Originally Posted by Neonnblack
So, even though i have my own answer to this, i want yours.
Not counting personal time (since everyone values time differently, this cannot be a part of the equation) is the PBC worth it for the price? I mean, i can crank out UDS's for under 100 hundred bucks all day long. So not counting people who couldnt build or doesnt have the sources to build a UDS. Is it worth it?
Hell I will just answer this in English.
It depends... in much the same way you are saying time is valued differently, so is what people want to do with it or CAN do with it.
Obviously you can see I have the skills and tools to make a UDS.... but it took me FOREVER because I was too damn busy with my big smokers. Anyone can be too busy, sick, or whatever to build the UDS as you say.
Here is my opinion on who the PBC is for... and with that... there is a caveat too.... represented by the Sinatra song "a Very Good Year."
It is for the guy that simply does not want to go hunting for a drum... that's a hassle for some... and what if you have a car? The guy that doesn't want to be guessing what was IN the old drum. The guy that doesn't want to burn it out, or buy a bunch of drills and bits and hardware to make it work BUT HAS ALL THE CRAP HE NEEDS IN THE KITCHEN TO PREPARE, RUB, GLAZE AND SMOKE whatever the rest of us do.
After using it...it also could be a good idea for the guy that does not want to sacrifice some meat while he tweaks his UDS.
Now I understand that this is what some guys just like to do. But not everyone.
So... to you... it may not be worth 230 (with the discount). I completely understand that and have always said it.
To someone else it is... Is the PBC better than the UDS.... well I have not been with it long enough to say. Its kinda like cheating on the wife with a younger, skinner version.... eventually.... well.... limitations and baggage catch up with the "newness."
So if you are thinking of building for the sake of building a UDS... go ahead... heck, don;t think in a few weeks I am not going to mod my UDS with 4 holes EXACTLY where the PBC's are places, get two sections of rebar and make a UDS, with the PBC hanging system and a diffuser!
But for those that wanna get going now... for what? another few bills... and I will say MY SCREWDRIVER definately cost me more than this PBC cost me but I have those twin ball valves....
The caveat? I have a 6000 pound smoker that cooks 70 briskets, a 1200 pounder that cooks maybe 12... a weber that burns them, a UDS that will cook a couple I guess (no weber lid yet) and this PBC...... since I cook 275.... guess what I'll be using? Either the UDS or PBC....