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shaun2que

Having second thoughts

So I ordered 36' hybrid deluxe mounted on wagon cart.. I chose 36' because of my family size. But after upgrades I'm second guessing myself, with upgrades could have spent on a larger size smoker? So confused!!
Midwest Freak

get the biggest you can get for the money you have  and call them soon if your going to  change your mind .
shaun2que

That's what I'm thinking.. with shipping almost @ 3grand.. wife says I'm at my $$ limit!! Lol! Really leaning towards 36' stretch deluxe. Wish website would list them. Didn't realize they even made'em till recently!
KevinWI

I went thru the same thing. back and forth. I finally upgraded to the stretch. Heard the grill takes a pile of charcoal and is a bit of a pain to clean....I have a smaller grill for things I need to cook with coal.

Then I agonized between the 48 and 36 stretch. I liked the length of the 36 stretch, then decided instead of the patio/Wagon cart, I'd upgrade to the trailer model just because I'm not young anymore and pushing one around by myself would be a pain. I didn't get the deluxe as I really don't see the benefit for the warmer for my own needs.

I won't know for sure because I've never seen one in person but I think I can fit a small hog in the stretch still....not that I will ever do it...

To each their own...no one can decide for you or know your requirements.

Ben said my will be completed and ready for shipment early this week. Can't wait!
shaun2que

Congrats on finishing date. What was the cost of yours?
Eddie Z

I got the 48" patio deluxe for $2200...+$500 to ship it. I can feed 50 people brisket, pork butt and chicken in one cook. If you do ribs and don't want to get a dozen rib racks, I would go bigger.
shaun2que

Congrats on finishing date. What was the cost of yours?
dejaymattingly

I am a proud owner of a 36 hybrid deluxe, and do I love it ? Yes! Now do I regret my decision,  um just a little bit. I wish now I would have went with the 36 stretch, on a trailer, and simply added a chargrill. No warmer box.   I dont use my warmer box because I have to get my smoke chamber up to 350-400 for the warmer box to reach atleast 200. I dont cook at that high of temperature.  I think a chargrill is worth more then a warmer box especially on a bigger size smoker. I have had my smoker for about a month or two. I've smoked about 8-10 times and a few times I have been able to GRILL burgers, sausages, hot dogs, and even steaks in the SMOKE CHAMBER. It was easy and fast and didn't take away from the other cuts of meat that needed longer cook time. Now with that being said I haven't even used my chargrill. Only to season it. I am glad I have that option though. I feel like one day I will need to do a quick grill and not have enough room in the smoke chamber, and that will come in handy.

Now, as for you, I cant tell what to go with. What I can say is that I generally cook for about 10-20 people and my lil 36 hybrid deluxe does just fine. That 36 stretch that I said I should have went with would be perfect for me. Even for the money I think the stretch is the way to go. Whatever you decide you will have fun learning and mastering the art. Good luck keep us posted
dsarphie

I went with the 48 patio. Honestly, I had heard people talking about "stretch" models, but since I did not see anything on the website about them I figured it was a discontinued model.  I did not ask and still not know what they are.

I had the 4" casters up front replaced with the same 8" tires that they put on the rear.  They had to add an axel to the front and a wagon arm so I could pull it around the yard and over some uneven concrete.  It works great and I think was a smart addition.  It was only $200 extra.  This way, if I want to take it somewhere I just load in on to a trailer.  Moving it over grass is easy.

I was a bit concerned about the overall size since no where can you get exact dimensions.  Not that I have it, it is not too big, and I have a small backyard.

I would not have been happy with the 36".  While I've never seen it, I've used a lot of space in the 48"  The way I see it, better to have more space than less.  

I'd suggest getting rid of the deluxe and go up a size.
KevinWI

36 stretch patio:



Video of 36 stretch trailer: (cost me $300 more for the trailer than wagon cart model, but this isn't my video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_kkvC2n6rk
dsarphie

not trying to ask a dumb question, but how is it different?  It looks shorter top to bottom, but longer side to side.  is it the length of a 48?
KevinWI

Longer tube but a smaller diameter tube. Bottom rack on a 48 is 22.5" deep.
bottom Rack on a 36 or 36 stretch is 18.5" deep.
The 48 is about 45" length of bottom rack, the 36" stretch has 54".
KevinWI

So, to summerize:
36 stretch has 6.93 SFT of bottom cooking area
48 inch has 7.03 SFT of bottom cooking area.
however, if you wanted to cook a small whole hog, the 48 would serve that purpose better I think .
shaun2que

Happy camper!! Called and talked to Sarah and cancelled my original order 36' hybrid deluxe. Went and ordered 36' stretch deluxe on trailer. Thank you to Sarah for being so understanding & helpfull. FYI stretch model should be up on website soon..
KevinWI

shaun2que wrote:
Happy camper!! Called and talked to Sarah and cancelled my original order 36' hybrid deluxe. Went and ordered 36' stretch deluxe on trailer. Thank you to Sarah for being so understanding & helpfull. FYI stretch model should be up on website soon..


LOL....yeah....she said the same to me on April 8 about "should be up on website soon". Exact words! She's real nice and helpful though.
shaun2que

Well boo! Thought I had some good info!! Lol!!

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