Lang's site  or check out BBQPits-they are a "Featured Sponsor" here at SMF.

    I have the Lang Mobile 60 Deluxe which I really enjoy.

    Some things to consider:

    How many people are you planning on cooing for?

    What are you planning on cooking and are you wanting to do whole hogs?

    Do you want an off-set unit or a reverse flow unit?
     
  3. jjmrascal

    jjmrascal Smoke Blower

    Like Dutch, I also have a Lang 60D that I love.  I have only had it a few months and it works great.  It falls into your price range.  The other day I spoke with a guy I hadn't seen in a while and he almost bought a Lang but ended up with a Bubba Grill which is also made here in Ga.  Their website is http://www.bubbagrills.net/index.html.  I don't remember how big his is but I know he said it is bigger than the Lang 48.  I assume it is about the size of a Lang 60.  I do know he paid almost $1000 less than I did and it is made of 9/32" steel.  My lang is a "measly" 1/4".  Anyway, he loves it and it may bear looking into for you as well.
     
  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    I have a Lang and really like it. I know a couple of our members have the Bubba Grills and like them too. You can find Lang's and Bubba Grill's in our product pages just go to "Smokers and More" and find the smokers then the reverse flow section. As Dutch said we also have a site sponser and here's a link to there site 

    http://www.bbquepits.com/index.htm  
     
  5. jbg4208

    jbg4208 StickBurners

    I have built my own because it was a much cheaper option for me. (spent about 400 total on it).

    I really enjoyed building it. It was quite fun actually. But if I had the money it would have been a Lang. Just because of the reputation of them. Even cooking, all of the options they offer, the quality of the build, ect...

    But in the end it is all what you want. Like Dutch said, figure out what your main uses will be and go from there.

    Good luck and have fun.
     
  6. I have been considering a Lang, I like the reverse smoker option. It seems like the are the WSM of trailer smokers. I will see what the budget can handle.

    I will look at the bubbas. I have a few months to decide. Thanks for the input
     
  7. bamafan

    bamafan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have a Bubba 250r reverse flow. Works well. www.bubbagrills.net. They are in north east Georgia so they are not to far away.
     
  8. Check out this guy.  www.bellfab.com

    He built my stick burner and I thought the work was great, and the price was very reasonable.

    Mine is a roll around, but I know he builds trailer rigs as well.
     
  9. countryrocker212

    countryrocker212 Fire Starter

    Does anyone know how thick the steel is on those bubba grills?
     
  10. jjmrascal

    jjmrascal Smoke Blower

    Quote:
    I was told by my friend that has one that it is 9/32" steel.  That is nothing official but I figured he checked that out before he bought it, so he must know.
     
  11. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member


     +1 to that, he runs about 1/3 what the big name pit makers charge, His trailer pits start at $1600, or about the same as most companies want for a 20 or 24 x 48 patio model. These are one off custom built, anything you want he will do, fully welded in 1/4, 5/16 or 3/8 inch brand new pipe
     
  12. piglizard

    piglizard Newbie

    I recently bought a BubbaGrills 250 and love it.

    As mentioned above - the steel is nice and thick and holds the heat really well. On my last smoke, from 9am until 8pm, I had only thrown on 4 hickory logs in order to keep the temp at 225-250*

    It is a nice rig and I love the fact I can fire it up with the built in propane starter and still have 2 more burners for whatever I may want to cook. I will get some pics loaded to my photobucket tonight and post them up.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2010
  13. That is a very nice rig. I will have to investigate more (silly of me to think it would be easy to spend a couple grand...[​IMG]) Do the Bubba's come with  baffles? Also, how is the temp variations from one side to the other? Thanks.
     
     
  14. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I'm trying to chose between the Bubba and the Lang right now. They both are reverse flow which should even out the temps across the grates.

     I have looked at and talked to owners of both. Oh yea eaten food off of both, LOL.

     There are  small things about both that i have seen that i didn't care for .But some of these are easily corrected either in constrution or after the fact.
     
  15. piglizard

    piglizard Newbie


    VA -  The baffles are on 3 sides of the firebox and the heat can be controlled through that, opening the stack, and raising/lowering the front trailer 1". 

    As for the temp differences, I noticed that I had anywhere from a 5-10* temp difference from one side to the next. (Which is not too bad IMO) Also, when I lowered the front of the rig 1", I could lower the overall temp of the smoking chamber by 20* or raise the rig 1" and get the chamber to go up by 15* fairly quick. It all controls how fast the heat "rises" into the chamber since it is reverse flow.

    I know I said I would post some pics - but I have been getting ready for another cookout at the house this weekend. I have 50# of wings that will be on the smoker in the morning. I will take  some good pics and throw them up during the day.
     
  16. pkerchef

    pkerchef Fire Starter

    I chose the 250 R from www.bubbagrills.net . I have enjoyed it it cooks really nice. I went ahead and splurged for the rib box option as this gives you as much cooking space as the 500 gal model with a cheaper cost plus you can put 8 full steam table pans in the rib box to keep it warm . Pkerchef
     
  17. albert7127

    albert7127 Newbie

    I was going to go with Lang's but just found out about the 15% increase.  So now I am going to go with Budda Grill and save myself$1000
     
  18. I ended up going with a private builder who makes reverse flows. Went with a 120 gallon tank size on a trailer. Love it