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Unread 11-03-2010, 09:43 PM   #31
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I have an FEC-500. I've cooked on Southern Prides as well on multiple occasions. In a commerical setting, the FEC-300,500,750 is the only choice for me. This summer we cooked 500+ lbs of pork butt and got a 64% yield. It is a fact that a pellet pit has a better average yield than gas or wood/charcoal.
I'll cook 12,000 pounds of brisket & 14,000 pounds of pork this year on my 2 FEC-500's alomg with roughly 5000 pork steaks, 500 slabs of ribs and many brats, hot dogs and side dishes. There is NO better brisket machine.

Oh yeah, chicken is good too!
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IF you had to choose one to have in your restaurant, which would you choose and why?

Being partial to Pellets I would say FEC, I on the other had would probably opt for the 500. You will probably grow into it. Why? 100% hardwood cooking, consistant cooking, no matter who is doing it...Would not have to worry if I put in the correct amount of stick to suppliment the gas with the Ole Hickory. Wish I could tell you one was more efficent then the other, dont know...Did I mention consistant cooks each and every time no matter who is doing the cooking? Do you ever want to vacation?
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We have only been open for a little over 4 months (Q-to-U-BBQ in Anthem, AZ), but I love our FEC 500. The easy of use and I can train others to do my job. Did I mention that it is very consistent.

For me, the pellets are easier to store and actually easier to get than hickory here in the desert. FYI I go through one 40 lb bag a day.
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We have only been open for a little over 4 months (Q-to-U-BBQ in Anthem, AZ), but I love our FEC 500. The easy of use and I can train others to do my job. Did I mention that it is very consistent.

For me, the pellets are easier to store and actually easier to get than hickory here in the desert. FYI I go through one 40 lb bag a day.
Gotta be cleaner to store pellets than logs and charcoal. Logs sometimes come with bugs, too.
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It would be interesting to know how cost effective one is from the other as well...say for instance a 12 hour smoke with pellets vs a 12 hour smoke with gas and logs... If folks are going to be running these things 8-16 hours or more per day the cost savings could be a major factor in purchasing. Along the same lines I would also be looking into warranty, reliability, and service...
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Good question, JD?
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Neil - Thought only "real" BBQ would do?
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Who says pellets arent "real bbq".....just a really small stick burner
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Who says pellets arent "real bbq".....just a really small stick burner
If that helps you sleep at night.
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If that helps you sleep at night.
Actually, pellets do help me sleep at night. I recall leaving a pellet cooker running this weekend and getting a full night at a hotel about 8 miles away.
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the biggest different in "smoke on the FE line is the number of burners. A 100 and 300 have one burner, a 500 has two and the 750 has three. Obviously with two or three pots going you'll have that much more "smoke".

I know I've seen some comparison on running them I'll see if I can find it.

You need to price pellets, then figure out which unit and what "average" temp.

For the gassers, will you be running 100% gas (come on now, some do) or will it be a blend on one log and mostly gas or will it be all logs. Then you have to figure out food costs.

Are they all great units. Yes. SP and OH have been around a long time, the FE may be a new unit out there, but it gives you great options. You can mix / match the wood. Try to keep 5 or 6 types of wood logs around.

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the biggest different in "smoke on the FE line is the number of burners. A 100 and 300 have one burner, a 500 has two and the 750 has three. Obviously with two or three pots going you'll have that much more "smoke".

I know I've seen some comparison on running them I'll see if I can find it.

You need to price pellets, then figure out which unit and what "average" temp.

For the gassers, will you be running 100% gas (come on now, some do) or will it be a blend on one log and mostly gas or will it be all logs. Then you have to figure out food costs.

Are they all great units. Yes. SP and OH have been around a long time, the FE may be a new unit out there, but it gives you great options. You can mix / match the wood. Try to keep 5 or 6 types of wood logs around.

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I do keep 5 or six different logs around sometimes and it can be a PITA and the Farking Bugs that go with the logs...

Do you Pellet pooping guys worry about something malfunctioning whilst sleeping? Can you check temps from your hotel room at comps, etc.? I have been on a comp team where the FEC-100 malfunctioned in the middle of the night and we had to pull McGyver mods to make turn in times.
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