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Plowboy
04-30-2008, 10:08 AM
Ordered a new FEC-100 yesterday through www.kck.com (http://www.kck.com). Estimated a 10 day turn around. :eek: Wow!!

It will be built "reversed" meaning that the hopper and outlet will be on opposite sides of how the cooker normally is built. Outlet will be on left and hopper on the right. I wanted a reversed cooker to sit on the left side of my trailer deck next to my existing FEC-100. The new cooker will be a mirror of the existing one. The new cooker will have the IQ4 controller.

First contest with the two cookers will be the GAB Invitational. Can't wait.

The Pickled Pig
04-30-2008, 10:15 AM
Very nice Todd!

I have smoker envy now. At least it helps balance out my trailer envy.:grin:

Smokin Gator
04-30-2008, 10:26 AM
Congrats brother... I have cooked with Kevin (HomeBBQ.com) on a setup like that and it is really sweet.

Plowboy
04-30-2008, 10:27 AM
Very nice Todd!

I have smoker envy now. At least it helps balance out my trailer envy.:grin:

Hey, Paul. Been thinking of our discussions last weekend about minimizing your operation. We used to be one of those many teams that brought everything AND a grill. After attending a couple of classes from the Big Guys last year, we saw that they were about minimal set up and minimal operations. Last year, we reduced our gear and the amount of crap we thought we had to have for a contest down to less than half. We cooked Laurie, MO last year with a 4' table and the tailgate of my truck. We placed 8th out of 80+. The less chit you have to manage, the more attention you can pay to your food and process.

My first observation is that your tent is huge. More space, means more space to fill. Even if you don't change out your tent, see if you could fit in a 10x10 space with all your gear. If you only had 10x10, what would you REALLY need? Leave the rest at home.

Comps have been a lot more enjoyable after we stopped bringing the world with us. Even with the trailer, I still don't use a lot of stuff when I cook. The more I use, the more I have to clean. I use hotel pans and full/half cookie sheets lined with foil, so I don't have to buy and bring a lot of aluminum pans. Last year, I didn't use aluminum pans for most of my comps. I stored my gear in two cambros: foil, knives, gloves, rub, sauce, pans, paper towels, bottle of cleaner, etc. For a comps last year, I needed my cambros, a cooler for meat, a cooler for drinks, a small cooler for garnish, a tent, a table, a chair, banners, and a cooker. That was it.

Diva
04-30-2008, 10:33 AM
You're right, Todd. The Slabs had all kindsa crap, now, not as much. Everything we needed last weekend fit in my Durango, coolers, gear, etc., with the exception of the tables which Woodbrothers loaned us.

Plowboy
04-30-2008, 10:56 AM
You're right, Todd. The Slabs had all kindsa crap, now, not as much. Everything we needed last weekend fit in my Durango, coolers, gear, etc., with the exception of the tables which Woodbrothers loaned us.


I thought you were theSlabs.com and Kyle was The Slabs? :wink:

Just messin' wit cha!

Scottie
04-30-2008, 12:01 PM
I can't keep track either. THen they will throw in the Slabs of Approval to really get me confused... i need a program.... 8-)

big brother smoke
04-30-2008, 12:46 PM
Congrats on the cooker!

The Pickled Pig
04-30-2008, 12:52 PM
Hey, Paul. Been thinking of our discussions last weekend about minimizing your operation. We used to be one of those many teams that brought everything AND a grill. After attending a couple of classes from the Big Guys last year, we saw that they were about minimal set up and minimal operations. Last year, we reduced our gear and the amount of crap we thought we had to have for a contest down to less than half. We cooked Laurie, MO last year with a 4' table and the tailgate of my truck. We placed 8th out of 80+. The less chit you have to manage, the more attention you can pay to your food and process.

My first observation is that your tent is huge. More space, means more space to fill. Even if you don't change out your tent, see if you could fit in a 10x10 space with all your gear. If you only had 10x10, what would you REALLY need? Leave the rest at home.

Comps have been a lot more enjoyable after we stopped bringing the world with us. Even with the trailer, I still don't use a lot of stuff when I cook. The more I use, the more I have to clean. I use hotel pans and full/half cookie sheets lined with foil, so I don't have to buy and bring a lot of aluminum pans. Last year, I didn't use aluminum pans for most of my comps. I stored my gear in two cambros: foil, knives, gloves, rub, sauce, pans, paper towels, bottle of cleaner, etc. For a comps last year, I needed my cambros, a cooler for meat, a cooler for drinks, a small cooler for garnish, a tent, a table, a chair, banners, and a cooker. That was it.

I believe you are right. We spend hours preparing for, loading, setting up, tearing down, and unloading that could be better spent doing something else. We have 3 contests left before our summer break and I think I'll concentrate on becoming a minimalist...but I'm not giving up the hot water heater. Thanks for the advice.

biffleg
04-30-2008, 01:38 PM
You're killin' me! A second FEC100!!!

Congrats on the addition to the family.

Solidkick
04-30-2008, 01:57 PM
Congrats brother!

Fredbird
04-30-2008, 04:12 PM
Congrats Todd, enjoy the new cooker!

SP
04-30-2008, 06:29 PM
Nice Todd. Can't wait to see the set-up a GAB.

Dustaway
04-30-2008, 07:07 PM
Hey, Paul. Been thinking of our discussions last weekend about minimizing your operation. We used to be one of those many teams that brought everything AND a grill.

First congratulations Secondly you are SO right I used to bring so much crap I was tired before I even started not now:-D and my expense's have dropped down a lot:mrgreen:

DeanC
04-30-2008, 09:58 PM
Congrats Todd, I would like to swing by at the GAB and take a look at your set up if you will have me.

Plowboy
04-30-2008, 10:24 PM
Congrats Todd, I would like to swing by at the GAB and take a look at your set up if you will have me.

Come on by.

Ron_L
04-30-2008, 11:05 PM
Congrats! Sounds like a great setup.

SloppyQ
05-01-2008, 12:07 AM
Are you not using the Treager anymore?

BBQ_MAFIA
05-01-2008, 10:55 PM
Congrats on the new FEC.

Plowboy
05-14-2008, 12:18 PM
The Eagle has landed. Being uncrated right now. Probably getting it mounted to the trailer tomorrow night. We'll see.

Dale P
05-14-2008, 12:53 PM
Congrats Todd.

Butcher BBQ
05-14-2008, 01:05 PM
You will like it Todd. That is what we have set up this year and I sure like the ability for 2 temps when I'm cooking. See your setup at the GAB.

Smokin Gator
05-14-2008, 01:31 PM
I can't wait to see the two of them on the back of your trailer. Please post pics when you get a chance.

BBQ_MAFIA
05-14-2008, 01:33 PM
Don't forget the pics!

Congrats again on the new toy.

Plowboy
05-14-2008, 01:40 PM
Will be wired for sound on the back tonight.

"Two FE's and a microphone!"

Jorge
05-14-2008, 01:43 PM
Will be wired for sound on the back tonight.

"Two FE's and a microphone!"

What's next, a brass stripper pole:shock::wink::icon_cool

Edit:please!

Plowboy
05-14-2008, 01:47 PM
What's next, a brass stripper pole:shock::wink::icon_cool

Edit:please!

Andy ain't lost THAT much weight yet. :eek:

Jorge
05-14-2008, 01:50 PM
Andy ain't lost THAT much weight yet. :eek:

I'd be more worried about his belt scratching it, but your point is taken:-D

Plowboy
05-14-2008, 01:52 PM
You will like it Todd. That is what we have set up this year and I sure like the ability for 2 temps when I'm cooking. See your setup at the GAB.

Sponsorship opportunities ARE available. <hint,hint>

smknwhlswife
05-14-2008, 02:13 PM
Andy ain't lost THAT much weight yet. :eek:

Now that's funny!!!!!

paydabill
05-14-2008, 04:02 PM
congrats - I hope things work well for you - not too well since we will be there as well!

Sledneck
05-14-2008, 04:08 PM
no pics didn't happen

DeanC
05-14-2008, 10:02 PM
Patiently waiting for pics too......Congrats again Todd, I hope that IQ sings for you.

KC_Bobby
05-14-2008, 10:30 PM
Maybe Todd's illusional and lives in the BBQ triangle. :roll:

Plowboy
05-16-2008, 11:36 PM
Got lucky. The trailer was built with the grey tank under deck where the new cooker is. This meant that we couldn't screw the new cooker down... however, when we set the cooker onto the deck and positioned it, the legs JUST set around the grey tank. We were able to get six bolts on three legs. Lucky.

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj201/plowboysbbq/FECs002640x480.jpg

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj201/plowboysbbq/FECs003640x480.jpg

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj201/plowboysbbq/FECs006640x480.jpg

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj201/plowboysbbq/FECs008640x480.jpg

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj201/plowboysbbq/FECs011640x480.jpg


http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj201/plowboysbbq/FECs012640x480.jpg

matthew burt
05-16-2008, 11:54 PM
looks great, good luck next weekend with them.

Solidkick
05-17-2008, 10:16 AM
What's the differences between the 2 control panels?

Plowboy
05-17-2008, 10:58 AM
What's the differences between the 2 control panels?

About $750.


The Traeger controller (right) is a digital controller with preset temp settings. The Fast Eddy Controller increments in two degrees for finer tuning. It has two variable speed fans for better temp control. It has a cook and hold feature that lowers your temp after a set time or after you meat hits a specific internal temp with optional meat probe.