Originally Posted by Boshizzle
And that is a big part of why VA BBQ disappeared. Safety regulations regarding wood fired pits and HD regulations were a big part of it here in my state. In fact, i know of at least one place that was forced to either switch to an electric cooker in the late 1960's or close down.
Just to play devil's advocate, and I'm a supporter of open pits, some of these old timers were just setting themselves up to be shut down. Sanitary conditions aside, many people only burn out their pits once a week-and that's pretty frequent!
That's a massive fire hazard with all the accumulated grease. I think they could have saved themselves if there was developed a system of safety checks. Heck just power washing the pits and exhaust systems nightly would solve a lot of problems.