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  • AZ Fogey
    Club Member
    • May 2019
    • 137
    • Surprise, AZ
    • Mike O'
      RecTec Stampede w/ Grill Grates
      Makers Mark on ice with a dribble of water.

    Our New Pride & Joy

    Before we left for Thailand last October, I began seriously looking into getting a smoker from Lone Star Grillz. I was particularly interested in their Insulated Vertical smokers because I thought I wanted a pure smoker. I already had a PBC, a RecTec pellet grill and a PK360. I talked to Chris Goodlander of Lone Star Grillz several times and had some email conversations with Rus Jones of Smoky Ribs BBQ YouTube channel. Rus has 3 different Lone Star Grillz cookers, and after that, I had pretty much decided I wanted the Mini model even though the capacity was way more than I would ever use.

    Anyway, after we got to Thailand I started thinking about the ways I cook. I BBQ almost every night, but of all those cooks, I might do one brisket, and one pork butt, and maybe three or four racks of ribs a month. Everything else is direct or indirect cooking with a duration between 20 minutes and 1 hour. The Lone Star Mini only does one thing – it smokes, so I would be spending a lot of money on something I would cook on only 5 or 6 times a month. I decided that wasn’t the best idea.

    A month or so later, I was browsing the Lone Star Grillz website again and saw this thing called the Adjustable Charcoal Grill and Smoker. I watched Chris’ video walk through and it looked like it was just what I needed. According to Chris, it could be used as an offset smoker using either charcoal or as a stick burner, it could be used as a vertical smoker, and because it has two independent fireboxes, it’s superb at 2-zone cooking, and, oh yeah, it’s also a bit like a Santa Maria grill because the fireboxes adjust up or down over about a 13” range from the bottom of the pit to within a couple of inches of the cooking grate.

    Then I went searching for cook videos on YouTube. There weren’t any. I called Chris and told him that while this looked like the perfect smoker for me, I was very leery about spending that much money when I hadn’t ever seen it in action. He assured me that the Adjustable had been an obsession of his since its inception about 7 years ago, that it had gone through several iterations and that he had cooked extensively on the pit all through its development, and that it was the most versatile cooker that Lone Star made. With that ringing endorsement, I ordered one to be delivered to Arizona after our return in March of 2020.

    Two days after our return, a delivery truck showed up outside our driveway and the driver was kind enough to dolly the massive crate into our garage. Should you decide to buy a pit from Lone Star Grillz, you will need a knife, a prybar, a sturdy hammer, a phillips-head screwdriver and some tin snips. The knife it to cut the the clear plastic sheeting that covers the top of the crate. The crate itself is made from 2 by 4’s and plywood sheets and is held together with nails, screws and a couple of steel bands that run horizontally around the crate. Figure on maybe 45 minutes to an hour to get it taken apart. I’m not very handy so YMMV.

    Getting the 450 lb. pit through the house and onto the back porch is another story in itself which I won’t bore you with.

    First thing to do is season the pit which is done by first spraying the entire interior with vegetable oil and then lighting small charcoal fires in each firebox and keeping the temp around 300° for 4 or 5 hours. That puts a layer of rust resistance on the interior and cures the heat resistant paint on the outside of the pit.

    I’ve been cooking on the Adjustable Charcoal Grill and Smoker almost every night since about March 15th, and it has far exceeded my hopes and expectations. There’s just nothing it can’t do and do well. Everything Chris Goodlander claimed it could do is true. The only thing I haven’t done with it yet is to use it as a stick burner, but I’ve done both offset and direct smoking and a ton of 2-zone cooks. This pit has made the PK360 redundant.

    This is big iron, and it will hold a steady temp for hours unattended. One caveat is that it is very easy to over-smoke on this cooker. The airflow through the pit at smoking temps is nowhere near that of a Lone Star Grillz offset smoker, so I’ve learned to use at most, three small chunks of smoke wood. I will post some pictures of a brisket and pork butt and some ribs that I’ve done in another post.

    Chris has now made three YouTube videos of cooks on this pit, so if you’re at all interested, you can see what it’s like in action.


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  • NapMaster
    Club Member
    • Jan 2019
    • 589
    • Denham Springs, LA
    • WebberSummitGold6burnerLP, ShotGunSmoker

      Avid Armor Vacuum Sealer

    #2
    That's a fine rig for sure. Only quality from LSG.

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    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 13131
      • Near Richmond VA
      • Weber Performer Deluxe
        SNS
        Pizza insert
        Rotisserie
        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
        2 Thermapens
        Chefalarm
        Dot
        lots of probes.
        CyberQ

      #3
      Congrats. Ya got my MCS turned waaay up with that...

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      • AZ Fogey
        AZ Fogey commented
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        LOL. I know I've only had it 2 months, but I think this pit has finally cured my MCS.
    • barelfly
      Club Member
      • Dec 2017
      • 1335
      • New Mexico
      • Smokin-It 3D
        Weber Kettle with an SNS
        Masterbuilt kettle that I call the $30 wonder grill
        Bullet by Bull Grills gasser
        Anova WiFi sous vide machine
        Thermoworks Thermapen and Chef Alarm

      #4
      Wow! What a cooker! LSG for the win!!!!!!!!! Enjoy that!

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      • mountainsmoker
        Banned Former Member
        • Jun 2019
        • 1849
        • Bryson City, NC

        #5
        Congrats, that is quite the cooker.

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        • ofelles
          Club Member
          • Jun 2018
          • 2274
          • Brentwood CA
          • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
            Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
            LSG Insulated Cabinet
            Jumbo Joe
            VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
            FireBoard and Pit Bull fan
            Thermoworks Signal
            Thermoworks Dot
            Thermopen Mk4

          #6
          Congrats. Great cooker. It's always nice when a big purchase turns out better than hoped for.
          Your right Chris is a great guy and LSG is quality. Just received my Insulated Vertical yesterday.

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          • AZ Fogey
            AZ Fogey commented
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            Congratulations to you too, then. I'm still really drawn to that pit. Please let us know how it works for you.
        • Jfrosty27
          Club Member
          • Mar 2020
          • 1065
          • Muskego, WI
          • Current cookers:
            Rec Tec RT700 "Bull" pellet cooker
            Smokin-It model 2 electric smoker w/ Maverick 732 temp monitor and cold smoking kit
            Weber Genesis 3 burner gas grill w/ rotisserie
            Charbroil Grill2Go gas grill
            Weber 22" Performer Deluxe kettle grill w/ThermoPro TP-20S temp monitor
            Weber Smokey Joe
            SnS Deluxe
            Vortex
            The Orion Cooker convection cooker/smoker (two of them)
            Blackstone 17" griddle
            Joule Sous Vide circulator

            Favorite beer: Anything that's cold!
            Favorite cocktail: Bourbon neat

          #7
          Wow. That is a big bad boy! I checked it out on the LSG site. Very impressive. A little pricey for the average backyard griller, but if you are serious about your Q, this is a contender. Well done my friend.

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          • Donw
            Club Member
            • Jul 2017
            • 3305

            #8
            Beautiful grill. Just reviewed the video and it really is versatile. Congratulations

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            • ecowper
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 3486
              • Maple Valley, WA
              • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
                Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

                Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
                Thermometer = Maverick ET732
                Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
                Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
                Thermapen Classic = Grey
                PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

                Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
                Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
                Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
                Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

                Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


                Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

              #9
              Damn, that’s a pretty grill ... love it. You may have kicked my MCS into high gear
              Last edited by ecowper; May 8, 2020, 06:15 PM.

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              • Oakgrovebacon
                Club Member
                • Apr 2016
                • 1960
                • South central Illinois

                #10
                That is a sweet looking grill!

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                • Jim White
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2019
                  • 639
                  • Gainesville, FL
                  • I cook on a 15-year-old Kamado #9, a huge beast nearly 6 feet tall and with black ceramic tile on the outside. I of course love smoked meats of all kinds, but also like quick cooks like chicken portions, pork tenderloins and fish. Really into cooking of all kinds. Just added an outdoor fire pit that has grilling capability and limited Santa Maria-style grill raising and lowering.

                  #11
                  Okay. If a meteor strikes my trusty original Kamado, I'm getting the built-in model and going all in on an outdoor kitchen. Of course, the Kamado is approaching 15 years of age and shows no real signs of aging...

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                  • AZ Fogey
                    AZ Fogey commented
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                    Kind of like you Jim White

                  • HouseHomey
                    HouseHomey commented
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                    Timeless like its owner.
                • FireMan
                  Charter Member
                  • Jul 2015
                  • 7842
                  • Bottom of Winnebago

                  #12
                  That is one big mom oooohhh! Very cool! Waitin on yer first cook. 👍

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                  • EdF
                    EdF
                    Club Member
                    • Jul 2016
                    • 3229
                    • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
                    • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
                      Karubeque C-60
                      Large BGE since 2002 + plate setter + pizza stone + upper grid + stainless paella pan for drippings (the best!)
                      TEC Cherokee FR since 2014 (portable infrared grill - does a mighty sear)
                      Polyscience Sous Vide Pro since 2012 (wasn't much else available in those days)
                      Thermapen
                      Thermapen Air
                      ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
                      Thermoworks Hi temp IR
                      BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
                      Various other stuff

                    #13
                    Looks really well-designed and implemented!

                    Comment


                    • HouseHomey
                      HouseHomey commented
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                      Who that beautiful man in the Avatar. Hatless and all!

                    • EdF
                      EdF commented
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                      "Just another passing stranger in a midnight dream..."!

                      - Steve Miller Band
                  • tenphases
                    Club Member
                    • Nov 2016
                    • 289
                    • Jersey City NJ
                    • Fast Eddy's Cook Shack PG 1000
                      Humphrey's Pint with Fireboard + Pit Viper
                      Hasty-Bake 256 Gourmet Dual Finish
                      Camp Chef DLX pellet pooper/sear burner/jerky rack
                      Broil King Keg Kamado
                      Charbroil Kamander
                      Original Pit Barrel Cooker
                      Barrel House Cooker
                      Akorn Kamado with cart
                      WSM 22 with Flame Boss
                      WSM 18.5 with Flame Boss
                      Weber Kettle Performer (with Slow n Sear/Drip n Griddle)
                      Weber Jumbo Joe
                      Weber Smokey Joe
                      Weber Q gasser with stand
                      Blackstone Griddle 22 with stand and lid
                      Blackstone Griddle 36
                      Akorn Kamado jr

                    #14
                    Aww man that looks sweet!! Whhoooo enjoy....trying to stay off the LSG page...pray for me, im weak

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                    • Steve B
                      Club Member
                      • Jun 2016
                      • 3072
                      • Rockland county New York
                      • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
                        Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

                        22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

                        Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

                        1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
                        1 maverick et-733 - gray
                        1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
                        1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
                        1 thermoworks thermopop - red

                        Pre Miala flavor injector
                        taylor digital scale
                        TSM meat grinder
                        chefs choice food slicer
                        cuisinhart food processor
                        food saver vacuum sealer
                        TSM harvest food dehydrator

                      #15
                      AZ Fogey Wellcome to the LSG family. Notice my avatar. 😁
                      That there my friend is one beautiful looking rig.

                      Since I got my offset Chris and his crew have really stepped up their game in so many ways. But don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t trade my pit for any other cooker out there.
                      Congrats. And I’m looking forward to seeing some pics of your cooks. 👍

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                      • AZ Fogey
                        AZ Fogey commented
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                        Steve B I love the "romance" of a stick burning offset, but I know me, and I'm just too darn lazy. It looks like a beast and probably cooks like an angel.

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