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valleypoboy 656 150 February 19, 2015 at 11:12 AM in Home & Home Improvement (3) More Walmart Deals
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Last Edited by valleypoboy March 10, 2015 at 01:55 PM
There was a single pallet of these in the garden section of my local Walmart with a sign on them saying "Clearance $199"
Link to product:
link [walmart.com]

Without trying to start a debate over types of smokers, from my reading, this is one of the best side box smokers you can find for under $500. With a couple, mostly easy modifications, (google Oklahoma Joes Smoker Mods) it can become a great smoker.

I recall looking at the floor model of this and recall it feeling a LOT more solid built, with much thicker steel than all the other smokers/BBQ's available.

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HA! I just ate lunch a Oklahoma Joes....or Joes Kansas City as it is now called.

May be the reason for the clearance.
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I did notice the walmart site lists these twice now, once as "Oklahoma Joe's Highland Smoker/Grill, Black" and once as "Char-Broil OK Joes Highland Smoker/Grill". The Joe's is listed at $288 and the Charbroil is $499. The pictures are identical and the specs are very similar with a couple changes and some misprints (I don't think it's 400lbs and no way is it only 23" tall)? :

Oklahoma Joe's Highland Smoker/Grill, Black: ($288 one)
Heavy-gauge solid steel
879 sq in of primary cooking on porcelain-coated steel grates
3" professional temperature gauge
Multiple dampers
Convenient charcoal access door allows for easy heat and smoke control
Large 11" diameter wheels for easy mobility
Backyard smoker dimensions: 13.9"W x 25.5"D x 11.6"H
1-year warranty
Model# 14201884
Specifications
Battery Type: Does Not Contain a Battery
Multi Pack Indicator: No
Model No.: 14201884
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 404.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 57.0 x 33.5 x 23.0
Assembled in Country of Origin: Imported
Origin of Components: Imported
Walmart No.: 551830371

The $500 one:
900 sq. in. of total cooking surface, including 619 sq. in. in the main chamber
100% heavy-gauge steel construction
Designed for use with charcoal and wood
Assembled dimensions: 57W x 33.5D x 53H in.
Assembled weight: 183 lbs.
Non-stick, porcelain-coated wire cooking surface
Easy-access door to tend your fire; dampers control heat and smoke
Fully mobile with large, 10-in. wheels
Storage shelf for your grilling necessities
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Specifications
Model No.: 15202026
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 183.0
Origin of Components: USA or Imported
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I have an original OK Joes in my backyard right now.

Oklahoma Joe sold their name to Charlbroil sometime back. Originals sold for $600 when new.
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I essentially have an ever so slightly smaller version of this one minus the lower shelf but with cast iron grates. Bottom line is that I love it in spite of it's imperfections. The quality of this line of products definitely took a dip after the Charbroil takeover. Be prepared for the chance this thing will leak like crazy and need some work in order to get it sufficiently sealed. That said, I think this is a pretty good deal; it would be a terrific deal if it came with the better grates.
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I essentially have an ever so slightly smaller version of this one minus the lower shelf but with cast iron grates. Bottom line is that I love it in spite of it's imperfections. The quality of this line of products definitely took a dip after the Charbroil takeover. Be prepared for the chance this thing will leak like crazy and need some work in order to get it sufficiently sealed. That said, I think this is a pretty good deal; it would be a terrific deal if it came with the better grates.
I don't doubt charbroil cut corners where they could, but the common "mods" include sealing it up as airtight as you can get. A bottle of orange RTV does most of the work.

What better grates are you referring to?
From the description it comes with porcelain coated steel. I have to admit that I prefer cast iron, but I don't really see either as bad.
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There was a single pallet of these in the garden section of my local Walmart with a sign on them saying "Clearance $199"
Link to product:
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Without trying to start a debate over types of smokers, from my reading, this is one of the best side box smokers you can find for under $500. With a couple, mostly easy modifications, (google Oklahoma Joes Smoker Mods) it can become a great smoker.

I recall looking at the floor model of this and recall it feeling a LOT more solid built, with much thicker steel than all the other smokers/BBQ's available.
Which Walmart?
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Price dropped to $150.

I bought one and here's my thoughts after my first cook. Google Oklahoma Joe's smoker mods for exact instructions and to for your own ideas
Here's what I already did:
Used orange (food safe) RTV between the side box top and bottom and where the sidebox attaches to the main body. I only have very minor smoke leaks at the big door. This may need addressed, but I'm not sure yet.
Here's what I haven't done yet, but now plan on doing:
-Block off a couple inches (at the top) of the vent between the fire box and the cooking chamber.
-Make some type of heat diffuser or tuning plates to force the heat down and across to evenly distribute the heat across the cooking chamber.
-Make a charcoal box out of expanded steel

For $150 I feel like I purchased an unfinished $1500 smoker. For a few more $ and a little bit of DIY time and effort I'll have a great smoker.
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Do you have a receipt scan so I can try to price match.
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How do I buy this smoker for $150? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. -John
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