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Old 04-20-2009, 01:43 PM   #1
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Well wouldn't mind having one of them nice cookshacks or electric boosted Oylers myself. Just dont cook enough to justify a big monetary outlay and really got no good place to keep one when I aint using it. Looked at a Masterbilt from Ace Hardware..Sam's has em too. General vicinity of 200-300 bucks. Looked a bit delicate to me and had a real cheesy looking wood chip holder. Wound up with a an electric fired Brinkmann which I just love. Keep it under an inverted 55 gallon barrell when it aint in use..or when it coming a tornado or blizzard just set it up off the ground a few inches using a few bricks and it makes a good insulator for it. Aint got much control over the heat but with the water pan it don't seem to ever get outreagously hot and aint never had a problem with it being not hot enough. Chum stuck a gauge to the one he had and say it stay purty close to 295 on most occasions. $58 at Academy Sports. They now up to 68 looks like. Mine is about 3 years old and on the 2nd heating element but Academy is good about forking over another if you happen to need one. About $30 if you end up having to buy one. Does a great job on briskets..butts..turkeys etc. Guess a smart person could hook up some type of heat control for it..but I aint never been accused of being smart. You can stick some purty good sized chunks and small logs in it. It aint finicky about the wood sizes. I seen another that did have a heat control..forget the brand right now but it was a bunch higher and you had to move the meat and water pan to feed the fire. Silliest set up I ever seen. I need to braggin on mine so much..sure folks are sick of listening to me

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BW that's a great idea about the drum for storage and the bricks for
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:22 PM   #3
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Well thanks. That upside down barell is an old trick an Aggie Injuneer taught me. He uses his on a regular charcoal fired ECB. Sorta figgered out a similar system using a #2 washtub dunked down on top whilst trying to cook chickens in a typhoon one time. That works purty good to keep the heat up in dire circumstances on R2D2 type gizmos too.

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