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Old 03-04-2014, 03:35 PM   #1
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Don't know if this will be of interest to any PBC owners,but I use these magnetized hooks on mine to regulate temps and they work really good to shut her down when my food is done and save the charcoal. From Harbor Freight, I believe.
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Old 03-04-2014, 03:38 PM   #2
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I see. In the UDS build guys mentioned magnets - and I thought they would be refrigerator magnets.
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Old 03-04-2014, 03:53 PM   #3
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I see. In the UDS build guys mentioned magnets - and I thought they would be refrigerator magnets.
I use fridge magnets. The one the pizza guys bring by. However I like that hook magnet. Seems like it could be useful.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:06 PM   #4
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A while back I bought aluminum tape to seal some ac ducts which left me an almost full roll. I tear off some each time and cover the bottom vent and it shuts it down immidiately with plenty of charcoal left over. That looks like a neat idea as well. Thanks.

You can see it in this pic. I just cover bottom vent when done.



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Old 03-05-2014, 12:41 PM   #5
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Old 03-05-2014, 12:55 PM   #6
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do you guys light with lighter fluid or another method. That is holding me back on a PBC
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:08 PM   #7
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I use my Weber charcoal chimney with the PBC all the time and it works great. I think the Pit Barrel guys are trying to appeal to the novice smoker as well as the Brethren, so for some lighter fluid may actually be a plus!

I would not let the suggestion to use lighter fluid scare you off. Any other lighting method works fine, and the PBC is a great smoker for the money.

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Old 03-05-2014, 01:25 PM   #8
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I use lighter fluid,mostly. Also have starter cubes and an electric starter. No problems with the fluid. Ikissell is right, great smoker.
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:50 PM   #9
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I have used fridge magnets since I got mine a year ago including for the bottom vent. I use a chiminey to start charcoal.
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:53 PM   #10
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Chimney here, too.
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rehless please return my tongs I wondered where they had gotten off to. Good idea on the magnets I remember hearing something about Aluminum something causing ahhhh.... hey those look just like my tongs
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I use a chimney as well BUT I've used lighter fluid twice when I wanted to accelerate the lighting process. Either way is fine.
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Thanks for the tip. How are they holding up?
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:27 PM   #14
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I have had mine right at a year. No issues at all. I use weedburner to start mine now. Great smoker.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:02 PM   #15
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I was in Harbor Freight today and bought four more hook magnets. We have a fifth wheel trailer and I know I will find a use for them. They have a nice strong grip.
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