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Old 10-14-2017, 09:16 PM   #16
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You bring up a very valid point. The M1 weighs a freaking ton, and while the wheels are great, I can attest that they do not perform well over gravel.

That being said - I actually have a plastic deck (trex), and since the firebox on the M1 sits low, you do in fact need to take into consideration that the small area underneath the pit will get hot if you're smoking. I personally believe my solution to this is easy, cheap, and works incredibly well.

If you get the M1, pick up two pieces of hardie / backer board from Home Depot / Lowes. Whenever I want to use my M1 to smoke, I roll it directly on top of a piece of hardie board that I put on my deck, which takes all of the abuse of the heat and weight. The reason why I said to pick up two pieces is because if you ever want to move the M1 around your property, and it's all gravel, pop down one piece of board at a time and roll the M1 right over it (move it a few feet, then move the other board in front, repeat). Works really well for me.
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Old 10-21-2020, 05:10 PM   #17
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Old thread I know. How does the M1 compare to a kamado as far as grilling is concerned for those that have had both a kamado and an M1?
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Old thread I know. How does the M1 compare to a kamado as far as grilling is concerned for those that have had both a kamado and an M1?


Had a primo oval xl for about 8 years and have an M1 now. Grilling performance is about the same. Lot more airflow with the m1 so temps can get out of hand quickly if you have a lot of charcoal. I use the m1 split fire grate with the basket on one side to create a two zone setup. One cool thing you can do with the m1 is burn logs on the fire grate and direct grill over a wood fire...like a campfire. Can’t do that with a kamado. (Did burgers like that tonight over oak splits actually)


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Old 10-21-2020, 08:08 PM   #19
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Have a m36 ordered. Excited for it but at the same time I'm hoping I made the right choice. I'm on the verge of ordering a Shirley or backline fab offset just in case ��
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Old 10-25-2020, 07:53 AM   #20
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Had a primo oval xl for about 8 years and have an M1 now. Grilling performance is about the same. Lot more airflow with the m1 so temps can get out of hand quickly if you have a lot of charcoal. I use the m1 split fire grate with the basket on one side to create a two zone setup. One cool thing you can do with the m1 is burn logs on the fire grate and direct grill over a wood fire...like a campfire. Can’t do that with a kamado. (Did burgers like that tonight over oak splits actually)


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Thanks! I’ve seen where most that grill indirect for longer than 45 mins - hr will do so from the firebox. Obviously this would use a lot more charcoal. The M1 is intriguing with the ability to use as a wood burning offset. How has charcoal smoking from the firebox worked out for you? I see Travis has made a new coal basket that is 3” deeper which will hold more charcoal and bigger splits
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Thanks! I’ve seen where most that grill indirect for longer than 45 mins - hr will do so from the firebox. Obviously this would use a lot more charcoal. The M1 is intriguing with the ability to use as a wood burning offset. How has charcoal smoking from the firebox worked out for you? I see Travis has made a new coal basket that is 3” deeper which will hold more charcoal and bigger splits

I’ve never used it as a charcoal smoker from the firebox. Have done a lot of it with short reverse seers etc from the chamber




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Old 10-25-2020, 01:42 PM   #22
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Thanks! I’ve seen where most that grill indirect for longer than 45 mins - hr will do so from the firebox. Obviously this would use a lot more charcoal. The M1 is intriguing with the ability to use as a wood burning offset. How has charcoal smoking from the firebox worked out for you? I see Travis has made a new coal basket that is 3” deeper which will hold more charcoal and bigger splits
I have charcoal smoked from the firebox several times and have had no real issues. My last cook was a 13 hr pork butt cook and I did have to re-fuel a couple of times and had to empty the ash pan once. On some of my shorter cooks I've not had to do that at all.
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My question exactly! I think we need some sort of warning when someone resurrects these old threads - especially one that referenced that kind of discount. I was excited, then confused at how I’d missed this given the 10/22 deadline. Finally I realized I’d missed it by three years, not three days
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I have charcoal smoked from the firebox several times and have had no real issues. My last cook was a 13 hr pork butt cook and I did have to re-fuel a couple of times and had to empty the ash pan once. On some of my shorter cooks I've not had to do that at all.
Ever tried using briquettes to see if burn time increases? Not kingsford but something like B&B or even Jealous Devils briquettes. Of course the ash would probably be even worse. It sounds like 10-15 logs would suffice if burning wood on a butt/brisket smoke if the 1 log per hour is accurate.
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Ever tried using briquettes to see if burn time increases? Not kingsford but something like B&B or even Jealous Devils briquettes. Of course the ash would probably be even worse. It sounds like 10-15 logs would suffice if burning wood on a butt/brisket smoke if the 1 log per hour is accurate.
On the Pork Butt cook I first put down a bed of Weber Briquettes and then used a layer of B&B comp longs on top of that. I put a Weber lighter cube in the left back corner on the ash pan and let that burn for about 15 or 20 minutes before shutting down the vents and getting it dialed in at about 275-300 degrees.

I did not get the entire fire basket of charcoal going at once, more of a minion method. When I did refuel, I only used the comp logs.

The Weber briquettes put out a ton of ash and the comp logs kind of do too so that is probably why I had to dump the pan part way through the cook.
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