View Full Version : Xmas Present to myself

01-07-2014, 03:59 PM
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Loaded this up from Bellfab on December 23rd and made the grueling 7 mile journey back to my house. 30"D x 4' long cooking chamber, 24"D x 2' long firebox, all 3/8" thick steel. She got a little heavy but had my sons home for the Xmas season to help me wrastle the 1,100 lb beast onto my back patio.


01-07-2014, 04:02 PM
Nice!! Congrats!

01-07-2014, 04:06 PM
Congrats on the new toy. Now start cooking!

01-07-2014, 04:08 PM
That there is a thing of beauty. Enjoy!

01-07-2014, 04:27 PM
Nice looking cooker.

01-07-2014, 05:08 PM
Looks Nice even tho the firebox is on the wrong side.... What size is it?

John Bowen
01-07-2014, 05:12 PM
Looks nice - talk about a Merry Christmas

01-07-2014, 05:12 PM
For the left-side parts of the cow. Duhhh!!!

01-07-2014, 05:28 PM
Looks Nice even tho the firebox is on the wrong side.... What size is it?

For the left-side parts of the cow. Duhhh!!!

Makes sense, since left-hand briskets are more tender.

(see section on left-handed briskets on the right column at http://amazingribs.com/recipes/beef/texas_brisket.html

01-07-2014, 05:33 PM
Wow nice looking rig.

01-07-2014, 05:57 PM
Shes a beauty congrats.

01-07-2014, 05:58 PM
Very nice. I hope you enjoy it.

01-07-2014, 06:14 PM
The best presents I ever got, I gave me.

I'm sneaky too, they all were huge surprises!!!

01-07-2014, 07:20 PM
Nice cooker!

01-07-2014, 07:38 PM
That thing looks awesome! I want one now :sad:

01-07-2014, 07:40 PM

Big George's BBQ
01-07-2014, 08:02 PM
Congrats and Enjoy

01-07-2014, 08:27 PM
Looks Nice even tho the firebox is on the wrong side.... What size is it?

Craig Bell built this smoker backwards I guess.

It's a 30" diameter cooking chamber 4 foot long, with a 24" diameter firebox 2 foot long. Both pieces of pipe are 3/8" thick. It's got one large pull out tray for the main, and a half depth full width upper tray. The vent/ash cleanout below the firebox is something he does and it worked pretty well on my first smoke. It's got a butterfly vent on the end also.

All in all I've been pretty happy with it so far. It runs hotter on the end toward the stack past the deflector plate, so that's where I put the 10 lb turkey breast and cooked the 6 racks of ribs toward the cooler firebox side. I'm thinking of adding some kind of plate, maybe with holes to get the heat a little more even and possible shift the hot area a little farther toward the stack. The deflection plate is 19" long, made me feel like I had to keep all the ribs on that side to keep them from getting in the hotter zone.

Anyway, gives me something to work on. It was much easier than my old Bandera as far as fire control. Got to actually burn some wood and didn't have to keep as close an eye on the heat as it ran constant for quite a while comparatively.


Okie Sawbones
01-07-2014, 08:32 PM
We expect some Pron now! Have fun with your new smoker! :thumb:

01-07-2014, 08:34 PM
Nice smoker!

01-07-2014, 08:38 PM
Very nice!!!

Terry The Toad
01-07-2014, 08:46 PM
Nice looking smoker... now fire her up!

01-07-2014, 11:25 PM
It's beautiful.

01-07-2014, 11:27 PM
That is a beast! :-D

01-08-2014, 02:44 AM
Man, that's a nice smoker. Just want to ask, this is thicker than the Lang 1/4" smokers?

01-08-2014, 06:55 AM
3/8" thick on this one, I'm not sure what thickness Lang uses for every model, but if 1/4" is right then yes, this one is thicker steel, on the order of 50&#37; thicker.

01-08-2014, 08:14 AM
Wow, that thing is a beast! 3/8" sounds like a pretty stout beast! haha

01-08-2014, 09:00 AM
I realize Mods can add significant dollars, what does the basic in this model price point come in ?? I found prices from 2010 but nothing current.

Smok'n n Joke'n
01-08-2014, 09:08 AM
Take some wood to get her up to temp...but worth it :thumb: sweet rig...

01-08-2014, 09:15 AM
Very nice.

And 3/8" - wow!

01-08-2014, 11:06 AM
I realize Mods can add significant dollars, what does the basic in this model price point come in ?? I found prices from 2010 but nothing current.

Craig stays busy without doing much advertising except by word of mouth and he runs a local Craigslist of a 24" model for $500. That's how I found him after calling the phone number in the ad. He has a website with pictures but not overly informative as none of the dimensions are given or even identified. I went to his shop and he showed me some he was working on and pointed to neighbors in his housing development's back yard at one's he'd built. I found a little information from former buyers by "Googling" and reading. I think he could increase his business by 500% if he wanted to but like he told me he stays plenty busy now so why change.

The one you see above is not exactly his standard 30" diameter model. Most of the time his cooking chamber is 5/16" thick and a little shorter than 4' long, but he had this slightly thicker piece of pipe laying around and used it for mine. Only thing "extra" on this one is the 8" shelf he added along the end to give me a place to grab ahold of it to move around on my patio, and some 3/8" probe insert plugs and mini shelves to hold my electronics on the back side of it. He makes a 4' "T" handle that comes off that projects out from the cooking chamber to help in major moves. I took it off and put it in the shed, that's why it's not visible in the photo.

$900 is what this one cost me, I think his slightly thinner, shorter 30" is $750.

He's never built two the same, and he'll make whatever you want. I spent a good part of November and early December going over plans I drew up for a trailer mounted version of this same pit but decided to go to a patio model. He's great to work with. His older two door models used to have a center piece of steel running down the center so his main cooking grate was in two pieces, now he puts a piece of flat stock on the second door and as long as you grab the door closest to the firebox first you only have to open one at a time. The main cooking grate slides out full width now, runs on 1 1/2" angle and can be removed. Same for the 1/2 size upper shelf, it's a one piecer also.


01-08-2014, 11:44 AM
Here's a picture with the "T" handle still attached.

03-26-2014, 01:58 PM
That rig looks really nice. I'll keep this guy in mind for my horizontal offset needs since he's local. $500 is a steal for 1/4" thick 24 inch diameter.

I have a question about the chimney on your model. How close is the entrance of the chimney to the grate?

03-26-2014, 03:12 PM
About a mile away!:-D

Seriously, his design he's been building for years doesn't need the new age tweeks and mods of the COS.

It was all I could do to get him to change a few things as far as vents etc. He spends his time under a welding hood not surfing the web like you and I, what he makes works well, and when you come over to pick up your Bandera, I'll show you it in person.