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bearnakedbbq
11-01-2010, 08:12 PM
Not sure what they are called. Wife picked up a pop-up style tent that I used but it seemed kind of cheap. So what are you using for your comps when it comes to tents/booths?

I guess most come as 10x10 but eBay has a few of them 10x20. Is this too big?

Troy

crd26a
11-01-2010, 08:18 PM
We had one of the 10 x 20 cheap chinese knockoff tents last year, you pretty much get what you pay for. Was bent pretty much at the first contest and made it through a few more, but if you're going to be in any kind of wind (Kansas / Missouri def has wind) they'll not last long. Now we've got a 10 x 10 ez up when we want to put one up

Alexa RnQ
11-01-2010, 08:37 PM
We use 10X10 Caravan canopies. You can go cheaper if all you need is sun shade, but as stated above, if there's any kind of weather they'll become disposable.

I'd love one of the nicer 10X20s I've seen, but they're spendy, and one-person setup might be a pain.

dgassaway
11-01-2010, 08:44 PM
I've got 3 of the Caravan 10x10's and they work well.

If you get the 10x10 Caravan I would order the steel leg one from Costco.com, not the lighter aluminum leg model found in some of the stores. They are more durable and don't weigh a whole lot more.

JD McGee
11-01-2010, 08:48 PM
10x10 Caravans here...:thumb:

MattCom
11-01-2010, 08:59 PM
Dicks Sportinggoods has their own brand Quest (Chinese import), but they offer "no questions asked" insurance for $9 for first yr .For the 12'x12' and the ins. it was under $90. 2 yrs in and it hasn't broken yet.

Smokin' Aces
11-01-2010, 09:08 PM
10x 20 nylon type material carport

PhilB
11-02-2010, 12:43 AM
Does anyone out here in the PNW have something like that setup at home for the winter? I want to get some sort of canopy so I can Q in the winter and not have the rain mess up my temperatures and my experience.

Phil

5-0 BBQ
11-02-2010, 06:33 AM
We use 10X10 First Up Tents from Wal-Mart. They are $74.00.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/First-Up-10-x-10-Gazebo/8571900

We have used ours for a few years now. They are not a nice as a EZ-Up but they are good.

Rich Parker
11-02-2010, 07:03 AM
I have bought the 10x10 ez up from Sam's and it is nice and solid.

Divemaster
11-02-2010, 08:31 AM
We went cheap on our first canopy and it lasted all of one comp before it got bent up. We did manage to keep it together for a while with small 'C-Clamps', but it was a pain.

Picked up the steel King's Canopy (10x10) from Costco for about $299 (sides included) and it's still strong after close to 20 comps and Lord knows how many catering gigs!

I should also add that our first one was a 12x12. It was a real pain between the trailer, the 12x12, and the Lang in a 20' by 20' site. I'd stick with the 10x10.

WhiskeyBentBBQ
11-02-2010, 08:37 AM
We use the 10 x 20 carport with heavy tarp top. It takes two people to set up and about 30 minutes but it is well worth it when those strong Florida thunderstorms move in. You can but the tarp, bands and angles on EBay and then buy pipe from the local hardware store and cut it to the heights that you want.

After going through 4 middle to cheaper grade pop-ups, we really like this set up.

E Mellow
11-02-2010, 09:16 AM
We did the "value" route of pop up tents when we first started and by the time your going through1 or 2 a season you may as well buck up and get a good one that lasts longer. With that being said we use...

10x10 caravan, easily available at costco as stated be a previous poster it is a great tent, not to mentions sides are included and basically any part can be ordered for replacement. EASY for 1 person to handle.

We also use a king canopy 10x20 you can pick up through king or cabelas. Heavier weight holds its own great in the wind. If you have experience with these types of tents one man can put them up.

CBQ
11-02-2010, 09:45 AM
To answer your other question, 10x20 is not too big. We normally use 10x20 at a contest, either with our big 10x20 EZ-Up, or two 10x10 tents. 20 x 20 is generally the smallest contest space, so plenty of room for a 10x20 covered area and smokers.

BossHawg
11-02-2010, 10:15 AM
I use a steel pop up made by Celina Tents 419-586-3610 ask for Jason Kenny. They can handle all the graphics and any size you may need. If you don't secure the pop up even a good one the wind can tear it up. I suggest that you get two sandbags for each leg, if that don't hold it you shouldn't be out there.

Porky
11-02-2010, 10:45 AM
10x10 E-Z UP is sturdy, purchased mine at Costco for $199 w/zippered side walls,spikes, banner holder and canvas wheeled carrying case.

pizzakngjr
11-26-2010, 03:43 PM
Sorry for the bump, I know the post is almost a month old, but....

Has anyone tried the Shelter Systems stuff that is advertised in the Bullsheets? I have been looking at them, $129 for a 10x20 and sides are $15 for 10' and $30 for 20' They also offer screened sides for more $...Seems pretty resonable for me since I am on a limited budget. May take a little longer to set up since it uses PVC. Just wondering if anyone has one or has used one. Pros/Cons?

trueque
11-26-2010, 05:13 PM
10x10 EZ-UP from Sam's for my smokers and a 26' toy hauler with an 18" awning for me and my son. Stay cool and dry in the summer and warm and dry in the early spring/fall.

HarleyEarl
11-26-2010, 08:59 PM
I usually use two 10x10 EZ-ups at comps, but have also used one of the Sam's Club 10x20 carports. I can set up the 10x10's by myself, so I run with that most of the time. The 10x20 takes two people to put together. Also the 10x20 weighs a ton - even when the parts are divided into three bags (quite a workout moving it around). The 10x10's are much easier to use.

Gerrit_Boys
11-26-2010, 10:55 PM
Myabe just try to not BBQ on rainy or hot sunny days?

HarleyEarl
11-27-2010, 12:18 PM
Myabe just try to not BBQ on rainy or hot sunny days?

Can you have a word with BBQ Contest organizers about this one?:laugh: It would sure be nice to have that option - had a few tents torn up during contests. You sure know that your 80 year old mother loves you when she is holding down the EZ-Up as 50+ mph winds and driving rains are pounding us.:thumb:

Bigmista
12-03-2010, 09:34 AM
Another quality manufacturer is California Palms. Just bought a steel 10x20 from them. Most of the folks who have been selling at the farmers markets weekly recommend them. They are solid. Http://WWW.califpalms.com

CivilWarBBQ
12-03-2010, 11:51 AM
There are two ways to go when it comes to canopies - cheap or expensive. The thinking on using the cheap ones is to keep your costs down because they won't last long anyway. The argument for a heavy duty version is the stouter construction will make them last longer.

Regardless of which type you buy, neither will survive a strong thunderstorm. So basically it comes down to betting on the weather. :)

Candy Sue
12-03-2010, 12:13 PM
Beg to differ! I have a 10x10 Caravan that survived the contest in Camden, AR when what was left of Hurricane Rita went thru. At one time, I saw the rain coming down in 3 different directions. Buckets of water and my FEC100 held it down. I've replaced the fabric parts but the frame is still great.

Southern Home Boy
12-03-2010, 03:40 PM
We use the 10 x 20 carport with heavy tarp top. It takes two people to set up and about 30 minutes but it is well worth it when those strong Florida thunderstorms move in. You can but the tarp, bands and angles on EBay and then buy pipe from the local hardware store and cut it to the heights that you want.

After going through 4 middle to cheaper grade pop-ups, we really like this set up.

We use the same thing.
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac160/southernhomeboy/2010%20Competitions/CompTent.jpg
I found mine on Craigslist for $80.00. I've got the sidewalls and a different top on my christmas list though. Sides are really nice when it rains and blows a lot.

bdodd444
12-04-2010, 08:03 AM
I have both EZ-Ups and a Caravan. I have to say I like the Caravan much better (10X10) from Costco. It has to do with the locking pins on the legs. The Caravan is much easier to use for one person. Also, check Craigslist. I got 2 nice EZ Ups (the $200 ones from Sams) for $40 a piece. The sidewalls were still in the plastic. I put up two for a 10X20 space in literally less than 10 minutes.