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Unread 08-15-2013, 09:22 PM   #31
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Quick update: I spoke with Brad @ www.custompits.com and confirmed that is NOT one of his pits. He said that he has had issues with the guys at htbwelding.com making those claims before (that custom pits gets their cookers from them) and they had addressed it but apparently will need to talk with them again. Custom Pits has fixed their issues that were stated in the earlier posts (and re-posted here), and as I suggested to gamblerpro1, he should be able to fix his issues with a few more dampers because he does not have enough airflow currently with that set up. Hopefully the guys where he got it will add those dampers for him and get him on the right track.

Gamblerpro1, please keep us updated on whether or not this pit maker makes this right for you or if you find another solution to fix the problems.
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Unread 08-17-2013, 09:58 AM   #32
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I've been away for a while getting geared up for the upcoming football season but I'll add my two cents for what its worth. I bought the A1 from custom-pits back in march and had a terrible time getting my smoker up to temps along with smoke leaking from every opening possible. I spoke with Brad and his response was that the smoker was designed to cook at 180 to 200 degrees which was unacceptable to me. After posting on this forum, i learned that my FB's size and exhaust size were severely handicapping my ability to reach the temps and proper draft i was looking for. I again contacted Brad and he reluctantly admitted they were going to redesign the exhaust and he would contact me when they came available. Needless to say i never heard back from Brad. I decided to take my rig to a local welder and for $70 he added a 6 inch exhaust. I can now easily reach temps of 350 with no problem and my smoker no longer leaks smoke from the door or any other opening. I will eventually replace the FB with a larger one but for now I work with what I have no thanks to Brad and Custom-Pits.

Please don't let my opinion of Custom Pits affect anyone's buying decision...others may have different experiences dealing with custom-pits but in terms of design and customer service i would have to rate them very low.
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That's a Greasy Hill Smoker out of Alabama I believe. I was just asking about this myself on another thread.
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That's a Greasy Hill Smoker out of Alabama I believe. I was just asking about this myself on another thread.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=168994

this thread. Man those smokers are cheap in price!!!!!
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If I am not mistaken they were called beam custom smokers last year
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If I am not mistaken they were called beam custom smokers last year
A company name change is never a good sign...
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Unread 08-20-2013, 08:09 PM   #37
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I own that pit and after a new vent on the door under the grate mine will hit 350 with the door barely cracked. Mine came with 2 vents (1 above the grate which was useless because that made it an exhaust!!!) I seen everyone putting on a wider vent and if i would have had the money I would have done the same! But after the second exhaust I had cut out it is a GREAT cooker! 2 small splits and it will hold temp at 300 for an hour. I just wish I would have waited another month before I bought mine so all the bugs could have been worked out I agree with bulldog. It is touchy on how you have it leaning. It effects the temp dramaticly. I usually have mine level but sometimes I have to dip the nose. Hope this helps!
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Unread 08-20-2013, 08:48 PM   #38
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For an offset smoker, I would suggest that any design that puts the firebox a) towards the automobile and b) puts the firebox ON THE FRAME is just plain and simple a horrendous bad design. I'm thinking its only a matter of a few good hot cooks before that frame becomes compromised. Then, undersize the firebox; not good. And that's IF they use good quality thick steel with good quality welds and an otherwise tried and true design.

Honestly, I'm thinking it's time to sell it and buy one from Tuscaloosa, Bubba Grills, or Lang. JMHO.
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