Hi all. I just moved and lost my grill, so I need a new one. I'm ready to ditch the big box ones and invest. I'm torn between the 3 smokers listed above. They all have pros and cons to me. Specifically, here is where I am at:
- The Good One Open Range.
- Pros: Cool design that eliminates (in theory) temp variations across the smoker without the need for a heat plate. Can grill in both boxes without extra equipment. Can literally dial in air flow very accurately. I can get one shipped in a few days for about $1200.
- Cons: Thinner steel (11 ga body, 14 ga lid), seems a little wobbly. 10-yr warranty. Shelf is extra. Grease pipe doesn't seem to accommodate valve. 14 lbs of coal gives 8-hour burn? No real heat plate. Only 330 sq.in. of smoking space or grill space.
- Yoder Cheyenne.
- Pros: 3/16-in solid steel. Shelf is standard. Can grill in firebox (up charge). Can get fully loaded today for $1350. 500 sq.in. of main chamber space.
- Cons: 10-yr warranty. Grease pipe doesn't seem to accommodate valve. Seems to plow through coal and wood, and temp control can be finicky. Needs a heat plate. Main grills don't slide out but are lifted.
- Lone Star Grillz.
- Pros: 1/4-in solid steel. Can grill in firebox (up charge). No heat plate needed due to laminar air flow. Seems to run for 8+ hours on just one to two small splits. Grease pipe can take a valve. Two really smooth slide out shelves. Can grill, fry, boil on fire box (330 sq in). 470 sq. on the smoker main grate. I'm totally in love with the design.
- Cons: Double the price (with shipping) to get comparable components (e.g. grill grate in main chamber ). 12-week lead time. 455 lbs is a bear to move around.