Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you offer Shipping?

A: Absolutely, all of our patio and tailgate sized smokers can be shipped via LTL truckloads. Please contact us with the item you want and the zip code of the delivery location. We will provide you with an estimate of the shipping cost and will get a firm quote if the buyer wants to proceed. Our larger trailer mounted units can be shipped on flatbeds or through private freight haulers, but please contact us for information on that process. In most cases the larger smoker trailers are picked up in Ennis, TX.

Q: What thickness of steel do you use?

A: The majority of our smokers are built from ¼” steel. Larger 36” diameter units are built from ¼” and 3/8” steel.

Q: Where are you located?

A: Johnson Fabrication is located in Ennis, TX.

Q: Do you always stock your items; if not how long does it take to build them?

A: We strive to keep our items in stock all the time, but depending on sales at certain times of the year we are out of stock on particular models. In that case we can build your smoker in 2-3 wks depending on the orders in front of you at the time.

Q: What is Reverse Flow?

A: Our Reverse Flow concept basically involves a removable, adjustable tube that directs the heat from the firebox to the opposite end of the main chamber.  At that time the heat is then allowed to come in contact with the cooking racks and travel back towards the stacks which are placed at grate level for added efficiency. This process is the most user-friendly of all the heat transfer processes as it will cook at the same temperature across all the cooking racks. And, once the smoker is setup, it needs no adjustments. In our opinion, the tube has a better seal obviously than plates that other manufactures use for their systems.  We have used several Reverse flow engineering variations and have found that our current design yields the best results and is the easiest design for cleaning and removal.

Q: What kinds of customizations/personalization can you do?

A: Pretty much anything! We can match logos, initials, or names and cut them out of steel plate and install them on your smoker. We have a library of images within our Metal Art division of over 5,000 images.

Q: How does the Charcoal Grill option work?

A: The independent charcoal grill on the front of some of our smokers allows for grilling steaks and chickens etc, while the main chamber of the smoker is cooking at its own temperature. The charcoal grill has its on separate charcoal tray, vents, and adjustable stacks. There is also an inlet that connects the charcoal grill and main chamber together that can be opened or left shut. With this option you can induce a natural wood smoked flavor into your meats that are cooking in the charcoal grill.

Q: How does the Vertical Smoker/warmer work?

A: The Vertical chamber is placed on top of the firebox on some units. It has racks that rotate on a center shaft for easy loading and saucing purposes. With that being said, the racks can be built without the rotating shaft on request. The vertical unit gets its smoke and heat via an adjustable inlet from the main chamber. It does not get direct heat from the firebox. If the inlet is open the vertical smoker will run at around 40 degrees cooler that the temperature within the main cooking chamber. If the inlet is closed the chamber simply serves as a warmer for cooked meat, beans or vegetables.

Q: What paint options do you have?

A: The smoker is triple coated with 1200 degree high heat paint. We can paint your trailer virtually any color and often match company colors upon request.

Q: Can I order a smoker on a different trailer?

A: Absolutely, just send us a message or give us a call. We can take any of our smokers and put them on any trailer, or build you a custom smoker of your design from the ground up.

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