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Old 10-25-2005, 12:21 PM   #1
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Ideal backyard smoker/pit for Guru?

I've got a couple grills (Bar-B-Chef Texas Grill & Weber 22" kettle), but after hearing the Guru Podcast I'm considering adding a smoker to my lineup. The smoker will be used with a to-be-purchased Guru.

I don't do competitions, and we rarely have more than 20 people over for parties... usually we entertain for more like 10-15 total.

What would your shortlist of smokers be if you were in my shoes? I'm open to any & all suggestions.

I like the Backwoods Smoker "Patio". Seems like I came across a thread(s) indicating that BBQ Bob & Shotgun Fred may have had some difficulties w/the Guru/Patio combo, but those difficulties weren't specified & I could have dreamed the whole thing up.

Of course, WSM is another obvious choice.

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Old 10-25-2005, 01:00 PM   #2
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Lowrent, Backwoods smoker $325, WSM with guru & adaptor plate $390.

You can fit more food in the WSM, and lots of folks here will swear by them. JMHO
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Lowrent, Backwoods smoker $325, WSM with guru & adaptor plate $390.

You can fit more food in the WSM, and lots of folks here will swear by them. JMHO
The WSM is the other one at the top of my list, and is a strong contender. I'm leaning towards the Patio for only 2 reasons:
- I like the access doors on the Patio a lot. Of course, with a smoker it's not like I'm in there fooling with the meat much, but there is still refuling.
- I like the insulation because I believe it will mean less refuling. I'd like to be able to leave the smoker unattended, when needed, for as long a period of time as possible.

Now, especially on this last point, I could be all wrong. Am I?
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With my guru & wsm, I can get 18 - 20 hour burns without re-fueling.
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Same here.
Me love it long time. :-X
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I agree with Nick. I've never had to refuel my WSM during a cook since getting the Guru. I use a hot water heater blanket around my WSM on really cold, windy nights, and still have a lot of charcoal left over after an 18 hour cook.
I bet you give it a good night kiss as you tuck it in bed too. :lmao:
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I agree with Nick. I've never had to refuel my WSM during a cook since getting the Guru. I use a hot water heater blanket around my WSM on really cold, windy nights, and still have a lot of charcoal left over after an 18 hour cook.
I bet you give it a good night kiss as you tuck it in bed too. :lmao:
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With my guru & wsm, I can get 18 - 20 hour burns without re-fueling.
That's it? I was hoping for like 2-3 days.

Just kidding, of course. I can't see needing more than that.
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I agree with Nick. I've never had to refuel my WSM during a cook since getting the Guru. I use a hot water heater blanket around my WSM on really cold, windy nights, and still have a lot of charcoal left over after an 18 hour cook.
That answers that question, though I suspect you get colder weather than do I.
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The Patio link states the Patio will go for 4-6 hours. Of course, I doubt this statement contemplated a Guru. I wonder if the Guru could make a big enough difference to go to the 18-20+ hour mark already achieved by many with the WSM?
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