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JD McGee
08-16-2010, 09:42 PM
Hi folks...I finally landed that elusive catering kitchen and am now ready to invest in a couple of cookers after the first of the year...one to do the heavy stuff (Cookshack, Ole Hickory, Southern Pride)...and another for show( Lang 84, Meadow Creek, Klose)...suggestions and recommendations please...budget is 10 grand...

Thanks! :becky:
JD

Against The Grain
08-16-2010, 11:03 PM
I like a Southern Pride rig over Oylers that I have cooked on.

C Rocke
08-16-2010, 11:05 PM
Spicewine, my friend - PM for the Brethren Special!

Dollarbillied
08-17-2010, 11:26 AM
I'm not even sure 10 G's is enough for 1 of each. I think 10 G's brings you in on a 24" x 72" bbq with a 24" x 44" or 48" pull out grill on the nose at Dave Klose place. Of course thats a trailer mounted set up.

JD McGee
08-17-2010, 02:25 PM
I'm not even sure 10 G's is enough for 1 of each. I think 10 G's brings you in on a 24" x 72" bbq with a 24" x 44" or 48" pull out grill on the nose at Dave Klose place. Of course thats a trailer mounted set up.

Yep...I am painfully aware...that's why I'm looking for a used pit or two...even if I have to travel a bit for them. I'm leaning toward the Lang 84 Deluxe for show...there have been a few around here that have gone for 2500.00. As far as a work horse I have found a couple of FEC 100's fairly cheap (older moldels w/o IQ control). I've got a lot of time too...hopefully something will land in my lap shortly. That's why I posted this thread...I wanted to get the word out amongst the Brethren and to get some feedback on what folks are using out there...:cool:

getyourrubonbbq
08-17-2010, 02:29 PM
Hi folks...I finally landed that elusive catering kitchen and am now ready to invest in a couple of cookers after the first of the year...one to do the heavy stuff (Cookshack, Ole Hickory, Southern Pride)...and another for show( Lang 84, Meadow Creek, Klose)...suggestions and recommendations please...budget is 10 grand...

Thanks! :becky:
JD

Let me know when you're ready for a Southern Pride JD, I'll fix you up:thumb:

Dr_KY
08-17-2010, 04:21 PM
Build something brother you have the skills!!!

bigdogphin
08-17-2010, 08:18 PM
JD,

I have the name and number of the local distributor for Cookshack. He might be able to get you a deal on a couple FEC 100s or a 300. PM me and I will let you know. I also know that a guy in Camas is selling those Langs cheap. Talk to Mathguy of JC's BBQ (if you haven't all ready) he just bought one from him. I think he will be up at Duvall this week.

Jesse

JD McGee
08-17-2010, 09:37 PM
JD,

I have the name and number of the local distributor for Cookshack. He might be able to get you a deal on a couple FEC 100s or a 300. PM me and I will let you know. I also know that a guy in Camas is selling those Langs cheap. Talk to Mathguy of JC's BBQ (if you haven't all ready) he just bought one from him. I think he will be up at Duvall this week.

Jesse

cool beans...thanks Jesse...I'll be in touch! :thumb:

Meadmaker
08-17-2010, 10:10 PM
cool beans...thanks Jesse...I'll be in touch! :thumb:

I love my Lang Model 84. Should be all you need for catering.

Dave (A.K.A. Homebrew)

big brother smoke
08-17-2010, 10:56 PM
JD,

I would get a Big Cooker and Santa Maria Grill. Think catering not Comps, Bro!
Chicken rules in catering. Guest usually get two entree meats. Chix is 95% of the time on the list of two; you are on the west coast.http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g93/bigbrothersmoke/Kelly-Purdy%20Wedding/IMG_0133.jpg

Think need, not want! YMMV!

Dr_KY
08-18-2010, 12:33 AM
JD,

I would get a Big Cooker and Santa Maria Grill. Think catering not Comps, Bro!
Chicken rules in catering. Guest usually get two entree meats. Chix is 95% of the time on the list of two; you are on the west coast.http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g93/bigbrothersmoke/Kelly-Purdy%20Wedding/IMG_0133.jpg

Think need, not want! YMMV!


Agreed X 2! :thumb:

Total cost of build= 70.00 and time. Still needs paint and nice wheels/rims but it cooks. :becky:

http://i35.tinypic.com/16ibmkp.jpg

JD McGee
08-18-2010, 08:39 AM
JD,

I would get a Big Cooker and Santa Maria Grill. Think catering not Comps, Bro!
Chicken rules in catering. Guest usually get two entree meats. Chix is 95% of the time on the list of two; you are on the west coast.http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g93/bigbrothersmoke/Kelly-Purdy%20Wedding/IMG_0133.jpg

Think need, not want! YMMV!

Good point Steph! The thing is...around here chicken isn't in that big of a demand...mostly pulled pork and brisket (speaking from my limited experience of course)...but I bet I could sell the hell out of tri-tip up here...so I'll keep the Santa Maria Grill on top of my list. :thumb:

southernsmoker
08-18-2010, 09:27 AM
I love my Lang Model 84. Should be all you need for catering.

Dave (A.K.A. Homebrew)

Ditto...:thumb:

http://i904.photobucket.com/albums/ac249/Southernbbq/l84-1.jpg

big brother smoke
08-18-2010, 09:28 AM
Just wait to you start catering corporate events and weddings!:cool:

Al, you got a pick of the innards?

PorkQPine
08-18-2010, 01:08 PM
is your roof statonary or does it fold for tranport? Any wind issues?

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southernsmoker
08-18-2010, 01:21 PM
is your roof statonary or does it fold for tranport? Any wind issues?



Yes it folds down vertical for local transport, if I go highway the two panels come off by removing a couple of pip pins. Thanks for asking.

chambersuac
08-18-2010, 01:30 PM
Whatever you end up with, I pray that God would bless your new endeavors!

JD McGee
08-18-2010, 02:26 PM
Whatever you end up with, I pray that God would bless your new endeavors!

Thanks Dan (and everyone)...a little Divine help never hurts! :thumb:

southernsmoker
08-18-2010, 02:54 PM
Whatever you end up with, I pray that God would bless your new endeavors!


Amen to that..:thumb:

Jacked UP BBQ
08-18-2010, 03:17 PM
got a fec750 on a trailer with your name all over for the right price. I will off it at the end of the season!

Dr_KY
08-18-2010, 03:53 PM
Just wait to you start catering corporate events and weddings!:cool:

Al, you got a pick of the innards?
I'm working on those now.

It's a very basic set up I was given two large heave sections of mesh that's used in a quarry for sifting, I cut one of them them in half then quartered them. The other is in half and used as a charcoal grate.

The top grills are supported on re-bar that is wedged into channels bolted to the sides of the cooker, I slide in and wedge sections of re-bar to support the grates. This makes for easy removal for cleaning.

Each grill is two feet wide by about five feet long, they are a little short but by about eight inches but that's no big deal.... for a free-bee. :)

Knocked out a few intake holes at each corner then covered them with sliding stainless vent covers. The original thought was to cut a larger area out but someone would be bound to find it funny to kick one in so I took the upper hand and used holes instead , that way I'll have the last laugh when some moron breaks hid toe.lol

http://i36.tinypic.com/16jpphx.jpg

http://i37.tinypic.com/2gxmfkp.jpg


We were thinking Santa Maria but ran out of time, the material is here but It may stay as it is with the exception of paint, finders and new wheels/tires.

PorkQPine
08-18-2010, 04:05 PM
Yes it folds down vertical for local transport, if I go highway the two panels come off by removing a couple of pip pins. Thanks for asking.

Good idea and looks sweet.

JD McGee
08-18-2010, 04:25 PM
got a fec750 on a trailer with your name all over for the right price. I will off it at the end of the season!

Thanks man...but I don't believe it's in my budget unless you want to offer me an EXTREME Brethren discount...sweet pit though! :becky: