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Unread 01-12-2014, 04:28 PM   #1
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I am looking at getting a new smoker pit. I will likely have to travel to get one, here in MN a good pit is hard to find. I like the "T" from Johnson Smokers. But how big of pig can I do on how big of pit?
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There's a lot of answers to that. Can do a suckling pig in an oven. I'd figure out the size smoker you want and call your butcher and ask him the length and width of various pigs.
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I think it really depends on the size of the pig and the pit. I did a 50 lb pig on my pit and had plenty of room left. My pits bottom rack was about 80" by 30" wide. If you plan to cook pigs, I would not buy anything shorter than 5' by 30" wide. That's just my opinion. Hope that helps.
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Looking at the "T", it looks like the doors may be too small for a larger hog. In one picture the racks are split between the doors. This may make it more difficult to move the hog.

I have a Good One T-60. It has room to cook 2 hogs. The bar in the middle lifts out of the way and the racks are a full 60"x28". I may be selling it this spring. If you would be interested in a used smoker.
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My pit is 40 x 60 and I can easily put a 100# with the back split. That is the biggest I've done.
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I have a 20x50 Klose BYC and the biggest I can fit is a 70# pig racer style. You may want to think about whether you want to cook them racer style, butterflied, offset, over direct heat, etc.
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What is "racer style"?

I like Johnson's new 30" T, but the grill looks like it is at chest height!
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