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ghostrider 11-20-2006 07:36 AM

Who builds their own smokers
i do!!

nmayeux 11-20-2006 08:07 AM

How about someone you know? I met with the builder of my first large smoker before I bought, and my second will probably be one of Jay Spice's. If you can't build your own, I would recommend getting to know your builder before making such a large purchase. Hell, I think Phil vacations with his pit builder.

SP 11-20-2006 08:53 AM

I build my own.

spicewine 11-20-2006 10:32 AM

I built mine :wink:

CharlieBeasley 11-20-2006 11:48 AM

I bought an off the shelf model I plan on knowing my builder if I go stick or charcoal if I go pellet I am looking at the cook shack fe100 so even then I hope to meet the builder if I can. I should be someone you have met for the $ spent. But off the shelf is off the shelf.

BrooklynQ 11-20-2006 12:01 PM

My smokers are usually built by slave labor

nmayeux 11-20-2006 12:28 PM


Originally Posted by BrooklynQ
My smokers are usually built by slave labor


Mark 11-20-2006 12:42 PM

Which one? Mine are kinda hybrids I spose. Cept for the gasser; it was rescued from a dumpster.

chad 11-20-2006 12:59 PM

I answered "don't know" but that's sort of not quite right. I had many discussions on the phone with the distributor, Bob from and then several discussions with the manufacturer, Kingfisher Kookers -- I sort of know them but we've never met.:-D

Unless you're having a locally built cooker of your own design I can't see where it matters...customer service is customer service and Cookshack, or Lang, or Klose, etc. will certainly take your calls and usually come through with your question, request, problem, etc.

I've met Sikes of Sikes cooker, Myron Mixon and James Britt of the JOS/Jedmaster cookers, and a couple of guys from Tucker, Ole Hickory, Southern Pride, etc. I would not hesitate to buy a cooker from any of these even if I didn't go to the factory except to pick it up. Getting to cookoffs has helped me "know" quite a few of these guys...for example, I had the opportunity to cook next to Fast Eddie this past weekend and his partner was CEO/pres of Cookshack...does that count as "knowing" the builder??:rolleyes: :-D

If I was having a "custom" cooker/trailer/pod/etc. made up I'd make the additional effort to get to know "them". If, for example, I was to order a JOS hog cooker on a pod I'd say I "know" them...even though I don't "know" the welder I do know the owner of the manufacturing company and the man that has his name on the cooker. It's not so much the $$$ as getting exactly what I want on that custom cooker setup.:mrgreen:

bbqpigskin 11-20-2006 04:34 PM

I have a Bar-b-Chef offset that I bought, and am in the (neverending) process of building my own mobile rig. 24"x6" with a 24" firebox. I had to re build the trailer, because the horse trailer that I was trying to use was not beefy enough and needed a ton of work just to get it to where I could use it. I'm hoping to have it ready by Christmas.

scottyd 11-20-2006 04:48 PM

I know the man Ben Lang built my cooker, and Stump built my stumps, my weber kettle I have no idea who built that so I answered correctly.

Trick questions!

Bossmanbbq 11-20-2006 07:19 PM

I was going to build my own and struggled with the decesion I ultimately made. I ended up buying a Treager because I was sold on the flavor and technology. Needless to say I'm not disappointed. I would however be interested in a Diamond Plate Smoker, or Fast Eddy.

Kevin 11-20-2006 07:30 PM


Originally Posted by BrooklynQ
My smokers are usually built by slave labor

Another failure of the Bush administration.

Brauma 11-20-2006 09:32 PM

Im in the "rebuilt by someone you know" column.

midnight 11-20-2006 10:43 PM

Did my own!

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