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Old 11-20-2013, 05:58 PM   #16
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Grease your unit inside (i used bacon grease), do a break in burn at 250* for about four hours. Plan on around 1 hour/lb of KBB or K-Comp using a Guru, etc. and I think they'll hold 12-14 lbs of briqs.

I did my break-in burn w/o the Guru hooked up and predictably, it took forever to get to 250*. When it finally did (2 hours +), I went in for dinner; came out an hour later and she was screaming along at 525*!!

Initially lighting I use a 1/2 chimney of lit briqs. Takes awhile to cool off after you shut it down so alternatively a BIG hot ash can can be used to carefully empty the firebox if you have to.

A full hotel pan will slide right into the opening for the grease drain, just don't wait too long to empty it!

If you don't do anything else, do these: get a controller, spring for a cover, clean it up regularly and you'll be a happy camper! Congrats again!
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:41 PM   #17
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That's awesome, peeps! Congrats on the win. I know it's gonna be tough to divide your BBQ time between Earl and your new baby, but I'm sure you'll manage

Can't wait to see some pics!
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Step 1. Drive to Georgia.
Step 2. Drop off at my house.
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I need to correct you,, Step 3. Enjoy ride back without smoker hahaha..
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What am I dropping off? The SS-2 don't fit in any of my vehicles and loading it up isn't listed in your steps? I'll bring you a lump o' coal, how 'bout that?
Is Denton anywhere near San Antonio? I'll save you the trouble and pick it up next time I'm out that way.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:58 PM   #20
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That's awesome, peeps! Congrats on the win. I know it's gonna be tough to divide your BBQ time between Earl and your new baby, but I'm sure you'll manage

Can't wait to see some pics!
Earl will probably be neglected for a couple cooks and then I will use Earl for cooks where I can be outside and play with the fire.

I will use the SS-2 for overnight cooks and cooks where I might need to be away for a while.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:59 PM   #21
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Is Denton anywhere near San Antonio? I'll save you the trouble and pick it up next time I'm out that way.
Only 5 hours away via the hellish I-35, but no need to stop unless you just want to share a toast.
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Grease your unit inside (i used bacon grease), do a break in burn at 250* for about four hours. Plan on around 1 hour/lb of KBB or K-Comp using a Guru, etc. and I think they'll hold 12-14 lbs of briqs.

I did my break-in burn w/o the Guru hooked up and predictably, it took forever to get to 250*. When it finally did (2 hours +), I went in for dinner; came out an hour later and she was screaming along at 525*!!

Initially lighting I use a 1/2 chimney of lit briqs. Takes awhile to cool off after you shut it down so alternatively a BIG hot ash can can be used to carefully empty the firebox if you have to.

A full hotel pan will slide right into the opening for the grease drain, just don't wait too long to empty it!

If you don't do anything else, do these: get a controller, spring for a cover, clean it up regularly and you'll be a happy camper! Congrats again!
Thanks! Exactly the info I'm looking for! I'll get a full hotel pan ordered ASAP!

I have a decent sized ash can that I use for Earl.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:10 PM   #23
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Thanks! Exactly the info I'm looking for! I'll get a full hotel pan ordered ASAP!

I have a decent sized ash can that I use for Earl.
Just use a disposable foil pan (full size or half size) like you can buy at Sam's. No need to spring for a hotel pan.
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Just use a disposable foil pan (full size or half size) like you can buy at Sam's. No need to spring for a hotel pan.
Ahhh..perfect. I have a bunch of half pans I sourced from Amazon at $0.50 each. Thanks!
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:35 PM   #25
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Sounds like you have it figured out, especially the last pointer.
Stuff face, stuff face, stuff face!

Congrats on the new smoker!
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:37 PM   #26
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^^That's what I meant! Sorry...bad terminology!
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:40 PM   #27
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You gonna leave this one out in the Rain, Wind and Ice and Sleet and/ Blazing Hot Sun like Earl? I got a Large Covered Back Porch that is enclosed on 3 sides that would be perfect to protect this fine piece of BBQ Machinery.........
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You gonna leave this one out in the Rain, Wind and Ice and Sleet and/ Blazing Hot Sun like Earl? I got a Large Covered Back Porch that is enclosed on 3 sides that would be perfect to protect this fine piece of BBQ Machinery.........
If I can find a cover for a decent price, I will get one ;)
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I won't charge.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:02 PM   #30
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If it's at your place, how am I gonna teach Tasha to use it while I'm at work?
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