Several of the Assassin threads last fall had me drooling. I had been highly intrigued by these gravity fed smokers. I decided to pull the trigger on a new Assassin 28 and it arrived last Thursday.
It's been posted many times but I also wanted to echo how great it was to work with Jeff and Robin. They answered all of my questions and were very accommodating to all of my requests.
Here are some pictures and a few thoughts on my build.
The Assassin 28 seems to now be standard with shelving spaced (in inches, bottom to top) at 5, 5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5. This is a great set up but I noticed that several people were using that bottom 5 inch shelf just to hold pans. I didn't want to waste one of my largest cooking areas with pans so I went with the shelves spaced (in inches, bottom to top) at 3.5, 5, 5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5. This gives me a smaller 3.5 inch shelf at the very bottom if I choose to put some pans down there. It also gives me a smaller shelf down where the heat is the highest to cook some chicken. I liked the idea of having the chicken down in the higher heat zone and below anything else I was cooking. I won't have to worry about chicken drippings being above other items.
The Assassin also has a ball valve attached out of the fire box to allow you to attach your guru controller. I just knew that with the guru fan sticking out a little at the shin level that I would eventually slam into it pretty hard. I asked Jeff if he could put a 90 degree elbow out of the firebox pointing up so that the guru would be nicely protected in that corner and out of my way.
I really liked the 6 shelf set up but thought that a 4 shelf set up would be very nice for cooking larger items. I asked Jeff and Robin if they could weld an additional set of C channels in between the two 5 inch shelves so that I could have 4 shelves all pretty close to the same size. By taking 2 shelves out and sliding 2 shelves up it allowed me to have 4 shelves (in inches, bottom to top) at roughly 6, 6, 6, 7.
I opted to upgrade to the Wifi guru. I had it set up in infrastructure mode in about 5 minutes. I must have been lucky because I didn't have any issues setting it up. I also went with the cover and a rain cap that fits over the smokestack. We have raccoons that like to come up on the deck and open the pet food bin so I figured that I might want the lockable slam latch.
The build is fantastic. Everything is put together nicely. No smoke leaks anywhere. This thing is sealed very well and holds temperature like a dream. The paint is incredible as well.
Here are videos of the unboxing and the seasoning. I couldn't figure out how to embed them.
Thanks to you brethren who answered questions and thanks again to Jeff and Robin at C&C. I have some more pics of the first cook that I will post a little later.