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OK Joe History


Joined Jun 22, 2016
Hello Fellow Cue Masters!

I'm a new guy. I'm a big fan of Central TX style Barbecue. Therefore, in search of an off set smoker. I'm not completely new to BBQ. I've had a medium sized BGE for a few years now but want to go all wood.

I've been cruising Craigslist and Offerup looking for used smokers. I can't spend too much but want to make sure I get at least 3/16" steel. The rest I can mod myself I'd think.

The common smoker I've seen is the OK Joe's. So I have questions.

I have heard that they were originally really nice smokers but eventually at some point decreased significantly in quality when they started hitting big box stores like W-M and Academy. Can anyone verify this information? And if this is true, when did that occur andare there telling features to know the difference. (I'm not sure If I will be able to "eye" the thickness of the steel)

Thanks for all your help and looking forward to learning more!


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Aug 13, 2015
The last of the 1/4" smokers was around 1998 when they got sold to Char broil. 2001 is when they really started making them lighter.
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