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OkieJay
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25 11 6:32 am    Post subject: Diamond Plate Pits/Products Reply with quote

Last Tuesday (Jan 18th) the owner (Travis) instructed me to shut down the website and return the deposit I had taken on a smoker. He told me he would no longer be making smokers.

Since then I have had to turn away a couple of potental buyers, so I thought I would get the word out and let people know to look elsewhere.

Sorry I cannot tell you more, that is all I know.
Jay
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25 11 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked I hope all is well with Travis and Family. I wish him the best
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25 11 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

okiejay i sent you a pm
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25 11 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OkieJay, I am sorry to here this. I hope all is well with Travis and Family. The DP in my opinion is a legend in its own right and yourself and Travis have always helped folks with their builds or questions about cookers purchased. True Gentlemen in my books, I wish y'all the very best.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25 11 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sure hate to hear that Travis isn't making pits anymore. Those things cook like a dream. Best of luck to Travis in whatever is going on.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25 11 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neckbone wrote:
Best of luck to Travis in whatever is going on.


+1 to that
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25 11 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No doubt, as others have stated, Travis and his smokers are in a class of their own. You would be hard pressed to find a manufacture willing to help people making copies of their product. More than a few times I saw Travis do that right here. Hes just an all around nice guy. I wish him and his family all the best. If it's what he would like to do, I hope he has a chance to bring his smokers back to the market someday.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26 11 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is awful to hear. I also liked their design.

If you are looking to be a dealer, Contact Jose at Pits By JJ he offer good $$ to be a vendor/wholesaler for their products. Tell him I sent you Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26 11 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear about Travis. The DP design is unique, functional, and was economical when compared to other smokers. I have been by Travis's shop many times and have always found him working hard making someone's BBQ dreams come true.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26 11 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad news, I've stickied this for a month or so, then I'll take it down and let it float.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27 11 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I certainly hate to hear this news. His design was my inspiration when I built my pit. I have a friend that wanted me to help him find something similar so I referred him to Travis. He struck a deal that made me think twice about ever cranking up my welder again. All the best to Travis and his family.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29 11 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In honor of Travis I fired up my DPP inspired clone today. Cooked 3 racks of ribs, 4 chickens, 16 thighs, and 2 boston butts. Nothing like a good bbq in the middle of winter to get you looking forward to spring. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29 11 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way, I also made a big pot of KY burgoo. Man I love that stuff.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29 11 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom C wrote:
No doubt, as others have stated, Travis and his smokers are in a class of their own. You would be hard pressed to find a manufacture willing to help people making copies of their product. More than a few times I saw Travis do that right here. Hes just an all around nice guy. I wish him and his family all the best. If it's what he would like to do, I hope he has a chance to bring his smokers back to the market someday.


What he said.
I hope all is well with Travis and his family, and that he is leaving this because he has found something better (?) to move on to.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02 11 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I worked my DPP-70 hard!
I mean real hard! And it just took the abuse and never complained about it.

Summer 2010, I cooked over 10-tons of meat in my DPP-70 for the restaurant. Our totals for the first 4 months are as follows;
10,500 pounds of pork butts
6,000 pounds of Spare ribs
4,000 pounds of Brisket (Choice or higher grade)
Then we have it's catering usage for the last 3 years, I have no totals for that but this last summer in addition to the restaurant needs we did several whole hogs, several hundred pounds of STL's, and a few hundred pounds of Sirloin roast, Smoked bacon slabs, hot-links etc through the DPP.

The only repairs I had to do was the tongue-jack, and I made a more sturdy log-tray in the firebox. Instead of expanded steel, I used 5/8th" bar stock and 1/4" angle iron, plus I raised it off the floor a little more for increased airflow for a hotter burn.
This pit is just as comfortable running at 375F as it is at 225F

I have since upgraded to a pair of Oyler 700's at the restaurant, but the DPP has a full summer scheduled again for catering.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02 11 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad to hear indeed.

Travis built a great pit and was always helpful to others.

Wishing him all the best moving forward in whatever endeavor he chooses.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09 11 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I purchased a DPP Fat 50 secondhand from another smokering member. My cooking got better the instant I got this smoker. The DPP Fat 50 truly is an impressive piece of equipment. I wish Travis nothing but the best.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13 11 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was wondering what happened. I linked his website to mine and had just gotten a reply back from someone that one of his sites was down. Too bad. I really love my FAT 50. Travis was is a stand-up guy. Anytime there was a problem, he handled it as best as he could. Hopefully, Travis comes back real soon.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28 11 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone heard anything new about the DPP? Are they really closed for good? I had been following them for about a year and was hoping to purchase a cooker until I found this out. Is there another company that makes this style smoker that's as good of quality?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05 11 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am considering reopening the shop on a smaller scale. I should have a posting soon. Thinking of keeping it small so I can control quality. If you are interested, please give me a call at 325-650-2943.
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