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Revelation
05-31-2015, 12:46 PM
Thinking about getting a new pit. I currently have a Kamado Joe which I really like because once I get my temp right I basically don't have to tend to it for 12 hours like a stick burner.
But it really is to small - I can basically only cook one thing at a time. I can only cook one brisket at a rime and with ribs maybe 2 racks if they are small.
Rack extender doesn't work cause it is small than your normal grate so even less surface. Even if you could do a brisket and ribs at the same time by the time you put your ribs on at the last 4 hours you don't get any smoke !!


So any suggestions ? I don't mind going to a stick burner again if I could find one to hold temp for along period of time ( guess I'm lazy ) I'm nont getting up all night to tend to the fire.


Just looking to find something I can cook more than one item at a time
Maybe 2 briskest or 4 racks of ribs etc.


Am I asking for something that's not available ??

USMC
05-31-2015, 12:50 PM
22 in. WSM.

Grif054
05-31-2015, 12:51 PM
Thinking about getting a new pit. I currently have a Kamado Joe which I really like because once I get my temp right I basically don't have to tend to it for 12 hours like a stick burner.
But it really is to small - I can basically only cook one thing at a time. I can only cook one brisket at a rime and with ribs maybe 2 racks if they are small.
Rack extender doesn't work cause it is small than your normal grate so even less surface. Even if you could do a brisket and ribs at the same time by the time you put your ribs on at the last 4 hours you don't get any smoke !!


So any suggestions ? I don't mind going to a stick burner again if I could find one to hold temp for along period of time ( guess I'm lazy ) I'm nont getting up all night to tend to the fire.


Just looking to find something I can cook more than one item at a time
Maybe 2 briskest or 4 racks of ribs etc.


Am I asking for something that's not available ??

Well it looks like you live in the heart of pit builders! Are you looking for something mobile and easy to transport, budget, etc. There are a few offsets out there with insulated fireboxes and such but I don't think you get the burn time of an insulated cabinet style cooker. I have a backwoods fatboy and a Pitmaker (pitmaker is made in Houston). They make a Vertical called the BBQ Safe. Sounds like the size your looking for. At least check out their website. I also have my eye on a gravity feed. you may want to take a look at those as well.

mjpmap
05-31-2015, 01:01 PM
If you want to stay with a ceramic, the Primo ovals will handle quite a bit. I have the xl, and it will easily handle four butts, or probably close to a dozen racks of ribs.

ssv3
05-31-2015, 01:09 PM
I totally get what you're saying. I also got tired of fighting for space on my kamado or just using 3 cookers for one cook so I bought the below.

Give LSG a call. You're in Houston. Jackpot!

http://www.lonestargrillz.com/

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-EV0GeL0GvZM/VFBO-odVrNI/AAAAAAAAKkM/tRtFlTFkEkI/w400-h600-no/IMG_1440.jpg

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SmittyJonz
05-31-2015, 01:37 PM
UDS, since BoomShuckaLucka is one of a kind and not for sale. Or a Humphreys Battle Box or Pint. :mrgreen:

SmittyJonz
05-31-2015, 01:40 PM
Here read this for a few weeks :

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=186946

BigBobBQ
05-31-2015, 01:44 PM
I have a 22.5 Chargriller Akorn metal egg style and love it.
http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z411/BigBobBq/kamado%202.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/BigBobBq/media/kamado%202.jpg.html)

lantern
05-31-2015, 01:49 PM
It sounds a whole lot like you are wanting a vertical insulated charcoal pit. Whether it's gravity fed or water/diffuser will be up to you. But, any of those pits will roll at your desired temp for hours on end rain or snow and have piles of room.

I don't think going back to a stick burner will make you happy in the end as you have said you REALLY like the convenience of the long burn times.

SmittyJonz
05-31-2015, 01:56 PM
http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u645/bobjones79/94D1720D-69DB-4E02-AC92-6C6AAE8E15B5_zps5p0zqxkd.jpg (http://s1326.photobucket.com/user/bobjones79/media/94D1720D-69DB-4E02-AC92-6C6AAE8E15B5_zps5p0zqxkd.jpg.html)

Bob C Cue
05-31-2015, 02:09 PM
You should look at the Pit Barrel Cooker. Very little tending of the fire, outstanding taste and tenderness, and you can cook up to 8 racks of ribs. Check this (http://amazingribs.com/bbq_equipment_reviews_ratings/smoker-pizza-oven/pit-barrel-cooker) out for a thorough review.

Segment of review from amazing ribs.com follows:

The Pit Barrel Cooker Company is a family-owned business established in 2010 in Strasburg, Colorado. Their flagship product, The Pit Barrel Cooker, may be the first upright drum smoker, commonly known as an Ugly Drum Smoker, that has been marketed and sold for under $300 fully assembled.

Affectionately referred to as The PBC, it has proven to be a phenomenon in the residential outdoor cooking world. Aspiring backyard pit bosses who previously struggled with cheap offset and bullet smokers, are astonished to discover the best smoked meats they ever made can now be produced effortlessly on this magic drum. Scroll down to read the numerous raves from PBC aficionados.

At the end of 2014, to address the dramatic increase in demand, Pit Barrel moved manufacturing from Colorado to a much larger facility in California. They also changed from 20 gauge to thicker 18 gauge steel, and from powder coating to more durable porcelain enamel coating. Additionally, the charcoal basket was upgraded from expanded metal to a heavier steel rod grate.

Trailer Trash
05-31-2015, 02:13 PM
You need two or three pits... :) One, a vertical cabinet smoker that holds a lot of meat and is hands free over night. Two, a stick burner for better tasting ribs and other short term cooks and maybe three, an offset cooker like the Lonestar (or in my case a Good One Marshall). I can get 7-8 hours with lump but can also add a couple small 3" diameter logs for the first 1-2 hours of the cook. If your an addict like I am, this all makes perfect reasonable sense...

pjtexas1
05-31-2015, 02:16 PM
It sounds a whole lot like you are wanting a vertical insulated charcoal pit. Whether it's gravity fed or water/diffuser will be up to you. But, any of those pits will roll at your desired temp for hours on end rain or snow and have piles of room.

I don't think going back to a stick burner will make you happy in the end as you have said you REALLY like the convenience of the long burn times.

this^^^
just stick with a reputable builder.

Bob C Cue
05-31-2015, 02:21 PM
You need two or three pits... :) One, a vertical cabinet smoker that holds a lot of meat and is hands free over night. Two, a stick burner for better tasting ribs and other short term cooks and maybe three, an offset cooker like the Lonestar (or in my case a Good One Marshall). I can get 7-8 hours with lump but can also add a couple small 3" diameter logs for the first 1-2 hours of the cook. If your an addict like I am, this all makes perfect reasonable sense...

And I would throw in a pellet cooker for good measure since its not our money and they are fun and easy to cook on😊

Biloxidman
05-31-2015, 02:28 PM
Get a Big Joe! You already know how a Kamado Joe handles. I do three racks on mine all the time and have room for corn too. 2 and 1/2 dozen wings, room first least two briskest, plenty of chicken parts, plus if you keep your current grill too you'll have plenty of acreage to grill on!

jbounds286
05-31-2015, 02:30 PM
not sure why people are suggesting anything other than the Pitmaker Vault or the LSG Insulated Cabinet....they are both in your town and pretty much the only thing you are describing what you are looking for

Revelation
05-31-2015, 08:09 PM
Jbounds, the LSG looks pretty awesome !!! I wonder if there is one just a little smaller than the mini ?Price range is at the high end on the mini but not out of the question - just prob dont need that much.
Ultimate would be able to do one brisket and 2-3 racks of ribs

SmittyJonz
05-31-2015, 08:35 PM
Or the small 270.