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Old 03-25-2020, 08:40 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Bar-B-Q pitts/Smokers opinions

I am in the market for a wood burning pitt and or smoker. Give me yalls opinions on the best type/brand. Would really like to hear from the guys that cook alot. Thanx Calvin
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:57 PM   #2
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Big green egg is AMAZING. So simple to use with a great end result
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:09 PM   #3
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Lonestar Grillz. Very high quality pits and an awesome local business in the Houston area. Chris stands behind his products and will take as much time out of his day as youíd like to walk you through the models and options so you make the best decisions for you. Buy once, cry once.






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Old 03-25-2020, 09:10 PM   #4
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Offset is the best. BGE are okay for steaks, but they can't cook a brisket as well as a stick burner offset. In my opinion.

Like everything, you can pay a little or a lot for one. From $200 to many thousands.

Do you want it portable/trailered?
How much do you want to cook on it at one time (size)?
Regular flow, or reverse flow?
How easy is it to clean out, both inside and firebox?
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:14 PM   #5
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For budget friendly it's hard to beat a Weber Smokey Mountain.

I'll second what lwelch70 said. I have a lone star grillz cabinet smoker and that thing rocks. I'm considering selling it if your interested.

I also have the Weber I mentioned above.
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:24 PM   #6
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Primo xl if you want a ceramic smoker. Lyfe tyme if you want traditional. I got a primo a few years ago and the tradition hardly sees any use anymore. Everything, especially brisket, turns out better on the primo.
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:28 PM   #7
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Primo xl if you want a ceramic smoker. Lyfe tyme if you want traditional. I got a primo a few years ago and the tradition hardly sees any use anymore. Everything, especially brisket, turns out better on the primo.
Funny, this is exactly the same as me. Have a life tyme and a primo XL. Donít use the offset as much as I used to. I disagree on taste, brisket, ribs, pork shoulder definitely better of the offset, imo, but the ease of use on the primo is huge.
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:51 PM   #8
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Offset is my choice. Check out Pits by JJ in Houston.
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:13 PM   #9
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Big a Green Egg all the way. Use mine all the time and not just for smoking.
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Old 03-25-2020, 11:12 PM   #10
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I have a Lone star grillz 20x36 and couldn’t be happier. The 20x models have some nice features that similar smokers don’t. When I picked up my pit I met Chris and he went over the pit with me as if I was buying a new car. Awesome craftsmanship and great people.
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:38 AM   #11
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Calvin,as mentioned above,the Weber Smoky Mountain is hard to beat for the price and easy operation for the guy that isn't cooking large amounts.
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:55 AM   #12
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Big green egg has become my favorite. You can smoke, grill, or make a pizza.
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Old 03-26-2020, 06:10 AM   #13
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I’ve got a Pitts and Spitts stick burner and a Weber Smoky Mountain. They both produce great bbq, but the Smoky Mountain is way easier. You don’t see the crazy temperature swings with the Weber, so you don’t have to babysit the fire so much. I can get the charcoal going with some chunks of wood and it will remain steady for 10+ hours. I might need to add some water one time. It also uses a whole lot less fuel, and it doesn’t take up much space in the garage. If you get the Weber, I would recommend the 22”, otherwise you will need to trim some of the larger briskets.
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:15 AM   #14
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Big green egg,
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:02 AM   #15
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Iíve got a Pitts and Spitts stick burner and a Weber Smoky Mountain. They both produce great bbq, but the Smoky Mountain is way easier. You donít see the crazy temperature swings with the Weber, so you donít have to babysit the fire so much. I can get the charcoal going with some chunks of wood and it will remain steady for 10+ hours. I might need to add some water one time. It also uses a whole lot less fuel, and it doesnít take up much space in the garage. If you get the Weber, I would recommend the 22Ē, otherwise you will need to trim some of the larger briskets.
This on the Webber. Love mine!
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:05 AM   #16
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I personally don't care for the big green egg. We got one at the farm, and It just won't grow on me. I use it a few times a month. For grilling I like my pit boss much better. For smoking a good old seasoned stick burner is unbeatable. If I had to choose one, I would go with the pit boss because I grill more than I smoke.


If you decide to go with a ceramic grill, the Primos is a much better bang for your buck. I cook pretty often on my buddies, and I prefer it over our green egg.

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Old 03-26-2020, 08:11 AM   #17
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:12 AM   #18
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For value this one is pretty awesome https://www.lowes.com/pd/Oklahoma-Jo...moker/50329703

You can definitely spend more and get better but the OK Joe will last you decades and works well.
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:18 AM   #19
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My LYFE TIME has seemed to live up to its name..and only thing I ever had to do is replace expanded metal grait/grill...whatever they called..and they slip in and out...no welding at all...and were bought and cut a local metal shop for like 30 bucks...
I bought it used about 30y ago but thats a guess...Made Tons of BBQ...I still have it but its been pretty well retired (me Too) after I got a Pellet smoker a year or so ago
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:37 AM   #20
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Yoder Durango. Really like mine.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:58 AM   #21
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Budget friendly is the old country over and under at academy. Love mine.
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Old 03-26-2020, 10:21 AM   #22
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I have an old country from Academy off set smoker. I think it is the Pecos. Not bad on price and they hold temps really well. I put a brisket on about an hour ago. Had my temps regulated at 250 before I put it on. Just went out just to make sure where the temp was still right at 250.
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Old 03-26-2020, 12:14 PM   #23
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I was an offset guy since 1993 and now that I have a Rec Tec, it's the only way to go. For the naysayers, you need to borrow one and give it a try, it's a game changer.
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Old 03-26-2020, 06:51 PM   #24
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Thoughts on Traegers?


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Old 03-26-2020, 07:21 PM   #25
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I’ve got an All Seasons offset I would sell ya for $500. Went to a pellet 3 years ago, this one hasn’t see fire in that amount of time and was only used for about 3 years. Very thick metal.

Edit, just looked and these now sell for $950. When I bought it 8 payed 1150.

So $400 and it’s yours.

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Old 03-26-2020, 07:33 PM   #26
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Here are a few pics. Little work and paint and sh will be cooked again. Does have adjustable plate under the double sliding shelves, heat deflector.
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:45 PM   #27
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Offset is the best. BGE are okay for steaks, but they can't cook a brisket as well as a stick burner offset. In my opinion.

Like everything, you can pay a little or a lot for one. From $200 to many thousands.

Do you want it portable/trailered?
How much do you want to cook on it at one time (size)?
Regular flow, or reverse flow?
How easy is it to clean out, both inside and firebox?
I have an old trailer Im gonna put it on.
I want to be able to cook one steak to a whole bunch of steaks.
Not sure what reverse flow is, so I suppose regular flow.
I want the flexibility of grilling and smoking.

Thanx for rsponding
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:48 PM   #28
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Yoder Durango. Really like mine.
Nice setup.
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:03 PM   #29
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I’d love to have a stick smoker but dang my BGEs cook awesome.
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:18 PM   #30
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If money is no object...

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Old 03-26-2020, 08:19 PM   #31
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I cooked pork loin on my pellet today. It was good. I still think I want a stick burner.

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Old 03-26-2020, 08:39 PM   #32
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Look up cain's custom pits on facebook. Buddy of mine from back in tha day.
This guy does well you know custom pits and really nice work.
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i cooked pork loin on my pellet today. It was good. I still think i want a reverse flow stick burner.

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Old 03-26-2020, 08:44 PM   #34
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Give Cannon Pits and Fab a shot.

He is a member heee.
He is an accomplished comp cooker so he knows what works.

He and his team are great fabricators.
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Ok. Tell me more


Fyi we got some whiskey Meyers tickets in August....

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Fyi we got some whiskey Meyers tickets in August....

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Much more even temp across total cooking surface.

Where is the concert?
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Much more even temp across total cooking surface.

Where is the concert?
Whitewater amphitheater

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Yoder Durango. Really like mine.


Thatís a heck of a rig right there.


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Old 03-27-2020, 10:52 AM   #40
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When you combine upfront cost, space utilzation, ease of use/ability to maintain stable temps over a long perioid of time, and quality of bbq produced, the Weber Smokey Mountain checks all of the boxes. Got rid of my stick burner years ago and seldom miss it.
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:40 AM   #41
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Lonestar Grillz. Very high quality pits and an awesome local business in the Houston area. Chris stands behind his products and will take as much time out of his day as youíd like to walk you through the models and options so you make the best decisions for you. Buy once, cry once.






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Any chance youíll tell how you get the crust/bark looking so tasty? That looks delicious.


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^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Slow and low baby.
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Old 03-27-2020, 05:37 PM   #43
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Yoder Durango. Really like mine.
Some where somebody is looking for the rest of their Locomotive . Nice cooker
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Old 03-27-2020, 08:21 PM   #44
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Yoder Durango. Really like mine.
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Old 03-27-2020, 08:22 PM   #45
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Thanx for the responses, if yall got more, pile'em on.
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