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Unread 07-22-2013, 07:00 AM   #46
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Those offers were 2.5 years ago.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 07:23 AM   #47
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Those offers were 2.5 years ago.
Guess, i need to wake up & have my first couple cups before responding
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Unread 07-22-2013, 07:52 AM   #48
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Here's an option that will only cost you some meat... that would assist you in your thought process?

If you desire to play with a stickburner... how about a live demo learning and burning on a Lang?
Drop me a PM to arrange a time to drive down, set-up, throw some meat on a Lang... and play with some fire.
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Those offers were 2.5 years ago.
That statement may be old... but my offer's still valid.
No expiration date.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 08:24 AM   #49
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Did the OP ever buy a cooker? How about an update
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Unread 07-22-2013, 08:39 AM   #50
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Did the OP ever buy a cooker? How about an update
If I had to venture a guess... look at the OP's signature.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 10:25 AM   #51
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You have had a couple pretty generous offers to get some practical experience, take advantage before you decide. Oh yea, stickburners rule?
FWIW, the offers were made to the OP. I dredged the thread up due to a similar question. Seemed silly to start a new thread.

Sorry for the confusion.


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Unread 07-22-2013, 10:49 AM   #52
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I'd ask yourself a couple of questions:

1. Who am I cooking for?
2. How much will I be cooking?
3. Do I ever plan cooking for larger parties?

I started with a combo propane grill / small offset smoker - and within a year decided I did not have enough space and HATED how the cheap pits were a pain to manage temps on.

Then my friend graciously gave me a Pellet Cooker (Traeger Lil Texas Elite) which after a little TLC and some new electronics was up and running. I love that for family cooks I can set it and forget it - sort of. About ever 3-4 hours I have to check to make sure the pellets are feeding correctly. BUT if itís raining or the wind is a blowing maintaining temp is rough. And again I found that if I was cooking for more than my family it was a bit rough on the size.
Another issue I found with Pellet cookers revolved around electronics. The electronic issues with my Traeger and other stories I've read about people having electrical problems with their Pellet cookers at comps or at events (not all do this especially if well maintained) turned me off and I decided I didn't want to mess with that issue or have to worry about it. Stickburn - no electronics.

I also knew, based on feedback and my BBQ addiction that I wanted to start getting in to Competition and cooking for groups of friends. So researched it and decided on an offset stick burner with insulated Firebox and 1/4". Had looked at some pellet feeders but honestly for me the way a offset cooks rules.

With a $3000 budget you have several options but again it comes down to your preferences, how much youíll be cooking at a time, if you prefer not having to manage a fire every hour on the hour, and if you want it to be mobile. Iím sure other brethren will chime in as they have done Ö that is just my two cents though. Find what meets your future needs and go from there.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 10:53 AM   #53
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OP bought a Lang 84 Deluxe a couple of years ago. Great choice I might add.

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Unread 07-22-2013, 12:13 PM   #54
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My POS COS has a cooking chamber that measures 20"x~31" and though I've filled it pretty well a few times I've never wanted for more capacity. So I'm not looking for anything larger than that. The offset's I've been considering are those in the $1k - $1.8k range from the likes of Lang, Gator, Yoder & Horizon. There is a guy here in CA making a RF offset but I've yet to make it out to his shop (2.5hrs away, http://katbbqsmokers.com/ he makes a 20" RF cooker that isn't on his site priced around $1.5k) to take a look at his work nor have I found any reviews.

I don't know enough about the pellet cookers yet to identify a brand that I'm officially considering. Nor have I seen any of them in person.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 12:26 PM   #55
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Just like most of the brethren on this site, i have cooked on many smokers. I have a stick burner, eggs and a Spicewine medium. That being said, i wish i had known about Spicewine smokers years ago! I would have saved myself a considerable amounts of money! The Spicewine is hands down the the best cooker i have ever cooked on, and i will tell you why. The ease of "set it and forget it" while entertaining guests,and not having to rush outside to make sure your temp is not running away from you,or the temp dropping, as i would with a stickburner is fantastic. I guess you could call me lazy. Next, the cooking capacity is fantastic compared to my BGE's, slide out shelves are a must! Also the ability to use wood chunks instead of splits is financially feasible, i don't live where i have access to large amounts of smoking wood. Last, but not least, is the rock solid construction and awesome insulation and heat retention of the Spicewine! Just my .02 cents. By virtue of the money you are investing, you will get a great cooker, then you will learn to use it like a champ
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Unread 07-22-2013, 12:32 PM   #56
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Cook for a couple days non-stop literally without adding fuel or worrying about the temperature you're cooking at.

http://www.cookshack.com/store/Smoke...k-Model-FEC100


I bought mine used from a fellow Brethren and regular competitor for well under $3,000 that he had left in pristine condition. Without a doubt the best investment I've ever made for my favorite hobby except maybe for finding this site. :)
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