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Used offset - What to look for/check?

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    Used offset - What to look for/check?

    Well...the title says it all. I'm off to check out an offset listed for $700 😱 but I have ZERO experience with offsets. Please help me!

    It's a custom built 100 gallon reverse flow. CL link below. Please don't buy it from under me if it's a good deal πŸ˜‚

    https://portland.craigslist.org/clk/...103877195.html

    #2
    Hard to tell a lot from the pics. Ask for more better pics before driving out there. You want to see that the doors shut welll with no air gaps. Ask what guage steel it is made from.

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      #3
      Checking the firebox throughly for burn through and gaps comes to mind.

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        #4
        Make sure all welds are solid.

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          #5
          Looks ok to me. Check for burn throughs, and make sure it seals up (the food chamber door). Except for that, if it looks good, buy it. If the steel gauge is 5/32" or thicker you're good.

          You can tweak it later if you feel like it (and have a welder or knows someone who does).

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            #6
            Thank you all for the info!

            One other thing I was thinking about, should there be some way to clean the cooking chamber (ie ball valve), or is that not necessary?

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            • Steve R.
              Steve R. commented
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              Yes, that's important. You would think that would be in the photo, but it could just be a drain hole in the bottom.

            • Henrik
              Henrik commented
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              Should be. A drain hole is enough, does not need to be a ball valve. But if there isn’t one I wouldn’t consider it a deal breaker.

            #7
            if you don't buy it, I'm heading to Portland!

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              #8
              Well it's legit!

              The welds are solid, there is a bit of rust on the top of the fire box from expansion/contraction but it's fairly superficial - nothing a bit of brushing and a bit of hi temp paint couldn't fix.

              The tank itself is probably a 100 gallon propane tank. It's around a quarter inch thick too, and the fire box is 1/4 inch plate.

              It has a fixed plate in the middle of the tank, and a drain at the bottom near the fore box. Grates are stainless steel. The door is pretty tight and has a replaceable gasket too.

              Now I just have to convince my wife (shouldn't be hard). And get a truck and trailer since my Tacoma is a bit too lifted to haul a trailer πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

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              • scottranda
                scottranda commented
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                Coooool πŸ”₯

              • ecowper
                ecowper commented
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                We have a 4Runner TRD .... what a great platform ... but not made for hauling big loads

              • Loren
                Loren commented
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                Mine is a 4 banger too...great for around town and Forest Service roads, but hauling and/or road trips is torture!

              #9
              Sounds good - pics of your first cook are mandatory.

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                #10
                I have its little baby - maybe there's some upgrade ideas here?

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                LoL - have a great time with that 'new to you' Smoker!

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                  #11
                  I don’t know anything about offsets. But that looks pretty good.

                  and yes. Pictures of first cook!!!

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                    #12
                    Glad to know it looks solid - I had spotted the drain as a pipe nipple hanging down near the firebox in one of the photos on Craigslist. Good luck getting the Mrs. convinced, and getting it home!

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                    • Loren
                      Loren commented
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                      I got her convinced (luckily I just got a bonus!).

                      Now to wrangle a trailer at the Home Despots 😏

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