Welcome!


This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 3 pages for free. If you would like to participate, please join.

[ Pitmaster Club Information | Join Now | Contact Us ]

There are 2 page views remaining.

Announcement

Collapse

Meat-Up in Memphis 2021

SOLD OUT! Secure your spot on our waitlist now. First-come, first-served!
Click here for details. (https://amazingribs.com/memphis)
See more
See less

Lone Star Grillz Adjustable Charcoal Grill & Smoker - 6 Months In

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts
  • 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.

    Lone Star Grillz Adjustable Charcoal Grill & Smoker - 6 Months In

    We've now had the Lone Star Grillz Adjustable Charcoal Grill & Smoker for 6 months. I've cooked on it every night except for maybe 5 or 6 times when my wife made Thai food or we ordered in pizza.

    So - is the bloom off the rose now that this pit is not a new toy anymore?

    No. In fact, the more I cook on it the more I appreciate it. (Dare I say "love"). It's so reliable and repeatable, it's kind of like a faithful old dog who knows what you want and is ready to do it eagerly. All it takes is feeding it and cleaning up after it. In the 6 months, we've smoked 3 briskets, 4 pork butts, 18-20 racks of ribs, and well over 100 everday type grillings. It's a natural 2-zone cooker and offset smoker, and with the adjustable charcoal grate, it sears like you wouln't believe. The pit is almost as efficient as a Kamado, and there's plenty of lump left over after a cook to use for the next day's BBQ with the addition of about a PBC chimney's worth of fresh charcoal. We go through a bag of Fogo Premium every 6 days or so. For the longer cooks, I've found that Fogo Super Premium or Kamado Joe Big Lump work better.

    There's a daily routine in place. In the morning, after breakfast, I open up the pit, move the cooking grill over the charcoal grate to the other side, knock off what little ash there is with a rake and pour in a bit of fresh charcoal. Then I raise the charcoal grate all the way up, open the left-side firebox door and remove the ash pan. The ash pan is larger than the charcoal grate and it catches everything (It weighs about 10 lbs). I dump the ash into an 8 gallon bucket and scrape and brush out any debris that's left in the pan. Put the ash pan back in the firebox, lower the charcoal grate back to the bottom and close up the pit. The whole procedure takes less than 5 minutes.

    About 3:30 pm, I grab the clear plastic briefcase that contains a Fireboard 2, a Pit Bull fan, power cord and temp probes, get 1 Light-a-Fire lighter cup and head back out to the pit. With the Fireboard and fan all set up, I put the lighter cup down in the center of the coals, and go make myself a drink. It takes about 3 minutes to do all that.

    When it's time to cook I use a JJ George torch attached to a 1 lb. propane bottle to light the starter cup and any additional charcoal depending on what the target temp is, that takes less than 2 minutes. In the Fireboard app I've set the target pit temp and fan to Auto, so the fan is running during the light-off portion of the cook. That's not how Fireboard recommends doing it, but I've found that the bellows effect of the fan running gets the pit up to temp in no more than 25 minutes when, without the fan it would be more like 45 minutes. This setup is by no means necessary to run this pit, but, because I'm doing this every day, I prefer to run at an accelerated pace, and can knock out meals in 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes depending on what's being cooked.

    When the meat gets within 3° of target temp, I pull the temp probes, shut down the Fireboard, remove the fan and put the silicon port cover in, and put everything back in the plastic suitcase, and then shut all the vents. That takes about 3 minutes. Then the meat comes off and it's time to eat. And we're done - until tomorrow.

    If you happened to read what I wrote when we first got this pit, "Our New Pride & Joy", then you know that prior to buying, I was agonizing over whether to get this or the LSG Mini Vertical Smoker (I was caught up in the romance of smoking.). I can tell you now with absolute certainty, that getting the Adjustable was the right choice for us. I'd recommend this pit, without reservation, to anyone in the market for new BBQ.
  • Jerod Broussard
    Moderator
    • Jun 2014
    • 9868
    • East Texas
    • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
      Weber One Touch Premium Copper 22" Kettle (gift)
      Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
      Weber One Touch Premium Black 26" Kettle (gift)
      Slow 'n Sear XL for 26" Kettle (gift)
      Weber Smokey Joe Gold
      Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
      Vortex
      Maverick ET-732 White
      Maverick ET-732 Copper
      2- Auber SYL-1615 fan systems(Awesome!!!!!!!!)
      Thermoworks Thermapen w/ Back light (gift)
      Thermoworks Timestick
      Cambro Model 300MPC110 w/ Winco SS Pans
      B & B and Kingsford Charcoal
      B & B Pellets

    #2
    Thanks for the review, and I look forward to seeing more of you on Farmers Insurance commercials on YouTube .

    Comment


    • AZ Fogey
      AZ Fogey commented
      Editing a comment
      LOL. I never noticed the resemblance in real life, but I can see it in the photo.

    • Steve R.
      Steve R. commented
      Editing a comment
      Bum ba dum bum bum bum bum!
  • tbob4
    Charter Member
    • Nov 2014
    • 2505
    • Chico, CA
    • BBQ's
      _____________________
      California Custom Smokers Intensive Cooking Unit
      California Custom Smokers Meat Locker
      Santa Maria Grill
      Vision Grill

      Beer
      _______________________
      Sierra Nevada IPA

      Wood
      _______________________
      Almond
      Oak
      Madrone
      Cherry
      Peach
      Apple

    #3
    Great review - thank you!

    Comment

    • holehogg
      Club Member
      • Nov 2017
      • 2481
      • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      #4
      It only took me 3 minutes to read the review and conclude you are in a happy place.
      Sounds like you having a lot of fun with your new old toy.

      Comment

      • 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

        #5
        You just made me add that rig to my short list...

        Comment


        • Jerod Broussard
          Jerod Broussard commented
          Editing a comment
          I'm three hours from them, I could pick it up, we could meet halfway b/n Texas and Louisiana, I know that is out your way.

        • RonB
          RonB commented
          Editing a comment
          @Jerof Broussard - half way between TX and the Atlantic Ocean might work...

        • AZ Fogey
          AZ Fogey commented
          Editing a comment
          Pull the trigger. You won't regret it.
      • JGo37
        Club Member
        • Apr 2018
        • 1577
        • the LOU
        • Cookers:

          22" Blackstone Griddle, with stand & hood
          CharGriller Portable Firebox - so modified you'll BLOL
          Kitchenaid #810 Charcoal Grill - highly modified
          Weber BI-code Black Performer w/Igniter
          Weber DE-code Red Limited - 'Lucille'

          Accessories:

          Ancient heavy CI Propane Turkey Fryer, for lighting chimneys
          BBQ Dragon kettle shelves - 2
          Fyre Dragon Kettle Drippin' Ring, Burnin' Cone & Drippin' Pan - 2 sets
          Fyre Dragon Kettle Ribbin' Ring
          Fyre Dragon Kettle 2-Zone Smokin' Sheet
          OneGrill Rotisserie for the Kitchenaid
          Smokenator
          Smoking Tubes: 2x12" & 1x6"
          SnS
          Weber Gourmet Grill w/Griddle, Pizza Stone & Wok

          My Helpers:

          Anova 900W Sous Vide Cooker w/Radios
          Instant Pot 6Q Duo
          Nesco Tabletop Roaster
          & the PIT!

        #6
        A century from now you'll still be doing this every day, as a residual haunt, scaring the pants off whoever lives where you do now... but happy for eternity..

        Comment


        • AZ Fogey
          AZ Fogey commented
          Editing a comment
          JGo37 Have you been talking to my Thai wife's Buddhist relatives? LOL.
      • Killa J
        Club Member
        • Aug 2020
        • 33
        • Prairieville, LA

        #7
        Does the insulated divider between fireboxes cause any issues with cooking? Like if I was cooking a ton of burgers or wings, does the center of the grill not get hot? I’ve been saving up to buy one of these, but that’s about my only concern. I also wonder how well putting a pan of water over one firebox and smoking with all wood works, but I’ve got an offset stick burner already.

        Comment


        • AZ Fogey
          AZ Fogey commented
          Editing a comment
          @Killla J I've never actually fired up both boxes at the same time, but I don't think that would be problem. Where the cooking grate frames abut in the center is about 2" wide and the frames get as hot as the expanded metal grates. You've also got the option of putting Grill Grates across the entire cooking surface to make one enormous grate. If it were me, I'd want some help flipping that much meat. I use a full loaf pan of water over the hot side on the upper shelf when I'm doing long cooks.
          Last edited by AZ Fogey; September 30, 2020, 12:54 PM.
      • lostclusters
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 355
        • Oceanside, CA
        • Mak 1 Star
          KBQ-C60
          Char-Griller Legacy Charcoal Grill w/Side Firebox
          WSM 22.5"
          ThermoWorks Smoke
          ThermoWorks Thermapen
          Rock's Stoker II wifi
          Flameboss 500

        #8
        AZ Fogey What is the temperature difference top to bottom and left to right when doing 2 zone cooking?

        Comment

        • 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.

          #9
          lostclusters Everything depends on how the vents are set and how much charcoal is lit to start the cook, and it's all infinitely variable. Typical 2-zone setup with a fire on the left side and the charcoal grate lowered fully, the cooking grate will be around 400-500° with the intake vent cracked about 1/4" and the hot side exhaust vent closed. The upper shelf over the hot side will be about 50-75° cooler. With the exhaust vent on the cool side open an inch to an inch and a half, the lower grill temp will be 225-250°, the upper shelf on the cool side will be about 75-100° hotter. You can also make adjustments to the temps in the cooker by moving the charcoal grate higher or opening the other two vents, although I've never found a need to do that. When cooking hot and fast, or when doing a couple pieces of chicken, I'll usually use the upper shelf because it saves fuel.

          Comment

          • JackJ
            Club Member
            • Jun 2020
            • 30

            #10
            I think LSG says you can also use this as a stick burner. Is that something you intend to try? Wouldn't be for every day cooking, of course, but may be a low and slow option to see how the smoke profile compares to charcoal/chunks.

            Comment


            • AZ Fogey
              AZ Fogey commented
              Editing a comment
              JackJ Chris at LSG has a video where he uses the pit as stick burner. I haven't tried it, mostly because I'm lazy and don't have a good place to store the splits. However, my experience with using hardwood chunks tells me that more than 12 or 14 oz of smoke wood tends to oversmoke the cook because the airflow in the pit, when cooking with charcoal, is very restricted with the exhaust vent usually set at 1 1/4", compared to a 6" exhaust stack on a stick burner.

          Announcement

          Collapse

          Meat-Up in Memphis 2021

          SOLD OUT! Secure your spot on our waitlist now. First-come, first-served!
          Click here for details. (https://amazingribs.com/memphis)
          See more
          See less
          Working...
          X
          false
          0
          Guest
          500
          ["pitmaster-my-membership","login","join-pitmaster","lostpw","reset-password","special-offers","help","nojs","meat-ups","gifts","authaau-alpha","ebooklogin-start","alpha","start"]
          false
          false
          {"count":0,"link":"/forum/announcements/","debug":""}
          Meat-Up in Memphis

          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

          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


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

          the good one grill
          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

          Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker
          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

          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.

          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. 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

          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.

          Click here for our review on this unique smoker


          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!

          Click here to read our complete review


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

          Weber Genesis Grill
          Webers 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

          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.

          Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


          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.

          Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

          Click here to order directly and get an exclusive AmazingRibs.com deal


          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.

          Click here for our review of this superb smoker


          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'.

          Click here to read our detailed review


          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 to read our complete review


          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.

          Click here for our review of this unique device


          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.

          Click here for more about what makes this grill special


          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