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Old 07-21-2019, 04:07 PM   #1
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Default Reverse Flow Santa Maria Smoker???

This is interesting. Not sure what to make of it.

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I originally thought the welds were complete crap, but in the video you can see that they are meant to be decorative.
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Old 07-22-2019, 01:29 AM   #2
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What ever it is --it is. However "Santa Maria" style it is not. "Santa Maria Style" is an open pit that usually has adjustable height above from "Red Oak" coals.
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Old 07-22-2019, 02:15 AM   #3
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It took me a minute to wrap my head around it, but I like the concept. It certainly seems like a "jack of all trades, master of none" but it does look to be designed pretty well. Honestly I'm going to keep my eye on this thing and look out for some competent reviews. It's exciting to see innovation with such a small piece of equipment.

@ChuckWagonBBQCo, with the cooking chamber door open it meets your loose criteria for "Santa Maria Style" BBQ.
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:34 AM   #4
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It is "different" - and not in a bad way.

I'm not sure of the "master of none" - the video seemed to show it could do just everything. Does it? /shrug. Would not be the first demo to show a product in an over-positive light, would it? It might be the real deal. Someone will do a hands on review- sooner or later.

But it is a cool concept. Very.
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Old 07-22-2019, 06:17 AM   #5
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interesting .... hummm
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Old 07-22-2019, 06:27 AM   #6
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Interesting design, has potential. Too bad the video was just a bunch of glam shots with zero information.
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Not sure about the v-groove grates. Seems like they would collect liquids and that has to go somewhere. I do like that it can do a lot of things even though I'm not a fan of the all-in-one.

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Go back and look again- there is a v trough that runs across the width of the grate. It looks to be removable. Not sure how much juice it'd hold but have to remember that some if the juice is falling to the coals.

I have a home made santa maria with v grates... If I would have forgotten to include the catch tray, the waterfall of almost boiling juice going off the edge onto my feet would have been a BIG indication of an "uh oh"
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Not sure about the v-groove grates. Seems like they would collect liquids and that has to go somewhere. I do like that it can do a lot of things even though I'm not a fan of the all-in-one.
You’ll sometimes see the the V-groove grates referred to as Argentine grill grates. The benefit is that the grooves channel away much of the fat into a trough. I’ve seen videos of chefs throwing some fresh herbs and olive oil into the trough and then basting with it. Pretty cool although I have never cooked on such grates (yet ).

I completely agree with you on not being fan of the all-in-one. Don’t chase the unicorn!
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V-grates are cool, if you catch my drip!
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I would have concerns about a company that lists no address. The cooker looks interesting.
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I have a grease catcher on my Santa Maria Argentine style angle iron grate:

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Grease tray on an Argentine grate - yeah.
That's pretty much a given... keeps your toes from being basted in almost boiling juices.
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Old 07-23-2019, 10:51 PM   #14
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Santa Maria ain't in Argentina
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Old 07-24-2019, 05:58 PM   #15
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Santa Maria and reverse flow do not go together.
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