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    Pit Barrel Cooker

    Has anyone tried one of these, I'm always liking to try different things, just wondering if anyone has any experience with these. They are a veteran owned business and that matters to me, looking for some feedback.

    https://pitbarrelcooker.com/?ref=su73mxavym
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    Kind of cool! If you look around their website, you can find videos of it. They have 5 of them with Steven Raichlen (from PBS Project Smoke) doing some cooks. Don't know if they paid him or not.

    My only concern would be how to clean out the ash. Do you just dump it out the vent hole at the bottom?

    I'd take a look at one of these, but I already have a BGE and a gas grill. Sweetie would question my sanity (even more!) if I put another cooking tool on the back deck.
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    I charcoal grill A LOT!! 4+ times a week.

    My concern about smoking with charcoal is the short duration of burn time for Kingsford charcoal briquettes,,
    smoking on charcoal would take a LOT of attention, and replenishing the charcoal.

    I use an 18" dome top Weber knockoff,, for the last two, I paid ~$20 each,,,
    they only last me about 4-5 years,, even at that short of time, some repairs or replacements are needed,,

    Use it, or let it set on the deck, that $300+ barrel stove will get tossed in 4-5 years because the parts will have rusted away,,
    $60/year just for the grill is a LOT of $$ to me,,
    but, I am a user,, and not just for the novelty of having it,,,

    I do not smoke, so I gotta say, I doubt that the barrel grill could come close to the results I get with my dome grill,,,

    Smoking? that barrel may be great, if that is what you do,,,

    If I wanted that barrel, I would start with a stainless beer barrel, and make one,,
    at least the barrel would last long enough to make the project worthwhile,,,
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark02tj View Post
    Kind of cool! If you look around their website, you can find videos of it. They have 5 of them with Steven Raichlen (from PBS Project Smoke) doing some cooks. Don't know if they paid him or not.

    My only concern would be how to clean out the ash. Do you just dump it out the vent hole at the bottom?

    I'd take a look at one of these, but I already have a BGE and a gas grill. Sweetie would question my sanity (even more!) if I put another cooking tool on the back deck.
    Yes well, my wife thinks I'm nuts for standing over my smoker for hours on end until she takes a bite of all the goodness that thing makes.
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    I charcoal grill A LOT!! 4+ times a week.

    My concern about smoking with charcoal is the short duration of burn time for Kingsford charcoal briquettes,,
    smoking on charcoal would take a LOT of attention, and replenishing the charcoal.

    I use an 18" dome top Weber knockoff,, for the last two, I paid ~$20 each,,,
    they only last me about 4-5 years,, even at that short of time, some repairs or replacements are needed,,

    Use it, or let it set on the deck, that $300+ barrel stove will get tossed in 4-5 years because the parts will have rusted away,,
    $60/year just for the grill is a LOT of $$ to me,,
    but, I am a user,, and not just for the novelty of having it,,,

    I do not smoke, so I gotta say, I doubt that the barrel grill could come close to the results I get with my dome grill,,,

    Smoking? that barrel may be great, if that is what you do,,,

    If I wanted that barrel, I would start with a stainless beer barrel, and make one,,
    at least the barrel would last long enough to make the project worthwhile,,,
    Yes, I'm looking at it more from a smoking side. I use my charcoal smoker now, you are correct, it takes almost constant attention.
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