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Unread 07-09-2004, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default Just got my Bandera!

Got it at Academy for $199. Didn't realize it weighed 200lbs either! They loaded it into my truck and we went home. I slid it out of my truck, and whoa nelly! Pretty stout. Anyway, after nearly crunching my spine out of my back trying to get the firebox and smokestack on the frame (and before reading it was a two man job), I finally got her put together. The firebox lip closest to the smokestack was bent up a little, but nothing that a good set of pliers didn't fix.

I coated it in oil, fired it up (mesquite of course), and I'm just drinking beer and watching tv until the seasoning is done.

I'm glad I read Bandera 101 and expected the paint to peel. It's already peeled, no big deal.

Tomorrow I'll take out a brisket, and about 15-20lbs of wild hog. Let's see what this thing can do!
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Unread 07-09-2004, 10:27 PM   #2
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Enjoy it and let us know how the first smoke goes!
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T'dog, when you cook tomorrow, fire code says you gotta have an open beer within reach of the cook! Best of Luck.
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Congratulations...THrow a couple of bell pepers and some onions in the firebox for proper atmospheric flovor.

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Congrats! You are going to love that beast! Keep her oiled and she'll be happy.

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Congrats..!!

Guess I should tweek the 101 document a little bit to say that a load of charcoal is good enough for seasoning. also a little easier to walk away from and get a few hours. Around here mesquite is a comodity and wasting it on seasoning the pit to me would be a waste.. yeah, u TX'ns grow it like weeds...we have oak for that. also.. mesquite has a huge BTU output which would lend to the peel on first fire. but first, second.. who care.. its peeling. Glad you didnt go into cardiac arrest the way i did when mine peeled on the first cook.

Enjoy it... I think i hear a rack of ribs call you!
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yeah, u TX'ns grow it like weeds..
Mesquite IS a weed -- if it wasn't so good for 'que there'd be a bounty for cutting it down! :D
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Cutting it down don't work noway. Ya need to rip it out A Cat D9 works pretty good.
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