Originally Posted by rookiedad
with a heat deflector installed which model has more headroom for building a fire basket? being that surface areas are the same what are the advantages of the fatboy provided i had a fire basket built for a party that allowed for ash seperation? is there a noticible difference between the insulation in the cold? any other thoughts? i'm kinda leaning toward the party due to weight issues but i don't wan't to sacrifice anything important.
The Fatboy comes standard with the commercial fire grate which is on sliders. The Party has the fire grate that sits on top of ash grate which sits at bottom of cooker.
The insulation is a non-issue. The 1" insulation on the Party model is more than adequate.
Fatboy's inside steel gauge is 14 ga
The Party is 16 ga.
Outer skin on both is the same.
I have cooked on both and prefer the Party model because of the weight.
One nice thing about the Fatboy is the larger cooking racks which fit a full slab of ribs.
Maybe another option is the Extended Party ?
Good Luck Phil.