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Unread 03-08-2012, 07:21 AM   #16
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What brand of reverse flow do you recomend?
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Unread 03-08-2012, 07:28 AM   #17
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If all you're looking for is some suggestions, let me save you a lot of time and sum up what you're likely to read in this post thread:

You can cook a whole competition on one WSM. three if you wanna get all expensive. They will pack in a minivan and cost around a grand total. Multiple teams consistantly win on them.

Build a drum! They're cheap and have great flavour. Multiple teams consistantly win on them.

Stick burner's rule! No need to sleep when you can put out flavour this good. Especially if it's a $12,000 Jambo. Multiple teams consistantly win on them.

Get an insulated charcoal cooker: Spicewine/Backwoods/Stumps/Superior/etc/etc/etc. Some have baskets, others use gravity. Paired with a Stoker or Guru, they let you get sleep, put out good flavour, and are mostly imune to the elements. Multiple teams consistantly win on them.

Get an FEC. Insulated, good flavour that won't over-smoke your meat. Imune to the elements. You get sleep, and these are super easy to clean. Multiple teams consistantly win on them.

I'm sure I've missed something, but the above covers 90% of what you'll read. Figure out what your budget is and what you wanna do, and go from there.

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Unread 03-08-2012, 07:44 AM   #18
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What brand of reverse flow do you recomend?

The brand of reverse-flow that leads the way is Lang (http://langbbqsmokers.com/).

I had a local fabricator build me a reverse flow (www.spatulaman.com). Saved a ton on shipping and got something that was the exact size I was looking for. You may want to do a local craigslist/Angie's list search from welders and fabricators, you could save a ton.
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The Pitmaker Vault looks like a really good cooker. You can see it on youtube...a very detailed look at it. It looks like the way a Backwoods should've been built with good strong racks. Price is pretty reasonable too. As someone previously stated, Lang sets the standard in reverse flow offset pits, but you'll be cutting and splitting (or buying) alot of wood and you'll have to feed it all night at comps.
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Unread 03-08-2012, 08:33 AM   #20
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What about DW's Kountry Cookers? I have been looking at their stuff and it looks very nice. Anyone have experience with it?
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Unread 03-08-2012, 08:53 AM   #21
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DW's are basically the same as Stumps and Superior...never used one but they have to cook very similar.
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Unread 03-08-2012, 09:02 AM   #23
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I am secretly saving for a Pitmaker for sure. What a gorgeous pit, just trying to decide on whether to go vertical with the Vault or offset with the Long Rifle Sniper.
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If I could redirect this back to the start. Like the first few said, but they gave specific details, the first thing you have to come to terms with is who you are and what type of cooking you enjoy cooking on/with. Some enjoy tending fire; others enjoy sleeping. Then, once you decide, you have to think "do I want to do this in a competition". There's another piece of the decision.

Also, and I haven't read anything above on this, what type of competition are you planning to compete. All BBQ competitions are NOT the same. Some are just 1 category, others multiple categories. Some have just 1 turn-in (of each meat), others have multiple turn-ins per meat. Some are completely blind, others come on-site. All of these factor in because of volume of meat you'll need to cook and at what cleanliness level you need to maintain. For that matter, some have you cooking whole hogs (it's tough to fit a whole hog on many smokers)...

To make the correct decision, for you, you need to first understand yourself and what your plans are. Then you can begin to answer the questions. Most will answer themselves.

As far as offset smokers, there are reverse flow and traditional smokers. There are insulated and un-insulated. While I would like an insulated one, I frankly cannot afford a Jambo. Also, I prefer reverse flow for many reasons. That lead me pretty much to two major players in this style, being Bubba Grills (www.bubbagrills.net) and Lang (www.pigroast.com). Both built well, sturdy, solid, will last a long time. I'd chosen the Bubba Grills because I know Lonnie (the owner) and they're slightly less expensive than Lang, but in my search I found a used Lang that fit the $$$ better, so I have a Lang. I love it, but also love the Bubba Grills models too.

I happen to like tending fires and enjoy it. That's just me; there's nothing wrong with the other types. Most competitions I compete in there's no getting much sleep anyway. Also I tend to compete (when I do it) in competitions that require more meat cooked than others, so I need the capacity that some other smokers dont provide. Again, that's me and my preferences. Yours may vary and put you on to a completely different smoker, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Best of luck. I hope you choose a smoker that you'll use and enjoy for many years to come!!!
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figure your budget first, and a post will not answer what you need to know and before spending $$$$$$$$$$$ go to a comp or find someone local and look at the cookers in person and decide on which way to go as only you can answer what style fits your style and how you have cooked in the past and each style cooker has a different flavor or flavour profile releative to the medium being burned...remember if you go to pellets you are held hostage to the pellet makers, with a muti fuel pit you can burn charcoal, wood....but it has to be up to you and what can be transported by you...good luck!
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Unread 03-08-2012, 01:41 PM   #26
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I have a ABS pit boss for sale. If interested e-mail me. It is a rottessorie setup.
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