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Old 03-11-2019, 12:27 PM   #1
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I currently have a Oklahoma Joe side by side Smoker/Gas grill.

I need want an upgrade. Nothing major, just looking for something bigger that I could smoke a brisket and maybe a shoulder or ribs on simultaneously. I want just a smoker vs the combination set up.

I can't spend an outrageous amount on it. I can't afford custom built. & no trailer smokers.

I'm unsure about electric. I like wood. But not opposed to it.

What do you suggest?
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Old 03-11-2019, 12:31 PM   #2
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Old country smoker, academy has them but i picked on up years ago on craiglist, smoked many a brisket on it. Just recently moved it to the hunting property, its about 8-10 yrs old and still cooks great.

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/old...ldCatid=311402
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Old 03-11-2019, 12:32 PM   #3
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Old 03-11-2019, 12:33 PM   #4
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I use a PBC and it works awesome!
https://www.pitbarrelcooker.com/
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Old 03-11-2019, 12:50 PM   #5
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Old country smoker, academy has them but i picked on up years ago on craiglist, smoked many a brisket on it. Just recently moved it to the hunting property, its about 8-10 yrs old and still cooks great.

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/old...ldCatid=311402
/\/\/\ What he said, none of the other pits that I have seen in that price range come close to it in quality, mine has held up great and turns out awesome BBQ
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Old 03-11-2019, 01:01 PM   #6
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Old country smoker, academy has them but i picked on up years ago on craiglist, smoked many a brisket on it. Just recently moved it to the hunting property, its about 8-10 yrs old and still cooks great.

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/old...ldCatid=311402
This!

Buc-ee's also carries this same brand. I believe the same price. Awesome pit for the money.
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Old 03-11-2019, 02:22 PM   #7
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I just bought an Old Country Brazos smoker from Academy. For the price and quality, I’ve been pleasantly surprised so far.
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Old 03-11-2019, 03:12 PM   #8
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Old 03-11-2019, 03:22 PM   #9
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I currently have a Oklahoma Joe side by side Smoker/Gas grill.

I need want an upgrade. Nothing major, just looking for something bigger that I could smoke a brisket and maybe a shoulder or ribs on simultaneously. I want just a smoker vs the combination set up.

I can't spend an outrageous amount on it. I can't afford custom built. & no trailer smokers.

I'm unsure about electric. I like wood. But not opposed to it.

What do you suggest?
my wife found this at walmart - i'm going to check it out
good reviews

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pit-Boss-...oker/446354238
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Old 03-11-2019, 03:59 PM   #10
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I cooked on a Charbroil offset smoker for years. $200 at HD. Not the best but makes some good Q. Takes about an hour for the temperature to stabilize. Need to add a baffle where the firebox joins the smoke box the keep from scorching the meat next to the firebox. Light enough to move around without a fork lift.
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Old 03-11-2019, 04:29 PM   #11
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I use a PBC and it works awesome!
https://www.pitbarrelcooker.com/
PBC and you will never look back. Whether you go with the full size or the Jr. Both are amazing.

I have both.
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Old 03-11-2019, 04:31 PM   #12
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If money isn't an issue then custom built is the way to go in my opinion
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Old 03-11-2019, 04:42 PM   #13
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Old country on a budget new if you can't find a better one used in your price range. Mine holds temp great. Believe it's the Pecos model
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Old 03-11-2019, 05:07 PM   #14
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Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker 22"

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Old 03-11-2019, 10:20 PM   #15
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Old country smoker, academy has them but i picked on up years ago on craiglist, smoked many a brisket on it. Just recently moved it to the hunting property, its about 8-10 yrs old and still cooks great.

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/old...ldCatid=311402
Best bang for the buck!
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:20 PM   #16
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My son built this one for Nissan USA for media events. Enjoy the quick clip!!

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Old 03-12-2019, 12:58 AM   #17
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Iíll throw another vote for the Old Country from Academy. Iíve got a Pecos model and I donít think it can be beat for the $$$


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Old 03-12-2019, 05:33 AM   #18
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:39 PM   #19
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My $100 Craigslist gem!!!







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Old 03-12-2019, 07:42 PM   #20
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Most excellent find Steph!! Good job....now get to smokin something gal.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:00 PM   #21
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Lighter fluid????
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:09 PM   #22
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Old country smoker, academy has them but i picked on up years ago on craiglist, smoked many a brisket on it. Just recently moved it to the hunting property, its about 8-10 yrs old and still cooks great.

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/old...ldCatid=311402
I believe the Old Country are what Aaron franklin uses for his personal use. He did alter the location of the thermometer though.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:12 PM   #23
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Is that a burn barrel?
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I believe the Old Country are what Aaron franklin uses for his personal use. He did alter the location of the thermometer though.
Iíd bet that he was paid to use that in that video.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:13 PM   #24
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:15 PM   #25
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Okay, my true $100 Craigslist find.
New Bransfels smoker. Excellent condition.







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Old 03-12-2019, 08:18 PM   #26
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Definitely a great find for $100! Iíll pay ya $125 for it today!
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:19 PM   #27
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Nice find!
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:27 PM   #28
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For $100 I wouldn't have taken the time to tie it down either. No sense in giving the seller time to change his mind! Great deal you got there.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:36 PM   #29
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For $100 I wouldn't have taken the time to tie it down either. No sense in giving the seller time to change his mind! Great deal you got there.


He said ďThought I would use it more but pretty much quit eating meat.Ē


:face palm:

Iím not one to judge but one mans loss is another mans gain.
Nanners hassss gottttt the meat.


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Old 03-12-2019, 08:36 PM   #30
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Definitely a great find for $100! Iíll pay ya $125 for it today!


Iíll give you a little wiggle room and sell it to YOU for $200.


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Old 03-12-2019, 08:51 PM   #31
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Iíll give you a little wiggle room and sell it to YOU for $200.
Harsh Ok...you deliver right?
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:57 PM   #32
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He said ďThought I would use it more but pretty much quit eating meat.Ē


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So you mean to tell me you took total advantage of some Hindu, Muslim or Buddhist?

Iím so disappointed in you NS!
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Old 03-12-2019, 09:20 PM   #33
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So you mean to tell me you took total advantage of some Hindu, Muslim or Buddhist?



Iím so disappointed in you NS!


Nah fam. I took advantage of a good deal. Had nothing to do with its nationality, religion, sexual orientation, race, what he or she or it identifies as, or ďShalomĒ sign above the front door.


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Old 03-31-2019, 03:53 PM   #34
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Rollin smoke on Sober Sunday. Lmao

Found out the thermometer doesnít work. Not sure what kind I need to replace it.





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Old 03-31-2019, 03:58 PM   #35
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Rollin smoke on Sober Sunday. Lmao

Found out the thermometer doesnít work. Not sure what kind I need to replace it.





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What time is dinner???
Looking good!
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Old 03-31-2019, 04:00 PM   #36
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Thermometer from academy.
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Old 03-31-2019, 04:00 PM   #37
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Found out the thermometer doesnít work. Not sure what kind I need to replace it.
Post a pic of the thermometer and the orifice it came from and I bet someone here has one. I know I have 30 or 40 laying around.
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Old 03-31-2019, 04:22 PM   #38
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Get a two probed electric unit. Stick one in the meat and one on the grate. I think you can get a Weber one for $30 or so.


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Old 03-31-2019, 04:22 PM   #39
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One of these...

https://www.amazon.com/Weber-6741-St...31073340&psc=1


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Old 03-31-2019, 07:27 PM   #40
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I have a thermometer on mine but don’t really use it at all. I’ve found if I grab the exhaust stack and I can keep my hand there for 2-3 seconds before it gets too hot to hold I’m GTG. If it’s hot right away, slow her down, but that’s rarely an issue. If I can keep my hand on it for 5 seconds plus I need to stoke the fire.
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