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Old 02-13-2011, 10:58 PM   #1
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Anyone have one? I fondled a heavy duty horizontal offset this weekend that was pretty nice, but today's Sunday ad shows a Bandera-like vertical pit by the same manufacturer. Wondered if anyone has one.

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Old 02-13-2011, 11:04 PM   #2
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I saw those in the ad today too. I was out at Academy a couple weeks ago and did not see it in stock. Believe me, if they had it, I would have gone over to check it out. Must be a new stock item.
I'm curious about hearing some reviews about it as well.

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Old 02-13-2011, 11:06 PM   #3
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It doesn't look bad in the ad, but if it's anything like the Charbroil one, they can keep it!
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:04 AM   #4
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Looks like a charbroil. How much steel can you get for $299
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:46 AM   #5
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I look at these every time I go in there. I don't think Char-Broil makes anything as heavy as these. They have more welded seams than any other cooker that I have seen in Academy. Pretty solid actually.
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:18 AM   #6
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If it is the one I saw in there last week it is pretty solid. Welded expanded metal shelves looked real nice.......
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I've had an Old Country 20" BBQ Pit for 3 years and i like it. Made of 3/16" steel and all welded. Not sure about the Bandera clone. Since i built a UDS, the Old Country is mainly used for grilling steaks.
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Tanks, guys! Guess I need to go look at one.
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Anyone have one? I fondled a heavy duty horizontal offset this weekend that was pretty nice, but today's Sunday ad shows a Bandera-like vertical pit by the same manufacturer. Wondered if anyone has one.

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I bought the vertical offset last Sunday. I haven't tried smoking anything with it yet, just seasoned it so far and made a charcoal basket for it. I am fairly new to smoking, have a Chargriller offset as well.

Here are some pics of the Old Country. they are a Texas company, but the pits are fabricated in Mexico.















The charcoal basket.



Fits nicely in the firebox.

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Old 02-17-2011, 05:36 AM   #10
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Not a bad looking smoker.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:01 AM   #11
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That does look pretty good. Thanks for the pix!
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Thanks for posting those pix - nice work! That cooker looks good esp. for the price - I like that they have sausage rods in there.
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I looked at one last nite at Academy and it looks like a nice unit for the price. Just have to convince my wife i need it.
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That does look pretty good. Thanks for the pix!
No problem. This thing seems pretty solid to me, my guess it weighs 250 lbs or so.

I went into Academy today to get some pecan wood chunks and they had another Old Country pit out, for $1499. Horizontal offset with the vertical cooking chamber on the end. They don't list it on the Academy web site, but it probably is on the Old Country web site.

ETA: I found a pic, not sure how it compares to the other Pit brands, seemed nice to me.

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Old 02-17-2011, 03:27 PM   #15
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Strangely enough that $1499 pit is on their Web site but the Bandera clone is not.
http://www.bbquepits.com/backyard_bbq_pits.htm

I'm having a hard time, though, figuring how they came up with $1400+ for what appears to be something less than a $799 (Old Country price) horizontal and a $299 (Academy price) vertical welded together with a single fire box.

Thanks for the update!
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