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Welcome to the "Sound Off Section" for WOOD SMOKERS. Here you get to be the judge and jury! Let other barbecue enthusiasts know how you judge and rate the pit you are using. Please be sure to give readers the make and model of the smoker. Give some general comments (keep it clean!) and your overall impression of the pit. If you had to make certain changes or modifications to make it perform to your standards, that might also be helpful. Also, be sure to let us know if you would buy another one. Someday, we'll all get on the same page ... hopefully!


On Thu Sep 02 19:11:36 CDT 1999, someone using digital-03-219.hou.neosoft.com wrote:
  "Tom Gates" I have gotten 2 new pits to round out my arsenal. The existing pit is a 18/36" pitts&spitts vintage 1987. I use this one for quantity cooking. The new ones are a char-broil 900 charcoal cooker that replaced a Weber kettle. I am very happy with it even though I can't figure out the venting because it doesn't have any! Must just leak vent. I was thinking about cutting two in; any ideas? The other new one is a FireMagic built in gas job that is installed in a fireplace in an outdoor cabana, natural gas fired. It has cast iron cooking grates and is great for steaks, etc and the 42,000 btu's combined with the cast iron grates really make an excellent grill. I hope this is helpful. Tom Gates
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On Fri Apr 07 20:24:58 CDT 2000, someone using pm2-9.ctcis.net wrote:
  What works to remove grease from grills?
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On Sat Jun 10 14:47:50 CDT 2000, someone using 1Cust34.tnt1.lancaster.ca.da.uu.net wrote:
  If anyone is looking for a high quality, custom built wood/charcoal unit of just about any size you can imagine with a patented rotary system and capable of cooking a 250 pound hog in just under 6 hours or two cases of ribs in less then two hours give this gentleman a call. James McMurray (661) 949-2952
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On Wed Jul 05 17:26:30 CDT 2000, someone using 207.1.104.112 wrote:
  "Horse barbeque"
On Thu Jul 13 13:18:25 CDT 2000, someone using admin2-236.umbi.umd.edu wrote:
  I am looking at a Hondo and a Char-griller offset fire box smoker. I know that I will basically get what I pay for with these two, but does anyone have any oppinions about the differnces between the two?
On Mon Jul 17 01:39:05 CDT 2000, someone using u92-91.empirenet.com wrote:
 
On Mon Jul 24 16:56:07 CDT 2000, someone using 1Cust165.tnt2.kennewick.wa.da.uu.net wrote:
  Whom ever has said wood BBQ is the only way to do Q is blowing pine smoke,we brought a Masterbuilt Gas BBQ (stainless) for portability and ended up using it as a backup unit for a state fair championship cookoff and guess what..it beat our wood unit and we placed 1st in the Rib and Roast division. We used the water pan and set the temp to approx 240 degrees,used 5 cups of moist hickory chips for the first hour and cooked the ribs a total of 6 hours. I'll put this Gas Masterbuilt unit against any method out there and beat them! I'm now totally convinced gas is better then wood or charcoal in all applications but mostly in control and convienence! Drop me a email with comments to: Netrat_@excite.com
On Sun Aug 13 15:03:47 CDT 2000, someone using ppp01-617.algx.iadfw.net wrote:
  I have a Oklahoma Joe with no fire box and no vertical. I have been trying, like all of us, to gain a handle on this bbq-ing. I think that I have found a great tip. I build a medium fire using 3/4 charcoal 1/4 wood. Burn this half way, then add to that 1/2 the total size again of wood. Let this burn until the wood is just before white, I then place a 1lb coffee can filled 3/4 with water that has a large piece of wood (mesquite). I then wait for the water to boil. Place my brisket or tri- tip roast on the other side away from the heat mass. The coals keep the heat, the wood provides smoke and the water, provides flavored steam. The result is tender, slow roast with medium smoke penatration that is super easy to manage. This will provide about 2 hours uninterupted heating and flavor.
On Mon Aug 14 23:22:10 CDT 2000, someone using spider-tr051.proxy.aol.com wrote:
 
On Tue Aug 15 22:15:46 CDT 2000, someone using proxy1-external.wkgn1.il.home.com wrote:
  I have
On Sun Aug 20 13:18:04 CDT 2000, someone using ppp-216-62-114-104.dialup.eulstx.swbell.net wrote:
  I would like to sell a 4'x8' trailer smoker. It has four smoker racks,extra thick fire box 5/16 square bar grates, and wood rack. On back of trailer there is a fish fyer and double burners that has propane bottle. never been cook on eveery thing is new on this smoker. dmetals@swbell.net or (817) 599-5878
On Sun Aug 20 13:19:23 CDT 2000, someone using ppp-216-62-114-104.dialup.eulstx.swbell.net wrote:
  I have a 18'smoker rig for sale. It has Turkey and fish fryers with all utensiels. 2 chrome and brass cookin burners.120 QT. ice chest. 5'x5' fold down table that pins on anf off the trailer Cooking grill is 24 x48 all 5/16 square bar grill. with12 x48 top cooking rack with 5/16 square bar grill. Smoker 24x48 tall with 4 racks an a hanging hook. Extra thick fire box with propane wood starter an extra door for lighting. 35 gal water tank an hose 2 staainless steel sinks with drains, storage compartment. All new tires and chrome wheels. This is all new never been cook on dmetals@swbell.net or (817) 599-5878
On Mon Sep 04 18:39:29 CDT 2000, someone using PPPa67-ResaleLeesburgB1-3R7156.saturn.bbn.com wrote:
 
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On Wed Nov 15 17:18:02 CST 2000, someone using AC8EF16C.ipt.aol.com wrote:
  the best value currently for a "medium duty" smoker I feel is the Longhorn smoker by Oklahoma Joe's @ Sam's for 399. I feel the best smoker overall is a texas Smokemaster, if you're lucky enough to find a place to buy one- very well thought out !!! now, back to the barbe!!
On Thu Nov 23 20:45:23 CST 2000, someone using ad-ppp10.clas.net wrote:
 
On Tue Mar 06 14:32:12 CST 2001, someone using d89.u3.cyberlink.bc.ca wrote:
  I am an up coming manufacture of a portable outdoor fire container and hot water storage system. This 26" diameter x 16" high with a 7" in heigth lid, you will be able to roast,smoke and grill with natural wood products. This unit will out cook any gas grill. Look for it soon.
On Thu Mar 15 14:14:31 CST 2001, someone using 203.93.197.83 wrote:
  I am an up coming manufacture of a portable outdoor fire container and hot water storage system. This 26" diameter x 16" high with a 7" in heigth lid, you will be able to roast,smoke and grill with natural wood products. This unit will out cook any gas grill. Look for it soon.
On Sun Apr 01 20:46:46 CDT 2001, someone using 24.157.95.68.on.wave.home.com wrote:
 
On Sun Apr 08 11:45:31 CDT 2001, someone using A010-1070.AUST.splitrock.net wrote:
  I own a "Hondo" and it RULES !!!! By far the best smoker I have used.
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On Wed May 23 15:08:09 CDT 2001, someone using user-38ldjvj.dialup.mindspring.com wrote:
  After 4 years I have perfected a way to use my New Braunfels Hondo (offset firebox) smoker to accurately and easily maintain a minimum of four hours of 220 degree temperature (at meat level) -- easy modifications -- easy technique -- anyone interested e-mail me at: screenwriter2@earthlink.net -- I will e-mail you back with easy instructions. Believe me, this is soooo good and so easy you will fall in love with your New Braunfels all over again (or if you are still struggling with one, for the first time). My name is: Dan Colmerauer (screenwriter2@earthlink.net or alternatively: screenwriter4@hotmail.com (or is it hotmail.net, try one, if it doesn't work, try the other)
On Sat May 26 08:28:50 CDT 2001, someone using ool-182c82e0.dyn.optonline.net wrote:
  I have a New Braunfels (silver) with an offet firebox. I cannot get the temp above 140-150 degrees. I very new to bar-b-q and don't even know the purpose of the dampers on the firebox. [ie. should i open the damper or close it to increase the temp.] If someone has 5 minutes can you just e-mail me at: chris@pizzolo.com -- and let me know how to maintain the temp above 200 degrees. Thanks!
On Sat May 26 13:08:58 CDT 2001, someone using PPPa28-ResaleEnid1-4R7093.dialinx.net wrote:
  does anyone have instructions on how to build a Bar B Que out of bricks?? if so email them to me please. ebrinsley@hotmail.com
On Tue May 29 14:05:42 CDT 2001, someone using 24.66.30.90 wrote:
  does anyone have instructions on how to build a Bar B Que out of bricks?? if so email them to me please. ebrinsley@hotmail.com
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On Mon Jul 02 12:30:28 CDT 2001, someone using redwolf.ci.lincoln.ne.us wrote:
 
On Fri Jul 13 18:02:04 CDT 2001, someone using h44-208-47-250.mesh.net wrote:
  24' trailer rig has two fire boxs 2x4 main cooking chamber with water tray. Upright smoker 3'x4' with water tray , 2x2 firebox with top that open up for flame kissed steaks cast iron grates 18x18 inch fire box on the other end also has top that opens with cast iron grates for steaks or fajitas. it has 2x3 warming oven, a grill for eggs- bacon- pancakes. fishers and turkey fryers , it has a double set of chrome burners for chili- beans, a 2x6x1 firewood box has two fold down tables one on each side of trailer, a 35 gallon water storage tank. white mag wheels tandem azle bull dog hitch elec. brakes lots of room for icechest and storage. Trailer is black trimed in red. 817-341-3025 or dmetals51@hotmail.com or davidw @mesh.net
On Fri Jul 27 22:52:26 CDT 2001, someone using sttldslgw14poolB34.sttl.uswest.net wrote:
 
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On Tue Sep 04 15:24:29 CDT 2001, someone using cache0.iro.ptd.net wrote:
  Has anyone purchased the Hathorn Grill? I'd love to hear some feedback.
On Thu Oct 25 20:33:55 CDT 2001, someone using spider-th051.proxy.aol.com wrote:
  I'm looking to buy a commercial smoker along the lines of a trailer mounted Klose, Lang or Southern Yankee unit. Does anyone have any experience with the Lang or Southern Yankee? I'm especially interested in heat distribution (Klose charges $350 for tuning). Anyone use a Southern Yankee? The rotisserie unit seems mighty practical to avoid hot and cold spots, and it appears to cook a whole lot of meat. The Lang also brags about good heat distribution - any one got first hand knowledge? Truth is I like the Klose, but TX is a lot farther away for picking a unit up than GA or IN. Please reply direct to Jim at bbqshoot@aol.com. Thanks...
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On Wed Nov 28 10:56:52 CST 2001, someone using ad-dgardner-1.larc.nasa.gov wrote:
  As for your notes on specialty woods, there is no mention of mountain laurel. Laural when dry is an exceptionally hard wood. I have tested this wood on my relatives and they all survived. Further, they loved it! Seems to work well with just about any poulty, meats, fish or game. Any comment?
On Fri Dec 07 21:51:05 CST 2001, someone using px3so.cg.shawcable.net wrote:
 
On Sat Dec 08 12:11:56 CST 2001, someone using adsl-156-6-182.asm.bellsouth.net wrote:
  I just love my Big Green Egg. Are they only found in Atlanta? I can cook steaks at 600 without burning or smoke a pork shoulder at 275 for 6 hours without adding more charcoal. The ceramic construction holds the heat and there are few ways for air to leak in. Heavy? Yes. Expensive? Not really. Comes standard with a real thermometer. Get the electric starter, too. Only problem is the grilling surface isn't real big. Steaks for 3 is about the maximum for the small size Egg. But plenty big for BBQ'ing for 10.
On Mon Jan 14 20:50:14 CST 2002, someone using 12-249-130-57.client.attbi.com wrote:
  Does anyone have comments on a Hathorn Grill to be used for BBQ ing? My Pitt's & Spitts seems to be too much work with having to pre-cook wood. Looking for an alternative, but no gas or electric. thanks please respond to ssconway@attbi.com
On Wed Jan 30 11:47:44 CST 2002, someone using 12-233-220-112.client.attbi.com wrote:
  Is there a Bar-B-Que cook off this summer any place in The state of Tennessee????
On Wed Mar 06 11:58:16 CST 2002, someone using 128.158.173.254 wrote:
  Does anyone have any ideas as to what to use to seal air leaks on or around the BBQ openings? Any tried and true methods? Please E-mail them to Champs_97@hotmail.com
On Fri Apr 05 19:16:57 CST 2002, someone using ool-18b9e2a7.dyn.optonline.net wrote:
  OK - I know I'm opening myself up for this.... I have a water smoker tha I have had good success with. I was thinking of getting a wood smoker - will there be a big difference in flavor?
On Sat Apr 13 21:13:17 CDT 2002, someone using slip-32-101-225-252.ok.us.prserv.net wrote:
  masterbuilt propane smoker is absolutely the worst i have had. 1 year, the entire unit is rusted and rotting out.
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On Thu May 23 15:00:47 CDT 2002, someone using cdm-208-10-130-conr.cox-internet.com wrote:
  What is the best temp and time to smoke a brisket? I am using a pit with off-set fire box, please email to dmsaphillips@cox-internet.com
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On Sat Aug 17 21:24:02 CDT 2002, someone using spider-wi024.proxy.aol.com wrote:
  Can anyone give me some tips on the best way to make a good grill out of an old 250 gallon propane tank. I want to build it right the first time. Please e-mail. Thanks. Skybuster3@aol.com
On Sun Aug 18 10:24:28 CDT 2002, someone using dialup-67.27.133.223.Dial1.Dallas1.Level3.net wrote:
  what does a small smoker trailer go for
On Mon Aug 19 15:47:34 CDT 2002, someone using dialup-67.27.135.118.Dial1.Dallas1.Level3.net wrote:
 
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On Mon Dec 23 16:22:33 CST 2002, someone using tsa203.usd434.org wrote:
  hey yu-al I have a pro smoker and i cant get rid of the creo that has built up ,any one know how to and what to use DOC White
On Sat Feb 01 11:54:09 CST 2003, someone using 0-1pool149-119.nas7.minneapolis1.mn.us.da.qwest.net wrote:
  okay here goes, I want a new smoker pit it's a toss up between the klose backyard chef and the lyfe tyme 20" with offset firebox and vertical smoker, I currently use a brinkman cinnamaron(sp)but its just too small any suggestings on the two would be greatly appreciated..... e-mail cpj2@hotmail.com
On Thu Apr 24 19:58:55 CDT 2003, someone using 65.216.29.30 wrote:
  Smokemaster Barbecuer: There is one selling on EBay currently asking about $450 I think. What do they go for new? I want to buy my husband a decent smoker, hoping to pay less than $300. Is this possible? Please advise a uninformed female in Ft. Worth Texas where to buy something good. Thanks! beonmyboat@yahoo.com
On Thu Apr 24 20:00:24 CDT 2003, someone using 65.216.29.30 wrote:
  Smokemaster Barbecuer: There is one selling on EBay currently asking about $450 I think. What do they go for new? I want to buy my husband a decent smoker, hoping to pay less than $300. Is this possible? Please advise a uninformed female in Ft. Worth Texas where to buy something good. Thanks! beonmyboat@yahoo.com
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