Originally Posted by FWIsmoker
Thanks Eric! Too bad you don't have a good wood supplier, Maybe try tree trimmers? I've had good luck with them. Anytime a neighbor cuts down a tree I'll ask where the wood is going.
Yeah, only problem is that even with older landscaping nobody seemed to want to plant anything other than Elm, Silver Maple, Russian Olive, Cottonwood, and an occasional Aspen or 2...if you look at the right place and time you may even see an elusive Weeping Willow now and then. There are far more pine, fir and cedar than anything else, especially if you're looking at native species. Hardwood species around here are pretty rare, and short of driving well over a hundred miles one way you won't find oak, maple...none of the good stuff.
If I had access to hardwoods I might still be using my old Brinkmann SnP 40...I liked cooking on it, but it liked fuel...either propane (~1lb/hr) (did a conversion) or charcoal (1.5lb+/hr) about broke me, and it was even worse after I installed a custom tuning plate. When I fired that hog up for a smoke it was time to scavenge the freezer for anything I could find to fill the cooking grate...it was that bad...no rest for the wicked, I'm tellin' ya. As things turned out, if I did in fact have hardwoods, I may have never decided to roll with my arsenal of Weber kettles or the WSM, which means I'd likely not have acquired a spinner for a kettle, and...well...the way I see it, that would have just been a tragedy...LOL!!!
It may be a bit spendy, but for occasional use, but I think I could get enough BTUs from RO lump to do a spinner and double-grate cook with my WSM 18. I think with the roti-ring down low, fire on one side, add the barrel to the ring and toss in the food grates...huh, now I'm curious...gotta go out and have a look-see.
EDIT: Just checked the WSM and roti-ring fit...not good...roti-ring fits fire bowl and there'd be room for a fire on one side, especially if you removed the coal-ring...barrel won't fit onto roti-ring and WSM lid won't fit onto roti-ring (previously checked that). I can fit the ring on the barrel and use the kettle lid without mods, but that would be too cool of temps for a decent spinner cook with the fire 2.5ft below the spit-rod...yeah, not much point unless I was burning hardwood. Anyway, I had to look.
Edited by forluvofsmoke - 7/27/16 at 2:54pm