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  • Donw
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 3402

    #16
    John russell has a cooker built by Meadow Creek. I tagged him so maybe he will chime in. Since they are made in PA you might save some on shipping.

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    • dsevvy
      Club Member
      • Dec 2015
      • 16
      • Hampstead, NC
      • 2015 Primo Oval XL 400
        2008 Weber Genesis E310 LP
        2010 Char Griller Smokin Pro (Relegated to Searing Only)
        Red Thermapen
        Thermoworks TW8060 Dual Channel Thermocouple Kit
        A-Maze-N-Pellet Smoker 5x8

      #17
      Have you looked at Lang? They make some very nice trailer smokers with lots of custom options. I don't own one but have first hand experience cooking on my son in law's. One of the better reverse flow options IMHO and experience.

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      • jfmorris
        jfmorris commented
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        He already took Lang out of consideration, as they do not have the insulated firebox he is looking for.
    • TripleB
      Club Member
      • May 2017
      • 854
      • 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

      #18
      Those are all beautiful beasts... I own a backyard Jambo. Dimensions and capacity a bit smaller than the J3, but the construction is the same. I'm a KCBS judge and at comps I always go around and talk to the Jambo owners (they're all J3 owners) to pick up tips. However, I never stick around for the awards, so I have no idea if they won or not. But overall, the Jambo pit masters love their J3's and are extremely confident on using them. I have never heard one owner complain abouth their pits. Nothing but praise. The main questions I ask are how they start their fires and how they maintain their fires. Everybody differs a bit on start up, but they are all consistent on maintaining their temps. The Jambo J3 (and my backyard for that matter) purrs at around 275d. That's it sweet spot. Every 30 minutes to 45 minutes just throw on another piece of wood. The trick is keeping a good bed of coals.

      The one competition tip I got was that they all replaced the original racks with stainless steel racks. The reason is that the Jambo racks catch and tear the aluminum foil when they wrap. The custom made racks are smooth (and look much nicer).

      I've competeted a couple times, but never with my Jambo (JT). Don't have a trailer to move that hunk of steel.

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      • Coconut Monkey
        Club Member
        • Jun 2016
        • 25

        #19
        Originally posted by Donw View Post
        John russell has a cooker built by Meadow Creek. I tagged him so maybe he will chime in. Since they are made in PA you might save some on shipping.
        Thank you!

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        • Coconut Monkey
          Club Member
          • Jun 2016
          • 25

          #20
          Originally posted by TripleB View Post
          Those are all beautiful beasts... I own a backyard Jambo. Dimensions and capacity a bit smaller than the J3, but the construction is the same. I'm a KCBS judge and at comps I always go around and talk to the Jambo owners (they're all J3 owners) to pick up tips. However, I never stick around for the awards, so I have no idea if they won or not. But overall, the Jambo pit masters love their J3's and are extremely confident on using them. I have never heard one owner complain abouth their pits. Nothing but praise. The main questions I ask are how they start their fires and how they maintain their fires. Everybody differs a bit on start up, but they are all consistent on maintaining their temps. The Jambo J3 (and my backyard for that matter) purrs at around 275d. That's it sweet spot. Every 30 minutes to 45 minutes just throw on another piece of wood. The trick is keeping a good bed of coals.

          The one competition tip I got was that they all replaced the original racks with stainless steel racks. The reason is that the Jambo racks catch and tear the aluminum foil when they wrap. The custom made racks are smooth (and look much nicer).

          I've competeted a couple times, but never with my Jambo (JT). Don't have a trailer to move that hunk of steel.
          Great insight! Thanks for this response.

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          • Steve B
            Club Member
            • Jun 2016
            • 3113
            • Rockland county New York
            • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
              Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

              22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

              Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

              1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
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              1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
              1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
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              Pre Miala flavor injector
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              TSM meat grinder
              chefs choice food slicer
              cuisinhart food processor
              food saver vacuum sealer
              TSM harvest food dehydrator

            #21
            Coconut Monkey I love that name😂BTW. Where do you live?
            You mentioned you’re near Meadow Creek’s facility.
            I’m in NY. Probably about 3-4hrs from them. If you want to see my LSG. I would be happy to show it to you.

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            • Coconut Monkey
              Club Member
              • Jun 2016
              • 25

              #22
              Originally posted by Steve B View Post
              Coconut Monkey I love that name😂BTW. Where do you live?
              You mentioned you’re near Meadow Creek’s facility.
              I’m in NY. Probably about 3-4hrs from them. If you want to see my LSG. I would be happy to show it to you.
              Thanks so much for the offer Steve! I'll probably take you up on that at some point...

              I live in northeast Ohio. It is my understanding they have a dealer in PA.

              Coconut Monkey is a old PC Gamer mascot. Just keeping him alive haha

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              • Steve B
                Steve B commented
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                Aahh. Ohio is a bit far. But if you wanna make a trip you are more than welcome.
                Yeah. From what I see they’re based out of PA.
            • Coconut Monkey
              Club Member
              • Jun 2016
              • 25

              #23
              Hi everyone. I'm sorry for the late update. Here is how my evaluation process is going:

              Jambo: not much to say here. it is what it is. tons of information on the forums about them and how they work.
              Shirley: they haven't returned my calls. I'm thinking it's because they have a gigantic backlog. This may be a non-starter
              Meadow Creek: I have a friend close by who owns a similar model, and is going to bring his trailer over and have a cookout. I'll have real hands-on experience with this one!
              Meat Monster: Man this thing is so tempting. But not a ton of information out there on it. I really want to see one before I buy. If you contact them, they will send you excel sheets with detailed pricing.

              John

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              • Steve B
                Steve B commented
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                Hmmm. Curious about what you found out about and thoughts on the LSG rigs??

              • Coconut Monkey
                Coconut Monkey commented
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                Yes! I checked out LSG and they are fine cookers. My thought is they are similar enough to the other options where I will likely go with those. But it really is nice.

              • Steve B
                Steve B commented
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                👍 Just take into consideration shipping costs. Not sure where you live.
                Shipping the LSG from Texas to NY Was some $650 or so.
            • PBCDad
              Club Member
              • Jan 2016
              • 402
              • 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

              #24
              I missed this post the first time around. I also have a Jambo backyard, and it is so much fun to cook on. I get even temps except right next to the fire and right next to the exhaust. There's nothing like cooking with all wood, it's the flavor that charcoal with chunks hints at. The J3's are expensive and partly about looks in my opinion, but man oh man is Jambo a nice cooker.

              I did upgrade to bar grates that I made myself, so much easier to clean than the expanded metal grates that come stock. Other than that and a little rust that I've let develop, I have absolutely no complaints. Well, maybe that I don't get to cook on it as much as I would like...

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              • Coconut Monkey
                Club Member
                • Jun 2016
                • 25

                #25
                Just an update. I ended up going with a totally different option. The KBQ C-60 gave me the portability I wanted with a much lower price-point, AND it was a AmazingRibs plat medal winner.

                My first cook on it was incredible. I detail that here, with some pics: https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...ll-call/page13

                It's light enough to put in the back of a truck or SUV. One day I may still go with a trailer, if I seriously get into competition or catering. We will see how the C-60 performs in comps! Thanks guys for all the help.

                John R.

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                • rickgregory
                  rickgregory commented
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                  thanks for coming back and doing an update. So many times that doesn't happen and I wonder... what DID that person decide...?

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