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Old 03-08-2009, 10:35 PM   #1
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I took delivery of my new smoker from Peoria Custom Cookers Friday night. I took some pictures before I fired it up to season it Saturday morning and thought I would share with you guys/gals.

The cooking chamber is 24" x 48" all of 1/4" steel. There is a fixed baffle at the firebox opening and tuning plate in the bottom of the cooking chamber as well. The top shelf is easily removable. The firebox is constructed out of two layers of 1/4" steel sandwiching ceramic insulation. The stacks are stainless steel and can be rotated out of the wind and can be removed for easier storage in the garage.

Peoria Custom Cookers is a top notch operation. The owner, Bill Cusack, has worked with me every step of the way to get me exactly what I wanted and built this cooker from the ground up. He went so far as to deliver it to me personally as he was going to be passing by Champaign on Friday. It was a pleasure working with them.

Initial impressions from the seasoning: The quality and attention to detail in the construction is terrific. The door is well balanced and seals well. The insulted firebox is incredibly efficient. This is huge step up from my Chargriller. It takes a while, in comparison, to get up to temp, but once it did it was a rock. It takes an incredibly small fire to keep the temp up and will require a lot less baby sitting than the Chargriller. Temperature difference end to end and top to bottom is about 10 to 12 degrees and the built in thermometer is spot on.

If you can’t tell, I really excited about my new cooker, thanks for looking.






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Old 03-08-2009, 10:37 PM   #2
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:40 PM   #3
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super nice!!
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:42 PM   #4
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WOW! Nice unit.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:43 PM   #5
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beautiful pit. congrats.
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:12 PM   #6
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Looks like a darn nice pit. I like the D rings, they make it easyer to use a crane to get it on the top floor of a construction site to cater lunch. Is the firebox insulated?
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:20 PM   #7
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Thats a real nice pit..
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:23 PM   #8
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Awesome. needs to get grasy. Congrats.
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:26 PM   #9
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Now that's how you weld! Damn! I want to go buy some more steel (thick stuff) and start zapp'n it together! I really love those stacks. seen them before on other stuff but those are still shinny!

Get'er dirty or drive it to meet me! (sure would look nice on the back of my Avalanche!)
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Nice looking rig!
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:45 PM   #11
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I agree, they didn't skimp on rod and the guy burning the stick
knew what he was doing. I wish I coud do that.

Damn nice looking Smoker it is. I can see why you are excited!

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Old 03-08-2009, 11:49 PM   #12
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That's a great looking setup. Are you planning to user it for catering or competitions, or just backyard Q?
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:48 AM   #13
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Thanks for all of the kind words. no plans for catering or comps, just an avid backyard Q'er for family and friends.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:51 AM   #14
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Very nice Pit. Enjoy
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:22 AM   #15
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very impressive! would you care to share the MSRP on that bad boy, or is that too personal? LOL
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