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  • Bogy
    Club Member
    • Mar 2016
    • 634
    • North Central Iowa
    • Blaz'n Grill Works Grid Iron
      Weber Genesis E-310
      Original Grilla
      Smokey Joe® Charcoal Grill 14"
      Thermoworks ThermoPop
      Thermoworks Thermapen Mk4
      Thermoworks Smoke Thermometer with gateway
      2 iGrillminis - from before they were Weber.

    #16
    A good way to get totally confused about what cooker to buy is to come here and ask everybody's advice on what cooker to buy. I know from experience having done the same thing myself last year!

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    • JimLinebarger
      Club Member
      • Jun 2017
      • 907
      • Spokane Valley, Wa.
      • Grills/Smokers
        Blaze 32" 4-Burner Gas Grill w/infrared rear rotisserie burner
        Weber Jumbo Joe
        Weber 22" Master-Touch Kettle
        Pit Barrel Cooker
        Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain Series 36" Vertical Gas Smoker
        Traeger Timberline 850

        Thermometers
        Thermoworks Smoke
        Maverick ET-733
        Thermapen Mk4, Red

        Sous Vide
        Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker, Bluetooth, 800W
        Anova Precision Cooker Insulated Container
        Lipavi C15 container and lid
        Lipavi L15 Rack

        Accessories
        SNS
        BBQ Guru DigiQ (for PBC and 22" Weber Kettle)
        BBQ Dragon
        BBQ Dragon Grill Table for 22" Weber Kettle
        Fire Butler (for Weber 22")
        Grill Grates for Jumbo Joe and Blaze grill
        Hovergrill

        About me
        Name: Jim
        Nick name: Bear
        Location: Spokane Valley, Wa.
        Born at a very young age at Egland AFB, Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

        USAF vet, ECM (F4 & B52)/B52 Crew Chief, Computer Systems NCO, disabled
        Former Computer Tech/Admin
        Campus Manager/Lead Tech/Tech (IT) for The Kemtah Group contracted to Intel, Rio Rancho, NM.
        Short Term Missionary to the Marshall Islands with MAPS of DFM of AOG

      #17
      PBC. Much cheaper, more smoke flavor. And my wife said that from now on I have no choice but to do ribs in the PBC after just 1 rib cook on my Traeger. It is just a little bit more work using charcoal, at least for me. In it's natural state it works great but becomes even more flexible when using a DigiQ or Fireboard with a fan. You can also snuff out the coals quickly to save on charcoal. Get a pellet later or not at all.

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      • Sweaty Paul
        Founding Member
        • Aug 2014
        • 1619
        • Hays, KS
        • Green Mountain Grill - Jim Bowie
          (I've never regretted having too much grate space).

          Weber Genesis Gas grill
          Weber Kettle grills x 2

        #18
        Embrace the MCS and get both. Nirvana will ensue until you have to have the 3rd cooker. Good luck. That said, I love my Yoder YS-640. Easy and delicious.

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        • MarkB1
          Club Member
          • Nov 2020
          • 44
          • Milton, Delaware
          • GMG Daniel Boone with GMG rotisserie added, Sears gas grill with Grillgrates,Thermapen MK4 (best thing I bought)

          #19
          I have a GMG Daniel Boone pellet grill and a Sears gasser with grill grates. I recently put a GMG rotisserie on my FB and it improved already good results. As with most new pellet grills, I can control it with my smart phone. Keep in mind that a pellet grill has to be protected from the weather. It's not weather proof. I keep mine in a large shed and just roll it out to use.

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          • Jfrosty27
            Jfrosty27 commented
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            Good point on protecting a pellet grill from the weather. Also the pellets will absorb moisture over time and increase the likelihood of jamming etc. i keep mine in my garage.

          • Bogy
            Bogy commented
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            Both my pellet burners live outside through Iowa winters, with no more protection than their covers. Both my OG and Blaz'n Grid Iron have pellet dumps, and the pellets stay in the garage in weather tight containers.
        • HawkerXP
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 6318
          • Virginia
          • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
            Thermopops
            Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
            Slo n Sear
            Cold beer

          #20
          I have a PBC and can recommend it.

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          • surfdog
            surfdog commented
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            You do? LOL

          • HawkerXP
            HawkerXP commented
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            Can't believe you were the only one who caught it. surfdog
        • Soonerpop
          Club Member
          • Jan 2020
          • 451
          • Plano, Texas
          • Cookshack Smokette 008 (2005)
            Weber 18.5” Kettle
            Weber 22.5” Performer (drop-down shelf)
            SNS Elevated Grate
            Pit Barrel Junior (PBJ)
            Freedom Grill (for tailgating, but don’t do much anymore)
            Sizzle-Q Stainless Griddle
            Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter

            Thermapen (Red, of course)
            Smoke Alarm (Likewise)

            Kingsford Professional
            Weber Briquettes (longer cooks)

            Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
            Coors Banquet (why bother with light beer?)

          #21
          I have aPBJ and like it. A PBC or J is a good starting place for a good price. You’ll end up,with multiples anyway, so go for it.

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          • Richard Chrz
            Club Member
            • Mar 2019
            • 1407
            • La Crosse, Wi

            #22
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            • bep35
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 323
              • 1987 Weber Kettle (Still going!)
                2004 Cookshack Smokette (The original!)
                2012 Weber Genesis (Wonderful for steaks and chops!)
                2014 Pit Barrel Cooker (Lovin it!)
                Thermoworks Thermapen
                Thermoworks Mini Handheld Thermocouple & Meat Needle Probe
                Various other wireless remote thermometers

                Beer...Bud Light (Timeless)

              #23
              The PBC will produce a stronger smoke flavor. The pellet grill will have a milder smoke profile. Some people don't think the pellets produce enough smokey flavor while some think the PBC is too intense.

              I have a PBC and I like it, but I don't consider it a set and forget cooker. It requires attention on longer cooks for which I ended up purchasing a fan and temp controller. And then there is the lighting of the charcoal and cleanup afterwards. Now granted a pellet cooker also requires some cleanup but a shop vac often does the trick.

              My next cooker will be a pellet grill because as my wife and I have matured (grown older), we find the milder smoke of the pellets appealing. That being said I have never owned a pellet grill but my daughter has one and they really like it.

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              • willxfmr
                Club Member
                • Apr 2017
                • 489
                • Fondy

                #24
                I'm more than a little biased since I own and love a pellet pooper, but I do think it's the better choice. While it is true that if you just count on the pellets for your smoke and heat, you will end up with a softer smoke profile. If however, you add a smoke tube and burn wood chips in it instead of more pellets, then you can have total control of just how much smoke you do or don't get. For me, heat and smoke are two different components of a cook, and are managed separately.

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                • DrJimmy2112
                  Club Member
                  • Oct 2020
                  • 54
                  • Southern Wisconsin

                  #25
                  Well folks, tough call but I wanted to have a bit more confidence with Thanksgiving coming up, and going into this upcoming season with schedule, early sunsets, & longer work hours it came down to crunch time and so I pulled the trigger on a Grilla. Hoping to get it home by Thanksgiving.
                  Seriously, I can't thank you all enough for taking the time to share your expertise and experience. I am very grateful. You all are a great bunch of folks.

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                  • Richard Chrz
                    Richard Chrz commented
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                    Looking forward to seeing your cooks. I hope your Thanksgiving is good, cheers.

                  • jfmorris
                    jfmorris commented
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                    Good choice! I assume you went with the original Grilla, and not the Silverbac? If I ever get a pellet cooker, the original Grilla is what I plan on buying - I think with the extension rack up top, or a rib rack, it would hold all I need to smoke most of the time. And it can grill and such. Plus it has that cool window with the flames in it!

                  • DrJimmy2112
                    DrJimmy2112 commented
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                    Yes jfmorris original grilla. Bogy sold me on the capacity and insulation and smoke flavor over the Silverback.
                • HawkerXP
                  Club Member
                  • Jul 2016
                  • 6318
                  • Virginia
                  • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
                    Thermopops
                    Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
                    Slo n Sear
                    Cold beer

                  #26
                  PBC, PBC, PBC!

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                  • HawkerXP
                    HawkerXP commented
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                    I have to admit Bogy if I was ever to go pellet I do like that Grilla.
                    Last edited by HawkerXP; November 18, 2020, 07:32 AM.

                  • Bogy
                    Bogy commented
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                    One of these days HawkerXP, I may get a PBC.

                  • DrJimmy2112
                    DrJimmy2112 commented
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                    Christmas is coming...

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