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Fonzerelli

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May 27, 2024
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So I’m in the process of buying a used smoker, used because new is so expensive and used is nice because most these people just trying to find someone to remove it for them, so tons of savings….

I really want an offset and the only reason the Komodo Joe series 3 is in there is because it’s only $600 and I almost wanna get that just because it’s a steal…

But the offset the old country $500 1/4 thick and I think has too small of a cooking chamber even though it has the upper grate so wanted to know with y’all’s experience am I right with that? Is it too close to the fire even if I modded the hell out of it….

Next we got the lyfe tyme $300 this guy is a 16x32 1/4 thick like the old country… it’s definitely what I’m leaning towards the rust is just surface and can be cleaned up fairly easy…. But the thing I’m concerned about is this being too small too…. I would like to buy this used offset as a one and done, I’ve always loved BBQ so this pit will be here to stay just want to not need to upgrade for a long time…. So if I should go a little bit bigger lemme know




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36” would really be my minimum.
So my concern with it is not having a big enough offset that I can’t have a log fire and not having to burn small sticks I had to load up every 20 minutes…. Is 36” that minimum for that
 
So my concern with it is not having a big enough offset that I can’t have a log fire and not having to burn small sticks I had to load up every 20 minutes…. Is 36” that minimum for that
Once you establish a good coal bed splits should be added about every 40 minutes or so if everything is set right. That’s just how the smaller pits run. Fire becomes more of a log fire 250 gal and up through 1000 gal.

The problem with the shorter pits is that hot spot next to the firebox, they still work ok but you lose that grate space or you have to rotate meats fairly often. If you just want to do a couple butts or one brisket at a time the smaller pits are workable once you learn them but to me they run hot and fast.
 
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Once you establish a good coal bed splits should be added about every 40 minutes or so if everything is set right. That’s just how the smaller pits run. Fire becomes more of a log fire 250 gal and up through 1000 gal.

The problem with the shorter pits is that hot spot next to the firebox, they still work ok but you lose that grate space or you have to rotate meats fairly often. If you just want to do a couple butts or one brisket at a time the smaller pits are workable once you learn them but to me they run hot and fast.
Yeah I don’t think I’m going to get one that large….. yet lol so maybe this 32” will work out well for me… I do plan on making one thing at a time so I’ll go back to planning on picking that guy up Sunday still.., thanks for the help brother
 
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