Horizon manufactures excellent, tight, well-built, heavyweight, heavy duty, horizontal offset firebox cookers that carry a lifetime guarantee against burnout! They are constructed from all new, high grade steel and cooking chambers are built from 1/4" thick structural pipe to tight tolerances. Remember, heavy steel holds heat longer, distributes heat more evenly, cooks better, and uses less fuel. But Horizon smokers go beyond heavy metal. They are a culmination of design and manufacturing ideas gleaned from decades of cooking, cutting and welding. Even so, any offset design intrinsically causes the cooking chamber to get hotter near the firebox and cooler on the other side. So Horizon makes a clever "sliding convection plate" (below right). It is a heavy steel plate which deflects heat and smoke downward and disperses it more evenly through the chamber.
Horizon owner, Roger Davidson, feels the larger his BBQ smokers get, the better the heat spreads from side to side and front to back. For this reason he steers people away from their 16" pits. His RD Special features a 20" diameter and a few nice extras:
- Counterweight for the heavy hood for easier lifting
- Oversize 20 inch Wagon Wheels
- And their Sliding Convection Plate
These convection plates are Horizon's most popular accessory. They are offered as an option for most factory direct orders and can be retrofitted onto all Horizon 16 and 20 inch smokers and some 20 inch Oklahoma Joe Longhorns. They can also customize these plates for many other offsets. Call 866-468-4066 for more information on additional sizes and prices. You might even get to talk to Davidson.
Horizons have framed cooking grates made of 9 gauge expanded metal welded to square tubing. The expanded metal is flattened with rollers to create a smooth surface. Horizon claims each individual rack will support over 100 pounds. All models come with chrome spiral handles that are cool to the touch. Built in heat indicators, a lower storage rack for charcoal and wood, hinged firebox door for removing ash, and an ash rake are also included.
No assembly is required on current models whether purchased direct or through a dealer.
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The Horizon Smoker Company is owned by veteran pit maker, Roger Davidson. Davidson started the late great Oklahoma Joe Smoker company with his brother Joe. The brand was sold to Char-Broil, then killed by Char-Broil who prefers to make lightweight, cheap cookers. For a period of time, Davidson made his solid 1/4" pits under the Brinkmann name. Now back in Perry, OK, where the Davidsons began making heavy duty smokers in 1988, Roger continues his craft under the Horizon name.
Residential smokers are typically 16 and 20" diameters and come in four styles: Patriot, Classic, Marshall and Ranger. Marshall is also offered in a 24" size. These models feature large, steel wagon wheels for easy moving despite their weight. Horizon also makes a wide selection of accessories and larger model smokers for competitive and commercial use.