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Old 08-21-2018, 08:58 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone! Experienced smoker who has had Cookshack Amerique, Weber kettle, Masterbuilt electric and Napoleon smoker grill. I’m trying to make a good decision on my next smoker and have really been looking at the Pitmaker Vault and Ole Hickory CTO. I could really use your collective experience with these two units and the companies that make them.
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:05 AM   #2
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Hi Everyone! Experienced smoker who has had Cookshack Amerique, Weber kettle, Masterbuilt electric and Napoleon smoker grill. I’m trying to make a good decision on my next smoker and have really been looking at the Pitmaker Vault and Ole Hickory CTO. I could really use your collective experience with these two units and the companies that make them.


Not sure as I have not cooked on either, but there is a Pitmaker Vault on CL in Sacramento right now. Just sayin... ;)
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:42 AM   #3
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Malcom Reed at How To BBQ right does some videos on the CTO.


http://howtobbqright.com/ole-hickory-pits/
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Old 08-21-2018, 11:02 AM   #4
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Hi Everyone! Experienced smoker who has had Cookshack Amerique, Weber kettle, Masterbuilt electric and Napoleon smoker grill. I’m trying to make a good decision on my next smoker and have really been looking at the Pitmaker Vault and Ole Hickory CTO. I could really use your collective experience with these two units and the companies that make them.
I own a Pitmaker Vault and love it. I use a CyberQ, and can hold exact temp for the entire cook without having to reload lump/wood.

If you have any specific questions, I will try to answer them the best I can.
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Old 08-21-2018, 11:53 AM   #5
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Another satisfied vault owner here. I use mine both with and without a cyberQ. I also use it with lump, small splits or a mixture of both. If you have any questions just ask.

Btw, if a used one is something you’d consider you might want to have a look at the general sales forum on this site.


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Old 03-04-2019, 10:53 PM   #6
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Kevin & Jason, I appreciate your comments and would welcome any feedback on the Vault since you both have them. I apologize for the delay in responding to you, I definitely need to get on this more often than I have thus far. Thanks gents!
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:40 PM   #7
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Just curious if you guys often run straight wood in these?


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Old 03-14-2019, 09:29 PM   #8
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Vault owner. No temp controller. Don't really need it.

I have never run all wood. Usually big chunks and charcoal. I mess around with the door to get a clean burn and an happy with results.

Couldn't tell you about the CTO. Would love to cook on one and tell you, in case anyone nearby has one. Hint hint.
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:24 PM   #9
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I was a very fortunate person in 2018 and was able to have a few bites of different meats off of Malcom Reeds OH CTO. I haven't forgotten what that tasted like. 2019 is the year to decide on an Ole Hickory or T&K Gravity for me! I really liked that Ole Hickory. I wish they would update their controller so that it was digital and could connect to the cloud. I get it though... their focus is more commercial.

Let us know what you decide!
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:43 PM   #10
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We have a Ole Hickory Ace BP. Love it. The controls are older style technology. The reason is they work and if you ever need parts a lot can be sourced local. Don’t get me wrong digital read out would be a nice feature
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:39 PM   #11
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I had the CTO and liked it, I even made a charcoal basket and burned charcoal when I did my cooking, they are easy to cook on
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