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  • MacGuffin
    Former Member
    • Jan 2017
    • 9
    • South Florida

    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!
  • DWCowles
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 9703
    • Smiths Grove, Ky
    • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

    #2
    Welcome MacGuffin

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    • MBMorgan
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 6711
      • Colorado
      • > Weber Genesis EP-330
        > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
        > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
        > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
        > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
        to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
        > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
        > Thermoworks Smoke
        > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
        > Thermoworks Thermapen
        > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
        > Anova sous vide circulator
        > Searzall torch
        > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

      #3
      Greetings, Mac ... and welcome to the pit!

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      • LA Pork Butt
        Charter Member
        • Dec 2014
        • 5873
        • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

        #4
        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.

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        • 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.
      • Thunder77
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 2886
        • Halethorpe, MD
        • Weber 26.75" Kettle with SnS. Broil King Baron 5 burner. Akorn Kamado, and Akorn Jr kamado. Primo Oval Junior. Love grilling steaks, ribs, and chicken. Need to master smoked salmon Favorite cool weather beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest Favorite warm weather beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager All-time favorite drink: Single Malt Scotch

        #5
        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.

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        • 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
          Thunder77 commented
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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.
      • lschweig
        Former Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 979
        • Oswego, Il

        #6
        A hearty welcome from Illinois.

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        • Shane Rakow
          Club Member
          • Oct 2016
          • 568
          • Nebraska
          • Traeger Pellet w/ add-on Cold Smoker attachment (2008)
            Weber-22" Kettle w/SnS Plus (2002)
            Brinkman Bullet Smoker (super old)
            Little Chief (really, really old)
            Kenmore Propane 4-burner w/Searing Station (2015)
            Burn Pit (1992)
            ThermoWorks Smoke (2016)
            ThermoWorks Thermapen (old, waiting to win a new one)

            Favorite Dog Breed: German Shorthair Pointer
            Favorite Car: The ones that start
            Favorite Month: October
            Favorite Steak: Ribeye, rare, and reverse seared

          #7
          Welcome from Nebraska, Mac!

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          • Nate
            Banned Former Member
            • Apr 2015
            • 3794
            • Quarantined

            #8
            Welcome from Indiana

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            • fuzzydaddy
              Charter Member
              • Nov 2014
              • 4977
              • Winchester TN
              • Hardware
                Blackstone 36” Griddle.
                Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado & Kettle Grill.
                Slow 'N Sear (1.0, Deluxe, 2.0).
                DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
                Weber Chimney Starters (regular and compact).
                Joule, Instant Accu Slim.
                GrillGrates.
                Maverick XR-50, ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

                Consumables / Favorites
                KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks), B&B Hardwood Briquettes when I'm out of Weber.
                Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins, Shrimp, Fajitas.
                SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
                MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPG.

              #9
              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.

              Since this is your first post, please check out our homework assignment post for new members, it contains a few how-tos and please-dos. This will help you learn your way around so you can get the best experience from our forum.

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              Hope to hear & see more from you!

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              • fuzzydaddy
                Charter Member
                • Nov 2014
                • 4977
                • Winchester TN
                • Hardware
                  Blackstone 36” Griddle.
                  Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado & Kettle Grill.
                  Slow 'N Sear (1.0, Deluxe, 2.0).
                  DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
                  Weber Chimney Starters (regular and compact).
                  Joule, Instant Accu Slim.
                  GrillGrates.
                  Maverick XR-50, ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

                  Consumables / Favorites
                  KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks), B&B Hardwood Briquettes when I'm out of Weber.
                  Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins, Shrimp, Fajitas.
                  SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
                  MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPG.

                #10
                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.

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                • Lowjiber
                  Former Member
                  • Nov 2016
                  • 313
                  • Las Vegas, Nevada

                  #11
                  Welcome to The Pit from Las Vegas.

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

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                  • MacGuffin
                    MacGuffin commented
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                    Saw that and think you turned my opinion. Think it's the smoke for me thx!
                • Mr. Bones
                  Charter Member
                  • Sep 2016
                  • 10628
                  • Kansas Territory
                  • Grills / Smokers
                    *********************************************

                    Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
                    Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
                    Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
                    Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
                    Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
                    Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
                    Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
                    Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
                    Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
                    Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
                    Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

                    Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
                    Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
                    Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

                    Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
                    Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
                    Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
                    Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
                    Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
                    Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
                    (Lime Green)
                    Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
                    Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



                    Thermometers:
                    *********************************************
                    Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
                    Maverick ET-732, (Black)
                    Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
                    ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
                    Blue ThermaPen Mk4
                    Orange Thermapen Mk4
                    Pink Thermapen Mk4
                    ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
                    ThermoWorks Smoke
                    ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
                    4 Pro Series cable extensions
                    Smoke Gateway

                    Accessories:
                    *********************************************
                    2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
                    BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
                    Warming shelf
                    MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
                    Backyard Grill marinade injector
                    Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
                    Bear Paws
                    Meat Rakes
                    BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



                    Cookware:
                    Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
                    G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
                    '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
                    60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
                    50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
                    Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
                    Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

                    Cutlery, etc.:
                    Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
                    Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
                    Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
                    Multiple steels, from all over the planet
                    Crock sticks
                    Diamond stones, various
                    Lansky Sharpening System

                    Tableware
                    Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
                    Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
                    Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

                  #12
                  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!!!!

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                  • 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
                    Editing a comment
                    Mr. Bones has got it right - as usual!
                • RonB
                  Club Member
                  • Apr 2016
                  • 14057
                  • Near Richmond VA
                  • Weber Performer Deluxe
                    SNS
                    Pizza insert
                    Rotisserie
                    Smokenator 1000
                    Cookshack Smokette Elite
                    2 Thermapens
                    Chefalarm
                    Dot
                    lots of probes.
                    CyberQ

                  #13
                  Welcome to The Pit Mac.

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                  • Danjohnston949
                    In Memoriam
                    • Dec 2014
                    • 4398
                    • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

                    #14
                    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

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                    • MacGuffin
                      Former Member
                      • Jan 2017
                      • 9
                      • South Florida

                      #15
                      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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