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Bought me one of these critters

 
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Cranky Buzzard
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04 10 7:31 am    Post subject: Bought me one of these critters Reply with quote

Last weekend we had the annual "Bugs & BBQ Fiesta" over at our friend's place.

Each year the plan is to cook the BBQ in advance (2-6 hours) and bring it over a couple of hours prior to the bugs (crawfish) going into the pot.

Well, this year a LOT of people wanted some of my ABTs fresh from the pit! Since my buddy lives on a SMALL lot, and quite a few folks were gonna be there, we decided that there was NOT enough room for the Buzzard Burner.

To make it where I could cook ABTs on site I went out and got me a right brand new Brinkmann Square vertical smoker....

Here is the link to it: http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&productId=100606045&langId=-1&catalogId=10053

Upon construction of the thing I found it to be a bit heavier in construction than you would find in the average beer can.

During the first burn out I found that the little pan provided for fuel does NOT have ANY ventilation within it! Off to the drill press I went.

26 1/2" diameter holes later I went back to the burn... It worked well then.

The description of the smoker is as follows:

"Add great smoke flavor to your meat with this affordable, heavy-duty steel charcoal smoker. Able to hold up to 50 lbs. Of meat, this smoker has a space-saving vertical design with two locking front doors for easy access to food, water and charcoal pans. With four adjustable air vents to control heat and smoke, plus a professional temperature gauge. The smoker has sturdy chrome wire handles that stays cool to the touch, porcelain-coated water and charcoal pans that slide out for easy clean-up. Finished in a durable black textured paint that will last for years."

50 pounds of meat?!?! It BARELY held the first 40 ABTs! It ONLY comes with 2 grates! No problem, we cooked in stages and folks were happy.

Lets talk factory thermometers for a moment here... As many of you know, I just DON'T trust most analog therms. This is a GOOD reason why! The thermometer mounted in the door was reading around 250 or so during burn out and the CALIBRATED digital thermocouple setup I had in the top vent was reading 310!

Now, I bought this thing ONE WEEK AGO! Already the door is falling off... Years to come, I think not!

I drilled a hole and put in a long stainless bolt and nut to keep the door in position so that I could smoke some salmon for tomorrow at Memaw's place... Once again the thermometer was WAY OFF! I wanted to smoke the fish at 200 or so. The therm in the door BARELY moved over 150 and the thermocouple showed 243!

Yes, this is a rant, but it is also a lesson for some... DO NOT trust the construction of "Made In China", and NEVER trust factory thermometers unless you have a custom build! Even then I suggest that you check cal in boiling water and ice water.

OK, rant over, now you can get back to your regular life! Laughing Laughing Laughing

Charlie
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Tombigbeeriverdawg
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04 10 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been there done that.
New fire basket for me really helped.
Also run higher temps. with a clay saucer placed in water pan.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04 10 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should have gotten a 22.5" Weber Kettle for those ABT's.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05 10 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You get what you pay for for sure. Good thing you can weld you a much better unit that that POS! Smile
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