Which Wood Smoker to Buy?

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by seven10ashbury, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. Seeing as I don't the savvy or the skills to make my own wood smoker, I find myself in the position of having to buy one. (Grrrrr) Which do you guys suggest, Horizon backyard smokers or Yoder smokers? Im leaning toward yoder because they simply provide more information and images of their smokers and they cost less. My boss, who occassionally (sp?) smokes a butt or two said the yoder wichita I showed him was impressive and solid. What do you guys think?

  2. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Both the smokers you listed are great units. How do you figure the Yoder at $1539 is cheaper than the Horizon at $1439.
  3. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Go ahead and pull the trigger and get ya a lang.
  4. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  5. Im lucky I majored in history. Not much math involved. Never been good with numbers. =)
  6. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If your going to spend the money the you mite as well get a Lang. Lb for lb more and better deal and product I think.
  8. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Could be, I had my Horizon built to my specs and delivered to my door for $1308. Ya can't touch any Lang DELIVERED for that kid of money, can ya?
  9. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    First your not compairing apples to apples here. A 1/4" contruction reverseflow against your smoker is not the same, and for a couple hundred dollars more you could own this.


    Don't get me wrong your rig is sweet one for sure.[​IMG]
  10. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It very well might not be the same but it is 1/4" construction and built every bit as well as the Lang. Ya have Lang fans and then the rest of us [​IMG]. You can not tell me the 48 Patio is ONLY a couple hundred more DELIVERED.

    For that kind of money I would go with the Peoria Backyard smoker .
  11. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I called and talked to Ben today to see how much the freight charge would be. Just for the record; The Lang Patio 48 would be $2045 (at the very least) delivered to the Chicago area.

    I guess Capt Dan is right; we aren't comparing apples to apples here and that goes for price too.
  12. macdad

    macdad Fire Starter

    Personally, I have been looking at that Peoria smoker. It is 24 x 48, and close enough that I could drive over and pick it up in a day (a long day). I personally hate the idea of paying $3-400 freight. Now if I could only come up with the $$$. Why can't I ever pick a cheap hobby? [​IMG]
  13. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I saw one at a comp this year, it's craftsmanship is second to none. It's on my wish list.

    One thing about Horizon is they gave me a 15% discount on the smoker to help with shipping. Pretty good I think.
  14. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I guess to get it out of my system I should call to inquire what it would cost to ship the same Lang to Hawaii. [​IMG]
  15. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    reverse flow cookers are not the same as SFB horizontals, thats my point.
    Ya get what ya pay for. I have yet to find a reverseflow owner who wishes they had a conventional,I have met alot of conventional horizontal owners who wish they had a Lang or a reverse flow.

    I love mine, and today is just a good example, 20 mph winds and its purring right along at 245.

    , its about time to add the top shelf and 4 racks of babybacks.

    see ya![​IMG]
  16. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    anyone have any experience with these.....


    the marshal by ace of hearts bbq. i might have a chance to get a used one at less than 1/2 the price of a new one
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  17. crd26a

    crd26a Newbie

    We cook on the rodeo for out competition team (the bigger version of this). They are a good smoker, but the rodeo can chew through a serious amount of charcoal. It's firebox will hold 1-1.5 20lb bags and we'll burn 3-4 bags for a competition. This will use less, but depends upon your needs. Overall we really like the rodeo, but are looking at adding a second cooker for cooking comps (Stumps or Stumps clone)
  18. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    thx.....the rodeo is too big for my back yard use or family gathering in the park. this on the other hand seems to have a good cooking area for it's foot print. i also like the idea of cooking on the fire box too.

    anyone else.....pro/con?
  19. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a UDS for that (50 bucks tops) [​IMG][​IMG]
  20. OK. You've convinced me. I'm buying a Lang. I was disturbed to hear Yoder has issues in delivery. For me, this is a lot of money and I want as little hassle as possible. As far as the Lang 48 Patio goes, does anyone know how long it is from end to end and also how wide it it is from widest part to widest part? For the Yoder, I was looking at the possibility of taking off my side fence to get it in. Have room in the backyard, but not alot of gate space.


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