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dobdabomb 06-07-2013 05:44 PM

Pitmaker "The Vault"
 
Anyone have one and can you comment on everything. I've got some good info from George from Pitmaker but want to hear from the customers. Any corrosion issue. They sound solid as a rock and I am leaning to them over the verticals now due to the thicker metal and more stainless.

Thanks guys!

Mark Warren 06-07-2013 08:51 PM

The Vault is a Vertical and is very well built. I do not own one. I was going that direction myself until I saw the 6 hour cook time with a full firebox and the top of the firebox so close to the fire. I am not saying they are not still the best option for a vertical, I believe they are I just am going another direction once I found about Peoria Cookers.
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dobdabomb 06-07-2013 08:53 PM

Where did you hear this cook time, every article I've read and video on YouTube with the half H charcoal burn cooks up to 18 hrs no problem.

kds9547 06-07-2013 08:59 PM

There are some videos on Youtube of the vault in action.

Mark Warren 06-07-2013 10:53 PM

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Originally Posted by dobdabomb (Post 2508088)
Where did you hear this cook time, every article I've read and video on YouTube with the half H charcoal burn cooks up to 18 hrs no problem.

AT 2 minutes 5 seconds into their own video.


stephan 06-08-2013 07:17 AM

I find that odd. I have a safe and have gone 10 hours on a full load and it would have gone longer but I was done before the fire went out. Maybe because its a smaller unit

Hook'n Bull 06-08-2013 07:24 AM

I own a Safe and a full load of lump with some wood will last up to 14 hours (cooking dry). In the video George said 6 lbs of coal with a couple of chunks will last 6-8 hours in the Vault. A good friend owns a Vault and it will hold several more pounds of coal and wood than just 6 lbs (if needed).

Mark Warren 06-08-2013 07:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stephan (Post 2508293)
I find that odd. I have a safe and have gone 10 hours on a full load and it would have gone longer but I was done before the fire went out. Maybe because its a smaller unit

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hook'n Bull (Post 2508298)
I own a Safe and a full load of lump with some wood will last up to 14 hours (cooking dry). In the video George said 6 lbs of coal with a couple of chunks will last 6-8 hours in the Vault. A good friend owns a Vault and it will hold several more pounds of coal and wood than just 6 lbs (if needed).

Thank you guys for the clarification. I only had the video as a reference, I didn't have any first hand experience with it. This is good to know.

stephan 06-08-2013 07:49 AM

I missed the part about 6lb of coal it will hold more than that for sure

Cloudsmoker 06-08-2013 07:55 AM

I believe video says 6 hours with 6 lbs of charcoal. You can always add more coals for longer burns.

dobdabomb 06-08-2013 07:59 AM

For the guys with the safe's, I'm guessing its constructed the same with a good bit of stainless. Can you tell me more about your experiences, any issues, built quality you wish we're different, corrosion(rust anywhere inside or out)?

Hook'n Bull 06-08-2013 08:33 AM

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Originally Posted by dobdabomb (Post 2508328)
For the guys with the safe's, I'm guessing its constructed the same with a good bit of stainless. Can you tell me more about your experiences, any issues, built quality you wish we're different, corrosion(rust anywhere inside or out)?

Have had mine 1 1/2 yrs. No corrosion issues; however, mine is stored indoors (garage). Cart and pit both look new. I cook dry with diffuser plate installed. Guru maintains 250 (or higher) setpoint consistently. A basket of fuel (I use about half wood and half lump) will last up to 14 hrs (at 250). Cooking with water will require quite a bit more fuel. Build quality and options are superior. I use mine 3 to 4 times a month and have not had any problems.

SHERIFF 06-08-2013 08:34 AM

dobdabomb...

I own a Vault, and I get a lot more burn time than that video reflects.

My normal fuel loading consist of ~6 pounds of RO lump and a couple of pounds of mesquite chunks. This fuel loading will easily maintain my vault at 250 for 14+ hours (dry). I burn this loading in a horse shoe configuration.

You also need to consider the "meat" loading in this whole equation.....

My normal meat loading will usually be several briskets, butts or a half dozen racks of ribs or more. These smokers usually cook faster than an off-set type smoker and several 12 pound packers will be done in ~6-7 hours. So, I'm "over" fueling my pit a bit. I really like loading the lump/wood one time for anything I cook. I haven't seen an off-set be able to do as well, generally speaking.

As far as any corrosion.... I've had my Vault for about a year and a half and have not seen any type of corrosion. They seem to be well thought out as to where they placed the stainless steel in the robust construction of these smoker.

As for me.....All things considered.....I can honestly say, buy a Vault or Safe with confidence.

Biznork 06-08-2013 09:07 AM

Here is an interesting read about the vault...

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=136989

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=146880

dobdabomb 06-08-2013 09:38 AM

Those threads are making me re-think things. Everything I was seeing was it was a set it and forget after you get fire going. This does make me feel uncomfortable.


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