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*Based on 4" raw burger with 1/2" space on all sides

Lang 84" Original Model

By Max Good

Manufacturer: Lang BBQ Smokers

The Lang family has been in the meat smoking business for generations. In 1988 they began manufacturing and selling smokers. Known for reverse flow designs, (see diagram below), Lang manufactures a wide variety of smokers from 36" to 108". A relatively new development for Lang is their Hybrid cookers that have a sealed off charcoal grill on the left side and a traditional smoker with attached firebox on the right.

lang reverse flow diagram

The baffle in the above diagram is a V-shaped trough or griddle. Drippings hit the griddle and sizzle, sending moisture and flavor into the smoke box. Grease and gunk never goes into the belly of the smoker, but is diverted outside. Primary racks are positioned about an inch above the griddle. Since drippings don't build up under the racks, they always hit hot metal instead of a pool of gunk and sizzle as the excess moves into the trough and heads out the 2" brass gate valve.

Owner, Ben Lang, feels this "clean design" is a hallmark of Lang Smokers because it cooks clean and is easy to keep clean. Just scrape the trough and hit it with a water hose when needed, gunk is cleared out through the gate valve and the griddle is ready to sizzle clean again, all without disturbing the firebox. Some owners season the top section of the trough by the firebox and use it as a griddle.

As a youngster, Lang cut his teeth bussing tables and says one way to tell a good restaurant is if the employee's fingernails are clean and the restrooms spotless: that's a good indication of what's going on in the kitchen. "When you make an apparatus that's hard to clean, people aren't going to clean it often", Lang states, "If cooking equipment in the kitchen  takes hours to clean thoroughly, the staff may only do it once a week, same with a smoker".

Lang says many residential customers come to him after struggling with Cheap Offset Smokers from the hardware store. "After a while they realize they need something better and are ready to graduate to Lang", he smiles adding, "The purchase becomes a legacy to their family providing comradery when cooking and eating for generations". 

We used a Lang 36" Original Patio Model in our Science of BBQ & Grilling With Meathead video series presented by Kingsford. Click here to see that video series and check out my Virtual Showroom vid below:

Lang 84" Original Model

Lang's 84" Smoker Cooker is their most popular large capacity, mobile model. With a 71.25" x 28" bottom rack and 53.5 x 27" upper rack, Lang claims it will hold 83 chickens, or 40 - 8lb. butts, or 35 slabs of baby backs. Expanded metal cooking grates are reinforced with square tubing frames. It has a V-shaped grease pan or trough with 2" brass gate valve and a 24" x 24" firebox.

lang warmer boxLike all Lang smokers, the 84" Original employs their signature reverse flow design which some believe provides more even air and heat flow than traditional offsets that have a firebox on one side and chimney on the other. Reverse Flow smokers place the chimney directly above the firebox, so heat travels along the bottom of the cook tank to the opposite side where it flows upward then reverses course and heads back where it came from then out the chimney.

Our MSRP below is for the basic trailer model. Upgrades are available such as warmer boxes that sit on top the firebox, add-on charcoal grills and extended trailers. Also offered on wheels w/o the trailer and in 36", 48", 60" and 108" sizes.

Price: 

$4,795 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.

Primary Function: 

Grill

Smoker

Combination Grill & Smoker

Pig or Lamb Roaster

Fuel: 

Charcoal

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Primary Capacity: 

3,440 square inches ( about 169 burgers )

Manufacturer claims that all or practically all of this device is made in the USA

Yes

Review Method: 

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We have researched this product from afar by gathering info from the manufacturer, owners, and other reliable sources, with our BS meters on high.

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