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  • holehogg
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 2481
    • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Raising the Smoke for South Africans

    My surname is Hogg hence my username holehogg. Not as loved as the HOG with only a single G.
    Our TV is generally tuned to the cooking channels except when certain live sporting events are on. The bulk of the programs are from the USA and I especially enjoy anything to do with smoking. I started manufacturing a food trailer a few months ago to follow my passion for cooking. A seed was watered when a neighbour asked if I was going to serve RIB’s. I mulled over the idea for a day or so and decided that I must add a smoker as one of my cooking implements. I searched the web for some ideas and the most AMAZING thing happened to me, AMAZING RIBS. I received the smoke signals and there was no turning back. The vertical custom built gas smoker I have manufactured is H=1500mmxW=600mmxD=550mm (+-5’x2’x2’). I have not found any food truck in South Africa (SA) that has a smoker. I believe it will be the first of many to follow. We South Africans do love a BRAAI (pronounced pry with a b-bry,) with wood or charcoal mainly over an open fire (grilling) nothing low and slow. We even have a public holiday that we refer to as national braai day actually our heritage day holiday (braai4heritage).
    The smoker has had only a single test drive and on my next round I will be calling for advice and guidance. The first smoke was acceptable and I found a few adjustments were needed on the smoker box. I’m sure there will be more as we progress.
    Looking forward to our journey ……
  • FireMan
    Charter Member
    • Jul 2015
    • 7838
    • Bottom of Winnebago

    #2
    Well there pilgrim, I don’t know if it was mentioned to ya or if ya just happened to maybe see it on another thread, but around these here parts we have a requirement & that is pics. We need to see your rig & your cook & everything else yer doin in regards to smokin. That’ll satisfy us just fine. There’s a sayin , no pics didn’t happen. Lookin forward to it. Keep your charcoal dry.

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    • HouseHomey
      Club Member
      • May 2016
      • 5430
      • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
      • Equipment
        Primo Oval xl

        Slow n Sear (two)
        Drip n Griddle
        22" Weber Kettle
        26" Weber Kettle one touch
        Blackstone 36” Pro Series
        Sous vide machine
        Kitchen Aid
        Meat grinder
        sausage stuffer
        5 Crock Pots
        Akootrimonts
        Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
        cast iron pans,
        Dutch ovens
        Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, Dots, thermapop and maverick T-732, RTC-600, pro needle and various pocket instareads.
        The help and preferences
        1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
        KBB
        FOGO
        A 9 year old princess foster child
        Patience and old patio furniture
        "Baby Girl" The cat

        Erik S.

      #3
      Looking forward to the pictures!

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      • RonB
        Club Member
        • Apr 2016
        • 13128
        • Near Richmond VA
        • Weber Performer Deluxe
          SNS
          Pizza insert
          Rotisserie
          Smokenator 1000
          Cookshack Smokette Elite
          2 Thermapens
          Chefalarm
          Dot
          lots of probes.
          CyberQ

        #4
        Welcome to The Pit. Lookin' frqard to photos. I'm sure you have a lot of different meats to cook, and we want to see them.

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        • kmhfive
          Club Member
          • Mar 2017
          • 2988
          • Northern Illinois
          • Weber Kettle -- 22.5" (In-Service Date June 2015)
            Slow-n-Sear/Drip-n-Griddle/Grill Grates (In-Service Date March 2016)
            Pit Boss 820 (Retired)
            GMG Jim Bowie WiFi (In-Service Date April 2017)
            Maverick ET-733
            Fireboard
            Home-brewer

          #5
          Thanks for the introduction, it’s nice to meet you! Sounds like a wonderful adventure you’ve started on! Have fun and eat good food.

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          • Nate
            Banned Former Member
            • Apr 2015
            • 3808
            • Quarantined

            #6
            Welcome from Indiana

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            • 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.

              #7
              Welcome holehogg

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              • Elton's BBQ
                Club Member
                • Apr 2016
                • 2453
                • Saltnes Norway
                • Genesis 320 Limited
                  Weber One Touch 57cm
                  Weber Smokey Mountain 47cm

                #8
                Welcome from Norway holehogg

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                • Mr. Bones
                  Charter Member
                  • Sep 2016
                  • 9745
                  • 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

                  #9
                  Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to th' Pit!
                  Lookin' forward to followin' yer adventures!

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                  • Thunder77
                    Founding Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 2830
                    • 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

                    #10
                    Welcome from Baltimore, MD! We're glad you joined us.

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                    • Troutman
                      Club Member
                      • Aug 2017
                      • 7465
                      • aka Troutman Taco - Hanging Free in Tejas

                      • OUTDOOR COOKERS

                        BBQ ACCESSORIES

                        WOOD & PELLET PREFERENCES

                        SOUS VIDE

                        INDOOR COOKWARE


                      #11
                      Looking forward to seeing the results of your journey. Here in Texas every backyard hack claims to be a bbq guru. It’s refreshing to see that you might be bringing something new to your area. I’m almost envious of your challenges ahead!! Keep cookin’, keep reading and good luck !!

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                      • gcdmd
                        Charter Member
                        • Sep 2014
                        • 1070
                        • The Republic of Texas

                        #12
                        Welcome from the Republic of Texas. Congratulations on your ambition, courage, and pioneering spirit.

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                        • holehogg
                          Club Member
                          • Nov 2017
                          • 2481
                          • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

                          #13
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ID:	407910 Preparing for a test smoke. My first attempt at smoking anything. The box when completed will be insulated and clad. The door was insulated and clad with timber board to get an idea of what the outside temperature might be. I don't want to cook this Hogg low and slow inside the trailer. A few lessons were learnt during the test like needing additional air intakes. Had 2 1 inch vents on the LHS and have since added 2 more on the RHS. Note the chimney on the roof with a 2 1/2 inch ball valve. Since this photo have added a hatch at the bottom of the door for access to the burners and water and wood tray without having to open the whole door. Below the smoker box in its intended place.

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                          • BourBonQ
                            Club Member
                            • Oct 2017
                            • 841
                            • Lowcountry of South Carolina
                            • Pit Barrel Cooker
                              Blaze 32" Gasser with Sear Station and Rotisserie
                              Jenn-Air 6 Burner w/ Dual Oven and Stainless Flat Top
                              Camp Chef Explorer 60EX with Grill Box and Griddle
                              Thermoworks Thermapen Mk4
                              Maverick ET-733 2-Probe Wireless Thermometer
                              Thermopro TP20 2-Probe Wireless Thermometer
                              Anova 900W Sous Vide Immersion Circulator
                              Selection of Grandma's Antique Cast Iron Cookware
                              Bayou Classic Stainless Steel Oyster/Turkey Cooker
                              Weber Standard Size Chimney Starter
                              Foodsaver Vac Sealer

                            #14
                            Welcome from the Lowcountry of South Carolina!

                            Impressive rig, and looks like you've done your homework for a good smoker design. Good luck, and keep us posted!

                            Quick question, what's SA's preferred adult beverage choices for pairing with live fire cooking?

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                            • holehogg
                              holehogg commented
                              Editing a comment
                              Beer, Beer, more Beer and Brandy and Coke

                            • ComfortablyNumb
                              ComfortablyNumb commented
                              Editing a comment
                              Beer, Beer, and More Beer is where I obtained my brewing equipment. Since they've shortened it to More Beer. https://www.morebeer.com/
                          • Steve R.
                            Club Member
                            • Jul 2016
                            • 2424
                            • Elizabethtown, KY
                            • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

                            #15
                            Welcome, holehogg! We like to experience new adventures vicariously, so keep the photos coming. Scour this site for all the information you can, and you will set the bar for BBQ almost impossibly high for your fellow South Africans.

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