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  • adbrowning
    Club Member
    • Jul 2020
    • 1
    • Saint Michael, MN

    Hello from Minnesota

    Hey all,

    I have been using AmazingRibs for a couple of years and decided to join the Pitmaster club. I am in the middle of deciding what pellet grill to purchase and I am leaning towards the Smokefire. Hoping that is not a terrible decision. Any feedback on that would be great.

    Looking forward to interacting with everybody.
  • Spinaker
    Moderator
    • Nov 2014
    • 10597
    • Land of Tonka
    • John "J R"
      Instagram: JRBowlsby
      Smokin' Hound Que
      Minnesota/ United States of America

      ********************************************
      Assistants
      Dexter (Beagle mix)
      Kinnick (American Foxhound)
      ************************

      Grills/Smokers/Fryers
      Big Green Egg (Large) X2
      Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

      Broil King Keg
      Karubeque C-60
      Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
      Lodge L410 Hibachi
      Pit Barrel Cooker
      Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
      R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

      Weber Spirit Gasser
      ******************.
      Thermometers
      FireBoard (Base Package)
      Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
      Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)
      **************

      Accessories
      BBQ Dragon
      Big Green Egg Plate Setter
      Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
      Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

      Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
      Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

      Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
      Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
      Eggspander Kit X2
      Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

      Finex Cat Iron Line
      FireBoard Drive
      Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
      Grill Grates
      Joule Water Circulator
      KBQ Fire Grate

      Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
      Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
      Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
      Large Vortex
      Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
      Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
      Smithey No. 12
      Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
      Stargazer No.10, 12
      Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
      Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
      ********************************
      Fuel
      FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
      Kingsford Blue and White
      Rockwood Lump Charcoal
      Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60
      **************************

      Cutlery
      Buck 119 Special
      Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
      Global
      Shun
      Wusthof
      *******
      Next Major Purchase
      Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

    #2
    Welcome to the Pitmaster Club! Since you’re new, and if you haven't already done so, 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. Great to have another Minnesotan in the Pitmaster Club.

    Make sure to check out our review on the Smokefire.

    Here is a complete list of all our pellet grill reviews for more options.

    Also, it's very important that you:

    Give us an email address you actually use. You can check the email we have on file for you by clicking your name in the upper-right, then User Settings, then the Account tab. It’s tied to your Pitmaster Club account as well as our payment processor, Stripe. Don’t worry though, you can change it by simply visitinghttps://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/pi...il-request.php

    Add the domain AmazingRibs.com to your email safe list. We NEVER spam! This is important so you can receive special deals we occasionally work out for our members, receive notices about your account, such as if you’re up for renewal or are ever drawn as our monthly Great Giveaway Monthly Sweepstakes winner, which is open to all paying USA members or those with a USA delivery address (we’d hate to have to pick another person because you don’t answer us)!

    Keep the smoke rollin’

    Spinaker

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    • RichieB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2018
      • 1396
      • Western Mass

      #3
      Welcome from Westerm Massachusetts.

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      • LA Pork Butt
        Charter Member
        • Dec 2014
        • 5364
        • 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 from Dallas! I would check the reviews in amazingribs.com and the comments on the Smokefire in the Pit before pulling the trigger.

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        • Donw
          Club Member
          • Jul 2017
          • 3043

          #5
          Welcome from Maryland.

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          • ofelles
            Club Member
            • Jun 2018
            • 2011
            • Brentwood CA
            • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
              Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
              LSG Insulated Cabinet
              Jumbo Joe
              VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
              FireBoard and Pit Bull fan
              Thermoworks Signal
              Thermoworks Dot
              Thermopen Mk4

            #6
            Welcome from the California Delta.

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            • RonB
              Club Member
              • Apr 2016
              • 12708
              • Near Richmond VA
              • Weber Performer Deluxe
                SNS
                Pizza insert
                Rotisserie
                Smokenator 1000
                Cookshack Smokette Elite
                2 Thermapens
                Chefalarm
                Dot
                lots of probes.
                CyberQ

              #7
              Welcome to The Pit.

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              • HouseHomey
                Club Member
                • May 2016
                • 5273
                • 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.

                #8
                Huntington Beach welcomes you.
                I hear (no actual experience) Yoder is a good cooker.

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                • Texas Larry
                  Club Member
                  • May 2017
                  • 1426
                  • Wilson County, TX
                  • Kamado Joe Big Joe 2
                    Weber 22” Premium/SNS
                    Weber Jumbo Joe/SNS
                    JoeTisserie
                    Thermoworks Smoke
                    Thermoworks 2K Thermocouple
                    Thermapen
                    Thermapop
                    Thermoworks Dash
                    Too many gadgets, accessories, and tools
                    Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

                  #9
                  Welcome from south Texas!

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                  • HawkerXP
                    Club Member
                    • Jul 2016
                    • 5506
                    • Virginia
                    • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
                      Thermopops
                      Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
                      Slo n Sear
                      Cold beer

                    #10
                    Welcome to the Pit! Take your time and look around. Good reviews here on all types of cookers.

                    Comment

                    • DavidNorcross
                      Club Member
                      • Nov 2017
                      • 1514
                      • Virginia
                      • Rec Tec RT-680
                        Coleman RoadTrip LXX
                        Javelin Pro Duo
                        More Cast Iron than I care to admit

                      #11
                      Welcome from Virginia!

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                      • JCGrill
                        Club Member
                        • Mar 2017
                        • 1730
                        • Minneapolis / St Paul burbs
                        • Charcoal - 22" Weber Kettle
                          Gas - Saber
                          Smoker - Green Mountain Daniel Boone
                          Portable - Charbroil Tabletop Propane Grill

                        #12
                        Welcome from Maple Grove! Minnesota is taking over the site, eh Spinaker?

                        If you are thinking about SmokeFire you need to talk to glitchy.

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                        • glitchy
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                          Thanks JCGrill, shared a little further down after seeing this.
                      • MBMorgan
                        Club Member
                        • Sep 2015
                        • 6192
                        • 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

                          > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
                          > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
                          > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

                        #13
                        Welcome from Colorado ...

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                        • Mr. Bones
                          Birthday Hat Master
                          • Sep 2016
                          • 9295
                          • 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

                          #14
                          Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to Th Pit!
                          Lookin forward to learnin along with, an from ya!

                          LA Pork Butt makes a very good cautionary point, as I've also heared many mixed reviews on th new SmokeFire... I'm a lifelong, diehard Weber guy, charcoal, an am currently down to 'only' 16 kettle cookers...

                          That bein said, (IF) I were to ever to find myself in th market fer a pellet cooker, well, amigo, I works hard fer my dollars, an I ain't currently willin to plunk me down no dang dang $1200 fer an SF, until I hear better things bein more universally said...

                          I'd be lookin at me some Yoder, MAK, RecTec...

                          HouseHomey is also Dead On Right, with Yoder makes some Very Good, tried, an true Pellet poopers...

                          I got no dog in this, jus don't want ta see ya burn a cool grand, Plus, an be unhappy...

                          If'n yer heart's set on th features, price, etc. of th Smokefire, reckon I'd advise th possible wisdom of rollin with what ya currently have, an givin that situation a chance to hopefully be resolved to better, then snappin up a deal.

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                          • mcook2201
                            Club Member
                            • Aug 2019
                            • 124
                            • Mooresville, North Carolina

                            #15
                            Greetings and welcome from North Carolina

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