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Grate upgrade for my Jambo Offset

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  • TripleB
    Club Member
    • May 2017
    • 973
    • La Crescenta
    • Jambo Backyard Smoker
      Weber Smokey Mountain (22" & 18.5")
      Portable Kitchen 360
      Portable Kitchen Grill
      Pit Barrel Cooker
      Weber "Brownie" Circa 1978 22"
      Weber Gas Grill, Silver A
      BBQ Guru ATC
      Favorite Beer: Peroni
      Favorite Sports Teams: Rams, Dodgers, Kings, UCLA Bruins

    Grate upgrade for my Jambo Offset

    I think myself and PBCDad are the only ones on this forum that own a Jambo Backyard smoker. Wonderfully made smokers and the J5 is probably one of the best and most handsome trailer born smokers out there. The Jambo Backyard is bigger and cheaper (not really saying much since they are still around $2.6K) than a Franklin.

    So the owner, Jamie Geer, upgraded the backyard grates from the diamond mesh (which is a pain to clean) to rod grates. Much easier to clean. Too bad they don't make the boiler door for the backyard, but maybe that too will be an upgrade someday.
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  • JakeT
    Club Member
    • Mar 2018
    • 686
    • Cowtown (NorCal), CA
    • Lonestar Grillz 24x48
      Forno Bravo Casa 110
      Sunterra 60" Argentine Grill w/ Rear Brasero
      KBQ C-60
      Weber Kettle 22"
      Fire Magic a660i
      PK 360

      Fireboard
      Bernzomatic w/ Mapp Gas

    #2
    That's sweet. I've considered making a set for my LSG.

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    • PBCDad
      Club Member
      • Jan 2016
      • 420
      • Seattle area
      • Pit Barrel Cooker - 2015
        22" Kettle + SnS - 2016
        Thermapen - 2016
        Jambo 24x48 offset smoker (Big Tex) - 2017
        Camp Chef Denali griddle - 2018
        Billows and Signals - 2020

      #3
      Those look amazing! My uncle and I made a set of stainless grates, it cost us maybe $300 in materials and a day putting them together. It's awesome that Jamie is now providing them with the Backyards. The mesh grates were my one complaint about the smoker, with bar grating it is really hard to beat.

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      • PBCDad
        PBCDad commented
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        And I don't know why more people haven't gotten Jambos. The Backyards don't allow for customization, but it is still essentially the same smoker that tons of teams win competitions with. I couldn't be happier with my choice.

      • TripleB
        TripleB commented
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        That's true. I judge and I see at least 4 Jambos at every comp I go to. But they are usually the J5's. The J5's are art with the custom paint and graphics.

        I drilled out the temp gauge hole a bit to be able to run wires for meat and chamber temp probes. I did not like the temp gauge the Jambo came with.
    • Panhead John
      Club Member
      • Aug 2020
      • 1823
      • Houston, Texas
      • Weber 22” Master Touch Kettle, added a side shelf
        Weber 14” Smokey Mountain Smoker
        SnS For the Kettle
        Set of Grill Grates
        Thermo Pro Remote Dual Probe Thermometer
        Rotisserie For The Kettle
        J. A. Henckels Knives
        Work Sharp E-5 Electric Knife Sharpener
        Char-Broil Instant Read Meat Thermometer

      #4
      TripleB Do you have more pics? I’d like to see the whole thing. Thanks.

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      • TripleB
        Club Member
        • May 2017
        • 973
        • La Crescenta
        • Jambo Backyard Smoker
          Weber Smokey Mountain (22" & 18.5")
          Portable Kitchen 360
          Portable Kitchen Grill
          Pit Barrel Cooker
          Weber "Brownie" Circa 1978 22"
          Weber Gas Grill, Silver A
          BBQ Guru ATC
          Favorite Beer: Peroni
          Favorite Sports Teams: Rams, Dodgers, Kings, UCLA Bruins

        #5
        Panhead John see pics below. I assume you mean the smoker and not the grates.
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        • TripleB
          TripleB commented
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          Panhead John - Two reasons I believe why they are not as popular: 1) there are no add ons to the backyard other than the grates now. What you see is what you get; and 2) Customer service is not a strong point. You work with the owner and no one else. Nice guy, but he's not all that social. But his smokers are second to none.
          Last edited by TripleB; April 20, 2021, 09:57 AM.

        • Panhead John
          Panhead John commented
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          I just went to the Jambo channel here and read your and PBCDad ‘s posts about your smokers. Before I read about your terrible mishap and PBCDad’s scratches, I saw his pic of them unloading it off the truck. I was thinking to myself, Wow, it’s not crated or protected very well. Hard to believe Jamie would ship them like that, IMO. For that kind of money, they should have done better. But, I’m glad it worked out and y’all are both enjoying them. I’m jealous.

        • PBCDad
          PBCDad commented
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          TripleB hit the nail on the head. Another attractive thing about Jambos is the resale market - you see used Jambos going for full price on FB. People will pay it to get one and not have to wait 9 months for the big boys (J5s) or pay for shipping.

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