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7Tango

Why are the 36 stretch so popular

Hello,
Im new to the forum after deciding on getting a Lang as my military retirement gift. Ive seen on here and even on YouTube, lots of people are going with the 36 stretch deluxe.

Can someone please school this newbie up? Ive pretty much decided on the 48 patio deluxe for ease of using it as a backyard grill and if I needed to travel with it, I "should be able" to load it into a trailer. Is this a far fetched idea?

Is the 36 stretch deluxe the better one?
hugoice

The 36 stretch gives u the length of the 60 it's cooking area is 54 inches long and 19 inches wide with a full slide out top shelf. I chose it cause u get almost the same cooking area for a lot less money.
glocksrock

The 48 has more square inches of cooking area, but the 36 stretch is longer, so you have to decide what is best for you cooking needs, and budget. The 48 can have a slide out top shelf at no extra cost if you prefer that over the regular upper shelf option.
7Tango

hugoice wrote:
The 36 stretch gives u the length of the 60 it's cooking area is 54 inches long and 19 inches wide with a full slide out top shelf. I chose it cause u get almost the same cooking area for a lot less money.


Thanks for the specs Hugoice! Ive never cooked a whole hog before and not sure when I would, but I would hate to one day decide I wanted to and couldnt with the 36 stretch. I guess I need to ponder this one for a lil while longer then. What was the prices of the 36 stretch run about?
7Tango

glocksrock wrote:
The 48 has more square inches of cooking area, but the 36 stretch is longer, so you have to decide what is best for you cooking needs, and budget. The 48 can have a slide out top shelf at no extra cost if you prefer that over the regular upper shelf option.


Im someone that needs to see things in order to get a good understanding of how big or small they really are. So the 48 has more cooking space than the 36 stretch? I would opt for the slide out top shelf. That to me just looks better and seems to have more functionality. Thanks Glocksrock!
hugoice

It costs 1800 for a patio model
hugoice

2100 for the run about
7Tango

hugoice wrote:
2100 for the run about


Thanks for that information
dsarphie

I've got a 48 patio.  You're not going to get a whole hog on that.  A 40 lbs piglet?  Sure.  But not a hog.  

When I ordered mine in April 2014, they told me that the slide out shelf was now standard.

I, too, have put it on a trailer to take to competitions.  If you want that option, get them to replace the front 4" casters with 8" tires.  They will install an axle and wagon arm.  This makes it much easier to get it up the trailer ramp and over grass or gravel.
7Tango

dsarphie wrote:
I've got a 48 patio... I, too, have put it on a trailer to take to competitions.  If you want that option, get them to replace the front 4" casters with 8" tires.  They will install an axle and wagon arm.  This makes it much easier to get it up the trailer ramp and over grass or gravel.


Thanks for the testimony that ordering a patio version can and has been used to load onto a trailer. I never thought about the 8" wheels up front, but that makes a world of difference!

Ok, so no whole hog. Again, Ive never done one so needing that option right now is not required. I guess if the time ever came I could just order a 60 or 84?

How much meat have you loaded onto your 48 patio? Do you have the deluxe and if so, how much are able to load into the warmer?
glocksrock

I just smoked 10 chicken quarters, some of Dutch's wicked baked beans, and some abt's. Had a bit of room leftover without even needing the shelf.

smoking smoker

7Tango wrote:
hugoice wrote:
2100 for the run about


Thanks for that information



I just ordered one and was told $2795 for 36 stretch deluxe runabout. Better check with them first.
dsarphie

the most I've cooked on my 48 was 6 racks of spares, a whole packer, 2 chickens and 36 wings/drummetes.  You can fit a lot of food in it.  I could have fit more ribs and another packer or 2 butts if I needed.  

I don't have the warmer box.  I didn't see a need for it.  When I've taken it to competitions I use the top of the firebox to warm sauces.
KevinWI

I have the 36 stretch....the top rack is slide out, so I'm not sure where that comment came from.  

The cooking area on the 48 is more, but not by much...not enough to matter.
The cost was less for the trailer model, which is a reason I chose it....

the longer the tube, the more temperature differential from one end to the other....just the nature of physics....learn your cooker. Love mine.

I can cook a larger pig in the stretch over the 48...simply because it's longer.   Place the hog on the rack for the top and slide it over the bottom rack....lets you pull the hog and work on it during the cook easily by sliding in and out.

not a big hog though...maybe 70lbs

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