Texas Original Pits Luling 16x36x18 Single Lid Offset Smoker - GFB-163618-SL
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Texas Original Pits warrants this barbecue unit against burn through in the main cooking chamber for 10 years from the manufactured date or from the purchase date with proof of purchase. All other components not specified are warrantied for 6 months from the manufactured date or purchase date with proof of purchase. The Texas Original Pits (TOP) product must be registered with the Company within 30 days of purchase for the warranty to be valid.

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Customer Reviews (4)

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Rik
NC
 
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Texas Original Pit - worth your money
This is a fantastic smoker for the price point. The build quality will last you decades. The cook chamber is 1/4 steel. They do not have the following of all the YouTube content makers. They do not have a catchy theme song like the smoker in Georgia. I own an original Oklahoma Joe from Stillwater Oklahoma. I would put this pit easily in the same class. End of the day. This is a solid well build smoker for the money.
 

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Burleigh
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★★★★★
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Great grill
Best darn grill I have ever had
 

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BBQ Pat
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 
★★★★★
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Fantastic but...
Outstanding smoker/grill. Well constructed, all welded and fully assembled. There are two problems. First, the grate for the firebox is about 2 inches too narrow. It sits below the vent opening so there's little air flow below the coals and the space quickly fills with ash. I was able to fix this with a coal grate from an older smoker. At this price I would expect the grate to be properly sized. The second problem is relatively minor. The cleaning tool that is included is too large so you can't just pull the ashes out but have to angle it. Again at this price I would expect the tool to fit the smoker.
 

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Anthony
Pennsylvania
 
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Good Smoker
Smokes grate, maintains temperature pretty consistently, easy clean and set up, biggest draw back is cleaning the firebox during use. While they mention it in the video, you really don't see how much of a hassle it is. I plan on getting some rebar to raise it a little higher up for better airflow and clean out during a long smoke. Other than that, I love it, the first few smokes on it have gone great! Deep penetration of the smoke, fairly balanced temps though a heat diffuser would help on the exhaust end to keep it a little higher. I would buy this again but I would buy the larger one in the future.
 

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Expert Review

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The Skinny:
  • Proudly American-made and hand-welded with ¼-inch thick steel
  • Awesome heat and smoke retention with even heating throughout
  • Included cooking grate turns firebox into a strong charcoal grill
  • Clear considerations to consistency and convenience
  • 10-year manufacturer warranty

Here at BBQGuys, we love stories — and Texas Original Pits has a great one. At first, they didn’t have anything to do with smoking and backyard barbecues, but the 2007 global recession sent the former manufacturing company spiraling when demand for industrial steel equipment in the Texas oil fields decreased. One clever business pivot later, the factory was overhauled into a facility for producing cleverly designed offset BBQ smokers. To this day, each smoker is still handcrafted by American workers in Houston, Texas — which brings us to their flagship, the Texas Original Pits Luling offset smoker.

Frankly, it’s a beast. We knew that going in, so we dove straight for the fully-featured “Loaded” Luling model for this review. Tested by our own capable Grill Master Randy, he found it an astounding smoker with remarkable construction and excellent grilling performance. Even among Premium class smokers, we found one fantastic surprise after another. Incredible features? Check. Outstanding operation? Check. Virtually bulletproof design? Check. This is the smoker that strikes fear into the heart of other smokers. We’re not saying that if we set it up in an empty parking lot and hit it head-on with a truck, Texas Original Pits Luling Loaded would roll away unscathed on those majestic wheels. But, worst-case scenario, the term “mutually assured destruction" does come to mind.

Quality:

Next to other offset models, Texas Original Pits Luling’s hand-welded construction and thick steel make it feel practically built like a tank.
  • After mere minutes alone with the Texas Original Pits Luling offset smoker, a background in industrial manufacturing becomes clearly evident. Around every last corner on this indomitable smoker is one more sign of impeccable construction. For instance, the cooking chamber barrel, chimney, and firebox are built with ¼-inch thick, construction-grade steel — this ensures not only incredible heat retention, but keeping that heat even and steady. Grill Master Randy was surprised to find that the deflector plate measures practically only a hair’s width thinner. He even clocked the main hinges in at 13mm, which really imparts a lot of confidence into swinging that beefy lid.

    But it doesn’t stop there. All Luling models are completely hand-welded. Maybe the best example of this level of excellence is the flanged hood, which runs the entire length of the main cooking chamber hood. That impressive touch creates a seal to limit smoke and heat from leaking straight out of the chamber. It’s rare to see this sort of thoughtful consideration on a Premium class grill, or really any grill at this price point. It adds a functional yet aesthetically pleasing element to the solid design.

  • measuring thickness of smoker baffle plate

We did mention surprises around every corner, and here’s another one: Texas Original Pits stands by these hard-as-nails smokers with an outstanding guarantee. Due in part to the sturdy, hand-welded composition, the main chamber is warrantied against burn-through by the manufacturer for a full 10 years. Does stellar construction backed by an ironclad warranty make this machine unstoppable? Well, if a time-traveling robot from a dystopian future stumbled out from an alley — and it was built out of this smoker — it would accomplish whatever it wanted to do in about 10 minutes.

Performance:

The Luling Loaded offset smoker is a real powerhouse. It’s big, it’s beefy, and obsessed with heat — making it, retaining it, and keeping it even.
  • Thoughtful design doesn’t stop with its durability, as a lot of consideration was clearly funneled into the Luling Loaded smoker’s cooking operation. Grill Master Randy measured the top rack at 35 ½ inches wide by 14 inches deep, whereas the bottom rack is 5 inches deeper. The hood runs tall, too: Luling Loaded’s main chamber stretches 9 inches from base grid level to lid apex. Want to smoke an entire turkey? Keep an entire family reunion fed? This smoker’s up to the task. Even adding fuel or scraping ash is a breeze with the barrel’s large access door and abundant gulf below the cooking grates.

    Not to mention the ample smoking box. This separate compartment offers direct flame cooking over a cooking grid measuring 19 inches by 18 inches. Picture roughly half a dozen flame-licked steaks at a time; you’ll get the right idea. If you’re not interested in that bonus, you’re still not missing out! For smoking sessions alone, pop the firebox open and enjoy overhead access to adding charcoal or wood. Bear in mind that basic thermodynamics will cost you more heat than simply using the access door — wait, did we not mention the door? Oh, silly us. Clearly going for broke, Texas Original Pits slapped a generously large access door on the side of the barrel for loading up fuel, scraping out ash, and funneling your flames all the delicious oxygen they could want.

  • Smoking ribs on the Luling offset smoker

Standout among this offset smoker’s performance-enhancing touches is the baffle plate. It guides smoke and heat channel further down the barrel of the smoking chamber, lessening hot spots before releasing directly below your meat — and provides a perfect storm of true convection cooking and extremely even heating. “Extremely” is a big word there, so we’ll clarify: when Grill Master Randy loaded up the cooking chamber with 5 thermocouples and pumped the heat, he found only 17 degrees Fahrenheit of variation from the average. That’s practically unheard of on a live-fire smoker, earning Luling Loaded top marks from our impressed expert.

Features:

It checks all our boxes. We invite you to find a design flaw in the Luling Loaded, because we just can’t.
  • Texas Original Pits really pulled out all the stops to make the Luling’s fully-loaded model one of the most cleverly crafted offset smokers on the market. It rolls on a pair of 12 ¾-inch wagon wheels while averaging about 100 pounds lighter than comparatively sized offset smokers; this makes the hefty smoker surprisingly mobile. Speaking of wheeled legs, the pair stands slightly taller than their wheelless counterparts for a reason — the imbalance grants the main chamber a slight pitch which, in turn, lures grease toward the drain. This grease drain is 2 inches long and half as wide, ensuring that sludgy runoff and large pieces of debris won’t clog as they fall into the hanging pail below.

    Getting in and out of the smoker is a snap. The Loaded Luling balances its heavy-duty lid with a hefty counterweight that promotes a confident glide. Meanwhile, the lid’s spring handle is fashioned from chrome and remains cool to the touch during use. Of course, the idea is to keep that lid closed whenever possible, so a steel port for remote thermometers is tucked away on the barrel’s side (no more crimped wires or damaged sensors through the lid). Parched? The smoker will even hold your crisp beer for you — the included grate shelf is happy to free your hands from plates, tools, or refreshments. If you love longer smokes and cheaper fuel costs (honestly, who doesn’t?), the dual airflow dampers and that fantastic access door offer fine control over temperatures for some serious fuel efficiency.

  • Grilling steaks over direct heat on a smoker

But for the killer feature, Grill Master Randy really can’t understate how much he loves the inclusion of optional direct heat charcoal grilling in that ample firebox. Steaks for the whole family? A plate of burgers? Luling Loaded won’t even break a sweat. Turning this smoker into a fully-featured charcoal grill on a dime is something that frankly can’t be oversold. Throw in the built-in pot warmer to heat up sides and warm sauces, and you’ll probably find yourself unwilling to return to anything else.

Note: As a reminder, the base model lacks most features of the loaded model, such as the counterweight, second smoker rack, firebox’s charcoal grate, probe ports, baffle plate.

Overall Rating

4.6 (out of 5)
Quality
4.5
Performance
4.5
Features
4.5
Value
5.0

Questions & Answers (5)

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Question:
Does this also have the 2 rows / top rack like the larger?
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Hi Steven. No, only the fully loaded model comes with the extra rack.

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Question:
Could you provide some more pictures of the grill with the lid open showing the cooking grill and log grill?
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Hi Ted. Take a look at the images for this grill: www.bbqguys.com/texas-original-pits/luling-20x42x22-loaded-w-counter-weight-single-lid-off-set-smoker But keep in mind, this model has some features that the one you are asking about does not have, such as the upper rack in the main cooking chamber and heat deflector plate.

Asked by TedAnswered by Joey, BBQGuys Expert

 
Question:
How much assembly is required upon receipt?
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Answer:
Hi Erik. The smoker comes mostly assembled. You just have to place the grates.

Asked by ErikAnswered by Joey, BBQGuys Expert

 
Question:
I want to use dry mesquite wood for fuel. Will that work with this Texas original smoker?
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Answer:
Hi Ken, you should be able to use dry mesquite wood with no issues.

Asked by KenAnswered by Hunter, BBQGuys Expert

 
Question:
is the front rack removable?
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Answer:
Hi Nick. Yes, the front shelf slides into slots that are welded onto the barrel.

Asked by nickAnswered by Joey, BBQGuys Expert

 

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Once shipped, items usually arrive within 3–5 business days. If your item or order is large, it may ship via one of our third-party freight carriers, which deliver from semi trucks with lift gates. Freight delivery is much more complicated than standard parcel shipping — you must schedule a drop-off time, be present for the delivery, and move items from the curb to your residence, among other differences. Sound stressful? If you prepare in advance with our guide to freight delivery, it doesn’t have to be.

We strongly encourage reading the entire freight delivery guide, but here’s a quick snapshot of what you need to be ready for when you order a large package:

  • Your freight carrier will call you to schedule a delivery window of about 4–8 hours
  • You’re required to be physically present at the specified delivery location during the scheduled window
  • Freight shipments are carried in semi trucks, which have lift gates to assist with unloading
  • Freight deliveries are dropped off at the curb and no further — not up the driveway, not the porch, not the garage, and most definitely not the backyard — so it’s on you to transport packages to their intended location
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Again, we recommend reading our entire breakdown of freight delivery so you can become familiar with the process. Trust us when we say that getting caught off guard with the strict requirements of freight delivery can lead to a whole lot of headaches.

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Message to our customers: Like all retailers and manufacturers, we’re currently experiencing well-publicized supply-chain issues and steel shortages that have caused some orders to be delayed. We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences arising from this situation, and we assure you we’re making every effort to solve these problems with our vendors and logistical partners.

So, why are some orders being affected? Major ports around the world are still operating at reduced capacity because of COVID-19 restrictions — on average, container boats sit at port for about 3 weeks before being unloaded. Combine these shipping inefficiencies with a scarcity of natural resources, and virtually every industry has been crippled to some degree. Yet we acknowledge that it’s our duty to meet these challenges head-on and work toward solutions so you can enjoy more time outdoors with the people you love. We appreciate your patience as we strive to smooth out our supply chain, and we thank you for choosing us for your grilling and outdoor living needs.

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