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Old 10-21-2013, 10:19 PM   #151
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Love the build! How's the temps from bottom shelf from the top?
I haven't had a chance to run the Maverick probes in various locations but the door gauges show the lower and upper shelves to be pretty even...maybe -5F on the upper one.

When I get it back I will probably do a burn on it with nothing in it or maybe just some biscuits to try and dial in the tuning plates better and get a feel for variations in the chamber with the probes.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:54 AM   #152
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Hey Peeps!

Noice Monaro Mate!



And also, I may add... that best bandera build thread I've seen for a good long while!

I even voted for that pulled pork without looking at where it came from!

Well done on all counts!


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Old 10-22-2013, 07:06 AM   #153
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Thanks all around, Bill! Wish we could get more of your sweet Holdens around these parts!

I had a colleague come to the US several years ago from Australia and I picked him up from the airport in the GTO. He said, "I never thought I'd have to come to America to get my first ride in a Monaro!" :D
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:49 AM   #154
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Earl will be back relaxing on my patio tomorrow evening! He's 4 wheelin' now!
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:08 PM   #155
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Earl was delivered Friday early evening. I burned some wood in it for a few hours at temps ranging from 250-400°F. I didn't try setting anything on the firebox lid yet, but I expect it firmed up just fine. It moves pretty easily with new swivel casters instead of legs now and the trimming of the firebox lid worked out great! He trimmed it just a bit so it doesn't look like a big gap like the Banderas have. Very clean!

I ran some charcoal and chunks in it last night for dinner and smoked some bacon wrapped and stuffed thighs on the grill top area. Set up the KBB 2-3" deep in a U-shape around a foil pan with a few apple chunks. It ran around 250F-300F in the grill top area for about 3 hours before I closed everything off with about 2/3 of the charcoal used. Temps in the smokebox were only in the 150°F range. I bet if I loaded up the basket (it was nowhere even close to full)and used a snake pattern I could run for 6+ hours on briquettes and probably get the smokebox up to usable temps if I ever wanted to try for an overnight burn. I have never done a "ring of fire" method before, even in my kettle. I usually just bank the coals to one side, so this was a learning experience as well figuring out how much vent to open/close. It seemed that with the ring of fire method, sometimes I would get enough intake air to cause combustion AND dilution and it ran hottest without all the intakes WFO. It seemed to burn hottest with the intakes about 1/3-1/2 open.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:42 PM   #156
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Cooked a 10lb Choice brisket on Earl today before my pizza I posted about and it was the best brisket I have ever done. Point was perfect, which is typical, but so was the flat, which has always been my nemesis. Im not even a fan of brisket flats, but this one was tender and moist after a 1 hr rest or so. Cook time was about 7 hours with temps around 250F-300F. No pics, but will be enjoying it for a few days for lunch at work. :D
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:40 AM   #157
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Glad to hear the vertical is working out for you. I have also found that my flats come out more tender on my vertical. Nothing against my old Smokemaster but I really enjoy not having to jack with the fire. Nothing like going the whole cook without even thinking about adding charcoal or chunks. The snake pattern works well but I have not tried any other way on mine yet. Mine also runs hotter with the intake about 1/3 open.
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:37 PM   #158
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Very impressive construction. Looks like a good design; I especially like the wheels.

I'd love something like that, but scaled down. I'll look for a local welder.

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Old 05-09-2014, 02:39 PM   #159
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Very impressive construction. Looks like a good design; I especially like the wheels.

I'd love something like that, but scaled down. I'll look for a local welder.

JW in Oregon
JW,

Here are the Bandera dimensions I found online during my build as a comparison.

This might get you started with a local builder.

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