Offset smoker for under $350

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by kbudd1, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. Does anyone have any recommendations? I have been looking at the Brinkmann Vertical Trailmaster, the Oklahome Joe's Highland or the Chargriller Outlaw with the optional side fire box. Seeing so many pros and cons on each I am having a tough time deciding. If anyone has any other smokers I should be looking at I would appreciate the insight.
  2. Spend the day reading the reviews as well as use the search bar. It will be time well spent.

    Happy smoken.

  3. glocksrock

    glocksrock Smoking Fanatic

    I think it would be best to save up a little more and get the Old Country Pecos, it has a good sized chamber and it's well designed. They are $400 at Academy Sports.
  4. Thanks for the suggestion glocksrock! I will definitely take into consideration. Any mods you would suggest for that model?
  5. bigchriss04

    bigchriss04 Newbie

    Yes glocksrock is right look at the old country wrangler as well
  6. glocksrock

    glocksrock Smoking Fanatic

    Just add some tuning plates is all I would do, that's all I did with my old Wrangler and it worked pretty well. The Wrangler is a bit smaller than the Pecos, but it has thicker steel and costs more. I really liked it, but couldn't keep the temps low enough and I wanted a reverse flow, as well as a much larger smoker, that's why I sold it and got my Lang 48 patio. Check out the Wrangler and Pecos threads for more good info on them. I really think that those are the best options for under or around $500.
  7. fa1321tx

    fa1321tx Smoke Blower

    I am looking into the same thing what did you decide? This one at homedepot caught my eye but the vents look cheap and I would think those are very vital to holding temps.

    I have a MES30 its ok but the main reason I bought it was to cook the brisket but since my purchase I cook everything in my smoker my propane grill is a dust collector.

    So I been thinking about getting a budget friendly stick burner to cook on and came across the same problem trying to decide. Does anyone know of a good off set that is pretty small?
  8. fa1321tx

    fa1321tx Smoke Blower

    Last edited: Mar 16, 2015
  9. It's all welded unlike the Brinkmann or OK Joe. Actually, I also had a conversation with the new pitmaster at La Barbecue in Austin last week and he highly recommended the smoker from Academy as well. He said it's the best stick burner for under $500. Aaron Franklin also suggests it as well: 
  10. fa1321tx

    fa1321tx Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the info that's good to know. I will check that one out.
  11. glocksrock

    glocksrock Smoking Fanatic

  12. fa1321tx

    fa1321tx Smoke Blower

    The wrangler looks like the most durable its a little smaller than the Pecos but much thicker gauge metal it is nice!
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  13. For $288 and a tuning plate, the OK joe highland will get er done!


    Have fun, burn sticks.
  14. So I've been looking to switch from my very small electric smoker to a charcoal smoker. I was thinking of a Brinkmann or OK Joe smoker. But after looking at several videos about the old country wrangler I'm thinking of getting that. Seems like a nice sized smoker for what I like and want to cook. The price is a little high for me but I've read nothing but good reviews so I might say screw it and get it. Does it need any mods done to it other then maybe a tuning plate?
  15. In Aaron's video he only added a thermometer.  That's the smoker he uses for his web series.  
  16. Completely missed the link. It's interesting to see that it doesn't need much else other then that. I'll probably just stick with my digital thermometer.
  17. dale1969

    dale1969 Smoke Blower

    I just bought the old country pecos bbq pit I think is a real good pit for the money and the old country wrangled is online a 1/6 of an inch thicker
  18. Hey ,

    I also live in Columbus ( Grandview). I actually went down to Louisville yesterday and got a Pecos at Academy. Seasoning it now as I type this. They had several to choose from at both store. I have been looking and reading and deciding for months b4 I pulled the trigger yesterday. I had a few vacation days I had to burn so I went down to get it. 

    If you decide to take that route I suggest you check all the ones they have there and check to see how tight they all fit. They are heavy and great for the $ . But they are not all the same. Some are tight fit and some have some gaps, maybe not a huge deal , but if you are spending the $ you want to look at them and choose the best I think. If you want the pecos or wrangler and rather gamble than drive 3.5 hours to get it, Academy website has them and they ship to you for $80 which is dirt cheap considering they weigh 200+lbs or so.
  19. I wish they had a store here in the Washington DC/ Maryland area.

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