Looking for a builder in New Jersey

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by rob sicc, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Hi folks,

    I'll be short and sweet.  Can anyone recommend a good smoker builder in New jersey?


  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Good luck with that. There are a ton of Fabrication Shop and welders that could make anything from a set of plans but a Dedicated and Specialized Pit Maker in NJ? I doubt it is popular enough. I ran a search and found Nada...JJ
  3. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Hi JJ,

    Believe me, I ran a good search also.  I thought I would give it a try here.  I'm gonna create a thread on this next question but since I am already corresponding with you, I'll ask here,  Hope you don't mind.

    I need a smoker for making beef jerky.  I just saw a cool accessory refereed to as a jerky rack from camp chef.  From what I read, It seems like this rack will only work with a Camp Chef smoker.  Do you know of any generic jerky rack products?  This will definitely help me .

    Any help is greatly appreciated.  Thanks.


  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That will fit anything that is 24 wide by however deep it is. Another option...Search Stacking Cooling Racks. Not as big but will work. Pampered Chef has a 10 X 18 that you can stack as many as you want, though I think most are similar...JJ
  5. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Well, after sending you the PM yesterday I called Craig from Bell Fab and he convinced me to get a vertical  offset smoker which is what I already have.  The one Craig mentioned is much larger of course.  I really wanted something that could fit a small pig too but I think the vertical smoker he mentioned with extra trays will work for jerky and that's my primary need.  Plus I think the new vertical smoker will satisfy every other smoking need I may come up with other than a full pig.  He and I haven't totally designed it yet so I am bring up the pig to him next time I speak to him.  There is always the option of a combination of a 36" horizontal with a vertical on the side.  Hopefully, that won't exploit the price tag to much.  His prices are so reasonable, I should be fine.
  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  7. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Thanks for the link. I think I called them.  They were a bit pricey.  

    I've decided I'm going with Bell Fab out of Oklahoma.  http://www.bellfab.com/

    We're just trying to decide how big.  Right now its 24 x 20 x 48.  The next size jump is 30 x 24 X 48.  Not sure if that is to big or not.  30 x 24 X 48 would be great for making Jerky which will be my primary use.  I also think it might be over kill if I want to cook 1 Fattie!  Also Craig from Bell fab thinks the racks might be to big to work with..  Still thinking.  Either way, I should have it by Christmas.  
  8. radioguy

    radioguy Smoking Fanatic

  9. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I'm thinking you meant Cooker, not cooler, right?

    BTW, I looked at that site.  They aren't taking any orders till Sept 2017.  I need it sooner. but thanks for the suggestion.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2016
  10. bullet53551

    bullet53551 Newbie

    I'm looking hard at Bell fab myself... What is the shipping gonna cost to get that to new jersey?im in Wisconsin
  11. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Let me say, look no further.  After you talk to Craig for a few minutes you know you have someone that loves what they do.  After hearing from everyone out here on SMF you know he makes a good product.  I did a lot of research and price comparisons and no one can touch his prices.  He is very accommodating.  He will add anything you want to it too.  I ordered mine a few weeks ago.  Craig told me in advance he couldn't start working on it for 4-5 weeks so I don't have it yet.  I asked Craig to send me pictures of the build which I will post.  The only thing odd to me was that Craig does not supply thermostats.  He puts in holes but I have to buy the thermostats.  

    Feel free to PM me with any questions.  I am happy to answer them.

    To answer your question about shipping, I will let you know when I know.  right now Craig is guessing between $250 - $300.

    I hope this helped 
  12. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The shipping from OK to SC was about $225.00. It doesn't really matter who the fabricator is, the freight is always an add. So, why not go with Craig Bell and get something that you will really enjoy using? Probably the best product out there for his price.
  13. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I couldn't agree more about price to quality.  Look at his web site.  Everything looks very impressive and I'm sure I will get many years of great BBQ from mine once I have it.
  14. bullet53551

    bullet53551 Newbie

    Thanks guys! Look forward to seeing your pictures, I'll be waiting on my tax Refund to talk with craig

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