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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:53 pm 
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I'm new to the BBQ/Smoking game.

I convinced my fiance to allow me to buy a offset smoker.

I'm wanting to buy a off-set smoker. Can anyone give me some advvide about brand/price/where tyo get one from? I'm kind of limited because I live in Tasmania.

Any help is apreciated.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:34 pm 
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Hi Again,
That is a very good question - and from my limited exposure to the BBQ world - what's your budget? I've seen offsets @ many $1000's - but they are really the goods !! I bought a Hark Tri- Fire $750.00 and I'm reasonable happy with it though I have spent some time and money modifying a little bit (extra Thermometers, seal kit, fire basket - actually two deep fryer baskets). I can't comment on the performance on the other types but, there are a range of different styles and price ranges. Generally, the heavier the steel or construction, the better the heat retention and thermal mass. Komado cookers are very popular and so are the Drum smokers, bullet smokers, Pellet smokers, heck, even the humble Weber does a good job.

Happy BBQ - but take your time in choosing 'cos they are like cars - get good one and it will last for years and get used and shown off all the time - if you get a crappy, cheapy - you probably use it once, be very disillusioned and push it to the back of the garage and never look at it again.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:53 pm 
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You can buy offsets from $750 to many thousands of dollars for home use. Check out some of the homegrown brands like Southern Cross Smokers, Radar Hill and a few others from around $3000+ then there's imported models from Horizon or Yoder Wichita for $5000. For best advice let us know you budget so we can more accurately recommend something for you in your price range.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:44 pm 
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Welcome. If you're brand new to the smoking/I want an offset fraternity, I'd start with a cheap setup. Say a hark tri-fire. That will let you know if offsets are really what you want without spending thousands.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:11 pm 
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I am in the same boat as you.......maybe I have gone a little over board but I have a bullockhead creek smoker in the process of getting delivered. I cant wait to get it !


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:34 am 
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Cheers for the tips guys.

The Hark Tri-fire looks perfect for what I want to do.

getting keen.

Also that website seems pretty damn legit too.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:23 am 
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Ir0n_F4ther wrote:
Cheers for the tips guys.

The Hark Tri-fire looks perfect for what I want to do.

getting keen.

Also that website seems pretty damn legit too.


Check out bullockhead creek I have one on the way should be here any day. They have a sale on at the moment. Craig has been very helpful and knows his stuff.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:18 pm 
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Hi father.... if you decide on a tri fire I would have a look at this

http://www.aussiepitmasters.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=3002

I'm very happy with my TriFire, though given an unlimited budget I would have gone to an Australian Manufacturer. Bullockhead creek smokers, Silver creek smokers are what I would be looking at, cos they are local.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:25 pm 
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Gary wrote:
You can buy offsets from $750 to many thousands of dollars for home use. Check out some of the homegrown brands like Southern Cross Smokers, Radar Hill and a few others from around $3000+ then there's imported models from Horizon or Yoder Wichita for $5000. For best advice let us know you budget so we can more accurately recommend something for you in your price range.


looking at 16inch smokers
any difference between Bullockhead & Yoder?
looks like bullockhead is based on yoder design but is about 1/4 the price as it's made locally
think its a smart choice?
thanks


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:30 pm 
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(full disclosure im one of the owners of southern cross smokers)
with all the prices theres a reason there is a difference

not all offsets are created equal
Sure they are all made out of steel but there are many points of difference

Quality of doors/seals
R&D of airflow
reverse flow, standard flow
Fitting / quality of grates (square mesh / expanded steel / stainless steel / Pressed expanded steel)
After sales support
Quality of welds
Aesthetics (personal preference)
Accessories / Options

there arent many brands that tick every box but some tick more than others and in MANY cases thats what the price difference is there for.
If you want to chat more drop me a line

Brett
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