|Style||Vertical||Offset||Reverse Flow Offset|
|Summary||Versatile charcoal grill; smoking possible with standard grill pan||Great smoker; limited grilling possible with optional grill pan||High end smoker; grilling possible with optional grill pan|
|Stainless Steel Grates|
|13″ Pneumatic Tires|
|Ash Pan in Firebox|
|Grate in Firebox|
|Reverse Flow Draft|
|Front Work Shelf||optional||optional|
|No Flat Solid Tires (set)|
|Charcoal Pan Insert|
|Charcoal Grill Pan||standard|
|Stainless Steel Shelf|
|Extra Shelf in Warmer|
|Live Smoke in Warmer|
|Stainless Steel Stack|
|Cooking Area||3.4 sq. ft.|
with optional grate: 6.47 sq. ft.
|6.85 sq. ft.|
with optional grate:
10.28 sq. ft.
|Crowd Size |
(based on pork butts)
|50–75 people||50–75 people||100—175 people|
This article explains some of the differences between the PR36, SQ36, and TS70P as illustrated in the chart above.
PR36 vs. SQ36
The key difference between the PR36 and SQ36 is the cooking style. The SQ36 has an offset firebox, and the PR36 has a vertical arrangement, with the fire in the bottom of the cooking chamber. The drip/grill pan included with the PR36 hangs between the fire and the cooking grate to create indirect heat. Either model can cook with direct heat grilling or indirect low and slow.
When it comes to direct heat grilling, the PR36 is more versatile than the SQ36 because you can grill from the grill pan, about 6 inches from the food. Or you can remove the grill pan and build a fire in the bottom of the cooker with the fire about 12 inches from the meat. The greater distance is important for some items, such as bone-in chicken.
In the SQ36, you can only grill in the optional grill pan because of the smoke diffuser in the bottom. While you can still grill about anything you want by banking the coals to one side, the PR36 is the better option for you if you’re planning to grill most of the time.
If you’re mostly looking to do low and slow, the SQ36 would be a better option because it has a more indirect heat source, which makes it easier to master amazing ribs and other tricky foods.
Because the PR36 doesn’t have a firebox, you can add an insert which sits in the bottom of the grill, or a pullout, which slides into the end of the grill for adding more fuel without removing the grate. You can upgrade the SQ36 to an insulated firebox with a sliding charcoal basket.
SQ36 vs. TS70P
If you’ve been researching the SQ36 and TS70P smokers, you might have wondered why the TS70P is more than twice as expensive as the SQ36. Here are the reasons:
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