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    Hello im MacGuffin

    Hi all. My Name is Jay, but you can call me Mac or MacGuffin. Ive been a reader of the site for many years now, tries several of the recipes and have always enjoyed being around here. So, for the last several years I've been considering buying a second grill/smoker. I currently have a 10 year old Weber Silver (they did not call them Genesis Silver when I got mine), and its still going strong. But, I wanted more versatility. I've been torn for a while between buying a WSM or a Kettle. Seemed to me that the kettle was more versatile, but for smoking the WSM of tough to beat. But a little more $ than i wanted to spend for versatility. Then, I ran across the PK and was intrigued. Same $ as the WSM, though, so I filed it for later.

    So, yesterday, I ran across a PK on craigslist for a reasonable price. I jumped on it! I'm now the owner of a PK-and wondering what I need to get to bring it to specs. By that I mean, aside from the raised grates, what do I need? I'm thinking a thermometer, should I go digital or do the metal one PK is selling, and if I do that, where to mount? I think digital...

    Second, should I do an ember basket? And do I really need to keep the ember/coal grate? Seems like a lot of the internet videos I've been devouring the last day or two omit the lower grate.

    Third, what do I need or should want that I don't know I want or need? My vision is to smoke ribs/chicken/pork roasts mostly with it, jerk with it as well (I'm in south florida-jerk is all around. BTW_anyone know where to get pimento wood chunks?) but occasionally use it for direct heat cooks.

    Oh, and last, cleaning it. I know I'm probably being too OCD but part of the attraction for me is the color. I like the retro silver, and kind of want it to stay looking like that.

    Any other tips or suggestions are greatly appreciated! And TY Meathead-I dig your style!

    Welcome MacGuffin


      Greetings, Mac ... and welcome to the pit!


        Welcome to the Pit! My advice would be to cook on it for a few months, and you will have a better feel for what you want or need. You probably can't afford all of the recommendation that will come out of the Pit.


        • MacGuffin
          MacGuffin commented
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          Good advice-I'm sure my goals will change after living with the PK for a few months. The one thing I notice right away is that I would like the grill to stand taller. Might end up raising the stand up about 6 inches to a foot so I'm not bending down to it.

        MacGuffin Welcome! I would go with digital. A two probe leave-in. Probe for meat, and probe for pit temp. A Maverick 732, or Thermoworks Smoke. I have used both and loved them. Also, a good instant-read thermometer. Pit temp probe about 1" above grate level.


        • MacGuffin
          MacGuffin commented
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          what about the thermoworks mini with the grill temp probe to start? I kind of like that design, seems simple and I am a simple minded guy. And I can always add to it as I go.

        • Lowjiber
          Lowjiber commented
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          I have the Smoke and a Maverick 733 (2 channel). The 733 has a bit more range than the Smoke, but the Smoke dominates in every other category. The 733 is much more difficult to set temps than the Smoke... that's a "show stopper" for me.

        • Thunder77
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          I'll have to look up the mini. The Smoke is very simple and user friendly. I mention the Maverick because of price. Bif you want simple, Maverick is not.

        A hearty welcome from Illinois.


          Welcome from Nebraska, Mac!


            Welcome from Indiana


              Welcome to The Pit MacGuffin! We’re glad you joined! I'll second getting a digital thermometer with a probe for air and one for meat, and a handheld digital/instant-read. Mounted bi-metal dial thermometers are usually inaccurate and not at grate level where the food is. In case you haven't seen it, here's our Thermometer page.

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                If you go with a ThermoWorks unit that uses the Pro-Series probes, the ChefAlarm for example (or DOT or Smoke), their Needle Probe reads in 3-5 seconds so it can double as a meat probe and an instant read.


                  Welcome to The Pit from Las Vegas.

                  I commented on the Maverick vs. Smoke in a post above.


                  • MacGuffin
                    MacGuffin commented
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                    Saw that and think you turned my opinion. Think it's the smoke for me thx!

                  Howdy an' good mornin', MacGuffin !!! Welcome to th' Pit!
                  Nice score, gettin' a PK offa CL!!! I know you'll enjoy that cooker, learnin' its intricacies will be fun!!!
                  Remember, we all wants pics!!!!


                  • MacGuffin
                    MacGuffin commented
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                    Yeah, I couldn't be happier with it right now. Lol my main problem is that my friends and family do t know anything about it so it's no fun to brag to them!

                  • Mr. Bones
                    Mr. Bones commented
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                    No need t' brag, plus, nobody likes t' hear that....

                    Let yer food do alla th' talkin'...

                    Then, you'll have their full attention. ;-)

                    Enjoy yer PK, and keep us posted. I want one more than ya could ever know....

                  • EdF
                    EdF commented
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                    Mr. Bones has got it right - as usual!

                  Welcome to The Pit Mac.


                    MacGuffin, Welcome to "The Pit"! You are Now Enrolled in the BBQ Univ.! Attendance and Participation are Mandatory! Enjoy "The Pit"!
                    I would recommend the Maverick 732 or 733 as a choice for Leave In Thrmometer do to Price. I would recommend the MK-4 Thermopen by Thermoworks for an Instant Read Thermometer! I have the Classic but the MK-4's Features makes the the additional cost affordable!
                    Eat Well and Prosper! From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan


                      OK so I just clicked order on a Smoke and an RT600C. Thought hard about the ThermoPop, but couldn't see much difference between the two and I likes the idea of the longer probe with the RT600C. Cant justify spending the extra $80 for the Thermopen right now. But, from what I've read, they go on sale semi-often so maybe I will spring for one down the road. Gonna clean the grill and do a first cook this weekend-either smoked chicken or ribs, or maybe one of each! lol. Will post pics, and thanks for the sound advice-especially you ILowJiber. You swung me to the Smoke.



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