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Unread 08-20-2013, 04:34 PM   #1
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Default Which Pit to buy for competition?

I am currently looking to buy a competition pit. I have been looking at the east texas smoker company RK250 which is a 7 foot reverse flow horizontal offset smoker or the pitmaker vault. I like the fact that for the price the east texas smoker is already on a trailer but I also like the reputation behind the pitmaker vault. I am just not sure how to haul the pitmaker vault because I can't afford the trailers that pitmaker mounts there vaults on. Any advice and suggestions are welcome. My max budget is $5,000.

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Buy two Yoder YS640 pellet smokers on Competition Carts. Then when you compete you can get some sleep.
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For $5,000 you could get you a real nice BWS and a simple enclosed trailer to haul it in.
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Stump Stretch is a great choice
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..or you can just use the search.. this question is asked at least once a month.
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A cooker on a trailer under $5K is great.. but only if you are going to enjoy cooking on it.

The two cookers noted are practically at opposite ends of the spectrum as far as requirements, characteristics etc.

figure out what kind of pit you really want to cook on first
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Buy the WINNING pit. If you cant get that one (the one that wins every time), I suggest getting the one that suits your cooking style and preference best.
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For that money you could buy a used cargo trailer off Craigslist and roll on a nice SouthernQ gravity feed. A small cargo trailer is fully depreciated at around $2,000, so as long as you take care of it you should be able to resell it for what you paid for it in a year or two when you are ready for something fancier.
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Many, many choices in pits for that budget. For the two you are looking at, the Pitmaker is an insulated cooker. It will use less fuel, and you will get more sleep vs. the East Texas Smoker.

(...or get a Battle Box for $1500, and have plenty of cash for your trailer - these guys are new in the pit business (but been refurbishing other brands for years), which is why they are cheaper and you haven't heard of them, but they are rapidly gaining a great reputation in NEBSland)
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Many, many choices in pits for that budget. For the two you are looking at, the Pitmaker is an insulated cooker. It will use less fuel, and you will get more sleep vs. the East Texas Smoker.

(...or get a Battle Box for $1500, and have plenty of cash for your trailer - these guys are new in the pit business (but been refurbishing other brands for years), which is why they are cheaper and you haven't heard of them, but they are rapidly gaining a great reputation in NEBSland)
Yes, I also agree with the Battle Box. The Humphrey's have been refurbishing all models of cookers for a few years now(they rebuilt my BWS) I just got my new Battle box last week, and I broke it in this past weekend at a contest. We ended up winning the contest!!!! I fired it up at 9:30 sat morning and it burned for 12hrs @ 250. I'd say it's a pretty tight cooker!!!
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I've been trying to decide between a Pitmaker Safe and a BWS Fatboy. Thanks to those that posted about the Battle Box....I have some more investigating to do!
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Humphrey all the way!!
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How much meat are you guys fitting on the battle box for a KCBS comp?

EDIT: found this link, but still interested in comments.
http://www.mainemachining.com/store/...lary.asp?ID=10
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How much meat are you guys fitting on the battle box for a KCBS comp?
I just use it as my Brisket cooker and for setting glazes with the slide out water pan. I know a few do an entire comp on it they should chime in here when they see it.
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