Time for an upgrade

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by crzylee, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. Hey guys, been lurking on this site for a while and decided to go ahead and register.

    I currently have a New Braunfels Bandera smoker and I think I have used it so much I have almost killed it. One good point of advice for this unit is it's not made for transport. This brings me to my reason for posting, I am looking to upgrade to a new smoker.

    I don't do competitions as of now but maybe in the near future I might. I mainly do backyard smoking and occasionaly travel to friends houses and setup camp there. I have enjoyed my smoker and really like the design, but I have to babysit it too much and its not very fuel efficient.

    Since I have gotten used to the side firebox smokers I'm thinking I want to go back with that, but I have also seen my cousin use the Backwoods Party at Memphis in May but don't want to drop $1200 on one. Rugged and durable is a must because of the few times I take it to other places.

    Looking for suggestions and input from y'all. What do y'all use or what would you get for your next smoker?


  2. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF, good luck on selecting your next smoker. II moved your thread to roll cal so that everyone can give you a warm welcome.
  3. olewarthog

    olewarthog Meat Mopper

    One thing you will find in offsets is there seems to be a gap between the $150-$250 models & the over $1000 types. Unless you find a good used one on Craigs List, you are most likely going to have to spend $1200-$1500 for a top quality & durable offset.

    You asked what I would get for my next smoker? That's easy. A Lang!

  4. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF, Lee. Glad you joined us.
  5. Welcome to SMF Lee. There's an awful lot to learn here.

    Good luck in your smoker research. As for me, I like my CG Super Pro w/sfb just fine - especially after the mods suggested on this forum. However, I'm not planning on doing any competitions.
  6. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks here and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
  7. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Welcome to SMF -- it's a great place!

    I'm still very new, but I read and research a lot. While I have not actually seen a Horizon smoker, they do look like an upgrade from what you (and I) have. They have a backyard model under 800, and another just under $1000. I am pretty sure I read about them first on here....perhaps someone with more knowledge on these can add some help.

    Link below shows what they have.


    Good luck!
  8. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    welcome to the SMF

    check out this guy


    his 24 x 36 inch offset is $450 out of 5/16 steel, one guy on this forum got his shipped to chicago for about $200, $650 for the 24 x 48 with a single door and $700 for double doors, he will do most mods you would like for little or nothing most times.

    You don't have to spend $1000 + to get a heavy gauge pit

    here is the 24 x 36

  9. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hello Lee, and welcome to the forums! Glad you joined us. Looks like you're getting lots of good advice. Good luck with your search for your next pit.
  10. Wow, such great responses. Thanks guys, I will look at all the links y'all have provided and see what I can come up with.

    As I said before, I love cooking with my current setup and I have been successful in smoking 6 butts and 2 racks of ribs all at one time. Very challenging to keep them rotated but it was fun, and everything came out terrific.

    I am skeptical of the long smokers versus the stand up ones, thinking that the meat next to the firebox will cook faster than the meat at the other end. I guess you could say that I might run into the same problem with a stand up smoker also, and would have to shuffle the meat around in either setup.

    Mainly I BBQ pulled pork and ribs. I have done chicken before and am anxious to try a brisket (have one in the freezer ready to thaw). I don't foresee me doing more than 6 butts, but I don't want the smoker to be crowded with 6 in there.

    Are the long smokers more favored for home use over the stand up smokers?

    Thanks for everyone's input thus far!
  11. olewarthog

    olewarthog Meat Mopper

    I'm guessing by long smokers you mean horizontal offsets. Most low end offsets do need some type of baffle to help distribute heat evenly. There are many ways to do this -- metal baffles or tuning plates; water pans, etc.

    The higher end offsets like the Langs are reverse flow where there is a metal plate covering the firebox opening that runs the length of the cooking chamber. The heat must travel under the plate & rise into the cooking areas at the end opposite the fire box. The exhaust stack is on the firebox side of the cooking chamber so the air draft pulls the heat & smoke across the cooking grates. Since no direct heat is entering the cooking chamber, the temps are balanced from end to end eliminating the need to have to constantly rotate your meats.

    I have an inexpensive offset - Chargriller - & use the charcoal tray in the cooking chamber as a baffle. I can get temps within 10 degrees from left side to right side so I hardly ever have to rotate the meat.
  12. Yes, I did mean horizontal [​IMG]. That makes sense to make a baffle, never thought of that. By reading a few of these replies the horizontal smokers are the way to go then.

    I have thought about trying to build one vs. buying one, my neighbor is a welder and has told me I could bribe him with BBQ for services [​IMG] but wasn't sure if it would be any cheaper after the cost of steel to build vs. buy.
  13. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Jackson to Houston is about 440 miles there are several great Pit mfg in that area, start with Gator pits


  14. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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  15. @ deltadude I like the way the 2nd pic looks. I'll check out that site you linked this evening and see what they have to offer.

    @ balli Thanks for the welcome! I have been using my current smoker for about 3 years now and have learned all the quirks on it (esp. cooking in cold weather).

    Next time I pull my smoker out to cook I'll grab the camera and snap some pictures for y'all.
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    etcher1 Master of the Pit

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  18. Thanks guys for the warm welcomes! Still trying to decide what I want to upgrade to :D decisions, decisions, decisions!
  19. Hey guys, was looking around and I know cheaper isn't always better, but at the current time I'm not sure I can / want to drop $800+ into a smoker. I am sure in the long run I will regret doing it, but what are opinions of the New Braunfels smokers from Academy Sports?

    Here is a link for one I looked at on their site but haven't looked at the store yet. Seems to be heavy duty, but I know you get what you pay for too.
  20. donnylove

    donnylove Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I'm not able to reach the bellfab web page. Anyone else having this problem?

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