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CypressTexas
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 2:21 am    Post subject: New addition to the family in Cypress, Texas Reply with quote

After years of cooking on store bought New Braunfels (vertical and horizontal offset) I decided we were ready for a custom pit and contracted with Lone Star to fabricate a standard 24 X 48 (1/4") with a few custom details

Extra thermometers, an extra 1/2" coupling on the end for temp sensors, lifting points for use with my front end loader



I moved the bottom of the frame 6" outside the pit envelope for stability, pneumatic tires for rolling on gravel, and a 2" trailer hitch for pulling with my lawn tractor



Standard two tray slide outs, stainless service tray



The firebox inlet vent tolerance was so tight you could barely see sunlight through the openings



Exhaust stack closures were also very tight



Firebox weld detail



Firebox outlet deflector, tray and tuning plates support



There were other "little" details (important to me anyway). Lone Star responded promptly to each email/phone call, on time and certainly at a fair price. My thanks to Tom, Bubba and Tyler for a build that I'm sure I will enjoy for many years to come.

Giving Bubba and T their well deserved 15 minutes of fame


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oldnndway
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is one fine looking pit.
Well thought out and executed
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's One Sweet Cooker you got there CypressTexas Very Happy
Lookin' forward to your posts of cooks with it!

Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very cool!!! when is the first feast, and can i come attend it??? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very very sweet. The attention to detail is very impressive. I know you will enjoy.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a sweet looking ride CypressTexas. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, they build a SWEET cooker for the money!

Good idea on the base enlargement, one of those critters topples over and it WILL take the FE loader to lift it back up.

How long until we see the first burn?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What - no firebox temperature gauge?!? Shocked Laughing

That is an awesome looking rig you have there, CypressTexas! Chock full of cool features! I'm instantly jealous (and hungry! Very Happy)

Fire that beeyotch up, dude - and post some pics, stat! Very Happy

Cheers!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As the others have said "WOW". Super nice. Congrats Exclamation
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked Shocked Shocked CypressTexas, that is one fine lookin' rig you got there. What time is supper?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Michael (CT) thanks for the kind words. I showed this thread to the boys in the shop and they got a pretty big kick out of it. And, once again, thanks for choosing us to build your pit. If you're around this weekend, stop out to the Humble Rodeo and BBQ Cookoff. My wife and I are cooking and you can help out with the quality control Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course everyone's invited----reminds me of the joke about Texans willing to drive six hours for a bad meal!

Porterhouse and ribeyes done with mesquite at high temps are one of our favorites so I kept the firebox to pit chamber ratio substantial; all the inlets/vents are large also---I figure I can always throttle back for low and slow.

I did a low burn last weekend and got up to my elbows in Crisco to season it. We're stocked up with lump and chunks and the first burn is this weekend. Ah yes, the anticipation of the first date..............

Thanks All!

PS--Thanks for the invite Tom. I edited the post to give the boys their due; I hope they don't have any outstanding warrants Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CypressTexas, awesome looking cooker congrats my man Very Happy The men at Lone Star have turned out another fine cooker. I like all the add ons you implemented into the cooker. Very nice indeed, and congrats to The Men at Lone Star for building a fine rig. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03 10 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice pit, I am in Cypress also. Will have to get together and cook out.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04 10 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

now thats what im talkin bout i really wish i could have got some casters like that on mine
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04 10 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great lookin' pit, I must say! Show us you know how to cook and post some food pics Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice looking pit. i'm jealous. does anyone know of any outfit in northern california that builds pits like this? i haven't seen any on the net anywhere. thanks
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

day_trippr wrote:
What - no firebox temperature gauge?!? Shocked Laughing

That is an awesome looking rig you have there, CypressTexas! Chock full of cool features! I'm instantly jealous (and hungry! Very Happy)

Fire that beeyotch up, dude - and post some pics, stat! Very Happy

Cheers!


I was thinking a couple lid closures will also tenderize the meat
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

About the size I'd want, good lookin smoker.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet, simple, old school offset. It don't get no better than that. Nice work Tom.
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