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JustDave 05-07-2019 04:03 PM

T&K Reverse Flow smoker
I saw an old thread on this, but can't reply to it, so I figured I'd start another one.

I just bought a Large Reverse Flow T&K Smoker from the St. Louis BBQ Store solely because of that thread and the fact that it was 10% off helped too. :mrgreen:

So far, I've burned it in and done 1 cook on it. The burn in, I filled up the charcoal basket with 36 lbs of briquettes, fired her up with a BBQ Guru CyberQ, set her to 250 and let her run. This was at about 3:30 last Thursday. I went to bed that night and it was still going strong. Woke up the next morning and it was holding at ~180.

Curious at this, I went outside and obviously the fan was blowing like crazy trying to bring it to temp. Opened the burn pit and there was still a ton of unburnt charcoal, which was confusing. So I looked around a bit and my dumb ass didn't open the fan vent on the Guru. :icon_shock1:

I opened the vent and it shot back up in no time and ended up running until late in the afternoon, so over 24 hours, which is very impressive to me.

As for the cook, I threw in 4 shoulders, a trimmed and separated brisket, and 3 racks of ribs and still had a ton of room. Max capacity according to the manufacturer is 8 briskets, 24 butts, 20-24 racks of ribs (put in 3 more grates and you can do 38-42 is my guess), 16 chickens, or 4-6 large turkeys.

I had two problems with the smoker - the cook chamber door was squeaking very loudly and was difficult to open/close, defeating the purpose of a slam latch, and the latch for the burn chamber wasn't lining up quite right.

I messaged them on Facebook and they replied right away. They informed me that there are grease zerks on all the hinges and probably just need to get hit with a grease gun, and that I would need to adjust the nuts on the latch to get it working as it should. Both of those suggestions resolved my issues and it's now working perfectly.

I could not be happier with my purchase and the support provided to me by the pit maker. I would highly suggest these pits to anyone looking to buy one.


SmittyJonz 05-07-2019 05:56 PM


pjtexas1 05-07-2019 06:07 PM

Congrats on the new T&K. Todd and St Louis Bbq Store are awesome. Todd was very responsive to any concern I had before and after the sale. 8 briskets seems low unless they're 20LBS. What are the rack dimensions and how many?

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JustDave 05-07-2019 06:45 PM


Originally Posted by pjtexas1 (Post 4175582)
What are the rack dimensions and how many?

4 racks come with the smoker.

Cooking Racks: 29" w x 22.5" d

pjtexas1 05-07-2019 07:13 PM


Originally Posted by JustDave (Post 4175605)
4 racks come with the smoker.

Cooking Racks: 29" w x 22.5" d

I can fit 2 12-14 pound briskets on my 17x21 racks. You might squeeze 3 but they can't be 20 pounds.

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