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Old 04-12-2013, 03:58 PM   #21
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Ok, so the deal is that I am living in a new build home that we had plumbed for an external NG connection because I have a new NG gas grill. (Birthday present) I cook on it quite a bit but have always been a "jack it to 11" and sear steaks, dogs and burgers kind of griller. I tried to smoke a roast and the result, using my gas grill was so good, I started to wonder if I could do the same thing with Ribs, Butts, sausage, beans etc. I want to ADD a dedicated smoker to my arsenal but don't want to go to the $1000 BGE but would also like something that works well.
I brew beer, bake bread and bagels, restore vintage sewing machines and furniture and certainly don't mind looking after the smoker, but could be persuaded to set-it-and-forget-it. I live in Canada and the temperature ranges from -20c in Winter to +30c in the summer.

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Old 04-12-2013, 04:41 PM   #22
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I just saw this. I have no idea about the quality. Seems like a decent price.

Edit: There's a brown one at Amazon for $311, free shipping with Prime. Not sure if that counts for Canada.

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You know, I was thinking about this thread today while in Lowes for something else. They had a Chargriller kamodo cooker (think BGE) for $300. No idea how good it is.

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Old 04-12-2013, 09:00 PM   #24
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You know, I was thinking about this thread today while in Lowes for something else. They had a Chargriller kamodo cooker (think BGE) for $300. No idea how good it is.
Picked one up @ Menards a few months ago for $250. Love it so far.

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Old 04-12-2013, 11:17 PM   #25
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Ok, so the deal is that I am living in a new build home that we had plumbed for an external NG connection because I have a new NG gas grill. (Birthday present) I cook on it quite a bit but have always been a "jack it to 11" and sear steaks, dogs and burgers kind of griller. I tried to smoke a roast and the result, using my gas grill was so good, I started to wonder if I could do the same thing with Ribs, Butts, sausage, beans etc. I want to ADD a dedicated smoker to my arsenal but don't want to go to the $1000 BGE but would also like something that works well.
I brew beer, bake bread and bagels, restore vintage sewing machines and furniture and certainly don't mind looking after the smoker, but could be persuaded to set-it-and-forget-it. I live in Canada and the temperature ranges from -20c in Winter to +30c in the summer.
Like your other roast, a pork butt wouldnt be a problem indirect on your grill. Theyll take a beating. Ribs are a bit of problem tho even with the 3-2-1. Not to mention its difficult to the same smoke quality into the meat as you can with a smoker. They're just different.

Get you any LP smoker you want and drill the orifice. I've got a BTU/hr sizing chart for bit size if you want it. My burner was 15k and I drilled it for 30k (@ 7" wc...gives me headroom for winter smoking)
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:22 AM   #26
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Yes, I was at Home Depot and they have ones shaped like kegs and I saw the Chargriller as well. I think because of the weight, they are about 600-700 CND. At least the one at Lowes was. It's fine, I am going to do another eye of round tomorrow for sandwiches at my daughters birthday and absolutely make it the best thing my wife ever tasted. I am then going to declare what a BBQ star I could be if I had a smoker to add to my gas grill and see if she bites! They have a nice smoker or two at Lowes, so I will see what happens. I have a nice coffee, cumin, Corriander, etc, etc dry rub for this one and I am really going to take my time. Keep my eyes on the price, so to speak.

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I have read many good reviews of the chargriller kamado. It runs well at a broad range of temperatures just like a BGE allowing you to grill, bake, and smoke. It also has the ability to run for long periods of time unattended. I was looking at one the other day at Lowes and it appears to be pretty well built. If you don't want to build a UDS and stay in the $300-350 or less range it this is without a doubt an excellent unit to consider. If you pick one up get a pizza stone. I have drooled over pics of pizza that have come off of these several times.

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Old 04-13-2013, 03:03 PM   #28
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Hey everyone, the roast is going well. Started at 8:00am and have been able to regulate the temp way Better with the new ceramic briquettes. Still not a lot of smoke but with the rib, low and slow and the time, this should be awesome. Currently at 130 internal on my way to 140, then rest to a temp my in-laws will eat. I will keep you posted.

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Another smoking success. Still not generating a lot of smoke but did get a ring and the BBQ was easier to work with. Going to start working on the wife for a smoker.

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That looks mighty tasty.

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