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Gravity Fed Smokers: Stumps XL Baby

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Well, I finally got wifey to agree on a gravity fed smoker for my bday in 2015. As I'll be turning the big 60, something special I think is called for. So, I've been doing my homework and have narrowed it down to these two smokers. Both have their good points. There's a price differential that I did factor in however, I wonder if in this case, you'll get what you pay for. 


Both seem to be of a very similar design. Both boast a good amount of insulation which IMO is crucial as I live in a northern state and our winters are both cold and long. My OKJ does great until the temps drop below 50. That's when I cover Joe up and put him to sleep for the winter. 


So, my question is a simple one: If any of you have some preference, suggestions or advice, I'd love to see them. Both of these smokers come with a hefty price tag so I really need to get this one right. Especially with wifey involved as she is CFO of the house. :)


Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!


Happy Holidays!

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Follow up... I'll be bringing the XL Baby home this weekend! I figure on a 6hr burn in to get it seasoned just right. Got a brisket vacuumed sealed on ice to break in the XL with. :yahoo: 



Now the only question that remains... DigiQ or not to DigiQ...?

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Not sure why Stumps named this the "baby" XL. This thing is a beast of a smoker! 450lbs of smoking goodness!

It took 4 men and a forklift to get baby in the trailer..

Finally got Baby on the deck!

Getting ready for seasoning:

Finish and ready for the first smoke!

I got a 9lb pork butt already on standby for the Superbowl. I'll hold off on the brisket for a bit yet. Can't wait to fire this sucker up! The outfit I bought this from gave me a really good deal on the DigiQ too.

If anyone has some helpful suggestions as to how best to use "baby", I'd love to hear from you!

Happy Smoking!
Edited by Cman55 - 1/27/15 at 1:55pm
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Nice setup! That's gonna produce some great BBQ
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