Originally Posted by oldbill
My build ended up about being 9 or 10 weeks. I called Chris at one point to make a thermometer placement change thinking that I was probably too late but when I got him on the phone he told me that he hadn't even been able to start on it yet. He actually builds the pits in a shop in his back yard. He has a good crew working for him but they have a pretty small facility to work in. When I went to pick my pit up, there were two or three others that were ready for pick-up and they were working on one more in the shop. They must put in pretty long days to meet the demand that they have but the good thing about it is that they aren't rushing anything and they're building them right! Also in a small shop like that you are likely getting more personal attention than you would from the larger builders. They're taking it one pit at a time and they keep in contact with you with questions about your preference on your special requests, such as tapping a hole for probe wires or Guru fan adapters. By the way, I also ordered the charcoal basket. I generally don't use charcoal in a stick burner other than to start a fire with but my thinking is that it will work well for using the warmer/oven that I have as a vertical smoker. I'm planning on trying it out for the first time tomorrow to cook some beef ribs, I'll just close off the stacks on the main chamber and use the pinwheel dampers on the oven for the exhaust. I'll let ya'll know how it performs with some pics., I just wish I had something better to take a picture with than a cell phone.
...At any rate I'll get something posted if not tomorrow on this thread then definitely on Friday on a new one.
Well I didn't get a chance to cook yesterday on account of a freak rain that blew in from Caldwell County which contains Lockhart of all places! I guess that God decided that he didn't want too much Q being cooked yesterday and decided to put a damper in my plans, LOL!!! The rain didn't last very long and wouldn't have been a big deal but my RO lump got wet, so I'll have to let it dry out a little before trying to fire it up. So the ribs have gone into the freezer to be exhumed, cooked and consumed at a later date,... "OH THE HUMANITY"!!!
On the positive side of things though, there was an amazing rainbow right over my house which is God's promise of more Q days to come and to never dampen my charcoal again.