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Danjohnston949, a.k.a Dan Johnston, Fargo ND

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  • Below Zero Smoker
    Charter Member
    • Nov 2014
    • 31
    • Anchorage, AK
    • GRILL

      Member's Mark- 4 burner, sear burner and rotiserrie


      Homemade stick burner-1000gal propane tank cook chamber with 1/2 of 250 gal propane tank firebox, semi-insulated, 21 feet long

      Homemade- propane fired, 4 racks, diffuser


      Thermoworks Smoke

      Thermoworks Meathead combo

      CDN DSPI Dual-Sensing Probe

      CDN TCT572 Pro Accurate Folding Thermocouple

      Cooper DPP400W


      Franklin Barbecue- A Meat-Smoking Manifesto

      Meathead- The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling

    Here's to Dan The 'Back Yard Cremator' Johnston. I will remember you each time I do a cook. Stop by if you are ever in the neighborhood, I will have a chair and a beverage of your choice, as well as a smile on my face. No tears... oh forget that- they are streaming down my face as I type this out. Thank you for sharing your life with the Amazingribs FAMILY. SALUTE! Click image for larger version

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    • Atalanta
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 428
      • Barnsley's Ford
      • Grills: 22" Weber (wood handles) (another Weber on the way), Lodge Sportsman "hibachi"
        Smoker: None yet, part of why I joined
        Thermometer: 10+ yr old Taylor digital thermometer with remote
        Sous Vide: Anovo Imersion Circulator (1st gen)
        Coffee Roaster: Hot Top Coffee Roaster
        Adult Beverages: Fighting Cock Bourbon, Leinny Shandy, Troegs Mad Elf

      Serves me right for logging in sporadically! Saddened to see, upon my arrival in the pit today, that our favorite Backyard Cremator is no longer in Fargo, ND. I loved reading his posts and seeing him show that the air was a bit chili where he was (that was F not C!). I'll miss seeing his posts and will raise one to his memory.


      • Huskee
        Pit Boss/Manager
        • May 2014
        • 13889
        • central MI, USA
        • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

          Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

          Smokers / Grills
          • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
          • PBC
          • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
          • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
          • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
          • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
          • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
          • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
          • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
          • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

          • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
          • (7) Maverick ET-732s
          • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
          • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
          • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
          • Thermapen MkII, orange
          • ThermoPop, yellow
          • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
          • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
          • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
          • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

          • Instant Pot 6qt
          • Anova Bluetooth SV
          • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
          • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
          • BBQ Dragon
          • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
          • Weber grill topper
          • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
          • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
          • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

          • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
          • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
          • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
          • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
          • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
          • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
          • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

          About me
          Real name: Aaron
          Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

          • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

        If anyone has the time to visit the link Mr Bones shared to the funeral home website, there's a nice video montage of Dan & his family pics through the years...almost felt like I was part of his family watching it. You learn a lot about him & his friends & family. Give it a peek!


        • jecucolo
          jecucolo commented
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          What a great tribute. Salt of the earth.

        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
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          That was my favorite one too Spinaker!

        • Donw
          Donw commented
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          What a great and loving life he had. The video really gave me a sense of the real man behind the posts.
      • Obi-Dan
        Club Member
        • Feb 2016
        • 480
        • Jersey Village, TX
        • Smoker: PBC
          Grill: A 20-year-old Webber 22.5" Kettle with a Slow and Sear
          Thermometers: A Maverick ET732, A Thermapen, a few miscellaneous thermometers
          Misc: I just seem to keep buying things.

        I’m just seeing this thread. I believe Dan was the first person to reply to my first post. He always was so positive and quick to answer a question. I will keep his family in my prayers. May he Rest In Peace.


        • rototiller78
          Charter Member
          • Jan 2015
          • 118
          • Grills/Smokers
            • Portable Kitchen Grill (AmazingRibs Special)
            • Pit Barrel Cooker
            • GMG Davy Crockett

            • Masterbuilt 2 oz. Marinade Injector
            • Maverick ET 732
            • Thermoworks Thermopop Thermometer (Green)
            • Bear Claws (White)

          Wow, Billy Joel was right. "Only the Good Die Young". Gone too soon. He was always chipper and super nice to everyone. I, like the whole pit member crew of AR just lost a great "BBQer-In-Arms". My prayers are with Dan and his family.


          • ribeyeguy
            Charter Member
            • Jun 2015
            • 1260
            • S. E. Wisconsin
            • Weber Platinum Performer, 18"WSM, Smokenator, Slow 'n Sear.

            Originally posted by Huskee View Post
            If anyone has the time to visit the link Mr Bones shared to the funeral home website, there's a nice video montage of Dan & his family pics through the years...almost felt like I was part of his family watching it. You learn a lot about him & his friends & family. Give it a peek!
            Man, that was a touching tribute. One of the last few photos really got to me, where his three "chit bird mutts" we're staring up at him.

            Rest in peace Dan, we're really going to miss you around here.


            • Livermoron
              Charter Member
              • Aug 2014
              • 435
              • 22" Weber one touch w/roti and SnS
                Lodge Sportsman

              God calls up a helluva Backyard Cremator. I'll miss him...


              • RonB
                Club Member
                • Apr 2016
                • 11035
                • Near Richmond VA
                • Weber Performer Deluxe
                  Pizza insert
                  Smokenator 1000
                  Cookshack Smokette Elite
                  2 Thermapens
                  lots of probes.

                I just reread this whole thread. It only took a few seconds to get a lump in my throat.

                Rest easy my friend - you earned it.


                • Mr. Bones
                  Mr. Bones commented
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                  Still chokin hard on this...
              • Reds Fan 5
                Charter Member
                • Sep 2014
                • 235
                • Western Springs, IL
                • Equipment
                  Weber Genesis Gas
                  Weber 22" Kettle (black)
                  Slow N Sear

                  Maverick 732 Redi-Chek

                  Kingsford Blue Bag
                  Kingsford Professional

                  Apple (chunks)
                  Mesquite (chunks)
                  Hickory (chunks)
                  Oak (chunks)

                  Beer: Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale; Goose Island 312; Goose Island Green Line; Revolution Anti-Hero IPA; Lagunitas IPA

                  Bourbon: Basil Hayden
                  Rye: George Dickel
                  Cocktail: Manhattan

                  Married, one child (son)
                  Originally from Indianapolis, IN. Currently live in Chicago's Western Suburbs (near Meathead!)
                  Associate Dean at Chicago area university

                Dan's was the first response to my first post here. "Backyard cremator" remains my favorite tag line in the Pit. RIP, Dan.


                • FireMan
                  FireMan commented
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                  Yup, on the favorite tag line,
              • badf00d
                Club Member
                • Mar 2016
                • 226

                • Cookers
                  • Karubecue C-60 [aka KBQ]
                  • Weber 22" Performer Kettle [Red gen1 with stainless steel]
                  • Slow 'N Sear
                  • Lodge Sportsman's Grill
                  • Weber Genesis Silver-B [old gasser]

                  Sous Vide
                  • ChefSteps Joule

                  Other Tools
                  • VacMaster PRO380 vacuum sealer
                  • VacMaster VP215 vacuum chamber
                  • Thermapen Mk4
                  • ThermoWorks Smoke
                  • ThermaQ with smoke house and high temp air probes
                  • IR gun
                  • BBQ Dragon

                I didn't know he was sick and was waiting for him to chime in about the nasty cold snap we had about six weeks ago. Hoped to see word from Dan about how cold it was in Fargo, and then I read that he was sick. Now this.

                Dan's posts channeled a giddy and lighter view of things, which always made me smile. I'll miss him for sure.


                • klflowers
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2015
                  • 2262
                  • Tennessee

                  So I finally got around to listening to the interview. I hate that I never had the opportunity to meet Dan - he sounds like he was a helluva guy.


                  • Mr. Bones
                    Mr. Bones commented
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                    Indeed, he was, Brother...
                • PJBowmaster
                  Club Member
                  • Dec 2016
                  • 549
                  • Black Hills of SD

                  This is sad news!! Dan loved "The Pit" and he was one of the reasons this place is SO different from other online communities and frankly so damn Special. And the outpouring of love and respect for Dan just validates that. We will all miss his quirky humor, his kindness, the emoji's, and of course that tag line..."From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND". May he Rest In Peace!! And may the Lord grant comfort to Eunice and their family. Cheers Friend!!
                  Last edited by PJBowmaster; March 30th, 2019, 10:31 PM.


                  • Dale Case
                    Club Member
                    • Oct 2016
                    • 166
                    • California
                    • BGE
                      Cheap rusted out offset smoker (Now RIP)
                      Baby Weber kettle (Beach Baby)
                      Lava rock pile with a metal grate (Pele's Fire)
                      KBQ C-60/SS (Miss Fancy Pants)

                      Maverick ET-732 thermometer

                    Rest In Peace Dan.. God Bless


                    • Baker Dan
                      Charter Member
                      • Nov 2014
                      • 336
                      • North Eastern IL. McHenry County

                      I just saw this post today. He will be missed


                      • HouseHomey
                        Club Member
                        • May 2016
                        • 4283
                        • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
                        • Equipment
                          Slow n Sear
                          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
                          Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
                          cast iron pans,
                          Dutch ovens
                          Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, thermapop and maverick T-732 and various pocket instareads.
                          The help and preferences
                          1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
                          A 7 year old princess foster child
                          Patience and patio furniture
                          Lots of ice cubes
                          "Baby Girl" The cat

                          Erik S.

                        All morning I kept expecting to see some witty, funny or some off handed humorous sarcastic remark from Dan.

                        It would be a lie if I said I was not missing Dan this morning.


                        • Mosca
                          Mosca commented
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                          I think about him often.

                        • Troutman
                          Troutman commented
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                          I remember he always gave you a like, just because. Not sure why you posted this HH but it made my morning memory thoughts a pleasant one!! Thanks for the memory !!

                        • FishTalesNC
                          FishTalesNC commented
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                          Agree 100% ‼️



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