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Stilly 03-14-2018 08:57 PM

Review of my new Ironside CDR Cabinet Smoker
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Hey folks,

Just received my Ironside Smoker CDR last week and wanted to share my thoughts if someone is in the market for their first or last smoker...

I've been grilling & smoking for close to 30 years. The last 10 rather serious and have constantly been trying to up my game. The last 4 smokers were a Komado Joe, a Yoder YS640 and a couple of older Traegers. I wanted to get back to a real smoke flavor that I've only gotten from stick burners years ago, but my hectic schedule has been better suited to pellet grills. So basically I wanted the smoke flavor of a stick burner, but the ability to relax overnight on long brisket cooks.

I got in touch with Jeff & Pete at Ironside. They have a series of extremely heavy duty cabinet smokers that can use just wood, just charcoal, or a combo of the 2. I was in constant communication with these guys to get the exact smoker I was after. Mine has a large welded in water pan that can be filled from outside the smoker. They made me an additional rack for jerky and ribs, as well as 2 sausage racks. Both guys bent over backwards for me to customize my smoker for my needs. I have to say this thing completely surpassed what I was after as far as quality of smoke, control of temps, ease of use, & especially flavor! My other smokers are gathering dust now. Thank you Pete & Jeff @Ironside Smokers! (Apologies for the sideways photo)

Peteg 03-15-2018 09:33 PM

Man oh man does that look good! Thanks for the kind words Stilly!

Stilly 03-16-2018 12:38 PM

Thank you guys for my last smoker! You guys build some amazing smoking machines!

Anthodavis 04-26-2018 05:59 AM

How you liking the ironside. Any suggestions on any changes you wish you made?

Stilly 04-26-2018 09:44 AM

Loving it! I just wish I would've gotten it sooner! Not one thing I would change.....
Message me with anything else. I'm happy to send more pics but would be easier in an email than here.....

93_confirmed 04-27-2018 11:51 AM

What does a unit like that one cost?

Peteg 04-27-2018 11:51 PM


Originally Posted by 93_confirmed (Post 3987884)
What does a unit like that one cost?

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barq59 06-14-2018 11:21 AM

Great looking bbq and smoker. Was wondering how the smoke and heat get into the cooking chamber and how the cooker can maintain temps in a small range top to bottom?

cubbiehawkbbqfan 06-14-2018 06:52 PM

My question to you would be, with the water pan, do you feel the bark is like your older memories? The reason I ask, is I’ve been looking at the insulated cabinets and I want to make sure the bark isn’t softer...which I’ve heard from some. So, it worries me a little bit. I had been looking at used Myron’s, and also the Ironside or T&K because they’re so close, with me being in Iowa. So, just wondering if you feel the bark is like an offset? Thanks in advance.

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