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  • Jfrosty27
    Club Member
    • Mar 2020
    • 268
    • Muskego, WI

    Combo units

    My son thinks he wants a combo fueled cooker. IE gas on one side, charcoal on the other. Or gas/pellet. I know Pit Boss makes some of these cookers. Any other guidance I can pass along to him? Thx in advance for any help.
  • HawkerXP
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 4923
    • Northern Virginia
    • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
      Thermopop
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      Cold beer

    #2
    Kettle.

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    • ofelles
      ofelles commented
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      HawkerXP Wait a minute, what did you say?🙄

    • HawkerXP
      HawkerXP commented
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      Ok. Everyone needs a kettle. THEN comes the...……..pbc. ofelles
  • mountainsmoker
    Former Member
    • Jun 2019
    • 1851
    • Bryson City, NC

    #3
    Why a combo unit he will get neither the best of a gas unit nor the best of a charcoal unit. My brother has a combo unit and wishes he never bought it. It wasn't cheap either I think nearly $700. He knows how to que down in Birmingham.

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    • Jfrosty27
      Club Member
      • Mar 2020
      • 268
      • Muskego, WI

      #4
      I think he is on the wrong path entirely. He already has a nice gasser and one of those little Weber kettles. Smokey Joe I think they are called? If anything I think he should get a 22” or 26” kettle. But hey, what do I lnow? 🙄 He has always had his own mind. So if he wants to go down the combo path the least I can do is help him with info.

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      • mountainsmoker
        Former Member
        • Jun 2019
        • 1851
        • Bryson City, NC

        #5
        Well i looked at Pit Boss and they sell through Wal Mart. They have an Ultimate 4-1 that includes gas, charcoal and electric smoker for $1499. Freight is free.!

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        • cgrover60
          Club Member
          • Mar 2016
          • 284
          • Albuquerque NM

          #6
          I saw one of these at Lowes and seemed to be built reasonably well and very affordable. Sure it's a one size fits all approach but hey if that's what you want...

          https://www.oklahomajoes.com/longhor...s-smoker-grill

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          • Mosca
            Charter Member
            • Oct 2014
            • 3105
            • PA
            • Large Big Green Egg, Weber Performer Deluxe, Weber Smokey Joe Silver, Maverick 732, DigiQ, and too much other stuff to mention.

            #7
            Worst of both worlds.

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            • tenphases
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              #8
              How old is your son? If hes 25 shrug your shoulders and walk away. If hes 35 we have a shot!!

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              • Jfrosty27
                Club Member
                • Mar 2020
                • 268
                • Muskego, WI

                #9
                Ha! 🤣. He is 34. So maybe We keep trying. 👍

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                • jfmorris
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                  • Huntsville, Alabama
                  • Jim Morris

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                  #10
                  Originally posted by Jfrosty27 View Post
                  My son thinks he wants a combo fueled cooker. IE gas on one side, charcoal on the other. Or gas/pellet. I know Pit Boss makes some of these cookers. Any other guidance I can pass along to him? Thx in advance for any help.
                  The Pit Boss models look intriguing, but I feel that combo grills are a bad idea in general, as you tend to not get the best example of the type of cooker in either side of the unit. For example, my son in law has a Char-griller combo gas/charcoal grill that is the worst $350 he ever spent at Home Depot. The gas side has a horrible burner design that leads to grease pooling and catching on fire on top of their version of a flavorizer bar over the burners, and the burners and grates have rusted terribly in just 2 years. The charcoal side just doesn't have the vent and temp control of a Weber kettle. He plans to toss it to the curb later this year and pick up a Weber gas grill and a charcoal grill, possibly a Weber Performer.

                  The combo grills are kind of like the TV/VCR combos we used to have, where the VCR died 2 years in, and you had a TV with a dead VCR in it for the next 8-10 years. You are better off buying a good gas grill, a good pellet smoker, and a good charcoal grill, and not tying them to one cooker.

                  If he has to have a combo cooker, try to steer him towards something quality, like the Campchef Woodwind series. They have a 24" and 36" "slide and grill" pellet cooker with an attached side gas grill. I feel like it will be a lot better than the Pitboss cooker.
                  Last edited by jfmorris; May 9th, 2020, 11:17 PM.

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                  • Jfrosty27
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                    Thanks for the advice. The woodwind is a good idea for him.
                • treesmacker
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                  • May 2018
                  • 823
                  • Grants Pass OR
                    • Rec Tec Trailblazer RT-340
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                    • Cuisinart 360 Griddle
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                  #11
                  Check out the Cuisinart WoodCreek.
                  https://www.cuisinart.com/shopping/o...lets/smk0036as
                  https://www.walmart.com/ip/Cuisinart...rill/643281242

                  I don't have any experience with it, or knowledge about it, except it looks interesting for the price. Also, I can say I have a Cuisinart 360 griddle and it is very good quality for the low price I payed for it.

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                  • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
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                    Didn't even know this was a thing until today when I found Cuisinart pellets at wally world... I bought some and will review soon, but also saw the Woodcreek and was actually surprised. For the money it feels well built, I have concerns about longevity but everything is coated so shouldn't rust until the coating is compromised. Has a ton of features and everything stores somewhere.

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