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Unread 07-16-2010, 11:01 PM   #1
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Hey guys I'm new around here. Name is Chris from Central Kansas. Right now i currently have a smoker that is a 250 gal rf on a trailer for comps. We are considering selling this and getting an FEC 100. I was wondering if anybody has any cons on these units? I know all the good and heard tons of pros but no cons really. Please help. Thanks.
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I own one, and honestly, I can't get a great brisket out of it. everything else is on the money, it cooks awesome pork, ribs and chicken, but for some reason, not brisket. probally just need a great recipe,,,,,
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i use my FEC100 for what two years now and no problems at all haven't found anything that didnt taste great.
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Here is an FEC for beginners post that may be of interest:

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I own one, and honestly, I can't get a great brisket out of it. everything else is on the money, it cooks awesome pork, ribs and chicken, but for some reason, not brisket. probably just need a great recipe,,,,,
That's funny I was at a comp this past weekend and a couple of teams only use their FECs for brisket. I haven't been able to produce a decent brisket period, and I'm sure that's just me.
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I own one, and honestly, I can't get a great brisket out of it. everything else is on the money, it cooks awesome pork, ribs and chicken, but for some reason, not brisket. probally just need a great recipe,,,,,
I placed 1st in brisket this weekend in Burlington, KS out of 54 teams. Also placed 1st in brisket at the 2009 American Royal invitational out of 126 teams. Just saying.
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I placed 1st in brisket this weekend in Burlington, KS out of 54 teams. Also placed 1st in brisket at the 2009 American Royal invitational out of 126 teams. Just saying.
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Hey guys I'm new around here. Name is Chris from Central Kansas. Right now i currently have a smoker that is a 250 gal rf on a trailer for comps. We are considering selling this and getting an FEC 100. I was wondering if anybody has any cons on these units? I know all the good and heard tons of pros but no cons really. Please help. Thanks.
I am very happy with my FEC and would buy it again it I were starting over. As far as cons, I can think of a few...

1. Need electricity. This is generally not a problem, but most of us who cook competitions carry back up power of some sort just in case. For home or restaurant use this isn't as big of a deal.

2. It contains electronics and mechanical parts that can fail. The FEC is incredibly reliable, but failures happen.

3. If you like a heavy some flavor then the FEC may not be for you. There are ways to add more smoke flavor, but it will never be as strong as a stick burner.

4. People call you names like "cheater" or "pellethead" or "pellet pooper"
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