This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 5 pages for free. If you would like to participate, please join.

[ Pitmaster Club Information | Join Now | Login | Contact Us ]

There are 4 page views remaining.


No announcement yet.

Anyone used a Barrelhouse Cooker? (very similar to a PBC)

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    The fact that PBC is a veteran-owned company carries considerable weight with me as well.


      I have a Pit Barrel, my dad had a Barrel House, so I have experience with both. Each has flaws and strengths, but each makes great food. The lawsuit has been settled so I'm agnostic as far as that goes. I like my Pit Barrel accessories better, I think my Pit Barrel is better finished and more robust and will probably last longer. I like the Barrel House's vent better, the wire handles stay cool so you don't need a glove to take the lid off, the Pit Barrel H-frame is easier to deal with when you're doing a large cook like a turkey than the rebar on Pit Barrel. I don't think you can go wrong with either.


      • RobertC
        RobertC commented
        Editing a comment
        Very cool. How long have you had your PBC, how long has your dad had a BHC? (I presume your dad's is the 14" size?)

      • TheQuietOne
        TheQuietOne commented
        Editing a comment
        I've had my PBC about three years. Dad has the 18" and had it BHC since last Spring.

      I am 75 ,orginal i am from north east Alabama and my grandfather and BobGibson were friends,on weekends they did cookouts to make money and to feed the family,every one had what we called a burnbarrell to burn just trash,he had one that both ends were burnt out,on a windy day him and bob set it over the coals in the open pit and cooked some chickens ,i was only around 10 but i remember them hanging from wire,may have been barbed wire ,i dont recall,later on my grandfater was a pitmaster in the restraunt and my aunt mattie mae was a pie lady...saying all this to go to the story i was in a wal mart and saw the barrell house cooker on sale,bought it to cook a turkey for christmas,...it did a great job,i then ordered all the accesories they make and have used it a lot......it was at some time i read about the lawsuite no doubt they borrowed the idea fron pit barrell as barrell house was under contract to help make them...not good....i do like the barrell house over all ....i also cook over a green egg ,a pk orginal,a weber gas ,and am picking up a lang stick burner next week......very much like my 360 griddle also..i grill a lot and give it away in my neighood,just to get a reaction....i like to grill


      • Donw
        Donw commented
        Editing a comment
        Very good memories and thanks for sharing them. Welcome to the Pit.

      • fzxdoc
        fzxdoc commented
        Editing a comment
        I want to move to your neighborhood.


      I lost all interest in PBC once they moved production to China.


      • jfmorris
        jfmorris commented
        Editing a comment
        castironchris yes, unfortunately, while Pit Barrel Cooker Co. is an American veteran owned company, to be competitive, their current production is in China. If I had to guess, it moved when they went from a powder coated finish, to a porcelain finish. I know their initial production was powder coated, and they sandblasted the barrels themselves prior to the coating, up in Kentucky.

      • Histrix
        Histrix commented
        Editing a comment
        They moved production of the barrels to China a couple years ago.

      • castironchris
        castironchris commented
        Editing a comment
        That's pretty interesting when everything is taken into account.


    No announcement yet.
    Rubs Promo


    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 To Help Keep Us Alive

    A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs

    Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

    We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
    Click here for our review on this unique smoker

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

    The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. 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 ourácomplete review

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

    3 burner gas 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 ourácompleteáreview

    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

    GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The InfraredáZone

    GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily 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.

    Click here for more about what makes these grates so special

    Groundbreaking Hybrid Thermometer!

    Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

    The FireBoard Spark is a hybrid combining instant-read capability, a cabled temperature probe, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. We gave Spark a Platinum Medal for pushing the envelope of product capability while maintaining high standards of design and workmanship.

    Click here to read our comprehensive Platinum Medal review

    The Efficiency Of A Kamado Plus The Flexibility Of The Slow ‘N Sear Insert

    kamado grill
    Built around SnS Grill’s patented Slow ‘N Sear charcoal kettle accessory, this 22-inch kamado is a premium ceramic grill that brings true 2-zone cooking to a kamado.

    Click here for our article on this exciting cooker