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Old 04-08-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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Default Pruitt Ironworks Smokers, Tyler, TX- anyone heard of them?

My father-in-law has been researching smoker builders in the Dallas area and found a company called Pruitt Ironworks out in Tyler. Looks like they have a decent product, but I have a question about the placement of their firebox. Has anyone seen anything like this before? The firebox runs underneath the cooking chamber- do you guys see any benefit/drawbacks to this? My first thought is that it might get hot in there pretty fast if you weren't careful. Thoughts? Thanks ya'll.

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Old 04-08-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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Never heard of them. But for $500 more you could get a Gatorpit of almost the same size AND, if you needed it ever sell it, they don't sit for very long.



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Old 04-08-2013, 06:07 PM   #3
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I had a similar build to that but I got rid of it. I don't think the design makes sense as the right side gets way too hot in contrast to the rest of the smoker, which leaves you with less real estate. Even with tuning plates, I would avoid this design vs a traditional build that allows smoke to properly flow.

Also, the firebox looks too small and from personal experience, if I where getting an offset, it would have a door up top to load wood as the small side door on this would be a real PITA. have you looked at Lyfe tyme or other similar units?

here is the one I had and sold.

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Old 04-08-2013, 06:08 PM   #4
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Neat & with a name with "Iron Works" in it they might be the real deal. Never heard of them or seen one but this is obviously a small reverse flow - I'm assuming the top of the exposed firepox continues through the cook chamber to the edge of the "bell end" leaving about 6"-8" for the smoke & heat to enter the cook chamber. I think its a great concept: good sized cook chamber but overall compact design. I've seen a couple of really big RF old propane tanks where the firebox is actually built into the first 2'-3' of the tank, usually with a H2O reservoir above. You prolly need to be careful of to much radiant heat, but with a little experience at fire management I bet it will cook some good Q.
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