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  • CaptainMike
    Club Member
    • Nov 2015
    • 2509
    • The Great State of Jefferson
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      Old school big'ol Traeger w/Pro controller (Big Tex)
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      20+ y/o many times rebuilt Weber Genesis w/GrillGrates (Gas Passer)
      20 x 30 Santa Maria grill (Maria, duh)
      Bradley cabinet smoker (Pepper Gomez)
      36" Blackstone griddle (The Black Beauty)
      Fireboard
      Thermoworks Smoke and Thermapen.

    Need Some Stick Burner Advice

    I turn 59 1/2 in December and will have access to a ROTH IRA that I've had for years. I've decided that I would like to get a true stick burner and I'd like some advice from those of you who have them. What are the pros and cons of your unit and what would you do differently if you could. I have access to plenty of red oak so wood is not an issue. I'd like to keep it under $3K, but would consider upping that for more value. Appreciation in advance, thanks.
  • Huskee
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    • May 2014
    • 15141
    • central MI, USA
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    #2
    I only have the Yoder loaded Wichita, and I love it. I wish I'd gotten the larger Yoder Kingman, but I didn't. Happy shopping and choosing!

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    • CaptainMike
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      What was your deciding factor to get the Yoder?
  • Loren
    Club Member
    • Apr 2019
    • 182
    • Texas!

    #3
    I have a home built stick burner. In no particular order:

    -Bigger firebox (probably won't be an issue with professionally built ones)
    -Bigger cook chamber (mines a ~100 gallon).
    -Better wheels (I move mine around my yard a fair amount).
    -Better grates (a result of being home made).
    -Best pro: I get to play with FIRE!!!

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    • PBCDad
      Club Member
      • Jan 2016
      • 378
      • Seattle area
      • Pit Barrel Cooker - 2015
        22" Kettle + SnS - 2016
        Maverick ET-732 - 2016
        Thermapen - 2016
        Jambo 24x48 offset smoker (Big Tex) - 2017
        Camp Chef Denali griddle - 2018

      #4
      I have a Jambo Backyard - 24" x 48" interior, I think just over 6' long total with the firebox and stack. 3/16" steel for the cooker, about 500 lbs. Insulated firebox and stainless steel shelf are standard. Super high quality, and just about the best pedigree you can find when you look at commercial smokers. Very even heat across the grates except right by the fire and right by the exhaust. I thought it would be too big at first, then my wife volunteered me to cook for bigger and bigger crowds so every once in a while I run out of room!

      I did make my own stainless bar grates to replace the expanded metal grates, I could never clean them very well. While I was at it I made a shelf when I want high heat or need the extra capacity.

      The two things I don't love about it are true of every offset to my knowledge. If I don't put down pans to catch the grease, cleaning it kind of sucks because you have to lean in through the doors and scrape up the gunk. Second, the paint at the firebox has partially flaked off, and above each door there are some rust spots as well that I've been too busy to take care of yet. Oh also, Jamie's not big on customer service, but I was okay with that - just make sure when you get it shipped that you pay for the insurance in case something happens to it in transit.

      I know there are a lot of really high quality manufacturers out there including Shirley, Lang, Lone Star, etc. I would never try to persuade you not to get one of those if you felt called to it, because stick burning is so much fun! All I will say is that when I was looking, the Jambo Backyard to me gave me the best value for the size and type of smoker I was looking for.

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      • CaptainMike
        CaptainMike commented
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        Great write up and advice, thank you! The JB looks like a nice fit, kind of scratching me where I itch!
        Last edited by CaptainMike; October 1, 2020, 02:44 PM.
    • Steve R.
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 2357
      • Elizabethtown, KY
      • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

      #5
      I have no real advice on which smoker to buy in that price range, but having a good supply of wood readily available is a great start.

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      • CaptainMike
        CaptainMike commented
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        Yeah, there's no shortage of that around here.

      • MTurney
        MTurney commented
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        I learned that one the hard way 🤦🏻‍♂️

      • Mr. Bones
        Mr. Bones commented
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        Practically Mandatory lol!
    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 12858
      • Near Richmond VA
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        SNS
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        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
        2 Thermapens
        Chefalarm
        Dot
        lots of probes.
        CyberQ

      #6
      Have fun with the search, and, of course, we want photos...

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      • Steve B
        Club Member
        • Jun 2016
        • 3005
        • 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.

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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

        #7
        Capt. I’m quite sure you know how much I love my LSG.
        Here’s the link to their website.

        https://lonestargrillz.com/

        If you have any questions please feel free to PM me. I’ll give you my phone number and we can talk. 👍👍

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        • Steve B
          Steve B commented
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          Anytime my friend. 👍👊

        • Mr. Bones
          Mr. Bones commented
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          Well, I' be dayum! Zat an LSG in yer avatar, Brotherman?

          Never knew ya had one o' them there thangs lol!

          Here, an all along, I'd jus always figgered ya'd captured ya a pic of a U-Boat suddenly surfacin in yer backyard, there.
          Last edited by Mr. Bones; October 3, 2020, 01:07 AM.

        • Steve B
          Steve B commented
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          Yesireee Mr. Bones That there LSG is planted in my yard. 😂
      • MTurney
        Club Member
        • Feb 2020
        • 200
        • Grapevine, TX

        #8
        I recently got a Lang 36” and it’s my first stick burner. I have zero regrets with it....even temps on the top and bottom shelves (as even as an offset can be). I will say cleaning it is a task but I’d imagine it’s that way with any stick burner. And it would definitely come in under your budget from what it sounds like. Good luck with the search!

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        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          Thank you, I'll check them out.

        • mrteddyprincess
          mrteddyprincess commented
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          I've been cooking on a Lang 48 inch patio deluxe for about two years now. Left-handed version. I cook all year long and have cooked as low as -15 F outside temps with no issues. I won't make any claims about Lang being better than others because I only have experience on the Lang. For me, it's been a great cooker! Good luck!
      • Santamarina
        Club Member
        • Aug 2018
        • 754
        • Wildomar, CA

        #9
        My stickburner is nothing to write home about (or write in the comments about 🤣), but I’ll tell you that you’re on the right path to outstanding barbecue.

        It was about five years ago that I switched from charcoal with wood chunks to full stick burning. The flavor profile is second to none. The work it takes to manage a fire is worth every bit of lost sleep during an overnight cook.

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        • Steve B
          Steve B commented
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          I’ve only done a couple of overnight cooks with my LSG. I still have a full time job. So I really have to take that into consideration. Even when doing a day long cook.
          As much fun as it is it does take a bit of a toll on you.

        • Steve B
          Steve B commented
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          Don’t get me wrong Mike. I love the journey to get to the destination. Great BBQ.
          Tried to edit my last post but it didn’t work. 😔

        • hoovarmin
          hoovarmin commented
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          Santamarina you have been planted here by the MCS devils to provoke my lust for a stick burner.
      • scottranda
        Charter Member
        • May 2015
        • 1748
        • Charlotte, NC

        #10
        I went “custom” on mine.

        https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...get-ripped-off

        Above is my journey 😀 Have you considered a local welder (if you can find it in your area)?

        I lucked out and found an amazing welder an hour north of me. I guess the custom smoker build could’ve gone bad for me, but I visited him in person and talked with him at length. I walked away confident he knew exactly what I was looking for and could get the job done.
        Last edited by scottranda; October 2, 2020, 06:59 AM.

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        • scottranda
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          Here is my finished product (the offset I had custom made) https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...ly-stickburner

        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          I remember that post, magnificent contraption! I can weld a bit and thought about taking the Henrik approach, but I just don't have that skill level. I'm sure I could find someone locally to fabricate one for me, but it would take a lot of R&D that folks like LSG have already done and have proven products. There's a cost that goes with that for sure, but I've learned the hard way that sometimes you can't beat a man at his own trade (think drywall and roofing!)

        • scottranda
          scottranda commented
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          Fair points!! Haha!!
      • Mr. Bones
        Birthday Hat Master
        • Sep 2016
        • 9449
        • Kansas Territory
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          Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
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        #11
        Gotta git out th door an head to work, but I'll weigh in with some my thoughts an experience later today, Cap'n.

        Have a great Friday, Mike!

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        • CaptainMike
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          Looking forward to your comments, Brother.
      • ComfortablyNumb
        Club Member
        • May 2017
        • 3316
        • Northeast Washington
        • KBQ C-60
          PK360
          Thermoworks Smoke
          Thermoworks Thermopop
          Thermoworks Dot

        #12
        This may bring out a few, "It's not a stick burner, it uses electricity" comments, but if it is cooking with wood you seek the KBQ is an option to consider. It manages the temperature for you, all you have to do is add wood. It's made of stainless steel, so no flaking paint, rust, or seasoning. It is nowhere near the weight of the offsets, so it's easy to put away or take somewhere. Another feature is the fire isn't locked in a box out of sight, it's on top front and centre for all to see and puts on a show.

        However it lacks the cool factor. it isn't some giant beast that generates a touch of envy in any man who lays eyes on it. Rather is a shiny box with a small footprint that will leave such men unimpressed, until it's lit and the food is served. There isn't the necessity of mastering temperature and smoke control, so you won't have much to brag about. But I'm old and beyond the need to impress. It's easy to use and produces perfect results every time.

        And it's about half your budget. You could also get a Watchman stove. I don't own one presently but would like to have one, grilling with live wood fire. And you'd have enough to get an Engelbrecht Santa Maria grill which looks like a lot of fun.

        https://kbq.us/

        https://thewatchmanstove.com/

        https://grillsandcookers.com/collect...raten-campfire

        Head on over to the 'KBQ has landed' thread and see some of the stuff Ernest puts out.

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        • ComfortablyNumb
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          So how much work involved? The tending of the firebox requires two things. One is keeping it filled with wood. Wood at the bottom turns into coals, the wood at the top is the future coal bed. So it is important to keep the box filled. The other thing is fluffing the coal bed. You want the coals to be covering the holes in the bottom of the firebox. A poker is included, which conveniently stores in a hole in the firebox, to push/knock down coals for that purpose.

        • ComfortablyNumb
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          Another thing is it is ambidextrous. You can load wood from the left side just as easy as from the right, You can just as easily load wood from behind it, and the front is doable, you would just have to reach over the control box. And there is no need for a side table, in fact a side table would be a hindrance to adding wood. A table is best placed across from the front as the cook box is built much like the oven in your house.

        • ComfortablyNumb
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          Which brings up another great feature. You don't have to lift food off the grate, the grates slide out and the food can be moved on the grate. The box is sized so a standard hotel pan can be slid in. This catches the grease and makes clean up easier. As for cleaning, you just hose it down. If it is bad, you can spray oven cleaner on it and then hose it down. The only thing that can't get wet is the control box. So that has to be cleaned with a damp rag and an old toothbrush.
      • Ground Chuck
        Club Member
        • Apr 2019
        • 146
        • Northern Kentucky

        #13
        I purchased a Gator Pit almost this time last year for about $2500 shipped. I can't think of a single complaint, and I went pretty basic on it. Think I only upgraded the tires. I did go from a 20" to 24" diameter and am glad that I did. I looked at Lang, Jambo, Gator, Lonestar, Yoder, JJ, Peoria, Shirley a whole slew of them really. They all looked great. I have a grill over the firebox that I've only used a few times, mostly because it is easier to grill on my Akorn. Great for searing a prime rib or something after a smoke though.

        If I could do it over again, I would maybe give a longer look to a vertical smoker, just because 6 feet long is pretty sizable in my garage. The warmers also look pretty cool, but I couldn't justify the additional price. Enjoy the hunt, I think I was well over a year doing research.

        I guess my only advice is order as early as you can. My pit took 6 months to build. I was all set to buy a Shirley, but the wait list was about 36 months when I was ready to order. If I had to guess an average, it be 12 weeks maybe. Think I was told 12 weeks, but obviously that was not correct in my case.

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        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          They have a serious lineup!

        • Beefchop
          Beefchop commented
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          This is my pick.
      • jfmorris
        Club Member
        • Nov 2017
        • 3101
        • Huntsville, Alabama
        • Jim Morris

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          • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
          • King Kooker 94/90TKD 105K/60K dual burner patio stove
          • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
          • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
          • Anova
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          • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
          • Thermoworks Dot
          • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
          • Thermoworks RT600C
          Beverages
          • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

        #14
        CaptainMike I don't have any of the commercially built pits you are looking at - a lot of them would be great - but do want to point out that living where you do, the farther these heavy monsters have to ship, the higher the freight charge. To get to the Great State of Jefferson from elsewhere in the US will likely be hundreds of dollars - maybe $500-600 even. Ask for a shipping estimate from any of these offset manufactures, and factor that into your budget.

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        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          And a side trip to the Morris place!!

        • Mr. Bones
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          Which Morris Place lol?
          (I'd put both on my itinerary. )
          Last edited by Mr. Bones; October 2, 2020, 06:23 PM. Reason: >?<

        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          Dang right, Mr. Bones
      • JakeT
        Club Member
        • Mar 2018
        • 468
        • Vacaville, CA
        • Lonestar Grillz 24x48
          Forno Bravo Casa 110
          Sunterra 60" Argentine Grill w/ Rear Brasero
          KBQ C-60
          Weber Kettle 22"
          Fire Magin a660i

          A-MAZE-N-TUBE 6", 10", maze
          BBQ Dragon
          BBQ Dragon Chimney
          iGrill
          Fireboard
          Bernzomatic w/ Mapp Gas

        #15
        I'm a +1 on the Lonestar. Shipping cost is unfortunate, if my memory serves me the shipping alone was $600. More locally you could look at "California Custom Smokers"...I have no experience with them.

        KAT Smokers are in Modesto, look like decent quality.

        I went through the 12 or so builders/options and ended on Lonestar and couldn't be happier.

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        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          In your signature you say you have a KBQ as well, how does it compare to your LSG?

        • JakeT
          JakeT commented
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          CaptainMike it's hard to compare. I still love and use the KBQ...but a true offset smoker has a flavor that can't be replicated. I think the KBQ "cleans" the smoke too much sometimes. If I had to choose one or the other...I'd go with the LSG all day...it's more fun and more fire. Plus I enjoy the challenge the offset presents. The KBQ has become my portable smoker, especially camping or company events.

        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          Thanks for the feedback Jake. I gotta say, there are a lot of great choices out there, but the LSG just seems to offer a few more accessories and options that is pushing it over the top.

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      Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker
      The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

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      The Undisputed Champion!

      thermapen
      The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. The MK4 includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight and rotating display. Don't accept cheap substitutes.

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      Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

      Grilla pellet smoker
      We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5" x 29.5" footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.

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      Delta by Nuke,
      Stylish and Affordable
      Gaucho Grill

      Weber Genesis Grill
      Delta by Nuke burns wood or charcoal and comes with an adjustable height grill grate. This Argentinian grill will get your flame on!

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      Genesis II E-335
      A Versatile Gasser That Does It All!

      Weber Genesis Grill
      Webers Genesis line has long been one of the most popular choices for gas grillers. The new Genesis II E-335 offers solid performance, a sear burner for sizzling heat and an excellent warranty.

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      GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

      grill grates
      GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily rmoved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.

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      Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

      PK 360 grill
      The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.

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      Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

      kareubequ bbq smoker

      The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

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      Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

      masterbuilt gas smoker
      This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175? to 350?F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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      Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

      maverick PT55 thermometer
      A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

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      Track Up To Six Temperatures At Once

      Grilla pellet smoker
      FireBoard Drive 2 is an updated version of a well-received product that sets the standard for performance and functionality in the wireless food thermometer/thermostatic controller class.

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      The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

      NK-22-Ck Grill
      Napoleon's NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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      Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

      Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill
      Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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