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Lone Star Grillz Pellet Cooker - On Site Review

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  • AZ Fogey
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    Troutman Great review. I saw Chris's video on this the day it came out on YouTube, and my thoughts about it are completely in line with yours. He really nailed this one with some great features and then, on top of that is the superior LSG quality.

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  • Sweaty Paul
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    I’m jonesing bad for one of their insulated vertical cabinet smokers.

  • bbqLuv
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    My pellet grill from Cabela's can sear over the firepot. I use grillgrates and get a good sear.
    But the area is small. Perhaps it is a better idea than in practice.

  • glitchy
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    Troutman I’m just guessing after a 2-3 years you’ll like need to do paint touch up is all unless there’s more to the finish than I’m seeing. Not a huge deal, just think powder coat is more maintenance free. Maybe a dab of touch up paint if you chip it. That’s what the heat comments were meaning that it won’t be burnt off a pellet grill like an offset firebox.

  • Troutman
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    I don’t understand your paint comment. The walls of a pellet cooker don’t get hot enough to burn the paint like say a fire box on a stick burner. Mine has survived nicely going on 4 years. High temp paint should hold up to heat as well as high temp powder coating, all you’re doing is raising the over cost of an already expensive cooker.

  • Troutman
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    Well no such thing as a perfect solution. The idea of grilling and using it as a charcoal cooker are gimmicks that entice the one cooker only crowd. Not meant to be solutions to either technique. In my pellet those items were extras, I simply said no thanks.

  • glitchy
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    Thanks for taking the time to do this and share. I see a lot of potential here for an excellent pellet grill. There are a lot of things to like and only a few to nit-pick.

    I really like the Fireboard controller and would love to have a grill with one. I love that fire pot clean out. The grates look well designed and spacious (though I would love to see stainless at this price point). A 40lb hopper would be handy since I often buy pellets in 40lb bags. It will be very interesting to see this cold smoke in action and see how the smoke profile plays out. That off center fire pot with the low exhaust might make it one of the better smoke profiles in the market.

    The things I question are the charcoal basket, how do you control airflow? The ball valve (doesn’t seem like that would work well being right by the stack)? Can you run the fan to help? I also would have rather seen a fixed rain cap on the stack. In my experience adjustable stacks on pellet smokers often lead to more problems than benefits. I could see it helping with the charcoal basket though. I also would have liked to see a powder coat finish. Pellet grills don’t usually get hot enough to burn off paint, so why have a finish you will likely have to maintain.
    Last edited by glitchy; March 18, 2021, 05:16 PM.

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  • Dadof3Illinois
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    Troutman I've saved up my pennies, nickels and dimes to get a new cooker...had my sites set on either a LSG (standard flow) or Lang (reverse flow).....but now I'm not sure after you've mentioned those Santa Maria pits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Troutman
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    Dadof3Illinois Both? Sure and then I'd have to hire a divorce lawyer, budget can't spread that thin

  • Dadof3Illinois
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    Troutman just get both!!.....you know you want too!!

  • Uncle Bob
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    Good addendum to your post Steve. Many folks think they know what it takes to build and run a business successfully, but few are able to prove they can actually do it. Good observation on your part.

  • Troutman
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    Max Good I mentioned you'd be calling him about a test model

  • TripleB
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    Cheers to the free market. Here's hoping Chris makes it to the top.

  • Max Good
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    Thanks Troutman!

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  • Troutman
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    I wanted to add a couple more thoughts. Chris is a really nice guy who I believe is on the verge of becoming very big in the industry. With that it brings challenges that he's already beginning to see. New fabrication facility, capital expenditures and most importantly of all finding qualified people. His commitment to quality is going to be a challenge for him but his plan is to grow from within, hire people who are hungry and willing to begin with the simplest task and work their way up to the more difficult. So team building to achieve quality control will be his greatest challenge.

    Success is a fleeting thing. Hopefully he's up to the task and remains true to his roots. Here's to him

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