View Full Version : I picked up my smoker today! (Kat BBQ 48x24 reverse flow)

03-12-2018, 01:41 PM
Just been lurking, because it is cold and I am not cooking much, and because my BBQ life has been on hold a little bit, waiting for today ...


So here's my first post, there is a Facebook album (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155380931577039.1073741848.653917038&type=1&l=7f1a215796) with all the pictures, it's me and some friends picking up the smoker, from Kat BBQ Smokers (http://www.katbbqsmokers.com/) in Modesto, CA. It's a 48x24 reverse flow with a warmer which you can convert into a vertical.

I have not even seasoned the pit yet, so I have no wise things to say about how great or not great it is, but I can say that there is something magic about thick steel that makes you think, every time you touch this thing, "THIS is how smokers should be built".

( that same "magic" is why it took a crew of six people to get it up onto my raised patio :-D )

Anyway, howdy all, thought you might enjoy the pictures. I'll post again once I have some miles on it and know more than "it shore is purty", which it is.

03-12-2018, 01:44 PM
Congratulations, looking forward to your initial cooks.

03-12-2018, 03:54 PM

03-12-2018, 03:55 PM
Congrats, KAT makes some top notch pits.

03-12-2018, 03:57 PM
Congrats! I would say that is quite and upgrade from your old smoker.

03-12-2018, 04:09 PM
Congrats! I would say that is quite and upgrade from your old smoker.

Thanks. I had the life changing moment of tasting great BBQ once upon a time, and then I started the quest trying to figure out how to make great BBQ, and it took me a lot longer than most people to get it figured out (decades). The little cruddy sidebox was good enough, it was super fussy and didn't make much, but it was cheap, AND I learned a lot about what matters in the process.

When I finally got good enough, the cruddy smoker was instantly too small.

The calculation for me on the new smoker was "for my best friend in the world, how long am I willing to spend trimming brisket before a cook?" then size the smoker to cook that much brisket. I think this pit will do 6-8 (depending on size) and I think that's about as much as I would ever be willing to cook at once. I remember watching a video of some youtube guy trimming twenty briskets for his first cook in his trailer sized (propane tank based) offset and thinking, "nope, don't ever want to do that"

03-12-2018, 04:33 PM
That smoker looks awesome. Waiting patiently for some action shots.

03-12-2018, 04:40 PM
Super looking cooker! Congratulations!

03-12-2018, 04:45 PM
It shore is purty!

03-12-2018, 04:56 PM
Congrats! KAT's are nice.

03-12-2018, 05:01 PM
That thing is awesome. I'll have to look into KATs. Seems like a very quality build. Congrats and happy smoking!

03-12-2018, 05:12 PM
Very nice. I have been drooling over a Kat.

tom b
03-12-2018, 05:32 PM
Beauty, Congrats!

Blythewood BBQ'er
03-12-2018, 06:12 PM
Very nice! Congratulations!

03-12-2018, 06:22 PM
Congrats! She's a beauty. I'm with you on trimming briskets. Once you get over 6-8 it's just work.

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03-12-2018, 06:27 PM
Congratulations! Great looking smoker!

03-12-2018, 06:35 PM
Great looking smoker there. Canít wait to see the results and read your observations.

03-12-2018, 07:01 PM
Awesome, congratulations

03-13-2018, 07:18 AM
Wow, that is an awesome smoker, congratulations. Put it on bigger wheels, it will make the thing easier to move.

Smoke on Badger Mountain
03-13-2018, 09:32 AM
She's a looker for sure! Congrats.

03-13-2018, 09:48 AM
great looking cooker, congrats!

03-19-2018, 03:31 PM
Wow, that is an awesome smoker, congratulations. Put it on bigger wheels, it will make the thing easier to move.

It was way more expensive for the version sitting on a steel construction with big fat tires ( $1400 is what I remember ). I didn't have enough experience to know for sure that would be worth it. I would need to know that I want to move the smoker a lot, and I would need to know how hard it is to move the smoker.

I now know how hard it is to move the smoker.

03-19-2018, 04:08 PM

Happy Hapgood
03-19-2018, 07:07 PM
Mighty Fine Rig. Congratulations. Great first post. Welcome to the Brethren!

03-19-2018, 07:59 PM
That is gorgeous! If you ever see someone running down the street with it, I'd suggest you don't chase him; if he can pick THAT thing up, it's probably best to leave him alone and just call the National Guard...

03-19-2018, 08:16 PM
Any cook picks yet?

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03-19-2018, 08:46 PM
Congrats!! I really like the vertical above the firebox, I have not seen a KAT fabricated like yours. :clap2: Hmmm, might have to reconsider my options, again...

03-19-2018, 10:40 PM
Congrats on the KAT! Looking forward to seeing some cook pics.

03-20-2018, 03:03 AM
New Toy, looks a fine piece of equipment.
Enjoy the Toy

03-20-2018, 05:39 AM
Ahhhh I love the smell of new smokers, you can always tell it's spring!!

Great looking cooker, I am sure you will have many years of memories coming off that beauty.

Steve J
03-20-2018, 11:48 AM
Great lookin' smoker. Like everyone else, I'm waiting on the action shots.

Pete's Meat
03-21-2018, 04:20 PM
Welcome to the KAT family! I've got the 48x20, with the warmer like yours. I wish I had got the 24 because I can't fit briskets front to back (||||||) on it. I can only fit 6 on it, 4 (==) on the bottom and 2 (--) on top rack. its a great cooker!
if you have any questions one running it feel free to message me!

03-21-2018, 04:41 PM
Time to kick the tires and light the fires there, brother. ;-)

Big George's BBQ
03-21-2018, 04:52 PM
Very Nice Congrats and Enjoy Looking forward to some posts of your cooks