If you're reading this, then I've been where you are. You're probably thinking "That is a good looking Pit, but can I justify the spend".
First things first. Prosmoke is a great company to do business with. Oliver is Knowledgeable, Friendly, Honest and Passionate about his products. He understands that making an investment like this is a big decision and goes the extra mile to ensure that you are happy with your choice.
When the Longhorn arrived, I was blown away by it. The Engineering is excellent, The Finish is stunning and man.....it's Heavy! Make no mistake, this is a Premium Product.
The Rubber Coated Wheels really helped to get it moved into place. Everything Fits well, the Stack, the Doors, the Shelves and Grill Racks are all perfect.
As soon as I had a Fire going to Bake the Paint, a few things were immediately clear.
1) The Handles on the Firebox and Cook Chamber make lifting the Doors easy and safe. (They are heavy)
2) Lighting a Fire is easy because of the amount of draw through the Smoker because of the tall Stack.
3) The Doors fit really well and once warm, seal really efficiently.
4) The thickness of the Steel, really holds the heat.
As a beginner, I wanted to use the Longhorn a few times before doing this review, so I could be as honest as possible. I was a little apprehensive about Fire Management, but I have to say that, with a little practice, it's not that hard. (Beginner Tip: As it's a real Fire, there are many variables that effect your Cooking Temperature. Type of Wood, Size of Split, Size and Position of the Fire etc. Change ONE thing at a time, and note the changes, then change something else and note that. That way you will learn quickly and won't get frustrated!) The Longhorn seems to help you learn because it's responsive to changes and you quickly see the results.
If I had to find something to criticise, it would be the Thermometer. Because it's mounted in the Lid, the Gauge reads higher than the temperature at the Grill. This can be calibrated easily, so it's not really an issue at all, but I felt I should find something!
Using the Longhorn is an experience, rather than just a Pit. You have to be involved with it, tend to it, pay attention to it. It's more than just a BBQ. I have to say that I was looking at a New Kettle Grill. The model I wanted was out of stock and I'm so glad! The Longhorn allows you to do everything a "conventional" Grill will do, and I think, Produce better tasting food. 8 or 10 hour Smokes to Hot Fast Grilling and Searing, this will do it all, with better results, and with an immersive experience at the same time!
So to summarise, I've been where you are, and I'm so glad I have a Longhorn. You will not be disappointed. I hope this helps you to decide.