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#61 stettoman

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 08:50 AM

It looks to be worth around $550-700, but resale would be around $400, $250-300 lightly used, $250 used (a couple years), but if I commissioned somebody who was not a friend, I'd expect to pay $800-1100.

 

 

I say $400-$500 due to the custom work and real steel that will last longer than the thin stamped stuff.

 

Here's a cheap model similar for $258. https://www.homedepo...DC-DC/304909263

 

 

 

 

Since you gave measurements and materials if you paid $250-500 that seems reasonable to get exactly what you want! You may have paid more since the person is billed as an artist and not a laborer. That's all I got!

 

 

Would you take 50? Thats what I would ask if it was on Craigslist lol.

You would probably say "no" so I would say "55?" Just to be a butthead. If your looking for insurance value, I would just slap the 800-1000 on there that boss said!
If your looking to make more and sell them...I have no idea.

 

Here's why I asked: Before Mike left for Colorado we had a discussion about the modifications (repairs?) that you boys suggested. He claimed it to be worth over $400 as is, meaning no added grates, no coal tray, just exactly as he brought it. To make any profit he'd have had to add a percentage on top of that.

 

I told him it would be worth that IF he had the coal tray, a real exhaust stack, more grates, thermometer, etc....I pointed out a $400 OK Joe smoker of the same design including all the bells and whistles...though the guage of steel was undoubtedly NOT 1/8".

 

From your responses it looks like I'll have to call and admit he was right...


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 01:54 PM

400$ is under valued probably as a custom one off. Commercial stuff benefits from the economy of scale for process and best supply prices. Looking at what he normally does his margins would be way better on the custom artistic stuff. With little planning and layout though, he could probably hire and train a summer student to build them if he has excess shop space.
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Posted 10 July 2019 - 02:08 PM

I do believe as a custom job at $400, he was being honest about additional costs for mods, even if they were expected. It could have been brought up earlier if this was just something you took for granted. Very nice smoker, enjoy!



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Posted 10 July 2019 - 02:16 PM

Oklahoma Joe's are cool.

 

Just imagine you asked someone to build you a compact car from scratch. But then you said, "But the Hyundai Elantra costs...." :P



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Posted 10 July 2019 - 03:24 PM

You want to sell it already??? :rofl:

 

Do you mean, what is it worth to sell? Or is it worth what you paid for, since it was custom?

 

It's two answers. You pay to restore a 57 Chevy and spend 100 grand, you may be only able to sell it for 50, but it's your dream car and worth it to you.

 

 

Oklahoma Joe's are cool.

 

Just imagine you asked someone to build you a compact car from scratch. But then you said, "But the Hyundai Elantra costs...." :P

 

Hmm...Boss, your repeated comparisons to the auto industry has me a little concerned...You building or restoring, then....? :think:  :think:  :think:

 

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 03:26 PM

My smoker is a Yugo :rofl:



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Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:28 AM

OK, I know the database is filthy with opinions on this one, and I've done "some" searching and re-searching, but just to keep this topic fresh, what do you guys recommend fot grates, cast iron, chrome plate wire or stainless?

 

If I had the do-re-mi I'd get a set of both cast iron and one of the other two, but I don't and I'm kind of a cast iron purist. Still....

 

This smoker's gonna cook just about anything I can get to fit, and peppers this fall as well....


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:58 AM

Stainless will last longer. CI tends to crack and the cheaper chrome plated grates will eventually rust. You can have them custom made using 1/4" round stock and treat them like cast iron, they will season the same or close to it.

 

 

Go cheap and use expanded metal, make sure to get the smooth EP. 

 

 

Maybe you should've bought a welder first!!! :lol:



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Posted 12 July 2019 - 11:10 AM

Stainless will last longer. CI tends to crack and the cheaper chrome plated grates will eventually rust. You can have them custom made using 1/4" round stock and treat them like cast iron, they will season the same or close to it.

 

 

Go cheap and use expanded metal, make sure to get the smooth EP. 

 

 

Maybe you should've bought a welder first!!! :lol:

 

 

Heh heh, I know so many guys with welders of every kind and size, I doan' nee' no steenkeen welder!!

 

Most will help me out for a spool and a double IPA....

 

I do like that expanded metal idea, there are just so many options out there.

 

I also found an excellent method of attaching wheels...

 

https://www.homedepo...OR400/206998666


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:59 PM

OK, I know the database is filthy with opinions on this one, and I've done "some" searching and re-searching, but just to keep this topic fresh, what do you guys recommend fot grates, cast iron, chrome plate wire or stainless?

 

If I had the do-re-mi I'd get a set of both cast iron and one of the other two, but I don't and I'm kind of a cast iron purist. Still....

 

This smoker's gonna cook just about anything I can get to fit, and peppers this fall as well....

 

 

For a smoker not a grill, stainless! No rust, does all you need it to do, hold stuff. If you cared about fat grill marks and steaks and things, I'd say cast iron, but USA made only, so it does not fall apart.



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Posted 12 July 2019 - 01:01 PM

Also what Rajun said. The expanded with a border, it will season up nice like the inner smoker.



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Posted 15 July 2019 - 04:04 PM

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