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grisch
03-12-2018, 07:04 PM
I get back from asia on thursday night and this beauty should be delivered Friday. Cant wait - will post more pics and review.

Stingerhook
03-12-2018, 07:10 PM
She's a beauty!

pjtexas1
03-12-2018, 07:14 PM
That's a beautiful cooker! I mean really beautiful. Kind of a shame to get it dirty.

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SmittyJonz
03-12-2018, 07:23 PM
I’d get it Real Dirty - atleast all the Red parts.......

KevinJ
03-12-2018, 08:18 PM
Very nice.

LloydQ
03-12-2018, 08:34 PM
Wow! That's a 10!

Smoke on Badger Mountain
03-12-2018, 09:47 PM
That's a sweet looking pit. Have fun!

Dweverett
03-12-2018, 10:15 PM
Looks awesome! Looking forward to seeing your thoughts on the first cooks

KORND4WG X
03-12-2018, 11:00 PM
Awesome! Really interested in your all wood cooks on it :clap2:

Titch
03-13-2018, 12:02 AM
Nice looking rig, are they well known?

pjtexas1
03-13-2018, 12:24 AM
Nice looking rig, are they well known?Not really but if guys that buy them report positively they will be. 1st insulated stick burning cabinet that I've ever heard of. I'd like to own one.

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Sooner21
03-13-2018, 06:31 AM
That thing's gorgeous! I'm so interested in how you like it - this is at the top of a short list for my next cooker.


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D-Fuse
03-15-2018, 04:54 AM
Man that's a really nice smoker. Kind of wish I'd have seen it before i ordered mine.

TuscaloosaQ
03-15-2018, 05:39 AM
Good lawd ..... that that thing is beautiful!!!!!!

Smoke Dawg
03-15-2018, 07:26 AM
Pretty in Red!

jermoQ
03-15-2018, 07:50 AM
Nice cooker! Interested to see your cooks, particularly the ones with wood and find out how much you like it!

Lordkifar
03-15-2018, 07:59 AM
That looks incredible.....currently green with envy!! Congrats :-)

THoey1963
03-15-2018, 08:38 AM
That thing looks like a BEAST! Congrats!

Stilly
03-16-2018, 04:54 PM
Beautiful! I love the red!!
I just got my CDR last week and having so much fun with it. Pete & Jeff are gonna have a hard time keeping up with demand! I looked at so many types of smokers, I'm so glad I got this! I haven't even used charcoal yet........

revkab
03-16-2018, 05:03 PM
Very, very nice!

SmokerKing
03-16-2018, 05:12 PM
nice!, fire it up!

tcv21
03-16-2018, 05:13 PM
Great looking cooker!

grisch
03-23-2018, 06:51 AM
Ah, spring break staycation. Finally some time to fire up the Slugger. I seasoned her over the weekend and completed a couple of small test cooks. Today - Brisket, Pork Butt and Ribs. Fired up the Slugger about 4am, brought it up slowly and has been dialed in at 275 with meat on since 6am.

Here are some pics.

Feed it with a forearm sized split every 15-20 minutes and it's steady as she goes. Note: I built the second basket that the fire is in and use the right side of the fire box to pre heat my next split.

grisch
03-23-2018, 06:52 AM
sorry have no idea why the pictures are showing up sideways

grisch
03-23-2018, 06:54 AM
fyi, vents and stack wide open

PatAttack
03-23-2018, 07:27 AM
That's a beautiful rig!!

pjtexas1
03-23-2018, 07:41 AM
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HogGrog
03-23-2018, 07:58 AM
Oh my my, oh hell yes! Congrats!

KevinJ
03-23-2018, 08:03 AM
sorry have no idea why the pictures are showing up sidewaysWhen you attach them as a file from your computer they post sideways if they're a certain size, I could never figure it out so I use imgur to host pics.

LordRiffenstein
03-23-2018, 08:12 AM
Hell yeah, that is a fantastic cooker, can't wait to see the pics of the food when it's ready!

Big George's BBQ
03-23-2018, 08:16 AM
Very Nice Congrats and Enjoy

grisch
03-23-2018, 10:19 AM
Just put the ribs on.

R2Egg2Q
03-23-2018, 10:37 AM
Congrats! She’s a beauty!

grisch
03-23-2018, 12:36 PM
time to wrap the brisket in butcher paper

IT 165

grisch
03-23-2018, 05:25 PM
Ok, here's the payoff. Everything was delicious. Ribs were a little overdone the way my better half likes them, pulled pork was solid and brisket was really good. Taste was comparable to my stick burner. Doubt I could tell any difference in a blind test. Still some learning but happy with the first effort.

Few observations:
-The Slugger is incredibly efficient and is difficult to reduce temp if you overshoot. I was more careful this time building temp slowly and not over feeding the fire (used to my stick burner which is a split hog).

-Once up to temp, this bad boy holds like nobody's business. With vents wide open and using small splits, it hung from about 260-285 no problem in 30-40 degree weather.

-The basket within a basket I used worked out well, including pre-heating the splits on the far right side of the fire box.

-Not sure if it was the brisket or the smoker but meat was done much sooner in the Slugger than in the offset and was definitely more moist. Very encouraging.

cheers

ShadowDriver
03-23-2018, 06:28 PM
Looks like a pretty successful first run on the new rig!

I look forward to more of your adventures and shenanigans in the future!

Pug-N-Monk's BBQ
03-23-2018, 07:23 PM
Very nice! Is that BUCKEYE red? It sure would be prettier with a big "W" on it. HAHAHAHA!
I'm sure it will put out some delicious BBQ for years to come. Smoke on!!

2PigsBBQ
03-23-2018, 10:28 PM
Take my money! That looks awesome!

pjtexas1
03-24-2018, 05:13 AM
That last brisket pic! :thumb:

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Mikhail
03-24-2018, 06:18 AM
Beautiful! Just went out on their website - Ironside is a great name. Built like a tank.

Color me green with envy!

grisch
03-24-2018, 06:55 AM
Very nice! Is that BUCKEYE red? It sure would be prettier with a big "W" on it. HAHAHAHA!
I'm sure it will put out some delicious BBQ for years to come. Smoke on!!

It is indeed! Go Bucks!

Pete with ironsides would agree with you. Btw, great guy, exceptional service and communication throughout the entire process.

-Chris-
03-24-2018, 07:11 AM
1st insulated stick burning cabinet that I've ever heard of. I'd like to own one.


My Myron Mixon H20 is also a insulated stick burning cabinet smoker.

I really like the design of this one and love the color.

Chris

BKING!
03-24-2018, 07:52 AM
My Myron Mixon H20 is also a insulated stick burning cabinet smoker.

I really like the design of this one and love the color.

Chris

Pitmaker makes the “edge” as well which is insulated.

-Chris-
03-24-2018, 09:23 AM
Pitmaker makes the “edge” as well which is insulated.

Here is the Northeast and insulated smoker is almost a must in the winter. Certainly makes maintaining temps easier.

Chris

ChrisBarb
03-24-2018, 09:45 AM
How often did you have to add wood?

Sooner21
03-24-2018, 12:07 PM
I'm crazy jealous


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Coat
03-24-2018, 12:08 PM
How often did you have to add wood?

He said every 20-25. I'm surprised it's so often. What is the benefit of the insulation in that case?

ChrisBarb
03-24-2018, 01:30 PM
He said every 20-25. I'm surprised it's so often. What is the benefit of the insulation in that case?
Thanks. I missed that. But ya. I don't see the point in that case.

Coat
03-24-2018, 02:14 PM
Thanks. I missed that. But ya. I don't see the point in that case.

I still think it's awesome lol. But I would just think of it as an insulated charcoal cooker that for fun I can burn sticks in sometimes.

luv2smoke
03-24-2018, 05:24 PM
I still think it's awesome lol. But I would just think of it as an insulated charcoal cooker that for fun I can burn sticks in sometimes.
I can burn sticks in my IVC . With mine it's about 40-45 minute intervals before adding wood but it defeats the purpose as to why I bought the IVC.I bought my IVC for the set and forget it capabilities so I wasn't tied up feeding a cooker as I have better things to do.

BKING!
03-24-2018, 08:06 PM
Thanks. I missed that. But ya. I don't see the point in that case.

Insulated or not still adding just as frequently really. Main difference is how much is added. It is a fuel saver.

grisch
04-01-2018, 06:52 PM
Quick update. I cooked yesterday and was adding slightly larger splits avery 40-50 minutes with great results - cooker settled around 275. Key was using dense wood (hickory/oak) amd right sized splits (about forearm sized). My first cook i used smaller cherry spluts that were really dry!

grisch
04-01-2018, 06:57 PM
Pics from cook