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My name is Ron and I'm from Gilbert AZ.  I've been grilling all my life and have been smoking for about 10 years.  Started out on a Brinkman Bullet smoker. Hated managing the cook, but loved the food.  Since then I've purchased a couple of propane water smokers, the latest being a Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24.  I really like the quantity of food I can do, I'd still like better temp control and smoke control.  Recently tried the A-MAZE-N pellet smoker to run in the Smoke Vault with pretty decent results.  It's the 5x8 and while it didn't last 10-12 hours, it did give me consistent smoke so I didn't have to open the doors just to add wood chunks.


My new plan is to either go with something like a Fast Eddy Cookshack PG500 pellet grill, or go with something like a Stumps Junior (gravity fed) or Stumpster XL (variable burn).  Mixon's stuff looks interesting too, but pricing seems high and likely because of his name.


I like the idea of the pellet grill/smoker in that you just load up the hopper with your flavor of pellets, then set it and forget it (so to speak), but my experience after using a GMG Daniel Boone matches much of what I've seen in reviews about pellet grills in general.  Not a lot of smoke flavor.  Hence I'm looking at other options such as the variable burn or gravity fed smokers.  You can add a BBQ Guru to them for control, get long efficient burns from your fuel, and get great smoke flavor.  


One other more traditional product I've been researching with a newer tech twist is the Good One Marshall.  While it's not insulated, it's heavily built and it gives you a lot of space to smoke in.  It appears to give you great temp control, decent burn time, and direct grilling capability.  Unfortunately, it doesn't look as though you can use a BBQ Guru on it though.  I can also purchase it locally from a reputable dealer.


I joined the Forum to continue my research into cookers, some of the tools to use with them, recipes, and general discussion.  


I'm looking forward to it.



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Hello Ron, welcome from East Texas


gary S

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Hi cactusron!


Welcome to SMF! It's great to have you here. Have fun and enjoy yourself! Looking forward to reading about your future adventures with 

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Welcome, glad ya joined us !
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Thanks for the welcome. Good news! The best half has given me the go-ahead to make the big purchase. Looking like a PG 500 will be in my future. sausage.gif
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