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In Reply to: Buying a smoker posted by Jeremy Chasteen on September 05, 2013 at 15:47:44:
Being a sucker for a project I'd offer scrap value plus a little bit. I WOULD however see if he/she would let you put a fire in it to see if there are any leaks, obvious holes etc. See how much it takes to get hot, which I think is going to be a LOT, and generally just see how it works. Take temperatures across the grates to see how heat moves across the cooker. There are some pieces on there that are worth some $$$ (not much but some) by themselves like the wheels and thermometer, if either are in good shape. Put a fire in it, see how it works, and if you like it and the steel is in good shape, its nothing that a little naval jelly and/or sand blasting/pressure washing and some paint cant take care of. But, IMHO, regardless of the condition after reconditioning it, its going to be a fuel HOG unless you can put some insulation on that thing somehow. Good luck, hope it works out for you.
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