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Unread 04-11-2011, 11:32 PM   #1
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Default To pit or Not to Pit.. a birthday question

So here is the deal,

My wife and I celebrated our 1 yr anniversary yesterday and my birthday was two days before. For my presents, she wanted to get my a new pit but she didnt know what I wanted. She also said the Desert Eagle 50 Cal was something I had mentioned so either would be my gift...ok... so at 1st the DE was a no brainer but then I started trying to figure out what I could get for ~1500 bucks. I am trying to find something that is backyard, heavy steel and has wheels so I can roll on the trailer and take to cookoffs or tailgating if desired.

What would you guys say? Any suggestions for a great pit in that range? Used would even be ok but craigslist here in Houston is pulling up no real.. winner.
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Unread 04-12-2011, 06:22 AM   #2
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Who are you? Me? I have an April 8th birthday and an anniversary on the 10th...weird. I guess the purchase is whatever you like to cook on, somethime like a Yoder http://yodersmokers.com/wichita.html or electrics like a Cookshack or a Pellet Pooper like a Traeger 075.
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Unread 04-12-2011, 06:47 AM   #3
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I had a DE .50 when they first came out. I don't have it anymore. But I have a lot of cookers. 'Nuff said. I suggest a Stumps. Great cookers.
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Well, ammo for the .50 is about 20 rnds for $27, every time you'd take it to shoot you probably go through 50-100 rounds (maybe more) since the DE is semi-auto. That's $60-$135 every time you go shooting. Now think about how much meat you could buy for $60 to $135 to load in your new smoker....
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Unread 04-12-2011, 09:52 AM   #5
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Darn good point on the ammo...
@ GreenDrake, haha yah we did the wedding in April cause it is Texas.. anything later in the year and you pass out in a tux. :) Speaking of that, I have to show the 'grooms/birthday' cake the wife surpised me with at the wedding... a replica of my CharGriller Duo. Our friend actually made the cake but I think it was a HUGE hit at the reception :)
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That cake is something else.
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Hi, welcome to the madness!

Personally... fond of them Langs... 1/4" steel and patio models available

Lang 48 patio new - 1595 (used around 1000)
Lang 60 mobile new - 2595 (used around 1500-2000)
Ben Lang's site: www.pigroast.com

Both sizes were in my 7x16 trailer... (not together)
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That is an awesome cake
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Klose is in Houston.
http://www.bbqpits.com/
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Default Rugbyguytx,

I didn't read the whole thing, but right off the bat I though of what a lot of Qers say. and you'll thank us later-
"When buying a smoker,get the bigger choice", ie when you choose, get the next step up
Have with whatever you get and...
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@ BBQ Bandit: I like the langs but now looking to find one that is used. Love Klose and looked at Pits by JJ but I am thinking if I hold out I can find a used Klose or JJ and as @Oldschoolbbq said get bigger.
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I love you Americans, a Pit or a Hand cannon!

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For $1500, I would get a Midnight Smoker, but the metal might not be as heavy as what you want.

http://meyermetalworks.com/products.php
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@kcchiefdav , Yah I have a Chargriller Duo right now and that is my issue.. the metal is too thin and I really have to watch the temps ALL the time to make sure it doesnt cool down, etc.
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