Oklahoma Joe’s Smoker – History and Combo Parts

Oklahoma Joe’s Smoker Grill Combo: the newest model addition to our parts database.

Before we get to the Oklahoma Joe’s combo model, here’s some history about the company.

In 1987, Joe Davidson designed a high-quality barrel-stye smoker and crafted 12 himself. He brought them to the Oklahoma State Fair that year and sold them all. He went home with orders for over 100 more. Over the next ten years, the company grew and continued to create high-quality smokers, the Oklahoma Joe’s Smoker, made in the US.

In 1998, Char-broil purchased the company and began outsourcing the manufacturing of the smokers through their overseas relationships. Oklahoma Joe’s could produce many more smokers at a lower price point.  They now manufacture offset smokers, charcoal grills, drum smokers, portable grills, and pellet smokers.

More importantly, the Oklahoma Joe’s smoker grill combo uses both charcoal and liquid propane in dual chambers. This grill need the expertise of gas grill repair experts and that’s where we come in!

This Oklahoma Joe’s Smoker grill combos are “all-in-one beasts that offer supreme versatility,” according to their website.

How Do Oklahoma Joe’s Smokers do in reviews?

Oklahoma Joe’s smoker reviews reveal that the smokers are about in line with what you would expect from smokers under $500. The smokers do well for anyone starting out on their bbq smoker journey. However, the quality is not high enough for a seasoned pit master.

As far as the smoker grill combo is concerned, they only have one model at this time. The model number is 15202029. The left chamber uses charcoal and the right chamber has three liquid propane burners. The three burners are each covered but a heat plate. Above that is a set of cast iron cooking grids. It’s a pretty standard set-up for a gas grill. The only difference is that a charcoal smoker is attached to the left of it!

Any grill that offers a gas combo will have a burner and heat distribution system. We’re here to help with those parts. Our current listing includes parts made to replace Oklahoma Joe’s OEM parts. Find the burner (16771), carryover tube (05590), cooking grid (61754), heat plate (94291), electronic starter (IGEIB4), and ignitor electrode (04432).

If you need help repairing the gas grill side of your combo Oklahoma Joe’s Smoker, give us a call! We’re here to help with decades of gas grill expertise. Reach our office M-F 9am-5pm, EST at 67-272-2451. Email us any time, info@grillpartssearch.com, and order anytime at GrillPartsSearch.com

What’s the Deal with Stainless Steel?

Original Publish Date 02-15-2013

stainless steel

There’s a lot of disappointment floating around when it comes to one material currently on the market: stainless steel.

The two main issues are:
1) Why does my “stainless steel” rust?
2) Why is my “stainless steel” magnetic?

I put stainless steel in quotation marks because that’s how most people would phrase the questions. If either of the two above things were accurate, our customers would believe their item must not be stainless steel…

Right?

No, actually that’s not correct. There are different grades of stainless steel and they all act differently when introduced to either heat or water. In our grilling cases, that would be BOTH!!!

To clear it up, the General Manager at GrillPartsSearch.com has written up a guest blog explanation.

Take it away Will!!!

There are two general series of stainless steel grades used in the gas grill industry: 300 series and 400 series.

The 300 series group of alloys are non-magnetic and the basic 300 alloy contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel.
The 400 Series group of alloys are magnetic and the basic 400 alloy contains 11% chromium and 1% manganese. This series offers a much lower cost option in stainless steel parts.
-The 300 series is subject to corrosion at crevice points, while the 400 series has a considerably lower resistance to corrosion in general.

Knowing that, we choose the parts we sell to our customers very carefully! We try to gain as much information as possible about the grades of stainless steel we offer our customers so we can help them know what to expect from the parts they purchase.

Here’s how that information translates in grilling terms:

Cooking grids are exposed to more liquids and less heat, compared to other parts in a grill. In the case of cooking grids, the extra expense of the 300 series can be worth it. 300 series stainless is less prone to rust but the less than ideal conditions inside a grill will definitely degrade even the highest quality stainless steel. 304 is the most common type of stainless steel in the world, while 316 is generally the highest grade stainless you will find in ordinary applications, and both will degrade in a grill. While we used to carry a limited few grids made from 316 series stainless steel, manufacturers of grill parts worldwide have slowly removed these offerings from their lines of parts. We no longer have any 316 series grids, but carry multiple 304 series grids. You can check them out here and view by material type.

As for burners and heat plates, they certainly are exposed to moisture but are exposed to much more heat.

Heat is just as much of an enemy to steel, if not more so, as moisture and oxygen. Heating and cooling are used in the production of metals to actually change the chemical/molecular bonds and subsequent performance of the metal. It is no different inside your grill. While 300 series stainless will technically last longer than a 400 series plate of equal thickness, the benefit is only marginal. That marginal benefit compared to the substantial increase in cost doesn’t really pay off. We have found by spending a little more to make the plate out of a thicker 400 series stainless, you gain close to the same amount of life you would get out of a 300 series product at a fraction of the cost.

If you ever have any other questions about stainless steel or the applications of such in your grill, we’d love to help!

Just give reach out via email info@grillpartssearch.com, phone 678-272-2451, or this helpful form!!!

Thanks so much Will!!!

That’s all for now,

Happy Friday!

-GG

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What is a Drip/Grease Tray/Pan? Where can I get one?

What is the bottom part of the grill called?

The bottom of the grill is called a grease tray / drip pan. It is a separate part in some grills that catches the grease and drippings from the delicious food you cook on your gas grill. If you have a little cup that catches all the grease, that is called a grease cup and count yourself lucky. They are easier to empty, clean and replace than an entire grease tray.

What is the bottom part of the grill called?

Example of a Grease Tray / Drip Pan

After a few years of use, a lot of grill owners find the grease tray / drip pan is rusting and failing to do its job. This results in greasy gas tanks and become a fire hazard. So, what to do? Easy – replace it. Right?

HOW CAN i REPLACE THE GREASE TRAY / DRIP PAN?

To see if we have a grease tray / drip pan for your gas grill, visit GrillPartsSearch.com, 1. Enter in the brand and model of your grill. 2. Press GO.

We now have a number of styles available. This is because you called us and let us know what you needed! Our response was to inform our suppliers and get the parts made.

We sell a variety of drip trays for Dyna-Glo, Member’s Mark, Vermont Castings and more!

Dyna-Glo Drip Pans:

We have nine different Dyna-Glo grease trays. Find which size works for your gas grill.

SIZE SKU
15-1/4″ x 28-5/8″ GPDP70011
15-13/16″ x 26-7/8″ GPDP70012
15-3/8″ x 20″ GPDP10404
15-3/8″ x 33-1/2″ GPDP70013
16″ x 26-1/8″ GPDP10604
16″ x 28-1/8″ GPDP10504
7-1/8″ x 19-1/4″ GPDP10204
7-1/8″ x 26-3/8″ GPDP11304
7-1/8″ x 30-3/8″ GPDP15304

Member’s Mark Drip Pans:

We have two different member’s mark grease trays:

Vermont Vastings Drip Pans:

We have four different vermont castings grease trays:

If you need a different part than the ones listed above or are in a jam, here’s our best suggestion: You MAY be able to line your original rusty grease tray with one of those aluminum baking pans from a local grocery store. The cost is low and they are easy to find and manipulate into place.

Good luck, and remember, if you need any burners, heat plate, cooking grids, accessories….contact us!

PHONE: We’re open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Mon-Fri EST. Call (678) 272-2451
CHAT: On the bottom right window, chat with us online 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Mon-Fri EST
EMAIL: We’ll get back to you same or next business day.

Happy Grilling!!!

-GG