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  • MichaelJB
    Club Member
    • Aug 2015
    • 4

    LOTS of great information in this thread, and I'm just getting started in it! Apologies in advance if this is already a thread (couldn't find it) but has anyone used lump charcoal in their PBC? I used to use it in my Weber Kettle and liked the flavors. I only see Kingsford or other brickets referenced here.

    thanks,
    Michael

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    • SoCalTim
      Former Member
      • May 2016
      • 266
      • Chatsworth Ca

      It's not recommended to use lump as the temps may or may not be consistent. The PBC is specifically designed to be used with KBB. I do know that on UDS (drums) you can use either, but that barrel is a whole different animal.

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      • MichaelJB
        MichaelJB commented
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        Thanks for the response Tim.
    • fzxdoc
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      One PBC user I know used Ozark Oak Lump to great success on the PBC. Some who have used Stubbs lump did not report such good results. You can always give it a try, MichaelJB , to see how it works in your PBC but be prepared, as SoCalTim says, for some inconsistencies. Personally, I strive for consistency with my PBC and use only KBB for all cooks except poultry where Kingsford Professional (formerly Kingsford Competition) shines for those higher temps (325-400) that I like to smoke chicken and turkey with.

      Kathryn

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      • phoccer
        phoccer commented
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        Yep, my PBC runs in the 350-380 range using Kingsford Professional. I plan to tinker with B&B briquets one day but for now I cook everything at those temps and it works for me. Gotta try whole chickens one of these days.

      • fzxdoc
        fzxdoc commented
        Editing a comment
        Jerod Broussard keeps those B&B briquet folks in business. You'll probably like the results, phoccer , especially since you like high heat smoking for all meats.

        Kathryn

      • phoccer
        phoccer commented
        Editing a comment
        Adjusted my PBC intake to the default hanging position so there's a 1/8(?) opening. I'm puffing away in the low 300's today with two boneless pork shoulders. I think I finally found the sweet spot
    • fzxdoc
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      Is 1/8 lower vent opening recommended for your altitude, phoccer ?

      With my lower vent opening set close to recommended and Kingsford Professional, my PBC runs happily in the low 300s as well. With KBB, it likes to run at 275.

      Now that you've found the sweet spot for your PBC/type of charcoal, that PBC should run more like an appliance for you.

      Kathryn

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      • phoccer
        phoccer commented
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        Their recommendation from 0 to 2000' is 1/4 open. Mine seems to run too hot at that setting so I decided to try a little lower today and I like how it runs like this so I'll run with it. Definitely running more like an appliance the last couple of cooks.
    • fzxdoc
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      • Jul 2014
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        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)
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        Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
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        Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
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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

      Great, phoccer . Knowing the best setup for your own PBC is golden. That setup includes charcoal selection (type and amount), lighting method, and lower vent setting. Next comes knowing the optimal load of meat. Loading the PBC to the max certainly can be done, and I do it often, but fire (temp) management for a big load is more hands-on. Knowing that going in to the cook makes it a more pleasant experience.

      Kathryn

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      • dustbuster
        Former Member
        • Mar 2017
        • 74

        So my PBC came yesterday, and I gave the fzxdoc method a whirl, and read through the thread. Thanks for all the information shared! I'm at sea level, so I have my vent 1/4 open, and did 10-10-10 (chimney-no lid & bars-no bars). I attempted a dry run with no meat. Outdoor temperature was in the low 70s.

        At the point where the meat should be added, I popped a probe in, and the temp spike to 460. After 45 minutes, it was still 390. I re-read the instructions, and I think I followed them accurately. What is the first thing you would change to try get the temp spike more under control? My lid seems to fit perfectly, but perhaps I will spray it with cooking oil to try build a seal. I'm planning to try some pork ribs today. Thanks!

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        • JohnF
          Former Member
          • May 2015
          • 165
          • NoCal

          I have never seen a point to a dry run, as when you ad the meat the temperatures change. So light he up and throw a couple of chickens in and tray that, chickens are cheap good luck.

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          • fzxdoc
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
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              Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
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              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)
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              Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
              Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
              Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
              Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
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              Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
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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

            I agree with JohnF , dustbuster. . There really is not much point to a dry run, as the amount and type of meat is the game changer. Toss some chickens or ribs on using PBC's All Purpose Rub as Noah instructs in his videos. See how you like the results.

            Remember there is a lot of salt in the PBC rubs, so use them for the dry brine step instead of salt. If the meat has been brined at the packing house, go lightly with the PBC AP rub, or make up a salt free rub of your own and use it.

            Tweak your method from there, based on the results, for the next cook if you like.

            Question: at the end of 10 minutes, were the topmost coals in the chimney starting to ash over? That's what you have to go by for that first part of the lighting procedure; giving the chimney coals time for the uppermost ones to get some ash on them.

            Kathryn
            Last edited by fzxdoc; September 16th, 2017, 12:14 PM.

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            • dustbuster
              dustbuster commented
              Editing a comment
              Thanks fzxdoc and JohnF I picked up a chicken and will give that a whirl this afternoon. I look forward to sorting this thing out, the capacity and stabilization the PBC achieved post-spike give me something to look forward to!

              The top sides of the uppermost coals in my chimney were about 20% ashed over I would estimate.
          • fzxdoc
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 4896
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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
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              Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
              Maverick ET 733
              Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

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              BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

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              Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
              Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
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            Have a great cook, dustbuster . Let us know how it turns out.

            Kathryn

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            • dustbuster
              Former Member
              • Mar 2017
              • 74

              Well imagine that, following the rules (aka adding meat) nets much better results! Here's my chart for the first hour of my current chicken cook. My dry run was a bit discouraging, so current cook this makes me feel much better about my purchase. (X is minutes from start, Y is pit temp in degrees F). Thanks for the help fzxdoc & JohnF
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              • fzxdoc
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 4896
                • 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
                  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's a great PBC temperature profile for your chicken cook, dustbuster . Was the chicken done in about an hour? How did it taste? How many chickens did you smoke?

                For your rib cook, you'll want the temp lower, in the 260 to 290 range within the first 20 minutes or so after adding the meat. Maybe you'll want to try a 10-5-5 lighting method for it to get that temp not to peak quite so high. Is your pit thermometer placed about mid level of the meat? Are you using Kingsford Original?

                Kathryn
                Last edited by fzxdoc; September 17th, 2017, 07:30 AM.

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                • Tax Man
                  Club Member
                  • Jul 2017
                  • 64
                  • Minnesota

                  Hello to all-relatively new here and loving the AR! Since I got the Smoke thermo I have seen that my PBC is running hotter than I would like, somewhere north of 300. I put some concrete blocks on the lid-temps started dropping immediately. Took them off-temps started climbing. Lid has never been dropped or banged against anything. Seems to fit evenly on the drum, with no warp or bend noticeable. So I have decided I'm going to try a gasket as I've seen others do. Question for those who have put a gasket on their lid-what do you use to clean the lid prior to sticking the gasket on? I've tried hot soapy water and some vinegar and there is still a buildup there which doesn't want to come off. Appreciate any suggestions.

                  Tim

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                  • fzxdoc
                    Founding Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 4896
                    • My toys:
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                      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

                    Tax Man Tim, I cleaned mine with Krud Kutter degreaser and a 3M scrubber square. Then I rinsed and dried it well. Then I let it sit overnight before putting the gasket on. Worked just fine.

                    Kathryn

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                    • Tax Man
                      Club Member
                      • Jul 2017
                      • 64
                      • Minnesota

                      Thanks Kathryn

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                      • Anthonyf
                        Former Member
                        • Oct 2017
                        • 30

                        When I looked at the lighting instructions from the Pit Barrel Cooker website, that seems a lot simpler than some of the other steps mentioned in these posts. Are additional steps monitoring the temperature like cracking the lid or stuffing foil in the re-bar holes really necessary? What if you just followed the PBC website instructions?

                        I always thought one of the upsides to the PBC was that you set it according to the instructions and it's built to have the right temperatures on its own.

                        On y'all's PBC cooks, how often are y'all making adjustments to the lid or holes for temperature adjustment vs. letting it do its thing? And if you don't really do many adjustments, are the results just as good or not that much worse?

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                        • RobertC
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                          I used to brew beer. It's quite easy to brew very good beer; what's hard is brewing the same beer consistently batch after batch.

                          That applies to most drum cookers. You absolutely can make great food without careful fire prep or monitoring. What's harder is consistent results, with predictable timing. Consistent protocols and monitoring help (but don't guarantee) you get consistent results.

                        • Psinderson
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                          I agree RobertC. I used to brew beer a lot several years ago. That was the challenge - make the same thing each time, which almost never happened. That why I love both brewing and BBQ. The challenge of tinkering around. That's why I've shied away from temp controllers and other devices that make it too easy. But, in the end, great food is always worth it no matter how you got there.

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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!

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                      The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

                      Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                      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.

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                      The Undisputed Champion!

                      thermapen

                      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.

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                      Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

                      Grilla pellet smoker

                      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.

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                      Delta by Nuke,
                      Stylish and Affordable
                      Gaucho Grill

                      Weber Genesis Grill

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

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

                      Weber Genesis Grill

                      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.

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                      GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

                      grill grates

                      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.

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                      Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

                      PK 360 grill

                      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.

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                      Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

                      kareubequ bbq 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.

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                      Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

                      masterbuilt gas smoker

                      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'.

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                      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!

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                      Track Up To Six Temperatures At Once

                      Grilla pellet smoker

                      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.

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                      The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

                      NK-22-Ck Grill

                      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.

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                      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.

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