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Unread 07-20-2013, 02:21 PM   #1
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Around 7 years ago, my wife gave me the wonderful gift of an offset smoker. It has been a good smoker but badly needs replaced soon. Looking into Yoder, Horizon, and Jambo Jr.(backyard model). The real issue is I live in San Diego, so must ship no matter what. Unless...

Does anyone know of any places in SoCal where you can purchase a good smoker? or Custom builder?

Any reviews anyone would like to share on the three smokers I mentioned?
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Unread 07-20-2013, 04:03 PM   #2
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I'm a Big Green Egg fan but really like the Traegers too. take a look at the list of retailers at this link - http://www.traegergrills.com/dealers/

I know most sell other brands too.
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I would encourage you to visit pitbarrelcooker.com

Watch the videos. 269$ free shipping. It will be your go-to smoker/grill in short order. You will have plenty of $$$$ remaining for a yuppie cooker, a cow or three pigs. I was in Albq NM the other day playing golf and donating to the Native American Casino's. in the parking lot at Buffalo Thunder a trailer with four wheelers and a pit Barrel Cooker was being transported to or from a camping trip. Made me homesick. I love my PBC. You will too.
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I would encourage you to visit pitbarrelcooker.com

Watch the videos. 269$ free shipping. It will be your go-to smoker/grill in short order. You will have plenty of $$$$ remaining for a yuppie cooker, a cow or three pigs. I was in Albq NM the other day playing golf and donating to the Native American Casino's. in the parking lot at Buffalo Thunder a trailer with four wheelers and a pit Barrel Cooker was being transported to or from a camping trip. Made me homesick. I love my PBC. You will too.
so your saying you actually spent 269$ for a downsized uds? and you consider it a good value even though it's priced at least 100$ more than it would cost to just buy a barrel and build a full sized version?
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Of the three listed I would go with the Jambo Jr. imo. Not sure if you have looked into Lang? Have never cooked on one but they seem pretty popular.
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so your saying you actually spent 269$ for a downsized uds? and you consider it a good value even though it's priced at least 100$ more than it would cost to just buy a barrel and build a full sized version?

donny you want to take this?

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Also forgot to mention in my previous post. I'm not sure if he ships pits or not but get ahold of TuscaloosaQ from the forum here. Building himself quite a reputation for building a heck of a pit for a good price.
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I remember a thread a few months back from a member in Ca asking an opinion on a pit built in Ca. but I can't remember the name of the poster or the pit mfg. there was a link in the post to the builders site and it was a decent pit for the $.
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Of the three listed I would go with the Jambo Jr. imo. Not sure if you have looked into Lang? Have never cooked on one but they seem pretty popular.
Yeah, I looked into a Lang. Looks like a nice pit, just shipping to SOCAL would cost a small fortune.
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I'm not "saying" I'm "screaming" at the top of my qwerty keyboard.
Pit Barrel Cooker works. Patio Hero time farkers.



Oh, and I spent 219.00 free shipping.
I had a Kingsford discount coupon

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BGE or maybe a yoder
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I'm not "saying" I'm "screaming" at the top of my qwerty keyboard.
Pit Barrel Cooker works. Patio Hero time farkers.



Oh, and I spent 219.00 free shipping.
I had a Kingsford discount coupon

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I don't think anyone will argue that a 30 gallon UDS will work the same as a 50 Gallon UDS, but it will be smaller..

and I don't think I said an UDS is a bad option, but if you are going to pay 219$ to have someone build you an "Ugly Drum Smoker" then you should maybe consider at least getting one that will be pretty.

if you were to pay 20$ for a barrel on craigslist, 30$ to get it sandblasted and 139$ from big poppa smokers to buy their kit, and then spend 20$ on paint at lowes, and you will have a bigger, better, and Prettier UDS, at the cost of maybe 2 hours of your time assembling it using very easy to follow instructions. and you would have saved 30$ over the discounted price of your smaller smoker.

that's right 30 dollars less for a functionally identical but bigger, and prettier smoker, WITH a bottle opener built in.
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The size is a bonus. Easily transported. I'm not a yuppy so the majority of my beer consumed has a twist off cap. My wedding ring easily removes the cap off a Moose Drool. It's just the bride and me. While the pit barrel can only handle 50-75# of meat at a time, it's more than enough for two.

Support a veteran, buy American. Yup- that's the Pit Barrel Cooker.
Peace out. Wife just walked in with a 30 pack of Miller Lite, some limes and spicy V-8.
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BGE or maybe a yoder
Thanks Wolfpack, have you cooked on a yoder before?
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