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  • pknj
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    • Aug 2015
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    Aron Franklin backyard cooker

    A little pricey for me, though.

  • RichieB
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    • Apr 2018
    • 1560
    • Western Mass

    Definitely not for tailgating.


    • klflowers
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 3476
      • Tennessee

      Definitely more that I got.


      • Alphonse
        Club Member
        • Oct 2019
        • 279
        • LA (Lower Alabama - gulf coast)

        Big tall stack and no damper on the door. In true Franklin style, an offset that intends to keep a flame vs. a smolder in the insulated firebox.

        Looks to be a 20 x 42 with a single grate and weighing in at 600 lbs. For a pit that expensive the real estate appears to be a little limited. I am surprised he didn't step up to a 24 to get a bit more grill surface area.

        I think the pricing has landed a bit cheaper than their first estimates. Heavy duty pit for sure and with Aaron's personal brand on it, it will likely sell well.

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        • pknj
          pknj commented
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          Does that mean just constant babysitting? I’ve never tried a stick burner, but this may be waaaaay to advanced for me. Not to mention pricey for what I get away with.

        • Alphonse
          Alphonse commented
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          pknj Yes, that's what a stick burner is all about - poking fire and loading wood. They are very love intensive. My theory is that's why you see so many used ones for sale. Folks buy them not understanding the kind of attention, time, and commitment it takes to cook on them. So many grow weary and sell them or store them in the back 40. I have a friend who has one in his shed that hasn't seen a fire in 10 years but he hangs onto it..
      • Attjack
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        I guess my other main cookers are in the realm of this price range. I don't have an offset yet so... never say never.

        But I will say... not now.
        Last edited by Attjack; March 3, 2020, 05:39 PM.


        • JoeSousa
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          I would love to try cooking on one of those. Looks to be built like a tank.


          • rickgregory
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            • Aug 2014
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            • Seattle, WA

            Where's the pellet feeder?


            • HawkerXP
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          • HawkerXP
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            I've heard of a guy in Argentina who makes really nice cookers. I think he is opening a shop in Mexico. Ole!


            • Hulagn1971
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            • Ahumadora
              Ahumadora commented
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              HawkerXP Damm, Someone copying off me already. Wait till I find that guy!!

            • Huskee
              Huskee commented
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              Ahumadora We've seen plenty of pics of his cookers and his cooks, you've got your work cut out for you to outdo this guy.
          • glitchy
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            • Huskee
              • May 2014
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                About me
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              IMO if I'm running one it needs a flip-top firebox, but to each their own.


              • Jerod Broussard
                Jerod Broussard commented
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                Yeah right, insulated...... Flip top!! Insulated!! - John Deere!! CaseIH!!! - Ford!!! Chevy!!!!

              • Huskee
                Huskee commented
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                Yep flip-top vs insulted is like car vs truck. Both have their pros & cons. Jerod Broussard
            • Jerod Broussard
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              I'd rather finance an Old Hickory. It's a slumber and smoke thing.


              • Huskee
                Huskee commented
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                You sleep too much. Get out there with the coons and night bugs and get to smoking.

              • Jerod Broussard
                Jerod Broussard commented
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                I'm at work during that time Huskee This keeps me in bed until noon
            • Ahumadora
              Club Member
              • Oct 2015
              • 2146
              • Warkworth, New Zealand

              Well on Weds I am headed to Mexico then Thursday Jumping on another flight to San Antonio and driving to Austin.
              Need to do some banking there and show my biz partner some BBQ places.
              Saturday night back to Mexico city for a few days to sort things, then a 9 hr flight back to Argentina.

              Looking at the viabillity of fabricating in Mexico and shipping truck loads of pits to the US. Or sending container loads directly from Argentina
              Here's a couple of my pits. Let me know what price I could resonably sell them for.

              1st one is a 20" reverse flow with 2 racks in 3/16" steel
              2nd is a 30" with 3 racks (upper part 3/16" and firebox is 1/4")
              Attached Files


              • FireMan
                FireMan commented
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                The bottom one has 3 racks? Looks big & tight, like it would really get the job done. But it needs the the king emblem on it. Cool! Very cool!

              • CaptainMike
                CaptainMike commented
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                I'll give you $75 US dollars, cash, for the first one. You'll cover the shipping, of course....

              • SipIt
                SipIt commented
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                I'm not trying to solicit business as this site provides much needed relief from work, but if you do have questions in regards to the process of trucking from MX or shipping via ocean from Argentina, feel free to pm me. I own a NVOCC, which handles just that.
            • surfdog
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              With my fingers in my ears and my eyes closed...”La la la la la la.” Nope, nothing here. LOL


              • GolfGeezer
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                Originally posted by surfdog View Post
                With my fingers in my ears and my eyes closed...”La la la la la la.” Nope, nothing here. LOL
                I don't think we could get away with running one of these type of smokers here in SoCal anyway. Can only drool...


                • surfdog
                  surfdog commented
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                  Shouldn’t be a problem unless there’s some sort of local ordinance.
                  My biggest issue with something like that would be keeping it fed... I only know of one place in SoCal to purchase smoking wood (other than the little bags available at DIY stores) and a couple online retailers. And the online places only sell smaller splits. So it would probably end up being a charcoal powered, wood infused smoker...nothing different than what I have now...just bigger.

                • TripleB
                  TripleB commented
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                  There are no local ordinances in SoCal for residential smokers. Local ordinances follow SCAQMD Rule 445. The only restriction for home owners with a portable smoker is to not use the smoker on designated "No Burn Days" during the winter burning curtailment (Nov. 1 - Feb 28).

                • surfdog
                  surfdog commented
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                  I was thinking more along the lines of an HOA...or some Berkeley type nonsense. LOL
              • Ahumadora
                Club Member
                • Oct 2015
                • 2146
                • Warkworth, New Zealand

                Mean while on the out skirts of Mexico city a new pit smoker is being born. Diameter 1040mm. Should fit a whole hog nicely in there.
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