Texas Original Pits Luling Offset Smoker 20" x 32" x 18" Review

Luling Offset Smoker 20" x 32" x 18"

Texas Original Pits Luling Offset Smoker 20" x 32" x 18" is their most popular model. Yes it looks like those cheap offsets sold in big box stores, but this is the real deal: a classic, no-frills, 1/4" thick steel Texas BBQ Pit named after the Luling Oil Field northwest of Luling, TX. It is available in smaller and larger sizes. All grates are expanded metal. The 20" x 18" firebox has a charcoal rack and cooking grate for high temp grilling. In addition to the primary cooking grate, the 20" x 32" smoke chamber comes standard with a 6" x 32" upper grate. The upper grate is not included with smaller models. For marathon burger sessions, an optional coal rack is available for direct grilling in the large smoke chamber.

There is an intake damper on the firebox door and an exhaust damper on the chimney. Click here to learn more about controlling temperature with dampers, and here to learn about smoking with wood.

A two inch drain hole with a can hook is located on the left underside. Legs on the left are about a half inch shorter than the right side to pitch the barrel and direct grease to the drain. Rustic hickory wood handles have a UV resistant coating, and are positioned far enough away from the metal to stay relatively cool. The Luling is fully welded with no fasteners and coated with 1000° high temp paint.

Work shelves are welded to the front of both the smoke chamber and firebox, and a large storage rack rests underneath.  The firebox also has a flat warming surface on top for pots of beans and sauces. Large metal wheels come in handy when moving this heavy device.

Limited Lifetime Warranty. Be sure to clean out ash with the included ash rake. Left over ash can absorb moisture, causing the metal to pit and eventually rust out.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: 
Primary Function: 
Combination Grill & Smoker
More Than One Fuel
Primary Capacity: 
640 square inches
Secondary Capacity: 
552 square inches
Made in the USA: 
Review Method:

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Texas Original Pits

Texas Original Pits founder, Anthony Saragusa, spent most of his manufacturing career in Houston, TX building steel reels for coiling and spooling wire, cable, and hydraulic tubing used in energy exploration throughout the world. In 2007, the steel reels and spool business began slowing with the downturn in the global economy. Saragusa saw the writing on the wall, but was determined not to lay off his crew and close shop. "We knew we could build anything with our experience, attitude, and the solid equipment our shop had." Saragusa states.

His passion for Texas BBQ was the answer. Saragusa and company changed the sign on the door and promptly switched gears from servicing oil fields to backyards and beyond. Embracing the mantra of Keep It Simple Stupid, they tend to disregard flash and focus on creating classic, solid cookers at decent price points. Although their unique Hog Roaster that combines a Chinese Box with a Santa Maria Grill and Rotisserie may be an exception to this rule. They offer a variety of classic offset smokers - horizontal and vertical, grills, fire pits and their Swiss Army Knife Hog Roaster.

Texas Original Pits uses only new 1/4" pipe, precision made with computer controlled plasma cutters.

They are distributed regionally in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Flat rate shipping is available throughout the continental USA.

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