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Unread 03-22-2010, 09:56 PM   #1
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Default Backwoods Smoker Fatboy.....???

Any experiences reviews etc...... Thanks....
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Unread 03-24-2010, 06:37 PM   #2
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I don't have one, but I've seen them in use many times and they produce a solid final product if you like the cabinet style units and charcoal.

A number of members here own them, they just may not have seen this thread yet. I'm sure they'll chim in.

PM Muzzlebrake for details, I know he owns one and likes it.
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T-Man,

I just picked up a BWS Party. I have used it only a few times so still getting a feel for how it wants to cook. So far it has been great. The Fat Boy will give you more depth space on the racks. Solid construction yet easy to move around, and the temps are spot on (using a Guru). The BWS line is a rib cookers dream. Did a few birds on it Sunday and they were even more moist than the BGE produced.

Shame the Party can't hold more fuel and water casue if it did i could forget it till the product was done. Very happy with it so far and I only expect that to improve as I lean more about it.
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Any Backwoods is a great cooker. I think Smokin Joe from Tippie Canoe uses the Fatboy.

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I have a had a Fatboy, Party, and a Chubby, all excellent cookers. I don't think you can go wrong with any BWS cooker.

Cigar- try making a charcoal basket that sits inside the Party charcoal pan, run it up to a few inches under your water pan or heat diverter. Depending on your fuel and cooking temps, you can nearly get a contest long burn time.

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What be the cooking time on one load of charcoal , without a Guru...???
Also how about using a stoker with the Fatboy....??
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T-Man, a lot depends on how long you can cook on one load. Typically I can get 4-6 hours on one load of charcoal in my Party. I cook at about the 250 degree range. I do not use a Guru, I feel you do not need a guru/stoker with the backwoods...
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I have a had a Fatboy, Party, and a Chubby, all excellent cookers. I don't think you can go wrong with any BWS cooker.

Cigar- try making a charcoal basket that sits inside the Party charcoal pan, run it up to a few inches under your water pan or heat diverter. Depending on your fuel and cooking temps, you can nearly get a contest long burn time.

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Good advice here. I extended the sides of my BWS Party charcoal pan with expanded metal and can easily go 8 hours without reloading.
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Another extremely happy BWS Party owner here. I have not got around to extending the charcoal pan to hold more fuel, hasnt been an issue to spend the time on it. I have had 8+ hours before with briquettes, and with the heat diverter the water lasts about as long. We started competing this year and have been using only lump. The way our schedule is at comps I dont over pack it, and get about 4 hours between loads, but thats the way I like it.

I tried the stoker years ago when I first got the party, and frankly I didnt care for it. The product worked as described, but the Party didnt need it and it was more a bother than anything. Im a tech geek, but once the novelty wore off, it was just a chore to setup and take down. I can dial my Party into my 240 - 250 zone with both eyes closed and half asleep.

If we ever upgrade to a bigger smoker, it will be another BWS. The fatboy your looking at has the same cooking space as the party, just configured differently. I chose the Party over the fatboy because of the weight, and now that we started competing im glad i did. Get whatever configuration suits you better.

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Gawd... how do all of you guys get away with having all these different grills/smokers? Am I missing something here? Some trick I should be using?

My wife was p'd off when she saw my Kiwi knives... can't imagine what another smoker would do.
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Gawd... how do all of you guys get away with having all these different grills/smokers? Am I missing something here? Some trick I should be using?

My wife was p'd off when she saw my Kiwi knives... can't imagine what another smoker would do.
My secret is cook delicious food that her and her family cant get enough of!
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My secret is cook delicious food that her and her family cant get enough of!
I get it now... I've been trying to influence her in the bedroom. I was in the wrong place... all along!
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Can't cook on a set of knives. :)
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Can't cook on a set of knives. :)
Very true.
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