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Old 02-22-2010, 08:05 PM   #1
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I am looking for a vertical smoker for comps and I have a possibility to pick up a used medium Spicewine. . I cook with my younger girls or solo so I am concerned about transport issues. I have a pickup but not a trailer.

Any tips or words of wisdom on moving a 600 pound cooker around? Am I better off looking at a BWS or something lighter? I like the construction of the SW but I am concerned about the heft of it.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:07 PM   #2
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Getting it into/out of a pickup will be a real challenge unless you get very creative.

I always tout the SW as being a great unit but in this case, I don't think it's a good option for you unless you have acess to a trailer.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:10 PM   #3
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I've never seen anyone at a comp with one without a trailer of some sort. I think it COULD be slid onto it's back into a pickup on some sort of rail system, but not on your own. Maybe once...but the back surgery afterwards will be prohibitive.

Now, a couple of WSMs you can lift!
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:29 PM   #4
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honestly,,,

I have a FEC, it's really easy to put in a truck bed, just lift up and bam, its in.

I have the same concerns as you, I have to lift it myself, so,,, went with a FEC for that reason.

another disclaimer (again), I love pellet machines, going to FEC was not hard.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:32 PM   #5
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Both are correct. The medium was never built for comps, but I am working on competition models that are lighter. I just don't want to compromise the quality of the cooker for something that won't last for many years. I am in the prosess of building a " Modified Medium" for my new cooking trailer. I will have 3 MM cookers and a charcoal oven " Thurmanator " planned. Sorry they are so heavy , but I build them to last for years and years. Hope this helps some.

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I agree with all the above, including Jay. My medium spicewine was the most durable, toughest cooker I have ever seen.


That being said, there is literally NO WAY you should entertain loading and unloading it in a pickup truck. Either pursue a low deck trailer, or consider another cooker for moing around to competitions.

I am very interested in hearing more about these new Spicewine competition options though ...
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:47 AM   #7
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Nope trust me you would need a trailer, now that being said I have the perfect lightweight trailer to tow it and would sell it to you for a sweet price!! Send me a pm!
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I am looking for a vertical smoker for comps and I have a possibility to pick up a used medium Spicewine. . I cook with my younger girls or solo so I am concerned about transport issues. I have a pickup but not a trailer.

Any tips or words of wisdom on moving a 600 pound cooker around? Am I better off looking at a BWS or something lighter? I like the construction of the SW but I am concerned about the heft of it.

I'll make you a deal. You get the Med Spicewine, and I'll trade you straight up with my Guru Tallboy, Silicon Cover (for those day where you need a barrier to hold heat), 7 racks, 17 rack positions. It has the off-road wheels so moving it around is easy, and it weights right around 100lbs. It folds flat, so if you need to use a car (God that sounds funny) you can. Heck, I may even throw in a Cambro to seal the deal.
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:28 PM   #9
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Definitely need a trailer. Cruise craigslist for a small utility trailer. At comps you can always find a helping hand to help you load/unload.
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I have a medium and I put it in the back of my pickup truck with two guys. We lay it on the side and push it in on a mat.
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:50 PM   #11
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I'll defer to Jay, since he builds them, but I suspect you could do it with some heavy duty ramps and a winch. That's how Tony76248 transports his Stumps. It may require some mods to the wheels and some secure D-rings to attach a cable to...
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Here's the trailer you need...

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What about a tommy-lift gate for your pickup?
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I'll make you a deal. You get the Med Spicewine, and I'll trade you straight up with my Guru Tallboy, Silicon Cover (for those day where you need a barrier to hold heat), 7 racks, 17 rack positions. It has the off-road wheels so moving it around is easy, and it weights right around 100lbs. It folds flat, so if you need to use a car (God that sounds funny) you can. Heck, I may even throw in a Cambro to seal the deal.

and where exactly does that leave my trailer in the deal

I helped you lol
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If you buy Julies trailer, I will personally pick it up and bring it out to you.
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