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Unread 01-20-2014, 03:01 PM   #1
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I'm looking at getting a new smoker soon and have it narrowed down to a Backwoods Party or the Humphrey's Battle Box. With a budget around $1500 should I be considering any other brand? The spicewine's and stump's are out of my price range.

Anyone have any experience cooking packers on the Party? That's the one thing that concerns me is the interior dimensions of the Party.

Any advice would be appreciated, I only have one chance to get this right. Wife won't let me buy a second if I don't like it.. haha
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Unread 01-20-2014, 03:08 PM   #2
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Don't forget shipping. That will add $200-$400 to your total cost. I prefer the build quality of the Humphrey's over the BWS. The Battle Box can fit a full size hotel so pan it should hold a packer just fine. After seeing the BWS smokers in person I was surprised that the door gaskets were powder coated and that some even got into the cooking chamber. Maybe I ran into a bad powder coat job? According to BWS the Party should hold 6-8 packers and everyone that has one has no issues with how it cooks.
Have you looked at the Backyard Bombers? They have reverse flow and gravity fed models that are near your price range. Don't worry about the gasket pictures on their site or how the powder coat is not done right inside the doors. They have fixed that but are not in a rush to update their website??? Really nice people though.
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I have a Party G2, so a little deeper than a standard Party, but close enough. You can definitely do 4-6 packers in there depending on how large they are. I've done two 15lbs packers with three chickens and two St. Louis cut slabs at the same time and had a rack to spare for beans. You didn't say how many you want to cook for, but if it's just your family and a few friends you might even look at a Chubby. I got mine from a dealer and didn't have to pay shipping, don't know if there's one near you. Good luck!
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Thanks guys! I have a backwoods and humphrey's dealer close so I won't be paying shipping either. I was worried about getting the packers to fit on the regular party's 16 in grates. The battle box appears to be only slightly bigger than the g2 chubby but not quite a party.
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My Battle Box will be coming in on Friday!! Read the reviews on here, I ordered without seeing one. I have seen BWS party's. I will post pictures this weekend!! Good luck with your purchase.
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I was worried about packers fitting on the party's 16" grates. The battle box appears to be slightly larger than the g2 chubby but not quite as big as the party.
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Humphreys Pint- Size of Party extended.

http://www.humphreysbbq.squarespace....okers/the-pint

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The Pint

$1,875.00

The Pint is the perfect size. It is taller than the Battle Box but Shorter than the DownEast Beast.
Maine Craftsmanship goes into each one of our cookers for years of dependability. We have some great additional features on the smoker accessory page such as the slide out waterpan, casters, and stainless steel racks. The slide out waterpan makes clean up and refilling super easy. If you choose the slide out waterpan, a rack locations will be eliminated. All units come with a daisy wheel door for extra air flow. Call or email us today for a shipping quote.
Standard Features:
  • 7691 cubic inch cooking space
  • BBQ Guru Mount included
  • 1200 Degree Non-flammable Insulation
  • 10 Stock Powder Coated Colors
  • Heavy Duty Firepan
  • 3 Cooking Racks
  • 18 Rack Locations
  • Weighs 315 lbs.
  • Measures 22w x 28d x 49t with doors, feet, chimney
  • Holds Full Size Hotel Pan
  • Heavy Duty Pin Hinges
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  • Stainless Steel 4" Water Pan (drop in)

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I had a Backwoods Party and sold it for a Humphreys Battle Box. The build quality of the Humphreys is amazing! I moved to the Battle box to be able to fit full size pans. Good luck with your decision.
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How much difference is there in cook space between the two? Im leaning towards the BB more and more. I do wish there was more info on them. Would like to see a few videos of one in action.
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http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=179331 here's a review my team mate did on the Battle Box


I like the extra depth on Battle Box compared to the Party. I had to squeeze two butts on rack now I can comfortable put them on there.
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Is there only room to do two racks of butts? I would be going with the drop in water pan.
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Drop in pan saves some room in the humphreys. A party is built like a file cabinet compared to a humphreys
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Anyone have the internal dimensions of the BB with the drop in pan? I don't see it on their page.
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