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SFB 3 7.32%
WSM 22 53.66%
Kettle 0 0%
Pull behind trailer 11 26.83%
EGG style 1 2.44%
Other 4 9.76%
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Old 04-22-2006, 01:54 PM   #1
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What are you cooking on?

What are you cooking on? I would like to know what style of pit you are using and what you see as the advantages and disadvantages of your pit. I do not want this thread to degenerate like the other one did. Comment only on the advantages and disadvantages of your own pit. I think that this discussion would be beneficial to anyone considering buying another pit/smoking apparatus. If I have left a style out I apologize it‘s from lack of knowledge not a slight..
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Old 04-22-2006, 02:08 PM   #2
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Can't really answer that...
I cook on both a WSM, Kettle, AND a Smokey Joe Gold.
Hmmmm. I answered WSM.
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Old 04-22-2006, 02:17 PM   #3
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Can't really answer that...
I cook on both a WSM, Kettle, AND a Smokey Joe Gold.
Hmmmm. I answered WSM.
You’re the perfect guy to answer that. What do you like/dislike about each? I’m looking for more feed back then just the poll. More like ruminations and ramblings of BBQ junkies. Thanks.
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Old 04-22-2006, 02:47 PM   #4
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Can't really answer that...
I cook on both a WSM, Kettle, AND a Smokey Joe Gold.
Hmmmm. I answered WSM.
You’re the perfect guy to answer that. What do you like/dislike about each? I’m looking for more feed back then just the poll. More like ruminations and ramblings of BBQ junkies. Thanks.
Since you said pit, I assume your talking about wanting to BBQ and not grill so I'll offer my opinion about the WSM.

Cons of the WSM ... capacity, the occasional flaking off from the lid, and the lack of a thermo.

Pros of the WSM ... price, footprint size, versatility, stability, consistency, ease of portability, not having to feed the fire (being able to sleep)...

Uhhh I'm sure I'll think of more but that's a start.
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Old 04-22-2006, 03:18 PM   #5
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Wsm and trailer pit...
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Wsm and trailer pit...

Pro's of the WSM....holds temp for 12 hours at a time with little to no fiddling, uses less than 1/2 bag of charcol...the only con I see is the small capacity...but it is perfect for personal use...

Pro's of the trailer is the capacity....also, I dont mind playing with the fire..Cons are having to fire the pit up to do 1 butt or some ABT's..
Thats why ya gotta have both...IMO..
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Wsm and trailer pit...

Pro's of the WSM....holds temp for 12 hours at a time with little to no fiddling, uses less than 1/2 bag of charcol...the only con I see is the small capacity...but it is perfect for personal use...

Pro's of the trailer is the capacity....also, I dont mind playing with the fire..Cons are having to fire the pit up to do 1 butt or some ABT's..
Thats why ya gotta have both...IMO..
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You needed a "Built my own pit" category.

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I use the dbl barrel made from plans called "The Big Baby". I built it as a goof. But it makes good Q. It was cheap and so am I! It was fun to build. Has huge capacity for my family and friends. The only downside was the thin walls rusting out on the bottom burn barrel. I may have that slowed down at least now cuz I lined it with bricks and vacuum it out when I am done.
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Custom Pipe offset by Gator Pits of Texas.

24" diameter 1/4" pipe and plate construction
24"x24" firebox with grill and hot plate
24"x40" Main Chamber with 2 slide out shelves. tuning plates and grill
24"x24"x36" upright w/4 slide out shelves
Left and right side cleanouts

This pit weighs 1900 lbs or so and stands 7'5" to the top of the Chimney cover and is over 8' long. I'll say right at the beginning that a pit like this is not for everyone. It takes a whole lot more to keep up with a pit like this than it does the venerable WSM. Think before you leap.





Pros:

You can cook a bunch of food on it, smoked and grilled.
Performs very well at smoking and grilling
Holds heat very well
Lasts several lifetimes if cared for, will be a family heirloom.
Cool status symbol

Things to take into consideration before buying a pipe offset:
I don't consider these things cons as long you understand what your getting into.

Expensive initial purchase
Uses a fair amount of fuel and BBQ wood ain't cheap
Very large foot print
Challenging to clean and keep clean.
Very heavy
High Maintenance to keep it looking like new (if kept uncovered)
Can make a huge mess of your patio over time.
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