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KORND4WG X
09-02-2015, 11:04 PM
So as many of us do I'm sure I was cruising CL for anything interesting and ran across this bad boy. After biding my time I was able to get an awesome deal especially since it was practically new.

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By no means did I need this but I wanted an offset and after researching the OR figured this would be a good fit.

Anyway I decided to do a small pork butt for my first cook since I got started late and was pretty busy with work. I searched this and some other forums on the best way to get my fire going. I ended up laying down about a 1/4 bag of TGO lump that the guy threw in which I knew probably wouldn't be enough but wanted to compare what I'd get from my BGE XL.

I lit one end and opened all the spinners a couple three turns and also the damper until I reached 250 then I closed the spinner closest to the lit end and closed the damper to 11 o'clock.

I have to say it held 250 on the smoker box therm pretty well although it creeped up a bit on my maverick. No worries. :thumb:

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I ended up having to wrap since it was gettin late and the wife was hungry.

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Here is a picture of the fire box when I finished. I had to add a few handfuls of charcoal in the last couple hours so it definitely uses more fuel than my egg. Hell I have a KJ jr and could have done this butt with about a quarter of what ended up using :laugh:

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Overall I love it. It's really solid and a lot of fun to cook on. Looking forward to learning more and experimenting. :clap2:

Any tips, tricks or suggestions are welcome.

blazinfire
09-02-2015, 11:13 PM
That's a pretty slick looking smoker! Hope this isn't a dumb question but the firebox is up front? or to the side? Just tryin to make sure i understand the design

Smoke on Badger Mountain
09-02-2015, 11:26 PM
Cool man

KORND4WG X
09-03-2015, 01:52 AM
That's a pretty slick looking smoker! Hope this isn't a dumb question but the firebox is up front? or to the side? Just tryin to make sure i understand the design

Yep the firebox is in front and a damper that runs along the entire length to control the temperature. You do have to reach over it to get the meat, however.

On the plus side one can grill on it by adding a grill grate over the charcoal tray. :thumb:

Roguejim
09-03-2015, 02:47 AM
Sounds like it's made for a larger quantity of meat, not just a single butt.

Bludawg
09-03-2015, 09:09 AM
They build a nice pit it's and I like the concept. To bad the engineer was drunk when he drew that model up and made you lean over the firebox to open it. You didn't add any wood on that cook???? You can grill on the FB of the Old Country over/under and an ABS Allstar but you don't have to lean over the FB to load in your meat. That engineer was in the bag or from Poland:roll:

Ron_L
09-03-2015, 09:35 AM
I have a Good One Rodeo and the firebox is on the back. I wonder why the did it differently on the Open Range model?

KORND4WG X
09-03-2015, 09:47 AM
Sounds like it's made for a larger quantity of meat, not just a single butt.

Agreed but it being my first cook and getting started late I wanted to do something quick and fast. It does come with a second rack but to be honest the capacity isn't huge, maybe 4 racks and a butt.

They build a nice pit it's and I like the concept. To bad the engineer was drunk when he drew that model up and made you lean over the firebox to open it. You didn't add any wood on that cook???? You can grill on the FB of the Old Country over/under and an ABS Allstar but you don't have to lean over the FB to load in your meat. That engineer was in the bag or from Poland:roll:

I thought about adding a few chunks but I forgot. :icon_blush:I'm still trying to figure out if I can use it like a stick burner?

I have a Good One Rodeo and the firebox is on the back. I wonder why the did it differently on the Open Range model?

It is a bit strange but I had no problem accessing the meat. This model has the reversible lid so you could have the firebox in back, but then I'd need to walk around the other side :icon_smile_tongue:

Trailer Trash
09-03-2015, 10:37 PM
I've cooked on a Marshall and really like the taste that I get from it. Closer to a stick burner than the uprights. I start with chunk plus some 2.5" Dia. Pecan logs and the lid wide open. After the pecan burns down I close the lid and dial in (11 o'clock on the damper as you said). Pros: Love to cook on it. Fairly "set it and forget it", Very good smoke. Very wide temperature range capabilities. Cons: Cannot cook as a continuous stick burner (I can't). A bit of a fuel hog compared to my BGE or BWS. Definitely a fuel hog if going for higher temps (chicken etc.) You will definitely be glad you bought it for sure!

blazinfire
09-03-2015, 11:19 PM
Yep the firebox is in front and a damper that runs along the entire length to control the temperature. You do have to reach over it to get the meat, however.

On the plus side one can grill on it by adding a grill grate over the charcoal tray. :thumb:

I really like the design of it. But knowing how clumsy I am I would burn myself to much with the firebox in the front

KORND4WG X
09-04-2015, 12:18 AM
I've cooked on a Marshall and really like the taste that I get from it. Closer to a stick burner than the uprights. I start with chunk plus some 2.5" Dia. Pecan logs and the lid wide open. After the pecan burns down I close the lid and dial in (11 o'clock on the damper as you said). Pros: Love to cook on it. Fairly "set it and forget it", Very good smoke. Very wide temperature range capabilities. Cons: Cannot cook as a continuous stick burner (I can't). A bit of a fuel hog compared to my BGE or BWS. Definitely a fuel hog if going for higher temps (chicken etc.) You will definitely be glad you bought it for sure!

Thanks for the tips :thumb:. I think will try a log this weekend and use your method. I know I was fiddling a lot with the spinners and the dampers just for fun :becky:

I really like the design of it. But knowing how clumsy I am I would burn myself to much with the firebox in the front

Didn't seem to be a problem but will update with number of burnt tshirts/shorts :wink: