Welcome!


This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 3 pages for free.

[ Lost Username or Password | Pitmaster Club Information, | Join 30 Days Free | Contact Us ]

There are 2 page views remaining.

Announcement

Collapse

Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

Join us in Memphis for our Meat-Up! Space is limited to 400, secure your spot by booking early! Click here for details. (https://amazingribs.com/memphis2020)
See more
See less

Barrel House Cooker

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts
  • vandy
    Club Member
    • Aug 2015
    • 611
    • Olive Branch, MS

    Barrel House Cooker

    Does anyone have any experience with the Barrel House vertical cooker and if so how does it compare to the Pit Barrel Cooker?
  • Spinaker
    Moderator
    • Nov 2014
    • 10064
    • Land of Tonka
    • John "J R"
      Instagram: JRBowlsby
      Smokin' Hound Que
      Minnesota/ United States of America

      ********************************************
      Assistants
      Dexter (Beagle mix)
      Kinnick (American Foxhound)
      ************************

      Grills/Smokers/Fryers
      Big Green Egg (Large) X2
      Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

      Broil King Keg
      Karubeque C-60
      Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
      Lodge L410 Hibachi
      Pit Barrel Cooker
      Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
      R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

      Weber Spirit Gasser
      ******************.
      Thermometers
      FireBoard (Base Package)
      Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
      Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)
      **************

      Accessories
      BBQ Dragon
      Big Green Egg Plate Setter
      Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
      Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

      Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
      Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

      Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
      Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
      Eggspander Kit X2
      Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

      Finex Cat Iron Line
      FireBoard Drive
      Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
      Grill Grates
      Joule Water Circulator
      KBQ Fire Grate

      Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
      Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
      Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
      Large Vortex
      Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
      Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
      Smithey No. 12
      Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
      Stargazer No.10, 12
      Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
      Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
      ********************************
      Fuel
      FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
      Kingsford Blue and White
      Rockwood Lump Charcoal
      Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60
      **************************

      Cutlery
      Buck 119 Special
      Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
      Global
      Shun
      Wusthof
      *******
      Next Major Purchase
      Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

    #2
    There was a lawsuit over this one. I am not sure how it all came out. But here is the link to the last topic regarding this cooker.

    Comment

    • RobertC
      Club Member
      • Mar 2017
      • 147

      #3
      I have one, the model with the hinged lid. I got it about six months ago, before I saw that lawsuit that Spinaker mentioned but as IANAL so I won't address that.

      Disclaimer: I've seen but never cooked on a PBC so I can't really compare to it in a detailed way -- but the BHC works pretty much as I imagined a smaller version of the PBC would work when I got it. It's basically a 20-gallon barrel (14" diameter rather than 18") compared to the PBC's 30 gallon volume, so it has roughly 60% of the capacity. We're a four-person family, soon to be three. When we entertain we usually only have only another three or four. For my needs a PBC would have been too much -- the middle-sized WSM was the alternative I was considering. I've done dinner for 10 people, but I don't have to feed 25 people so I don't worry about doing 3 pork butts or 3 briskets at once.

      It has some nice refinements compared to the PBC. Here are four of the nicest:
      1. You can detach the base, making feeding and clearing the charcoal basket easier. You don't need the "ash catcher" that costs an extra $30 with the PBC, nor do you need to load the charcoal basket into the barrel with a long handled rake.
      2. The charcoal basket has a tall collar with a charcoal grate set at about two-thirds of the way down the collar. This means there's a deep side to the basket and if you flip it over, there's a shallow side that holds about half the charcoal. The shallow side is perfect when cooking chicken or a tri-tip, while the deep side holds enough charcoal for at least a six hour cook.
      3. If you look at the pictures of the two, all other UDS are barrels with outward ridges. The BHC has reversed them so the ridges form indentations that you can set the grates on. There are three such ridges. From the topmost ridge down to the charcoal basket is at least 22", so you can hang pretty long items without having them touch the coals.
      4. Sometimes when cooking "juicy" meats like chickens, they can drip quite a bit. In fact, some chickens can drip so much that they can snuff out the charcoal directly below, so PBC owners occasionally rotate or re-arrange chickens so they drip on "fresh" coals. With the BHC, the hooks hang from a circular "H-frame" that sits on the ridge, and you can rotate the frame in the barrel in just a second if you choose to.

      After detaching the base, you can place a grate just inches above the charcoal basket so you can sear after slow cooking -- but I usually sear on my gas cooker, so I've never really bothered with this feature.

      There are a few other differences from the PBC but these were the biggest for me.

      Because the volume is smaller than the PBC I had to learn how to scale down the recommended lighting procedure and play with the exhaust ports. I snake the temperature probes through the exhaust ports. I am getting better at dialing in a temperature within +/-5 deg, and holding it there for several hours.

      I have done a 8-1/2 hour cook @ 260+/-5 deg loaded to full capacity (about 116 briquettes = 2.9 kg = 6.4 lbs) with fuel to spare. Eyeballing the charcoal basket I think it could've gone another hour and a half but that's just a guess. I haven't yet tested what would happen if the barrel were loaded with so much stuff that the air circulation might be affected.

      The "H" frame they use as a substitute for the rebar in the PBC can be kinda cool, as I mentioned above, and sometimes kind of a pain -- because the BHC has only 60% of the surface area, having extra bars that criss-cross the top limits the size the item you can easily maneuver through the gaps. It turns out that if you're cooking something big it's easier to lift the whole damn thing, hooks and items still attached, than to try to squeeze the big item past the openings. You get 8 hooks with the PBC and only 4 with the BHC but 4 turns out to be about right since it's so much smaller.

      The lid seals well and I haven't yet gotten any leaks around it. Some drum smokers have problems with loose or deformed lids, so you often hear of owners weighing down the lid or clamping it with binder clips. The "deluxe" model has the hinged lid so it doesn't get too many stresses than might deform it, but we shall see over time. The hinge has two positions so you can leave the lid either tightly closed or slightly ajar. I sometimes use the "ajar" position when trying to quickly raise the temperature for cooking chicken.

      The deluxe model also has an extra frame you can put half-grates on, and a tiny shelf I use to hold my Thermoworks Smoke. The extra frame can be handy if you hang pork butts from the top frame -- you can then put the grates on the second frame which is installed at the lowest ridge to prevent tender meat from falling off the hooks onto the coal basket. No need to ask me how I know this.

      All-in-all, a one-sentence summary might be: a 60% scale model of the most popular UDS with refinements that address many of their idiosyncrasies.

      Comment

      • vandy
        Club Member
        • Aug 2015
        • 611
        • Olive Branch, MS

        #4
        Well, after reading the lawsuit and finding out some of the unscrupulous business practices (IMHO) I think I will pass on this one and move on. Thanks for the info Spinaker and for making that decision easier. Besides I am still trying to master the new kettle and SNS that I just got about a month ago.

        Comment

        Announcement

        Collapse

        Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

        Join us in Memphis for our Meat-Up! Space is limited to 400, secure your spot by booking early! Click here for details. (https://amazingribs.com/memphis2020)
        See more
        See less
        Working...
        X
        Meat-Up in Memphis

        T-Shirts & More T-Shirts & More
        Order men's and women's T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Aprons, Mugs, Caps, Tote Bags, Flasks, and more, all imprinted with the Pitmaster Club logo. There's even a spiral bound journal where you can make notes on your cooks.

        Cool Embroidered Shirt Cool Embroidered Shirt
        This beautifully embroidered shirt is the same one Meathead wears in public and on TV. It's wash and wear and doesn't need ironing (really!), but it is a soft cottonlike feel. Choice of four colors and both men's and women's.

        Click here for more info.

        Support ARC

        Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, and it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! And remember, we only recommend products we love. If you like AmazingRibs.com, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon.

        https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs

        BBQ Stars

        Spotlight

        These are not ads or paid placements. These Are Some Of Our Favorite Tools And Toys.

        These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

        Use our links when you buy things

        Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! If you like AmazingRibs.com, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon

        https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs

         


        Placeholder

        Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

        Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts


        Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

        maverick PT55 thermometer

        A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

        Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there


        If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

        slow n sear

        The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

        Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


        Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

        the good one grill

        The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

        Click here to read our complete review


        The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

        the good one grill

        The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

        Click here to read our complete review


        Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

        Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

        The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

        Click here to read our detailed review and to order


        Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

        The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

        The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

        Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


        The Undisputed Champion!

        thermapen

        The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal .


        Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

        Placeholder

        Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

        Click here to read our detailed review and to order


        The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

        NK-22-Ck Grill

        Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

        Click here for more about what makes this grill special


        Placeholder

        G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

        Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

        If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

        Click here to read our detailed review

        Click here to order from Amazon


        GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

        grill grates

        GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

        Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


        kareubequ bbq smoker

        Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

        The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

        Click here for our review of this superb smoker


        Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

        masterbuilt gas smoker

        The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

        Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

        Click here to read our detailed review


        Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

        masterbuilt gas smoker

        Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

        Click here to read our detailed review and to order


        PK 360 grill

        Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

        The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

        Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

        Click here to order it direct from PK and get a special deal for AmazingRibs.com readers only


        Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

        fireboard bbq thermometer

        With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

        Click here to read our detailed review


        Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

        Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

        Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

        Click here to read our detailed review and to order