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chicagokp
12-13-2015, 08:49 AM
Well, It took around 12 hours to get down to Shirley Fabrication on Friday from the northern burbs of Chicago. When we arrived, we met the crew and checked out the shop. I still can't believe how much cool stuff they get out of that little shop. They will be seriously rocking it out when the new building in completed. Tyler thought they'd be in it in 3 weeks.

Paul was working, but Sharon took my wife and I out to dinner. They are basically the nicest people you're ever gonna meet. We were beat and went to bed early. We were up a little before 5 and Sharon had coffee on. Paul arrived a little after 5. It was great to visit, even if it was for a short time.

Paul and Sharon, thank you so much for your hospitality and opening your home to us. You are both so awesome! And you have an open invitation when you're up here. Hopefully you can make it up in June/July!

We were on the road at 6:30 am Saturday. Stopped at a rest stop just outside of Birmingham.

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We rolled in at home just a little before 8 pm. We averaged 19.8 MPG for the trip back in the Pilot running ~70 for most of the trip back. That Shirley pulls straight and true. But that's a long haul both ways in a short time.

Here's the pit. It's a modified trailer, 24 x 60 straight back with insulated firebox, 3 shelf warmer, searing station, griddle for the warmer, single burner up front, spare tire. Oh, and I got an extra rack for a hog.

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I need to get the EZ up out to get her seasoned and hopefully do a first cook. The rain is gonna be mess today and most of the week. I'm hoping to try a brisket next weekend Sunday.

padge31
12-13-2015, 08:51 AM
Great looking rig. Nothing but top quality from them.

Lighter-Fluid
12-13-2015, 08:53 AM
Awesome, hopefully one day I'll get to own one of these rigs.

JackW
12-13-2015, 08:55 AM
Very nice! Congratulations.

Jack

Sammy_Shuford
12-13-2015, 08:56 AM
Awesome Rig!

I may not ever own one, but hope to meet Paul next time I'm home. (ROLL TIDE!)

Shagdog
12-13-2015, 09:06 AM
Great cooker! Welcome to the family!

chicagokp
12-13-2015, 09:12 AM
Awesome Rig!

I may not ever own one, but hope to meet Paul next time I'm home. (ROLL TIDE!)

You absolutely need to do that. They are great people! I want to come by just to see the new shop when it's done. I just wish it wasn't such a long haul!

Papa Don
12-13-2015, 09:44 AM
Fine looking rig. I'm digging the black rims. Congrats!

BBQ Freak
12-13-2015, 09:47 AM
very sleek looking rig , congrats . :clap:

Stingerhook
12-13-2015, 09:48 AM
She's a beauty. Congrats and enjoy cooking on her.

landarc
12-13-2015, 09:51 AM
Congrats Kirk, that's a great cooker

pal156
12-13-2015, 09:56 AM
Congrats :thumb:

palmtreefrb
12-13-2015, 10:00 AM
Very nice :thumb: welcome to the family!!!

KevinJ
12-13-2015, 10:09 AM
Beautiful looking cooker.

gtr
12-13-2015, 10:16 AM
Great rig - congrats!

SmittyJonz
12-13-2015, 10:50 AM
:thumb:

Happy Hapgood
12-13-2015, 10:53 AM
Way to roll. Congratulations!

chicagokp
12-13-2015, 11:06 AM
Fine looking rig. I'm digging the black rims. Congrats!

Thanks for the tip on coming back up 24 to 57. That's what we did.

sylntghost
12-13-2015, 11:07 AM
Very nice. You are going to love it. Welcome to the Shirley family.:clap2:

smokerpa
12-13-2015, 11:11 AM
Very nice man. Beautiful cooker.

twatsonr1
12-13-2015, 11:31 AM
Congrats!! That is freaking awesome!!

Wornslick
12-13-2015, 11:59 AM
Great looking cooker you got there!

Doog
12-13-2015, 12:23 PM
Living the dream!! Enjoy your new Shirley
Paul & Tyler another master pièce...

pjtexas1
12-13-2015, 12:29 PM
That cooker is sweet. Loving the black rims. Thought about them but my truck is black with chrome wheels so had to make it match. Sounds like your trip was about the same as mine. 12-13 hours but well worth it. Paul always says that the trailer pulls easily but until you tow one you really can't understand how easy.

oifmarine2003
12-13-2015, 12:36 PM
She's a beaut! Welcome to the family!

chicagokp
12-13-2015, 12:48 PM
That cooker is sweet. Loving the black rims. Thought about them but my truck is black with chrome wheels so had to make it match. Sounds like your trip was about the same as mine. 12-13 hours but well worth it. Paul always says that the trailer pulls easily but until you tow one you really can't understand how easy.

My Honda doesn't match at all, but I liked the looks of the all black rims too much. Makes me want to black out the Pilot! :becky:

Smokin' Greene
12-13-2015, 01:17 PM
Nice Rig!

TuscaloosaQ
12-13-2015, 01:36 PM
Shoot i was the winner in this deal... Kirk and Jen brought us some goodies... Pecans that are awesome... Sauce.. Homemade pickles...(love them).. And 3 nice tri tip.. We don't get it here.... The cool thing is we met Kirk at shagdog's place back in early fall... We feel like we have known them all our lives... Just like shag... And oif marine

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Jason TQ
12-13-2015, 01:41 PM
Looks so awesome!! Cooking on mine right now.

chicagokp
12-13-2015, 02:45 PM
Shoot i was the winner in this deal... Kirk and Jen brought us some goodies... Pecans that are awesome... Sauce.. Homemade pickles...(love them).. And 3 nice tri tip.. We don't get it here.... The cool thing is we met Kirk at shagdog's place back in early fall... We feel like we have known them all our lives... Just like shag... And oif marine


Least I could do. I shoulda done more!

Paul gave us some goodies to distribute to OIFMarine and Shaggy.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y182/Phariss/bbq/2015%20cooks/10B67992-6BEC-4BC2-A588-004B17897B79_zpsbmoh5cnt.jpg


I'm seasoning her right now. Shaggy stopped by to check her out and helped spray a little Pam. She's rolling around 250 right now.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y182/Phariss/bbq/2015%20cooks/178874AE-5209-4751-AA5D-8CAEAFA55B45_zpsexjmxqqf.jpg

Mr.OiSat
12-13-2015, 02:46 PM
Beautiful cooker, I'm really jealous of all you Shirley owners

dport7
12-13-2015, 02:49 PM
Glad ya finally got your dream cooker. I would love one. Every tome I see someone
getting their Shirley makes my desision closer.

pjtexas1
12-13-2015, 03:04 PM
Cooking in the rain brings back memories. I think it rained for several weeks when I got mine. Bought an ez-up and then we had a drought.

chicagokp
12-13-2015, 04:18 PM
Built a fire in the warmer to season her up.

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The main chamber looks good, time for fatties!

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Chook will go on in a bit.

Except for the rain, lovin' it so far.

landarc
12-13-2015, 04:40 PM
That tiny fire is holding 260°F?

chicagokp
12-13-2015, 04:54 PM
That tiny fire is holding 260°F?

That tiny fire was holding 275 in the warmer, but it was the tail end.

This is holding 250-260 in the main chamber right now.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y182/Phariss/bbq/2015%20cooks/AF93C00A-EFCD-4239-819F-AD3B73586365_zpsnaqxcdez.jpg

Happy Hapgood
12-13-2015, 04:56 PM
Looks like y'all had a regular rub and sauce fest! :thumb: :becky:

Blue Smoke BBQ
12-13-2015, 06:58 PM
Welcome to the Shirley family!
Great cookers and even better people!!!

T&S BBQ
12-13-2015, 07:28 PM
Cant wait to see her fired up

Thatgrimguy
12-13-2015, 10:01 PM
Congratulations!! I'll be joining the club very soon! The whole package looks perfect! I'm sure you are one happy man right about now!