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Unread 03-25-2010, 01:13 PM   #16
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While we've never owned a Fatboy, we have had a Gator which is very similar to a Fatboy (Gator is about 2-3 deeper and 2-3 narrower) We've had a Competitor for 3 years and a Party before that. Obviously happy with them, or we wouldn't have purchased multiple.

T-Man, anything specific you want to know ... feel free to ask and I or someone will answer as best we can.
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Unread 03-25-2010, 04:23 PM   #17
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I agree with everyone before me, I have a Party (actually Kc Bobby's old one) and love it it has an extended charcoal basket and I have no problem getting 8 hour burns on one load of charcoal. I have never used a guru or stoker on it as I see no need it pretty much sets itself at 240-250 and just runs there.
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I have a party and a fatboy and love them both. I like the layout of the fatboy better, seems I can get more meat in it and it hold more fuel and water. They turn out excellent results...fire away with questions!
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Unread 03-25-2010, 09:13 PM   #19
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A Fatboy is a shortened competitor, has 5 racks instead of 8. You can cook 4 whole shoulders fairly comfortably, verses cooking 8 in a competitor. That being said the fatboy is a very consistent solid cooker, with better heat consistency top to bottom than a competitor. We use a fatboy for preliminary ribs (Memphis BBQ Network contests) and a competitor for shoulders. Other than the Comp Hog, the Fatboy is my favorite cooker-consistent, great control (we don't use a guru on it-we do on the other 3 backwoods we have), ability to impart as much or little smoke as needed, quick temp control by using amount of fuel and air intakes. Great cooker.
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I have a chubby and a party and am loving them both...Im a new dealer (dont worry Im legal here!) and think they cook really nicely
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I have a fatboy and love it. I use a guru with it and have no trouble getting burn times in excess of 12 hours. I've had to re-fuel during a cook only once and that was because I didn't have enough charcol to start with.
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I am going to be purchasing a Backwoods this spring and I'm trying to decide between the Party & the Fatboy. I mostly cook for my family and a few friends. However I'm getting more requests to cook for larger groups. I have done up to 160 using all my equipment but that totally wore me out running between my UDS, Good-One patio and my kettle.

What are the advantages of the Fat boy over the Party? If this question has already been answered please direct me to the thread and I'll get my answers there.

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I am going to be purchasing a Backwoods this spring and I'm trying to decide between the Party & the Fatboy. I mostly cook for my family and a few friends. However I'm getting more requests to cook for larger groups. I have done up to 160 using all my equipment but that totally wore me out running between my UDS, Good-One patio and my kettle.

What are the advantages of the Fat boy over the Party? If this question has already been answered please direct me to the thread and I'll get my answers there.

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I am looking for the same answer as I want to get a BWS for my next upgrade (It will be used primarily for comps)
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I am looking for the same answer as I want to get a BWS for my next upgrade (It will be used primarily for comps)
The biggest difference between the fatboy and the party is the height of the smoking chamber. The Party's is 6" or so taller, but the fatboy's is a little deeper and wider (just shy of a fullsize foil pan). The fatboy also has 2" of insulation vs. the Party's 1", and the fatboy weighs about 100 pounds more.

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Seems to me that if you upgrade to SS doors, etc, on the Party, you might as well buy the Fatboy because the upgrades are already there and there's not much difference in the price at that point. The BWS site says you can cook 16 butts in the Fatboy, and 8 - 10 in the Party, so you do gain a lot of capacity.
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I'm looking at the Fatboy too. Looks like it needs a stand to be more usable. Has anyone here built a stand for it?
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I'm looking at the Fatboy too. Looks like it needs a stand to be more usable. Has anyone here built a stand for it?
Search the forum for "fatboy cart" and you should find a couple, I know Andy Bangs (abangs) has some pics of his. Here's a pic of the cart I built.
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Here you go. Some fatboy PRON. Fatboy.....such a cool name.......I told my wife once that I just got a new fatboy....she was excited.....for short time....

So, some technical difference:
Fatoby: 2" insulation, stainless doors, perm water pan, commercial fire box, 17.5 tall, 20 wide, 20 deep.
Party: 1" insulation, powder coated doors, removable pan, standard, 25 tall, 16.5 deep and 15.5 wide.

If you want, you can pimp a party out with commercial fire and stainless doors, but you might as well buy a Fatboy at that point. Fatboy is worth the money.

Down side to a fatboy, it is short if you are a tall guy and really needs a stand. Upside, it is loaded out of the box. You can also change shelf confirations based on application. Here are two. 1 basic 4 shelf set up. 1 with 6 shelves evenly spaced (rib machine). Custom carts are nice.

For pics, that is a 16 lb untrimmed packer with a lasagna pan and 4 shelf set up (4.5" spacing) and the other one is a 6 shelf set up w/ upgraded 180 doors. The custom cart is a design very similar to CPW's.
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Party PRON for comparision.
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Unread 01-08-2013, 11:13 PM   #30
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I started this post about three years ago... Just to let everyone know I went with a Med. Spicewine , a little while back . The Spicewine is great , build quality pound for pound unmatched ! BBQ is great , easy clean up , good steady temps . Oh and did I say
Great BBQ !

Backwoods is also a great smoker , Hard choices to make .... Good BBQ...

Peace out , and yours in BBQ ,
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