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FloridaSteve

Why should I choose a Lang?

I have bought cheap grills/smokers at Lowes and Home Depot for years.  My last smoker rusted entirely through in less that two years.  My last gas grill did not fair much better.  I am looking at getting a 36" hybrid patio smoker.  I have read a few comments on fireboxes rusting.  If I could hear from a few of you on how long Langs smokers will last and how they compare with other smokers, I would greatly appreciate it.  Steve
Eddie Z

Usually it's surface rust. A Lang is 1/4" rolled steel. It won't rust thru in a few years especially if you keep it maintained.
Wood River BBQ Team

Re: Why should I choose a Lang?

FloridaSteve wrote:
I have bought cheap grills/smokers at Lowes and Home Depot for years.  My last smoker rusted entirely through in less that two years.  My last gas grill did not fair much better.  I am looking at getting a 36" hybrid patio smoker.  I have read a few comments on fireboxes rusting.  If I could hear from a few of you on how long Langs smokers will last and how they compare with other smokers, I would greatly appreciate it.  Steve


Steve: One part of your question is easy to answer - a 1/4" rolled steel smoker from any manufacturer will outlast you and the children you give it to.

How Lang's compare to other smokers is another matter. You have to narrow down the comparison and only compare it against smokers in the Lang 36 price range of $1200 to $1600 (including shipping). You should also decide if reverse flow is what you're looking for and compare accordingly. Some cookers are not true reverse flow and you have to buy additional accessories.

Do you want a smokers with beautiful welds and tight fits with the fire box and cook chamber -- you're going to pay more $$$ for that unit.

I had some problems with my unit but they were easy fixes. Bottom line is that the Lang is an excellent cooker for the money. Would I buy another Lang if all I had to spend was $1500 -- the answer is yes. If I had an unlimited budget then no. Would the higher price smoker cook better than the Lang -- I doubt it. Would the higher price units (double insulated fire boxes etc) make it easier to control temperature/smoke - yes they would.

Good luck mate and it's not any easy decision but you won't go wrong with the Lang.
fender

I bought a 36 patio last April after cooking with box store offsets for many years.  I did look at the other high-end smokers, but decided on the Lang based on build and overall value. After almost weekly use I am still happy with my choice.  As soon as the weather breaks, I’m going to remove some surface rust (mainly on top) and repaint for the fire box for the first time.  
As Wood River pointed out, with reasonable care they should last generations.
Wood River BBQ Team

Re: Reverse air flow

FloridaSteve wrote:
Thanks for the comments so far...  What exactly is reverse air flow feature?  What are advantages/disadvantages?  Thanks!


Steve: There's only so much we can do for you - the rest is up to you to educate yourself if you wish to make the next step up from cheapo smokers. Reverse flow is expressed better than any of us could explain in the Lang FAQ section - "Reverse flow, why it is so terrific". After reviewing that material then do a google search on the subject.

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