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Zing
07-24-2011, 06:39 PM
Went down to the Pitmaker fabrication shop at the end of May. I was interested in checking out their BBQ Safe. I was impressed with what I saw, and a little over six weeks later I had one. Here it is. I have to say this thing is built seriously solid! The workmanship on this thing is fantastic!

http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i448/mikewenzinger/Pitmaker/100_1059.jpg

http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i448/mikewenzinger/Pitmaker/100_1057.jpg

http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i448/mikewenzinger/Pitmaker/100_1055.jpg

Seasoned it up last weekend, and finally got a chance to cook on it yesterday. I decided to do a short cook to start with. Ribs were on the menu.

Smoke in progress.

http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i448/mikewenzinger/Pitmaker/100_1071.jpg

And a close up.

http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i448/mikewenzinger/Pitmaker/100_1075.jpg


After about 3.5 hours at 250 they were ready to come up.

http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i448/mikewenzinger/Pitmaker/100_1083.jpg

http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i448/mikewenzinger/Pitmaker/100_1085.jpg

Great color, very moist, had a smoke ring that nearly went all the way through the rib.

http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i448/mikewenzinger/Pitmaker/100_1091.jpg

I'm thinking chuckies next weekend!

BBQ4FUN
07-24-2011, 06:49 PM
Nice looking ribs. And pit too!!

fnnm358
07-24-2011, 06:53 PM
very nice smoker

El Lobo
07-24-2011, 06:56 PM
That thing looks pretty slick.

Norcoredneck
07-24-2011, 07:00 PM
Beautiful! Update that Signature!

devious
07-24-2011, 07:02 PM
thats really nice!

tamadrummer
07-24-2011, 07:11 PM
I am in total envy at the moment. That is a beautiful cooker!!!! (Yes 4 exclamation points worth) I love the amount of girth on that baby! Looks very well insulated and ready for some long slow cooks!

Great purchase man!

cameraman
07-24-2011, 07:33 PM
That pit is AWESOME. The chow looks real good too.

sbramm
07-24-2011, 07:59 PM
i want one of those cookers in the worst way!

looks great!

Zing
07-24-2011, 08:00 PM
That thing looks pretty slick.


Thanks! Your new Klose Pit is seriously slick :thumb:. Would have looked hard at them if I was in the market for a stick burner.

smokinQ2
07-24-2011, 08:40 PM
Diggin that blue color.:clap2: Nice choice and nice looking ribs.

NorthwestBBQ
07-24-2011, 08:43 PM
That is one sweet rig!

BBQ4FUN
07-24-2011, 08:46 PM
Wish they were a little (or A LOT) closer. I would invest in one of them. Shipping to Iowa has to be tremendous.

JMSetzler
07-24-2011, 08:51 PM
That's a nice looking pit... I haven't seen that one before... lookin' good on those ribs too :)

Kenny Rogers
07-24-2011, 08:59 PM
I ♥ Pitmaker! Wish I could afford their wares. I work at a sheet metal fab shop, and I can't afford to do all that for myself!

They have a VERY well thought out design, using solidworks flow to map out the smoke currents inside every unit. Their smokers are all insulated, very fuel effecient and have EVERYTHING that you could ever think that you might possibly want in a smoker. These guys make top notch stuff....

---k---
07-24-2011, 09:03 PM
Very nice looking smoker. :thumb:

So, how long can you go on a single fuel load?

MattG
07-24-2011, 09:36 PM
Good looking Food and nice looking smoker. Ive heard people say they ran hot. Cant wait for a long cook report.

RevZiLLa
07-24-2011, 09:37 PM
Nice buy!

bluetang
07-24-2011, 09:40 PM
Fine stuff right there:thumb:

Zing
07-24-2011, 09:59 PM
Very nice looking smoker. :thumb:

So, how long can you go on a single fuel load?

Don't know yet. This cook I used about 3 lbs of lump.

LVBBQMan
07-25-2011, 02:56 AM
I agree that this is a nice looking unit. They have a similar external shape to the Backwoods products although it appears from what I can see they are direct flow and not reverse flow like the Backwoods products. What made you choose to go with Pitmaker rather than Backwoods, Superior, etc?

Phesant
07-25-2011, 05:02 AM
Nice pit their....and some tastey looking ribs for sure :-D

ribslayer
07-25-2011, 10:32 AM
Congratulations on the new pit.
I am the proud owner of a Pitmaker Vault.
Awesome units, super insulation, quality construction.

gtr
07-25-2011, 10:42 AM
It all looks great! What a nice pit. If I was to ever get one more pit, that would probably be the one - obviously a very well made unit - congrats!

daninnewjersey
07-25-2011, 10:46 AM
She's a real beauty......

Ryan Chester
07-25-2011, 11:51 AM
Bad a$$ pit! Gret lookin rack too!:thumb:

Zing
07-25-2011, 01:06 PM
I agree that this is a nice looking unit. They have a similar external shape to the Backwoods products although it appears from what I can see they are direct flow and not reverse flow like the Backwoods products. What made you choose to go with Pitmaker rather than Backwoods, Superior, etc?


The BBQ Safe is a reverse flow cooker like the Backwoods. One big reason I went with the Pitmaker over the Backwoods was internal dimensions. I have to get creative when I put a large brisket on my Egg, and it has an 18" diameter. The Backwoods (Party) only has an internal depth of 16.5 ". I wasn't looking for less depth, I was looking for more. The Pitmaker is 20.5" deep. I also liked the thicker insulation on the Pitmaker, and the heavier guage steel (I won't be moving it around much so weight wasn't an issue). Though I didn't realize it at the time, I now know the BWS Party can be upgraded to be deeper, but by the time you add all upgrades to make it comparable to the Pitmaker, it is just as expensive, and I think the Pitmaker is prettier :becky:. I also ran into the depth issue on the small Spicewine, and the medium Spicewine was more cooker than I was looking for.

Rusted Truck Ranch
07-25-2011, 01:31 PM
Very nice looking smoker. :thumb:

So, how long can you go on a single fuel load?

I'm a newish user to the Pitmaker Pits. I've done about a dozen cooks on my Safe. I generally burn quite a bit hotter (around 300 degrees) and have been getting a solid 6 hours from about 2.5lbs. This includes opening for wrapping, handling, etc. These pits are EXTREMELY efficient. I think the Safe burns better and more consistent than my Grill Dome.

Kyle

SmokeInDaEye
07-25-2011, 01:56 PM
They do amazing work. Congrats!

TheMidnightSmoker
07-25-2011, 02:10 PM
The BBQ Safe is a reverse flow cooker like the Backwoods.

Hey Zing would you mind giving a step by step of the heat/smoke flow in the Safe? In checking out your pictures I see channels running up the sides. is that the heat/smoke input or is that outputting to the smoke stack? I would love to learn how it works. Can you start with the heat/smoke leaving the firebox and take it to exiting the stack? Thanks.

Zing
07-25-2011, 05:31 PM
Hey Zing would you mind giving a step by step of the heat/smoke flow in the Safe? In checking out your pictures I see channels running up the sides. is that the heat/smoke input or is that outputting to the smoke stack? I would love to learn how it works. Can you start with the heat/smoke leaving the firebox and take it to exiting the stack? Thanks.


The heat / smoke exits the fire box through a channel that runs up the back of the smoker, and enters the cooking chamber from the top. You can see the channel it enters into the cooking chamber in the sixth picture I took. You can see one of the side channels pretty good in the third pic. They go to about 6" from the bottom. This is the exit for the smoke / heat. It travels up the sides, and out the stack.

SmokinAussie
07-25-2011, 05:43 PM
That's a sensational unit. Looks like it will outlast the farken Pyramids!

Cheers!

Bill

BBQ_MAFIA
07-25-2011, 09:16 PM
Great looking cooker. Good luck with it.

syndicate559
07-25-2011, 09:29 PM
That is a BEAUTY!!!!!!

bigabyte
07-25-2011, 11:01 PM
Looks really good!:thumb:

Zenbbqmaster
07-28-2011, 09:50 AM
Wish they were a little (or A LOT) closer. I would invest in one of them. Shipping to Iowa has to be tremendous.

Actually just checked current pricing. Shipping a BBQ Safe, fully crated to Des Moines with a residential lift gate drop right to the driveway is $625.00 with current rates... :wink:

Big Bears BBQ
07-28-2011, 10:05 AM
Nice looking ribs.............

jcpetro97
07-28-2011, 10:26 AM
Brings a tear to my eye... That is a thing of beauty! enjoy it!!

NorCal Q Man
07-28-2011, 11:43 AM
Looks great. I wish I had one. I'll take those ribs as a consolation.

padawan
07-28-2011, 11:50 AM
Nice smoker and great ribs

Jaskew82
07-28-2011, 11:55 AM
I am majorly jealous of that pit.