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ferdelious
06-12-2017, 02:10 PM
Glad to join the forum and share my passion for BBQ with rest of the members here. I hope to gain some good insight and knowledge from the fellow BBQ Brethren.

I've been making BBQ for over 10 years and still love every minute of it. I started with a cheap Chargriller offset then graduated to a BGE. I recently sold my BGE and picked up a Texas style offset BBQ pit. I really love the whole process of BBQ and don't mind constantly tending to the fire. A hot wood fire with lots of air flow produces the cleanest smoke which produces the best end product IMO.

After much consideration I ended up choosing the Old Country Brazos from the Academy Sports website. Shipping was big factor in my decision and at $99 Academy was tough to beat. Yoder wanted $300 for the Cheyenne and shipping was built into the price of a Horizon at Bass Pro. The shipping company did bend the handle by the smoke stack however (maybe that's why shipping was so cheap) but I called Academy and they refunded 20% of the purchase price, $200. A rubber mallet quickly remedied the problem :thumb:. Fully welded 1/4" steel construction is what I wanted and for the price and size the Brazos won over the Horizon Classic 16 and Yoder Cheyenne, my budget was $1,200.

This weekend I'll season it then do my first cook and post some pics of the results. It's my first time smoking using only wood splits and am expecting some growing pains along the way. I'm also going to mod it with 2 thermometers at grate level on both sides of the main chamber and gasket and silicone for the main lid.

Here she is (I did fully get the label off after this pic):
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ronbrad62
06-12-2017, 05:00 PM
Very nice pit and welcome to the brethren. It was nice of Academy to offer you a discount. You can now spend that on extra meat for your first cook.

SmittyJonz
06-12-2017, 05:04 PM
Oh Ya.! :heh: Do the Thermos, forget the gaskets. Do tuning plates or convection plate. Or go poorboy style with 2 cookie sheets and a disposable water pan........

http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u645/bobjones79/E3E6682E-F28C-4D43-A789-3AF496259259_zps0wdhj3ya.jpg (http://s1326.photobucket.com/user/bobjones79/media/E3E6682E-F28C-4D43-A789-3AF496259259_zps0wdhj3ya.jpg.html)

KevinJ
06-12-2017, 05:15 PM
Welcome to the Brethren, best BBQ site on the internets and it's not even close. Looking forward to seeing you get your new pit dirty. :thumb:

BBQ Freak
06-12-2017, 05:26 PM
go to a metal fab shop and get some tuning plates cut to even out temps side to side and then it is just figuring out the size diameter of the wood splits and length and you will be cooking some awesome BBQ . :wink:

pjtexas1
06-12-2017, 05:33 PM
That's a solid cooker. Looking forward to the first cook.

Big Swole
06-12-2017, 05:44 PM
I have the same pit!

Looking forward to your thoughts on it and how you can maintain temps.

I had tuning plates cut for mine but it seems to draft better without them, so I rarely use them.

Pstores
06-12-2017, 05:52 PM
Welcome and look forward o seeing some cook pics

Militant83
06-12-2017, 05:57 PM
Welcome ! Looking forward to seeing some cooks.

Happy Hapgood
06-12-2017, 06:21 PM
Congratulations on the nice rig and Welcome to the best BBQ site around!

mschwirian
06-13-2017, 05:36 AM
Congrats on the the new pit and welcome.
Go Steelers.

BillN
06-13-2017, 05:53 PM
Always good to have a new member with a new pit, congrats.

Sfine118
06-13-2017, 06:08 PM
Awesome! Congratulations!

gtsum
06-13-2017, 06:10 PM
Lot of cooker for the money. Congrats!


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Smoking Piney
06-13-2017, 08:31 PM
Roll the smoke!

Congrats!

Smokeoholic
06-13-2017, 09:20 PM
Welcome to the forum!