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    Chicago City smoker here!

    Greetings everyone - got Meathead's book for Xmas and finally got around to joining the site. I live right smack dab in the middle of Chicago - surrounded by honking horns and skyscrapers and am lucky enough to have a decent enough sized back patio to do some real outdoor cooking.

    Originally with a Weber Genesis Silver, but a few years ago, picked up a medium Big Green Egg. Original plan was to keep the Genesis for convenience, but after 2 years of not touching it again, decided to give it away to a friend.

    Only problem with the BGE is the size and made it difficult to do larger cuts for long cooks (stuffed a few 12-13lb briskets on it, but tough to do...)

    So now in the market for a pellet smoker and am going a little nutso trying to decide - Rectec v Yoder v Mak 1 v Blazn' Grill Works v GMG v Traeger. Every time I think I've set on one, I read another review that sways me a different direction.
    Biggest problem I think is gonna be delivery and figuring out how to get whatever I decide on up a narrow staircase, through my place back to the patio.....

    Looking forward to some good cookin' this summer!

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    Howdy from Kansas Territory, an' Welcome drbisco !!!!
    Glad to have ya' here!!!

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      #3
      Welcome to the Pit! We are happy to have you.
      I would go with the YS 640 or the MAK. REC-TEC also makes a great product.

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        #4
        Welcome from Winnipeg. After spending time on this site, you will probably end up with multiple cookers. Have fun picking the pellet one.

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        • Breadhead
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          Several cookers...🙈 What on earth would make you think that?

        • jgreen
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          I have acquired 3 since joining the Pit, and am considering one or two more. It's a fun obsession

        • Breadhead
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          We call that MCS in the Pit... More Cooker Syndrome. The necessary accessories are part of MCS too.

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        Welcome to The Pit.

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          #6
          Welcome from Indiana.

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            #7
            Welcome to the Pit from Baltimore, MD! Glad you joined us.

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              #8
              Welcome to the Pit! Try these folks at https://ceramicgrillstore.com/ for some add on that can expand your capacity on e Medium BGE.

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                #9
                Welcome from over near Rockford.

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                  #10
                  Welcome from Issaquah Wa. used to live in Chicago. Maybe rope and pulley to hoist the new cooker up lol

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                    #11
                    Welcome drbisco! Thanks for your support. That's great that you're smack dab in the middle of the city and yet you're still smokin'! Which pellet cooker to acquire is quite a popular question lately, there are some fine ones. Since you mention several of the big players, I might say remove Traeger from your list and focus on one less. Traegers are great at entry level products, but have never come out swinging with the likes of the others, although it appears they've been trying harder. Max has had some issues testing their newer product(s). Tough choice still. Each other maker has some fine stuff, each with their own pros and cons relative to the other.

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                      #12
                      Good luck with the shopping quest. And Welcome!

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                        #13
                        Welcome aboard!

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                          Thanks everyone. Until the PS arrives, I'm stuck to smaller cooks. Like this 2.2 lb dry-aged bone-in tomahawk. Reverse sear at 225

                          to 120, then seared on high direct heat....
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                          • Huskee
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                            You poor soul, how will you ever cope with these small cooks Looks awesome!

                          • EdF
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                            The restrictions we have to deal with!

                          • Breadhead
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                            Use your new smoker to get the internal temperature of your steaks to 120° and then sear them on your medium BGE.👍

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                          Nice looking steak! It's a shame that you are so limited!😉

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