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  • fzxdoc
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    • Jul 2014
    • 5008
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      Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
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      Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
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      Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
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      BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

      Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
      Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
      Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
      Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

    Never tried lighting my PBC without using the chimney. This method might be closer to the lighter fluid method. Several folks here who have used Stubbs are not particular fans of that brand. YMMV, though.

    Kathryn

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    • 1-bigmac
      Former Member
      • Apr 2017
      • 9
      • Watkinsville, GA

      Okay...about that PBC vent opening. Many discussions regarding the size of the vent opening with respect to temperature. Does anyone actually have a measurement that equates to a given vent size? I know that the size of the vent hole is 3" diameter. So how does one determine, for example, 1/4 open? 1/4 of 3" is 3/4" so does that mean there should be 3/4" from the vent hole edge in the barrel to the edge of the vent cover? Or, is there a template available from PBC/Noah for making this critical adjustment?

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      • fzxdoc
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 5008
        • My toys:
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          Weber Kettle Premium 22"
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          Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


          Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
          Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
          Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
          Grill Grate for SnS
          Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
          Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
          2 Grill Grate Griddles
          Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

          Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
          Fireboard control unit in addition to that in the Extreme BBQ Package
          Additional Fireboard probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
          2 Fireboard Driver Cables
          Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
          Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
          Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
          Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
          Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
          Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
          Thermoworks Timestick Trio
          Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
          Maverick ET 733
          Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

          Grill Pinz
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          A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

          BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

          Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
          Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
          Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
          Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

        The vent opening is not too critical as long as you get it in the ballpark, 1-bigmac . Just set it for the size recommended for your altitude. The Pit Barrel website has diagrams for the openings. Just set yours close and run a smoke.

        Here's their diagram: Click image for larger version  Name:	PBC Vent Opening Diagram.JPG Views:	1 Size:	34.5 KB ID:	308365




        The vent opening has little to do with temperature. It just ensures that the coals are getting enough oxygen at your altitude to do their thing. It doesn't function like the lower vent does, for example, on a kettle. It's a set-it-once and let it be type of deal.

        If your PBC runs too cold, you might consider opening your vent up a bit more. At my altitude, 1/2 open is recommended, but my PBC likes 5/8 open better. It's sat at that 5/8 opening for a few years now--I never touch it no matter what I'm cooking. I control the temps (when necessary) by cracking the lid to increase temps or foiling the rebars to decrease temps once I've made sure that there are no lid leaks, that is.

        Kathryn

        P.S. Welcome to The Pit!
        Last edited by fzxdoc; April 22, 2017, 07:14 AM.

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        • 1-bigmac
          Former Member
          • Apr 2017
          • 9
          • Watkinsville, GA

          Thanks for the welcome and quick response! As one who likes measuring/reproducibility, I would still like a number. One person's guesstimate of 1/2 open is probably quite different from another's. I'm sure PBC/Noah must have a gauge for doing their factory preset vent openings. Any knowledge of their spacing? I suppose I could scale the photo you included to where the barrel hole is 3" on paper and get a dimension. This assumes of course that the drawing/photo is accurate. Hummmm.

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          • Brewmaster
            Charter Member
            • Oct 2014
            • 583
            • Santa Rosa, CA

            compute the size of the open hole and then determine how much you should have open, or have a beer or 2 and wing it

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            • phoccer
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 329
              • Kansas City, MO
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              Since it's a 3" opening, you can measure the distance from the edge of your vent to the edge of the vent opening, that's what I did(.25 *3=.75) So I measured 3/4 of an inch from the edge of the vent to the edge of the vent opening. I just imagined a line going right through the middle of the vent and measured from that spot to the vent opening edge, as straight as I could ballpark. It's definitely not exact but it's pretty darn close IMO. Here's my crude drawing.

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              • 1-bigmac
                Former Member
                • Apr 2017
                • 9
                • Watkinsville, GA

                Thanks! That makes total sense to me, but note that the oriface using this calculation just "looks" larger than what the PBC/Noah folks show in the diagram that fzxdoc provided. So I see all these comments re how large someone's vent is open, and no where on all the posts do I see for example what 1/4 open really is! So we have all these PBC users trying to compare things without fundamental knowledge "how open" their specific Barrel vent is relative to each other. Three years ago, I asked Amber and Noah via email about this, but no response, so I thought some of the cognoscenti here would have the info...I guess not

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                • fzxdoc
                  Founding Member
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 5008
                  • My toys:
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                    Weber Kettle Premium 22"
                    Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
                    Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


                    Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
                    Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
                    Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
                    Grill Grate for SnS
                    Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
                    Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
                    2 Grill Grate Griddles
                    Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

                    Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
                    Fireboard control unit in addition to that in the Extreme BBQ Package
                    Additional Fireboard probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
                    2 Fireboard Driver Cables
                    Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                    Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                    Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
                    Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
                    Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
                    Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
                    Thermoworks Timestick Trio
                    Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
                    Maverick ET 733
                    Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

                    Grill Pinz
                    Vortex (two of them)

                    Two Joule Sous Vide devices
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                    Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                    Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                    Charcoal Companion TurboQue
                    A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

                    BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

                    Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
                    Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
                    Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
                    Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

                  Sorry to disappoint you by not having a firm answer to your question, 1-bigmac . As a fellow scientist, I certainly appreciate your need for exactitude, because from that comes, hopefully, consistency and reproducibility cook to cook.

                  But, much like medicine, for example, there is as much art in running the PBC as there is science. That's why I recommended setting the vent at what looks to you like the best opening for your altitude and trying a cook. See how it goes. If you're not happy with the cook, then modify the vent opening accordingly for the next cook. Change one parameter at a time, and you'll get to the perfect setup that makes your PBC run sweet every time.

                  After all, smoking is as much fun as it is science. Blending both will give you some awesome cooks, which I assume you've already had since you've had your PBC for a while now.

                  Best wishes,
                  Kathryn

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                  • 1-bigmac
                    Former Member
                    • Apr 2017
                    • 9
                    • Watkinsville, GA

                    OK, one more retentive comment on vent opening. I took the diagram provided by fzxdoc above that she got from the PBC web site. I then expanded their diagram until the barrel opening circle was 3" in diameter (as it is on the actual barrel itself). From this exploded view I then used the method shown in phoccer response above to my earlier reply. From this method I was able to glean the following measurements:

                    1/4 open = 1/2" from barrel edge to vent edge apex
                    1/2 open = 1"
                    3/4 open = 1 1/2"

                    It would be interesting if members wanted to take a ruler to their PBC and take a quick reading in inches to correlate with their perceived opening size....

                    Now all may not be right with the world, but I'm feeling better about setting my vent. I've been using my Air Force PBC for 3 years now with a multitude of cooks, and have been searching for reproducibility. Hence my attraction to this forum and especially fzxdoc excellent treatise on lighting the PBC. Mods to my PBC are: a stainless steel screw & hardware for the vent hinge, a small shelf that mounts on the horse shoe handle to the left as you're facing the vent for my Maverick and anything else, a 30 gallon drum dolly so I can roll the PBC around, and finally a lid mounted temperature gauge to monitor lid temps when I don't want to mess with the Maverick.

                    To document that I'm not a poser, here's a PBC photo of a butterflied leg-of-lamb with fat cap mostly removed, 24 hours in a fresh rosemary-garlic-EVO rub, and then reinserted in original netting for hanging. Turned out great after 3 1/4 hours in the pit! Thanks again to the forum for the constructive feedback and tolerating my vent 'fetish'.

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                    • phoccer
                      phoccer commented
                      Editing a comment
                      Mine is set at 1/2" now. My last cook ran in the 350 range for 90 minutes then eventually settled down into the upper 200's. I'll likely knock it down to 1/4" for my next cook just to see how it runs. My elevation is 900'.
                  • fzxdoc
                    Founding Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 5008
                    • My toys:
                      Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
                      Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
                      Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
                      Weber Kettle Premium 22"
                      Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
                      Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


                      Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
                      Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
                      Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
                      Grill Grate for SnS
                      Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
                      Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
                      2 Grill Grate Griddles
                      Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

                      Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
                      Fireboard control unit in addition to that in the Extreme BBQ Package
                      Additional Fireboard probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
                      2 Fireboard Driver Cables
                      Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                      Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                      Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
                      Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
                      Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
                      Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
                      Thermoworks Timestick Trio
                      Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
                      Maverick ET 733
                      Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

                      Grill Pinz
                      Vortex (two of them)

                      Two Joule Sous Vide devices
                      VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
                      Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                      Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                      Charcoal Companion TurboQue
                      A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

                      BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

                      Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
                      Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
                      Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
                      Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

                    Glad you worked the vent position out to your satisfaction, 1-bigmac . I hear you loud and clear about wanting things to be set up precisely so that you can get closer to reproducibility in cooks. I did the same thing myself when I first got the PBC. (In fact, it's still an ongoing endeavor.) While the PBC folks' "set and forget" claim was all well and good and turns out great food, I wanted to tighten things up a bit. It's not a good thing when guests are waiting for an extra hour or more for their supper--I'd rather aim for reproducibility and bring that meal in on time. Sounds like you've got the same goal.

                    I found that documenting the parameters of each cook helped me a lot to set up good game plans for brisket, pork butts, etc. I keep a Cooking Log for every single cook, using a modified version of Meathead's Cooking Log shown here.

                    From those Cooking Logs I compile a spreadsheet of the pertinent facts for each meat that I cook--one spreadsheet for chicken, one for chuck roast, one for ribs, etc. That way I can quickly scan the spreadsheet and see, for the ambient temp of the day, type of charcoal, etc., how former cooks went. It gives me an idea of what to expect.

                    Nice mods to your PBC. That shelf is a really good idea. Do you find that the thermometer in the lid accurately reflects the temps that the Maverick probe gets when suspended at the halfway point of the meat, a few inches away from it?

                    That leg of lamb shot is a nice one. Sounds like it turned out great. Do you happen to know the average PBC temp that you used for that cook, and the weight of the butterflied leg of lamb? Along with the cook time, I'd like to add it to the list of PBC cook times in the sticky here. If you don't have that info, no worries.

                    Best wishes,
                    Kathryn

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                      • 1-bigmac
                        Former Member
                        • Apr 2017
                        • 9
                        • Watkinsville, GA

                        So I looked back at some rudimentary notes on the leg-of-lamb cook, fzxdoc. It looks like the PBC was running a little cool around 265-270 degrees. I pulled the leg at 2hr 45' and then contrary to Meathead I foiled it and let it rest for 20. The internal temp at pull was 125 degrees as we like our lamb rare to med rare. The lamb was great with a typical PBC-induced flavor...all that lamb fat on the coals yummm!! A fuzzy close up on the carving board and a plated photo are attached. Actually @fsxdoc has inspired me to be more compulsive regarding my 'labnotes' on cooks and I will modify Meatheads Excel spreadsheet or she could post her template. Maybe fzxdoc should code an App for this...might supplement your income?! Ha..

                        As for the lid thermometer. I don't have any hard data correlating lid temp with down in the barrel temps. I know that if I have my Maverick probe near the rebar mounted with the clip as in the photo above, it is within 2-4 degrees of the lid thermo. The lid thermo probe ends at a point slightly below the bottom of the rebar holes in the PBC. I intend to compile some data on this on future cooks. A few photos attached to show lid mount etc..
                        Thanks again,
                        ​​​​​​​Mike

                        ​ Probe tip relative to rebar hole​ ​ ​ ​

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                        • fzxdoc
                          Founding Member
                          • Jul 2014
                          • 5008
                          • My toys:
                            Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
                            Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
                            Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
                            Weber Kettle Premium 22"
                            Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
                            Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


                            Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
                            Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
                            Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
                            Grill Grate for SnS
                            Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
                            Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
                            2 Grill Grate Griddles
                            Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

                            Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
                            Fireboard control unit in addition to that in the Extreme BBQ Package
                            Additional Fireboard probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
                            2 Fireboard Driver Cables
                            Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                            Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                            Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
                            Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
                            Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
                            Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
                            Thermoworks Timestick Trio
                            Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
                            Maverick ET 733
                            Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

                            Grill Pinz
                            Vortex (two of them)

                            Two Joule Sous Vide devices
                            VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
                            Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                            Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                            Charcoal Companion TurboQue
                            A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

                            BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

                            Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
                            Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
                            Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
                            Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

                          Thanks for the additional info, 1-bigmac . Can't see the photos, though. I'll add your cook to that post.

                          I imagine you'll make up a really good cooking log that suits your needs. I always run 2 pit probes in my smokers, one on each side (vent and opposite on the PBC) so I needed to change up the log sheet to reflect that among other things.

                          Kathryn

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                          • 1-bigmac
                            Former Member
                            • Apr 2017
                            • 9
                            • Watkinsville, GA

                            Bummer about my photos as they show up on my MAC, but with a little "?" below each one, fzxdoc. Let me try the photos again.. BTW, I already have a column for 'Lid Temp'

                            Here it is on carving board
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                            Close up of Tue-Temp day-glo thermo
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                            Edge on showing depth of Lid Temp probe
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                            1-bigmac's Air Force PBC
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                            • fzxdoc
                              Founding Member
                              • Jul 2014
                              • 5008
                              • My toys:
                                Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
                                Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
                                Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
                                Weber Kettle Premium 22"
                                Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
                                Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


                                Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
                                Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
                                Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
                                Grill Grate for SnS
                                Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
                                Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
                                2 Grill Grate Griddles
                                Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

                                Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
                                Fireboard control unit in addition to that in the Extreme BBQ Package
                                Additional Fireboard probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
                                2 Fireboard Driver Cables
                                Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                                Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                                Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
                                Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
                                Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
                                Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
                                Thermoworks Timestick Trio
                                Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
                                Maverick ET 733
                                Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

                                Grill Pinz
                                Vortex (two of them)

                                Two Joule Sous Vide devices
                                VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
                                Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                                Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                                Charcoal Companion TurboQue
                                A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

                                BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

                                Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
                                Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
                                Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
                                Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

                              That leg of lamb looks perfectly done. You sure have that PBC doing your bidding, 1-bigmac . Thanks for getting the photos to work. They're fun to see.

                              Kathryn

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

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                              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


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

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                              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 our complete review


                              Griddle And Deep Fryer In One

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                              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!

                              Click here to read our detailed review and to order


                              The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

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                              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 because temperature control is so much easier.

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


                              The Undisputed Champion!

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                              The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. The MK4 includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight and rotating display. Don't accept cheap substitutes.

                              Click here to read our comprehensive Platinum Medal review


                              Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

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                              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


                              Delta by Nuke,
                              Stylish and Affordable
                              Gaucho Grill

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                              Delta by Nuke burns wood or charcoal and comes with an adjustable height grill grate. This Argentinian grill will get your flame on!

                              Click here to read our complete review


                              Genesis II E-335 
                              A Versatile Gasser That Does It All!

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                              Weber’s Genesis line has long been one of the most popular choices for gas grillers. The new Genesis II E-335 offers solid performance, a sear burner for sizzling heat and an excellent warranty.

                              Click here to read our complete review


                              GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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


                              Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

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                              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 beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.

                              Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

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                              Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

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                              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

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                              This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making 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


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

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                              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 to read our complete review


                              Track Up To Six Temperatures At Once

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                              FireBoard Drive 2 is an updated version of a well-received product that sets the standard for performance and functionality in the wireless food thermometer/thermostatic controller class.

                              Click here for our review of this unique device


                              The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

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                              Napoleon's 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


                              Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

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                              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