Landmann Kentucky Smoker BBQ was £199.99 now £99.93 @ Homebase
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Landmann Kentucky Smoker BBQ was £199.99 now £99.93 @ Homebase

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Found 4th Aug 2015
Great price for this Landmann Kentucky Smoker BBQ. I was looking for a new BBQ but something I could also smoke meat in and use it throughout the winter too.

Almost bought this at 199.99 yesterday and noticed today they'd dropped the price significantly. They had one set up in store so inspected it and it is a real solid, sturdy, well made barbecue.

Note that there are two entries on their site for this. I've linked to the home delivery one, but there is also one for collect in store here: homebase.co.uk/en/…165

The stock check is not too reliable though as it said my local store was out of stock but they had about 6 there ready to go. They had changed the sticker but was still going through the till at 199.99 but I had no problems getting them to amend it to the reduced price.

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Not sure if this is of the same quality but looks a good deal...
vidaxl.co.uk/p/4…Fvw

Looks like Homebase dropped the price of a lot of their BBQs. The Weber Compact 47cm is now under £50, the Outback kettle is down to £75 and there are a few other reductions.

The most off-putting thing for me about this BBQ is warranty. Landmann give you two years, but rust isn't covered. Given that's the single biggest cause of death for BBQs, it isn't exactly reassuring. Weber definitely cover rusting, and I think Outback might too.
Edited by: "satchef1" 4th Aug 2015

pinkbubbley

Not sure if this is of the same quality but looks a good … Not sure if this is of the same quality but looks a good deal...https://www.vidaxl.co.uk/p/40136/smoker-bbq-wood-shelf-alabama?gclid=CM_kwO2ekMcCFcfnwgodL7IFvw


Cracking deal - thanks

The problem is that we can start posting random smokers here, the cheapest I've found was 55 quid but we have no idea about the build quality or the warranty or anything. I'm really not an expert when it comes to BBQ but but somehow that Landmann does look sturdier and better. Is it worth almost double the price? I'm really not sure. We need some experts here. Plus was that about using it in the winter? Back where I came from they used to smoke meat but that took weeks! I have my doubts you'd be smoking meat in any of these for weeks. Enlighten us OP!

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I guess it's like anything brand name vs no name knock off. Some people will be happy with the knock off and some people want the brand name. Tesco value vs Heinz. Audi vs Peugeot etc. I can't comment on the generic one in the above comment but this Landmann one is built like a tank and is real decent build quality built to last.

And not sure where you're getting weeks from, if you're smoking meat to cook it it's done within the day...
Edited by: "randomnut" 5th Aug 2015

It was too early when I wrote that, I meant cold smoked and you meant hot smoked. Never mind I wish I had £100 for this and my wife wouldn't kill me. Plus I'm still eyeing the ferrari pizza oven. I hate this website. So much.

That's a really good price... This importer / distributor wants more than that for damaged stock.

ebay.co.uk/itm…610

brilliant bbq/smoker. my husband has one we brought it 6 years ago. although we do now cover it as after a few years uncovered it rusted on the lid and smoke box. but a bit of tlc and good as new.

Would like to try smoking meat, may have to look into these.

I suspect if you look after it you will get value from it consider that a weber smokey mountain is £400

youtube.com/wat…2GE

I've got this BBQ but without the smoker. It's awesome. Love the heavy cast iron grill on it and the thermometer is a useless but nice touch. Good quality build, had loads of BBQs this year on it.

not very good as a smoker (ok if you just want to add a bit of flavor to bbq), if your on a budget go for the brinkman, you can pick them up for about the same price. Or landmann do a good vertical gas smoker.

Good post op, a proper barbecue - very tempted by this purely for the smoking element of it.

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LSAF2011

http://www.dunelm.com/product/oil-drum-smoke-charcoal-bbq-1000061716Similar price on amazon



That's some generic one though so could be of questionable quality. It's smaller as well.

These are not rated highly among the dedicated meat-smoking fraternity. Even with the Landmann brand name, the Kentucky is still made from thin material and has too many leaks. If you're serious about smoking meat, the wise money is on a vertical smoker like the Weber Smokey Mountain or the Pro-Q Frontier. They'll cost you three or four times as much, which isn't exactly HUKD territory, but once the fire is going in one of those you can forget it for many hours and play the waiting game for a wonderful piece of smoked meat to be available.

Showing as out of stock anywhere near north-west of London - anybody been successful in that area ?

DJBenz

These are not rated highly among the dedicated meat-smoking fraternity. … These are not rated highly among the dedicated meat-smoking fraternity. Even with the Landmann brand name, the Kentucky is still made from thin material and has too many leaks. If you're serious about smoking meat, the wise money is on a vertical smoker like the Weber Smokey Mountain or the Pro-Q Frontier. They'll cost you three or four times as much, which isn't exactly HUKD territory, but once the fire is going in one of those you can forget it for many hours and play the waiting game for a wonderful piece of smoked meat to be available.



Wouldn't disagree with any of that, however as an intro to smoking for £100 I wouldn't of thought you could really go wrong? If you then decide to 'upgrade' you still have a decent, sizeable barbecue out of it?

However, if you're really serious surely you'd go for something like one of those Big Green Eggs?

Edited by: "ipswich78" 5th Aug 2015

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g0z0

Showing as out of stock anywhere near north-west of London - anybody been … Showing as out of stock anywhere near north-west of London - anybody been successful in that area ?


Check with the store, it said out of stock for my local one but they had quite a few there.

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ipswich78

Wouldn't disagree with any of that, however as an intro to smoking for … Wouldn't disagree with any of that, however as an intro to smoking for £100 I wouldn't of thought you could really go wrong? If you then decide to 'upgrade' you still have a decent, sizeable barbecue out of it?However, if you're really serious surely you'd go for something like one of those Big Green Eggs?


Exactly my reasoning. I deliberately wanted something that could do both and if I find myself smoking enough meat to warrant a dedicated one I may do so in future, but will still have a sizeable well made BBQ.

ipswich78

Wouldn't disagree with any of that, however as an intro to smoking for … Wouldn't disagree with any of that, however as an intro to smoking for £100 I wouldn't of thought you could really go wrong? If you then decide to 'upgrade' you still have a decent, sizeable barbecue out of it?However, if you're really serious surely you'd go for something like one of those Big Green Eggs?



As an intro to smoking, you'd probably be better off with a cheap vertical smoker, as the offset nature of this along with the thin material and leaks will make temperature management an absolute nightmare. The key to low and slow cooking is to keep the temps stable.

I got into smoking meat with this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/TecTake-Charcoal-Barbecue-Smoker-indicator/dp/B00CU2PQLY/

Same issues as the Landmann in terms of flimsy material and heat leaks, but at least most of the heat from the coals goes straight up to the meat. I could get 5-6 hours out of one pan of charcoal. Kept it in the shed over winter otherwise it would have rotted away in 6 months I'm sure.

You're right that this will be OK as a 'normal' BBQ, but it'll probably give terrible results for low & slow smoking.

Szabster

The problem is that we can start posting random smokers here, the … The problem is that we can start posting random smokers here, the cheapest I've found was 55 quid but we have no idea about the build quality or the warranty or anything. I'm really not an expert when it comes to BBQ but but somehow that Landmann does look sturdier and better. Is it worth almost double the price? I'm really not sure. We need some experts here. Plus was that about using it in the winter? Back where I came from they used to smoke meat but that took weeks! I have my doubts you'd be smoking meat in any of these for weeks. Enlighten us OP!



The metal is very thin on these, the really old Brinkmanns had heavy stuff they were good.

I stick to Weber & pay more, the way they cook is just perfect.

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DJBenz

As an intro to smoking, you'd probably be better off with a cheap … As an intro to smoking, you'd probably be better off with a cheap vertical smoker, as the offset nature of this along with the thin material and leaks will make temperature management an absolute nightmare. The key to low and slow cooking is to keep the temps stable.I got into smoking meat with this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/TecTake-Charcoal-Barbecue-Smoker-indicator/dp/B00CU2PQLY/Same issues as the Landmann in terms of flimsy material and heat leaks, but at least most of the heat from the coals goes straight up to the meat. I could get 5-6 hours out of one pan of charcoal. Kept it in the shed over winter otherwise it would have rotted away in 6 months I'm sure. :)You're right that this will be OK as a 'normal' BBQ, but it'll probably give terrible results for low & slow smoking.



I suppose it depends, i've seen a number of good reviews for the smoking capability of this, but it will always compare unfavourably by the stnadards of those who are really into their smoking and have dedicated Webers or whatever. I've no doubt that those are better solely for smoking, but from what i've read people have had 'decent' results out of these, as in decent for someone who's not yet a meat smoking fanatic.

As for flimsy, unless the one they had built in Homebase was a different one, it certainly wasn't flimsy. Was a reassuringly hefty bbq with some decent weight in the lids alone. When it was £199 I inspected their display model pretty thoroughly to see whether I could justify the price and came away very impressed with the quality of it, it was just fortunate I decided to do a bit of online reading on it that night before buying and they happened to drop the price the following day But also it depends on what you are comparing it to. It was not flimsy compared to the other BBQs etc, however if you're comparing it to one of those £4-500 cast iron dedicated smokers then it probably would look that way.

I will be building mine over the next day or so and smoking some meat at the weekend so shall report back either way.


Edited by: "randomnut" 5th Aug 2015

Is Landmann a good brand? I bought a little Landmann Piccolino that was on offer in Aldi and it is absolutely useless.

No it's not a good brand, it's why people pay a little more (sometimes a lot) for Weber Barbecues, ask anyone weber always cook well because of the design.

DJBenz

As an intro to smoking, you'd probably be better off with a cheap … As an intro to smoking, you'd probably be better off with a cheap vertical smoker, as the offset nature of this along with the thin material and leaks will make temperature management an absolute nightmare. The key to low and slow cooking is to keep the temps stable.I got into smoking meat with this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/TecTake-Charcoal-Barbecue-Smoker-indicator/dp/B00CU2PQLY/Same issues as the Landmann in terms of flimsy material and heat leaks, but at least most of the heat from the coals goes straight up to the meat. I could get 5-6 hours out of one pan of charcoal. Kept it in the shed over winter otherwise it would have rotted away in 6 months I'm sure. :)You're right that this will be OK as a 'normal' BBQ, but it'll probably give terrible results for low & slow smoking.



That looks interesting, I only want to see if I can be bothered with smoking at the moment so don't want to spend much. You got any tips?

Ok I'm no pro, but always use the Minion method( I use it always on a normal barbecue. Always get the best coal, not stuff in tesco. Go to makro or other trade places online and only buy restaurant quality charcoal, the bits are huge.. This is a good site. virtualweberbullet.com/fir…tml

tek-monkey

That looks interesting, I only want to see if I can be bothered with … That looks interesting, I only want to see if I can be bothered with smoking at the moment so don't want to spend much. You got any tips?



1. Buy one of those cheap-ass TecTake vertical smokers.
2. Grab a Cheap BBQ Temp Guage off eBay because the one in the lid is utterly useless.
3. Get a Meat Thermometer for checking the internal temp of your meat.
4. Assemble your cheap vertical smoker. Add the new gauge. Drill some holes in the charcoal pan to help with airflow
5. Get some charcoal briquettes or restaurant grade lumpwood charcoal. And some smoking wood (cheery, apple, hickory, whatever).
6. Grab a cheap, bone-in pork shoulder from Tesco or your local butcher.
7. Look up a BBQ Rub Recipe
8. Prepare meat. Light coal. Add smoking wood.
9. Meat on grill. Thermometer in the middle. Try to keep the grill temp around 160°C.
10. When the internal temp of the pork is 100°C it's ready to come off and will pull beautifully.

That's from my own experiences, it takes a fair bit of tinkering, but what bloke doesn't like playing with fire and meat?

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DJBenz

1. Buy one of those cheap-ass TecTake vertical smokers. 2. Grab a Cheap … 1. Buy one of those cheap-ass TecTake vertical smokers. 2. Grab a Cheap BBQ Temp Guage off eBay because the one in the lid is utterly useless.3. Get a Meat Thermometer for checking the internal temp of your meat.4. Assemble your cheap vertical smoker. Add the new gauge. Drill some holes in the charcoal pan to help with airflow5. Get some charcoal briquettes or restaurant grade lumpwood charcoal. And some smoking wood (cheery, apple, hickory, whatever).6. Grab a cheap, bone-in pork shoulder from Tesco or your local butcher.7. Look up a BBQ Rub Recipe8. Prepare meat. Light coal. Add smoking wood.9. Meat on grill. Thermometer in the middle. Try to keep the grill temp around 160°C.10. When the internal temp of the pork is 100°C it's ready to come off and will pull beautifully.That's from my own experiences, it takes a fair bit of tinkering, but what bloke doesn't like playing with fire and meat?



What type of smoking wood do you use? Logs or those bags of smoking chips?

This appears to be the same but free postage, £29.99. May have to order!

ebay.co.uk/itm…032

randomnut

What type of smoking wood do you use? Logs or those bags of smoking chips?



If you want to put the wood direct on the coals, you need to use good, fist-sized chunks. If you're using chips, they're better in a stainless steel smoker box like this after being soaked in water for a few hours. Chunks on the coals give the best smoke/flavour though.

That smoker box I linked is a tad expensive, you can usually pick them up at the end of the season in DIY stores for about a fiver. I think I got mine in TKMaxx of all places.

tek-monkey

This appears to be the same but free postage, £29.99. May have to order!



Yeah, pretty sure it's the same thing. The one on Amazon comes direct from TecTake in Germany, hence the delivery cost. Make no mistake, it's a cheap piece of crap, but it's a cheap and fun way to dip your toe in the world of meat smoking without investing a few hundred in a more capable smoker (Weber etc.).

You can by the same from eBay for £62

£69.99 in Dunelm mill.

As an intro to smoking just use any weber style kettle bbq, don't buy a vertical one offset smoker until you've done it a few times on a kettle bbq to see if your into it.

Look up how to do indirect heat, get a water pan and keep it at 130-ish for 12 hours. Research it all first so you know what your doing (ie 'the stall' and what to do

As for the deal I wouldn't bother, it's a cheaper version of the offset smokers, brinkmann trail master Probs cheapest decent offset smoker but requires extensive modification to work right

termite

Is Landmann a good brand? I bought a little Landmann Piccolino that was … Is Landmann a good brand? I bought a little Landmann Piccolino that was on offer in Aldi and it is absolutely useless.



Landmann BBQs are made of cheap steel. This purchase will most definitely be a "you get what you pay for"

It's sold as tarrington house for £70 at Makro, I've had one for a few years. brilliant smoker but cheaper deals to be had

Are these any good? amazon.co.uk/dp/…Q9W
Seem to get decent reviews...

The brinkman is a good quality unit, better built than the smoker in this post but functionally not as good, the offset smoke box allows for easier additions of wood without letting all the heat out of the main chamber

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Built ours tonight. First impressions very good, very good quality, very heavy. Really weighty feel to both the main lid and offset lid. Not sure why I was getting paranoid that the one i'd end up building is not as good quality as the one on display in store but no worries there. Only downside is the instructions are not as clear as they could be so there were a number of 'WTF do we do with this' moments.

Comes with two sets of racks for both the main and offset chambers. One of the biggest complaints on some of the cheaper ones was that the offset chamber was getting blocked due to not having a lower rack, but this one does have so should not be a problem.

Very happy thus far, remains to be seen if it stays that way once I fire it up on Saturday (weather permitting) and get my smoke on.


Edited by: "randomnut" 5th Aug 2015
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