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The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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

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The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. 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.

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Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

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Their 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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G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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kareubequ bbq 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.

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Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes 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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Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

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PK 360 grill

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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 much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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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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Fabricating a hot plate for my offset

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  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
    • 3661
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    Top | #1

    Fabricating a hot plate for my offset

    I’ve had my offset smoker for quite a while now, and it’s always fun comparing my offset to others. Lone Star Grillz have really nice models, and I like the idea of having a hot plate on top of the firebox.

    Said and done, I fabricated one.

    Since my firebox is insulated (a box in a box, with 20 mm spacing), I simply cut a hole in the outer box, fabricated a frame and a lid and welded it in place. Not too much work, and it was a fun weekend project. So now I can cook a pot of beans or warm up a bbq sauce while smoking. Nice!

    Here's the candidate (with yours truly), ready for some surgery

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    Welding the frame that will be inset (using flat iron)

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    Fabricating the frame for the lid (using angle iron)

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    And here's the hot plate, still some welding to do all around, plus finishing the lid.

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    Here's me finishing up the lid

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    For anyone interested, here's a YouTube video with me fabricating:


    Last edited by Henrik; August 24th, 2018, 05:00 AM.
  • BourBonQ
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    Top | #2
    Nicely done. You make that look way too easy. Skillz!

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    • Ahumadora
      Club Member
      • Oct 2015
      • 1561
      • Pilar Buenos Aires, Argentina

      Top | #3
      Great tutorial Henrik. Always great to see what you are up to.

      On most of my trailer pits I add a hotplate on top out of 3/16" 2 functions: Hot plate for onions, bell peppers or pulled pork buns. 2./ Raises the firebox for ground clearance.
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      • Henrik
        Henrik commented
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        Great looking smoker! Could you just explain how adding a hot plate raises ground clearance? It could be I'm just thick, but I don't get it. Or do you mean you physically move the firebox up for ground clearance?

      • Steve R.
        Steve R. commented
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        I had the same question.

      • Ahumadora
        Ahumadora commented
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        I use propane tanks for these and cut out the upper part of the tank (firebox) so I can physical move the firebox up without it being to high on the pit.
    • Frozen Smoke
      Club Member
      • Nov 2017
      • 1615
      • Northern Mn

      Top | #4
      Nice skills you got there. Wish I had the ability to do such things. On both my offsets, excuse me on my one offset (sold the other one last week) the top of the fire box is also a door. So nice loading wood in from the top instead of the side. I have propane burners mounted on the trailer for warming things.

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      • Henrik
        Henrik commented
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        Propane burners sounds nice! I need to be able to run the smoker anywhere without electricity, so that would work well for me too.

      • Frozen Smoke
        Frozen Smoke commented
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        Same here Henrik I need to be able to run without power when I do weddings and other events. I invested in a propane run 3 bay steam table a few years ago. Best investment I have made. I never have to deal with multiple roasting pans and how I’m going to power them in order to keep food warm for serving.
        I’ll be using it tomorrow in fact at a outdoor wedding.

      • Henrik
        Henrik commented
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        Very cool, Frozen Smoke, kick some (pork) butt at that wedding!
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      Top | #5
      Thanx Henrik. A fun video.

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        • ddmcwhirter
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          Top | #7
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          Open the firebox lid and there's grooves in which to slide a grate or the steel plate (20" x 20"). The lid can still be closed. It occurred to me to use the plate to pre-sear a twenty pound ribeye roast (cooled to about 36F to prevent any greying below the crust). Also, with the plate in, all the heat goes into the smoke boxes...I've got the first two boxes up to 550F...lit off the accumulated grease one time and had flames coming out the stack (Holy *&$#!)...closed it all off and got away in case it might explode.

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            Top | #8
            Awesome Henrik. I must say, I would be a little nervous taking a grinder too the top of my firebox! That was a little hard to watch. LOL.

            Nice work brother!

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            • Henrik
              Henrik commented
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              Thanks! Well, I built it, so I knew the construction inside out. If I had bought a commercial one? Then I’d be nervous too :-)

            • Spinaker
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              Touche! Henrik

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