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G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

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The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

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PK 360 grill

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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 much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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Pitmaster club is not for me

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  • Top | #31
    Originally posted by David 32 View Post
    Thank you very much for all the greetings. The friendliness and camaraderie of the PC is terrific, and everyone is a seriously good cook, with lots of great ideas to try.

    I certainly intend to play with it some; the first impression of the layout is very similar to fishing forums I have read; and is as big a pain as a badly designed email inbox ( think, Outlook/Microsoft 365 Inbox read on a Safari browser.) You want to get out of it as soon as you possibly can.
    Please stick at least for a bit. While the Club is a great place to get advice, it is actually most rewarding to the user as a place to give advice.

    The easiest way to use the forum is to set up the Recent Posts page as your bookmark. Then, when you enter, you see what is being talked about. So if for example you just did a pork butt on your Pit Barrel Cooker, and another member is having trouble with the same cook, you can help out. And if you want to participate in “group” posts like What Are You Cooking, you can go to the end and post,

    When you do it that way, the only time the layout is an issue is when you want to start a topic or look for a recipe. To start a topic go to the proper header, to find a recipe use the search.

    That’s it! Happy cooking to all!


    • Top | #32
      Give it a chance and I'm sticking my neck out to say you'll be here after the trail period.

      It's not possible to put a price on the invaluable resources in the PIT.
      Last edited by holehogg; April 14th, 2019, 09:49 AM.


      • Top | #33
        Please stick around; I don't think you'll be disappointed. I was skeptical at first too, but the Pit gets two things right that most of these groups get wrong. First, there is much more of a sense that the goal is to help other members do their best job with their cooks as opposed to playing que es mas macho and showing off. Which leads to the second point: it doesn't matter if you have 10,000 posts or 1, you can make a positive contribution that is interesting and useful.


        • Top | #34
          Wcome! As you can see we are passionate about the Pit. We'd love for you to stick around a bit.

          The "Amazing" part about the Pit is you can ask Question and immediately start getting answers. You will never have to wade through anything if you don't want to. This is invaluable if you have a question in the middle of a cook. Just start the question with HELP! and you'll be amazed with the response.

          Enjoy you're trial. Browse some pics if you'd like.


          • Top | #35
            I just renewed for my 2nd year. The Pit is invaluable to me. I’m a rookie at smoking food and I’ve asked a lot of questions. A lot! There’s nothing more reassuring than being in the middle of a long cook and your food is not getting to temp, and asking the group what I did wrong and how do I fix it.
            And occasdionally I can answer a question and pass it forward. This group has improved my cooking abilities 10 fold in the last year. Get involved and give it a chance.


            • FireMan
              FireMan commented
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              Ya, well just know that everybody has limits to the question thing, ya know. You have 17 left then we’ll have to renegotiate. 🕶

            • JimLinebarger
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              FireMan I was told by Huskee that I had 3 questions and the first 2 don't count.

          • Top | #36
            Welcome . Give it try , We all learn from one another , People are very friendly and love to help others succeed . We all have gotten better at what we do because we are members .


            • FireMan
              FireMan commented
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              That’s easy for you to say. 🕶

            • BRic
              BRic commented
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              Fireman I tried .

          • Top | #37
            Guys & gals, I think he's absolutely right- our Pitmaster Club forum is not for him. Let's let him leave in peace.

            Thanks to all others for your nice words!


            • Attjack
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              That's what I was thinking.

          • Top | #38
            HawkerXP I appreciate your friendly interaction here. I’m sure I’m not the only one.


            • jfmorris
              jfmorris commented
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              Yes - I saw the very rude comment today to a post from HawkerXP and really had to bite my tongue. I didn't want to say something that would get me banned from the Pit!

            • FireMan
              FireMan commented
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              Yeah jfmorris ya gotta watch that guy like a hawk!

              I can hear the groans from here. 🕶

            • HawkerXP
              HawkerXP commented
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              Ahhhhh! FireMan I probably said something he didn't understand jfmorris and our new friend took offense. It happens.