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View Poll Results: Do you use a Bandera?
I have a Bandera and use it as my main cooker. 17 37.78%
I have a Bandera but no longer use it. 6 13.33%
My Bandera shares time with another smoker. 7 15.56%
I do not own a bandera. 11 24.44%
I will own a Bandera one of these days. 4 8.89%
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Unread 05-28-2008, 08:08 PM   #1
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Default Bandera use question

This site was started for cookers who use the New Braunfels Smoker model "Bandera".

After reading a post by Scolli about refurbing his old Bandera I started to wonder who had one and who still uses it.
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Unread 05-28-2008, 08:15 PM   #2
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I have never owned one. I saw them well after I had a custom smoker.
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Did they make the first Bandera that didnt include and upright?
Looked more like an offset grill back in the early 90's?
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I have two and I love them.
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I've never owned one. I've always thought about getting one if i could find a used one to refurb, but ive got too many good cookers now to neglect em with a new bandera. now i wouldnt mind have Pooh's MOAB.
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The Bandera was my first smoker. After I got my Klose and my WSM, I gave the 'dera to a friend--a displaced Texan living here in Michigan. I learned a lot about fire control with that cooker, and more importantly, a google search for Bandera is what led me to this great forum a couple of years back.
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Don't forget the Brinkmann Smoke King Deluxe. BSKD. Mirror of the newer dera's. Not as good and heavy as the original Dera's of old, but a very similar cooker. I love mine.
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If you look around craigslist for smokers you may find them for fairly reasonable. I bought both of mine for MUCH less than you can but any decent offset smoker new. A really good deal when you consider an old dera is way thicker than most newer smokers.
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My Bandera is my main Smoker. But I use my Weber kettle twice as much as the Dera for backyard cooking.
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Quote:
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Don't forget the BSKD. I love mine.
Same here. I use it for my bigger cooks, like two 18 pound hams:

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I still have my BSKD but haven't used it lately since I turned into a drumhead.

I do have a project that I'm working on to mount the BSKD onto a small utility trailer that I can pull around with my lawn mower. Thinking it may be cool to take to tailgate party's.
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I had a BSKD but sold it a while back. I just wasn't using it anymore and felt like sharing the love!!!
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I have one too, but since buying our spicewine we have not used it once.
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I have a Bandera that has sat in my barn unused for 4 years.
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Quote:
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I have a Bandera that has sat in my barn unused for 4 years.
Mine's been my main for four years. No barn time.
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