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  1. M

    Masterbuilt Portable Charcoal Grill - New Owner w/accessory recommendations for owners (no mods)

    I recently purchased a Masterbuilt Portable Charcoal Smoker and figured I would share some recommendations for other owners. I'll try and keep this brief. 1. Water Pan: For those of you who like to do longer smoking sessions with this smoker, you might have considered how to add a water pan...
  2. wesir

    Vertical Cabinet Smoker Build, reverse flow or no?

    If I want to build an insulated vertical cabinet (charcoal fueled) which would be more forgiving between direct or reverse flow? I'd like to use it for smoking brisket/pork butts as well as snack sticks/bacon, want to control it with a fireboard drive if that changes things. I was originally...
  3. wesir

    Fireboard drive vertical cabinet smoker recommendations

    Looking for recommendations for a vertical cabinet smoker on the medium to higher end that can be used in combination with a fireboard drive to maintain temperature. I was looking at an Ironside CDR with the pellet assist but got a response to some questions I asked saying they're no longer...
  4. G

    Clearance deals at Walmart.

    Just a heads up for all, Walmart's by me have been clearancing grills and charcoal. So far this week, I have been able to pick up a Blackstone griddle with air fryer for $100 normally $397. Today i was able to get a little over 1.5 pallets of charcoal ( 38 - double 18lb bags for $10 each)...
  5. A

    Wagyu Bergers - Best Method

    Over the pandemic I found and fell in love with cooking A5 Wagyu steaks at home. I've now ordered enough that they send me free ground wagyu beef with my orders, so I guess its time to make some bergers. Anyone have experience with this? Thoughts on the best preperation method? Straight grill...
  6. S

    Everything tastes the same

    I got a standard bullet smoker last year but thus far have been very disappointed with my smoking efforts. The main issue is that everything tastes the same, regardless of the wood chips and/or rub I use. I was thinking it might be the charcoal smoke that was overpowering the wood chips & rub...
  7. rus_bro

    Building a Drum Pit

    Greetings all, So with all this extra time around having 2 small kids, figured its time to replace the old Weber Kettle (replace is what i tell the wife before adding another cooker). Cant nail down exactly what i want to buy SO a buddy of mine gave me an old 55gal drum and another let me...
  8. voltronic

    Brisket Point on Kettle - second time a charm

    After purchasing my first ever Weber Kettle (Master Touch) a couple months back, one of the first things I did was smoke a brisket flat. It was tasty, but a few things were not great. I had temp inconsistency, didn't start early enough so had to foil wrap so there was no bark, and was not very...
  9. smokey jmo

    Is Kingsford Charcoal different

    I've used Kingsford charcoal as far as I can remember, I bought a bag yesterday and grilled some steak kabobs. It smoked a lot, more than I have ever seen. The food tasted really smokey, and not in a good way, basically ruin the kabobs. I checked the bag and noticed new bag says " now more...
  10. 4


    Anyone familiar with JED MASTER commercial smokers? I lost mine in a fire and am not having any luck finding another one. Mine was 6' tall X 6' wide X 48" deep, Rotisserie, H2O and charcoal. I purchased off another gentleman, it was inside my concession trailer and he tried about 10 years...
  11. Cisco726

    Chargriller 9800

    So my cousin sent me a link for the new Chargriller 9800 and it’s a gravity fed! Looks like they slapped on 560/1050 parts to one of their grills basically. This however comes with a dampener control and other minor tweaks. Wonder if they addressed the issue with firebox deteriorating? This...
  12. M

    New to charcoal smoking

    Hello all, First off I want to apologize if this isn't the right place to post this sort of thread but I have a question I would like to try to get an answer to. I'm still pretty new to smoking, been doing it about a year now on a propane smoker just learning the basics n stuff. But now my...
  13. I

    Masterbuilt 560 help

    Recently bought a used masterbuilt 560 for $100. Needed some work but didn’t want to turn it down because it was so cheap. Wanted to see if anyone had any pointers on placements of wood. Is it best to put some chunks mixed in with the charcoal in the stack, place wood in the ash tray or do a...
  14. B

    No Name charcoal briquettes

    For other Canadian members: My local No Frills has No Name brand briquettes on sale for dirt cheap I've never used them and don't want to ruin a good piece of meat by using a poor quality charcoal. Has anyone had any experience with them? Good, bad, terrible? TIA
  15. Bsrdsteve

    New to Offset and Charcoal Smoking, Help.

    New to smoking and used an electric smoker for the last year. I just purchased a Dyna Glo vertical offset smoker. Did some suggested mods (sealed the seams and placed a heat diverter in the cook box). I started by seasoning it and testing with a lump hickory coal. Got a real heavy white smoke...
  16. A

    Can you burn lump charcoal in the grill chamber of an offset pellet smoker?

    I'm done with big box grills and smokers, and am ready to buy a good piece of equipment. I was going to buy an offset smoker, since I mostly grill but I do like to smoke now and again. I don't smoke meat too much, since I don't have a lot of time to spend tending to the fire. So the idea of a...
  17. M

    Ridge charcoal

    Had anyone used Ridge charcoal from Lowe's? Is it any good? Thank you
  18. D

    Charcoal vs Pellets vs Wood vs Gas vs Electric

    I own every type of cooker except the electric smoker. My first smoker was electric so I do have experience with that type also. This is my experience with all of them, keep in mind your experiences will be different. I will dive into electric smokers first. An electric smoke in my opinion is...
  19. Rmartinez2


    Hey all, it's been a while but just stopping by to share an amazing dinner we had tonight. I found a great ribeye roast at my local grocery which was a shock because you usually don't find this with a fair amount of marbling. I felt this one was more than worthy and was on sale so it just made...
  20. dirtsailor2003

    Going Rogue

    I've had my 14.5" WSM for several years now and have smoked in all kinds of conditions. Never had an issue holding temps. It's really a rock solid smoker that just chugs along. It's been a while since I've bought a new gadget and I was getting the itch, so I finally pulled the trigger on...