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Unread 03-02-2013, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default Even Cook Temps Recommendation

I am looking for a cooker to do the following:

- Even cooking temperatures throughout the entire grill surface(s)
- Insulated or very low heat loss (for low fuel consumption/high efficiency)
- Portable/Patio/Backyard duty
- Outdoor durable (low rust maintenance)
- Dual smoke & grill (reverse sear) capable
- Charcoal fuel source (wood chunks for flavor)
- 7-8 rib slabs at a time
- Easy cleaning
- Easy control (perhaps provisions for BBQ Guru or like controller)
- Cost is no object

I currently have a Traeger Texas (good but no charcoal) and a Kamado Komodo (which does all of the above perfectly, but I am looking for more horizontal surface area). I have been at it for nearly 50 years, but I am not up on the latest in design technology.

I assume an offset might be the ticket for even temps, but I am open to all suggestions.

Thanks in advance.
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Thanks. I also have a Bull gasser which works well for searing, I was just looking for an all-in-one option.

Maybe one of these:

http://zaksmoker.com/custom-barbecue...t-grill-combo/

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http://www.weber.com/explore/grills/...es/ranchkettle
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persoanly I feel you should stay with multi cookers, it will give you versitillity when you are cooking big loads and different meats that you would want to use different temps..
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persoanly I feel you should stay with multi cookers, it will give you versitillity when you are cooking big loads and different meats that you would want to use different temps..
http://zaksmoker.com/custom-barbecue...t-grill-combo/

I might be wrong, but this one looks like your can bring your Tri Tip to 120F then move it over the fire box for a cross-hatch sear (in theory anyway).

However, maybe you are right. If I remove the dual smoke/sear requirement, then what would you recommend?
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Thanks.

This might work:

http://pitmaker.com/product/vin/?vin=46116274

However, I wonder if the vertical grates would see significantly different (> +/- 15F) temps (from low to high)?
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There is no correct answer.

A reverse flow smoker offers you the most even temperature across the firebox. It will not sear.

Any grill that can sear is only going to be as even as the coals you put in, and how you arrange it, bearing in mind, that the way heat behaves in a vertical column with sides is always going to give you a hot center and colder edges.

Smoking in a cabinet offers some variability from top to bottom, but, a properly designed cabinet gets very close to even temperatures.

Most people learn to use the variability in their cooker to their advantage.

I prefer a kettle or direct fire grill for searing, and for smoking, but, there is no unit I know of that does both well.
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