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Unread 11-13-2009, 12:19 PM   #1
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Ok, our 2009 season is over, and i mentioned to Susan (wife) that I wanted to sell the FE100 and get a different smoker for the 2010 season.
She says, why cant you keep the FE and have 2 smokers? Hmmm (DING)
ok, twisting my arm, "I guess I could have 2 smokers" lol
Now the decision making process.... I been looking at Stumps, Superior Smokers, Spicewine, Backwoods, Ole Hickory CTO, hell even knockdown Calderea.

I like the ole hickory ctos, even tho a bit pricey, Superiors seem to be a tad heavy, Backwoods short burntimes.

Im open to any Brethren suggestions at this time

Heck, I may just take a plasma cutter and put a firebox on the FE100

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Unread 11-13-2009, 12:25 PM   #2
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I cook on a FE and a FEC.... that is my recommendation
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Unread 11-13-2009, 12:28 PM   #3
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What categories are you looking to cook in the other cooker?
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Backwoods short cook times what you talkin bout Willis. Lets see 24 lbs in my Professional at 7 am it's now 1:45 only half burned. 6hrs on 12lbs I will get 10 easy from this load.
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I have a CTO, I absolutely love it. It is a GREAT smoker!! I wish I had 2 of them.
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Why are you wanting to switch cookers?
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I have a CTO, I absolutely love it. It is a GREAT smoker!! I wish I had 2 of them.
There's one for sale near Omaha - saw it on cg yesterday.
http://kansascity.craigslist.org/bfs/1463657803.html
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Unread 11-13-2009, 01:29 PM   #8
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What categories are you looking to cook in the other cooker?

I would like to cook my ribs, pork and brisket in something other than the FE. Tho I feel i did fairly well this season with the FE. i just dont have faith in it anymore (another story)
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Unread 11-13-2009, 01:33 PM   #9
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Backwoods short cook times what you talkin bout Willis. Lets see 24 lbs in my Professional at 7 am it's now 1:45 only half burned. 6hrs on 12lbs I will get 10 easy from this load.
I was reading somewhere, (i think was your post hehe) that the first load gets about 4 hours burn time, and reloading at comps about 1:30-2:00am.
Was on a forum somewhere lol
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Unread 11-13-2009, 01:40 PM   #10
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Why are you wanting to switch cookers?

Long story, and have to watch what I say, will have all the FE fans up in arms, my wife loves the FE (even tho she sits up with it all night at comps) I personally dont like the flavor profile, I know i know, (some of us might actually like creosote) lol People I cook for can tell a difference, and ask, why no smoke flavor? etc. At comps I start my meats in a 22.5 wsm for a few hours, then move them to the fe to finish. So figure I might as well save a step and lose the pellets
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I was reading somewhere, (i think was your post hehe) that the first load gets about 4 hours burn time, and reloading at comps about 1:30-2:00am.
Was on a forum somewhere lol

The way I ran my backwoods was to fire it up without water, get it up to about 300*, load meat, add the water. Then push the lit coals all the way to the back, add as much charcoal as I could fit. The cold meat and water would usually settle the cooker to 235. This startup takes about an hour.

From that point I'd get 8-10 hour burns easily. If you have an auto-water setup and/or a deflector plate, you'll get even longer burns .

I'd recommend a Backwoods, although those newer Stumps look pretty nice.
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I was reading somewhere, (i think was your post hehe) that the first load gets about 4 hours burn time, and reloading at comps about 1:30-2:00am.
Was on a forum somewhere lol
I think that my have been partially my post - I said I get up about 3 am and fill the coals. I get up about 3 am at comps to check the meat. While I'm up, I add water and add coals as it's usually down to about 1/4 load at that point when I start it up at 7-8 pm.

I add water often so I don't shock the system by adding 5 gallons of cold water at one time. (5 gallons of water can take a while to warm with a little fire under it)

We just picked up an FEC to go with our Backwoods at comps.
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Unread 11-13-2009, 03:05 PM   #13
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In my Backwoods Piglet usually about 7-8 hours before adding coals and I can go about an hour longer than that on the Backwoods Competitor. You wont have to worry about lack of smoke or moisture with the Backwoods.
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We just picked up an FEC to go with our Backwoods at comps.
Sweet, congrats!
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Since your wife is going to be up any way.... I recommend a nice Stick Burnner like a Lang....



OK, ducking for cover now, but remember this.....


















STICK BURNNERS RULE!!!!!!!!
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