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AlabamaGrillBillies
10-17-2007, 11:05 AM
Well we finally got our new smoker this weekend. Sunday we drove up to NC, spent the night and Monday morning picked up our new baby and towed her home. Its a custom built offset (Bill the grill guy built it) that basically uses a Fisher wood stove for the fire box and a propane tank for the cooking chamber. Its about the size of a Lang 60 (cooking grate is 24x54). Its a solid unit that will be a good step up for us as our hoby has turned from backyard cooking to comps and now we are in the process of starting a catering company.

We will be making some mods to it as time and $$ allow. Right now we know it needs a second shelf which shouldn't be too hard to do or costly, but it needs some sort of tunning plates which might cost some $$. It has a baffle that runs 70% of the length of the cooker that has 1" holes drilled in it along the way. This helps, but it still has a hot spot we'd like to take care of as we would like to be able to do near capacity cooks without having to rotate so much and worry about burning/drying out meat in one section.

I cooked some St. Louis style ribs and a picnic on it. The ribs were some of the best I've done in a long time. Cooked at 250-275 2 hours open, one in the foil and 30-45minutes back out in the pitt sauced to let the sauce firm up. Very tender and great flavor. The picnic I pulled off about 2 hrs short of being done and placed in my oven double wrapped. (I wanted to go to bed) I set the oven timer to finish off the picnic and went to bed planning on pulling in the morning when I got up. I think I messed up the timer and the oven ran at 220 all night long.:icon_blush: The picnic read about 208 internal and was really over cooked. :oops: Still eadible and all, just over cooked. But that's my fault.

Here are some pics of the cooker. It was filthy when we got it, looked like the sellar hadn't cleaned it out in over a year.

The first pic is my old offset. It's a brisket machine, and I'll still cook on it, but we were in bad need of a bigger better cooker.

Markbb
10-17-2007, 11:21 AM
Nice cooker and even better looking food.....

N8man
10-17-2007, 11:36 AM
Good Looking Smoker you got there....:mrgreen:jealous mod

MT4Runner
10-17-2007, 11:45 AM
That is a really cool design. I love the use of the wood stove for a fire box. Yummy looking food!!

BBQ_MAFIA
10-17-2007, 12:08 PM
Enjoy the new cooker

Sledneck
10-17-2007, 12:12 PM
Nice cooker but "Bills Grill"?????????? thats gotta go

AlabamaGrillBillies
10-17-2007, 12:15 PM
Ya, we were told it had a small "name plate" on it that had Bill the builder and original owner's name on it. We were shocked to find his name weld/drawn on the whole back of the cooking chamber.

We're taking bets on how long it will take for someone to ask us, 'which one of you guys is Bill'

Norcoredneck
10-17-2007, 12:21 PM
Cool set up. Congrats.

MileHighSmoker
10-17-2007, 12:23 PM
Nice step up. I love all wood fueled que.

bbq_tom
10-17-2007, 12:37 PM
nice looking pit.

tonto1117
10-17-2007, 12:40 PM
Congrat's on the new cooker, and like somone said...good looking grub!!!!

MT4Runner
10-17-2007, 12:49 PM
Which one of you guys is Bill?

Nothing 1/2 hour with an angle grinder, a disc, a flapwheel, and a can of hi-temp paint won't fix!!

wnkt
10-17-2007, 12:50 PM
Looks good...I sure hope that trailer doesnt decide to fall over with all the weight on that one side.

Bill-Chicago
10-17-2007, 12:53 PM
I'm shocked the weight distribution works with the cooker so much over to one side.

Be careful on the highway!

Edit:

Wnkt beat me to it.

Slow type mod

AlabamaGrillBillies
10-17-2007, 01:00 PM
Yup, the weight being on one side does bother us. One of the first things we noticed actually. We already have plans to put a wood basket and some other weighty mods to the other side to try and help balance everything out.

Sir Smoke A Lot
10-17-2007, 01:32 PM
Great lookin Q and I love the spring action on the door! Very cool!

Puppyboy
10-17-2007, 01:37 PM
Good lookin cooker. How does it ride being off set on the trailer?

AlabamaGrillBillies
10-17-2007, 01:42 PM
Actually it towed very well. We took it from Winston-Salemn NC to Birmingham Al, a 500 mile trip and had no problems.

biffleg
10-17-2007, 02:08 PM
Congrats on the new smoker! That picnic looks lonely on there :biggrin: would you say it could hold about (19) more of them?

AlabamaGrillBillies
10-17-2007, 02:15 PM
The guy we bought it from said the most he had cooked at one time was 17 large butts. He said there was still room on the pitt with those 17 on there, he was avoding the one hotspot on it. That's why I want to put some sort of tuning plate system in it. It's got room for about 20 butts, or 10 packer briskets but do to hot spot you couldn't cook at capacity without a whole lot of rotating.

vr6Cop
10-17-2007, 05:43 PM
Nothing 1/2 hour with an angle grinder, a disc, a flapwheel, and a can of hi-temp paint won't fix!!
Yup!

swamprb
10-17-2007, 06:21 PM
Pretty cool! And you are the Grill"Billies" right?

thillin
10-17-2007, 08:54 PM
Lookin good. You might want to add a raised firegrate to the firebox. Might improve airflow and efficiency.

Doesn't look like that Klose basket will fit.

Ty

jpw23
10-17-2007, 08:57 PM
Nice rig!!!!:biggrin:

shadetreebbq
10-17-2007, 09:04 PM
I sure hope you don't have to make a hard left hand turn.It could be ugly the cooker looks good.

leanza
10-17-2007, 09:55 PM
Good Looking Smoker you got there....:mrgreen:jealous mod

Liken he said.

Brian in So Cal
10-17-2007, 11:32 PM
Sweet pit. And the food Pron is making me hungry

The_Kapn
10-18-2007, 08:43 AM
Great looking smoker and spares!

Maybe you can find some weight for the other side like a sink system or something to balance it out a bit, just in case.

TIM

AlabamaGrillBillies
10-18-2007, 10:54 AM
Lookin good. You might want to add a raised firegrate to the firebox. Might improve airflow and efficiency.

Doesn't look like that Klose basket will fit.

Ty


Yes, yes and yes. I was disapointed to find out that the Klose basket wouldn't fit. Plan is to put a fire grate in there for now. Also I will be constructing a coal basket to fit the current firebox. It will be long and narrow. Will go either minion method or possibly a snake design like the Klose. Down the road we want to completely re-do the firebox. Larger with better air flow. As it stands now if you shut the door completely even with the vent all the way open it chokes the fire out. It just doesn't have enough air flow.

Divemaster
10-18-2007, 11:03 AM
Yup, the weight being on one side does bother us. One of the first things we noticed actually. We already have plans to put a wood basket and some other weighty mods to the other side to try and help balance everything out.

Love the use of the wood stove for the firebox, and the overall look of the cooker… I to would be concerned with the weight distribution... :idea: Maybe for the short term, you could stack your coolers filled with water on the other side… I have a feeling that it would make turning right a little less dangerous…:shock:

CrimsonSmoke
10-18-2007, 09:41 PM
Congrats on the new toy looks good.

bbqjoe
10-18-2007, 09:48 PM
Very nice!

Brauma
10-18-2007, 10:01 PM
Actually it towed very well. We took it from Winston-Salemn NC to Birmingham Al, a 500 mile trip and had no problems.

Wow. Glad to hear that.

Very nice pit.