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Brinkmann smoker
Hey guys, I have a Brinkmann Electric smoker that does a great job, but have been wanting to try out a charcoal smoker, discover the joys, ya know? So I was wondering if I would be able to just take out the electric unit and use it with charcoal, or if I would need another smoker?
04-10-2008 06:03 PM
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Dude, I would seriously recommend taking the relatively painless plunge into a Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) or, for a little more (this is blasphemy for me), a Pro Q Frontier with a Stacker. If it were me, I'd go with the latter, or wait for the even better Pro Q Excel 20, which is due to ship in May or June.

Do it, and thank me later. Smile :wink:

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Anthony,

I second everything John just said, it's well worth the investment!! I don't know anything about the Pro Q but I own three WSM's -- the first one I bought five years ago. There is still time to ship either one in; the advantage is you and your new smoker will be taking the class with world-class cooks who will fill your brain so full of info you'll need ear plugs to keep it all from leaking out!! Tongue

IMHO it's an opportunity that won't come around very often. If a smoker doesn't come in on time for you, please let me know and I'll loan you my newest WSM -- it's only been used once.

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04-11-2008 07:50 AM
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Thanks for the advice guys! The only difficulty is that my hobby has to pay for itself, i.e. I need to profit from a comp or otherwise before I can buy a new smoker, so if you guys know of any low cost-/free-entry comps that I may have a chance to win, let me know.

I know I sound ignorant, but whats IMHO?
04-12-2008 12:29 PM
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Hey Big Anthony,

If you find anybody willing to share that secret, or any other info, let me know. Cause I think i'm a little behind on equipment cost vs. comp winnings. Smile

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04-12-2008 12:58 PM
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Amen to that, Z!

Big A - A hobby that pays for itself is called a business. Big Grin :wink: Seriously, though, I don't know of many hobbies that pay their own way, and competition BBQ is certainly not one of them (for the vast, vast majority). I tried starting last season with the "make it pay for itself" mantra, and I failed miserably. The best most of us can hope for is to cover our entry fee, and maybe our travel expenses, and that's on a very good day, downhill both ways, with a tailwind. Big Grin

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That's a fact John. The bummer part of that is when that hobby becomes a business the tax man :evil: is standing there wanting the lions share of what you struggled to earn. :cry:

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04-13-2008 10:27 AM
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Thanks for the input guys! I should have known that since it's something I love to do, it probably wouldn't pay for itself :lol:.
In that case, does anyone have an old smoker a novice like me could start out on? It would be nice not to have to be within 15 feet of an outlet every time I want to smoke something Smile

I must say, though, BBQ will probably be more lucrative than trying to sell off my whittling work - i tried to make a husky once, but it came out more like a lumpy panda bear :lol:
I can't wait to be part of my first comp, even if I do fail miserably - I've been looking forward to it since I first saw BBQ week on food network a few years back. I hope I can at least pass something off as edible to the judges Smile
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Big A! You will do just fine at your first comp. The only thing I wanted to see happen at my first comp. was to have my times down as to be able to turn all 4 boxes in, and also work out the bugs as far as who is doing what and when. Taking notes and or making up a time line as to what needs to be done is key to taking the pressure off ya, Example when to prep meat, start coal. time to put on, and so on. then you will find more time to hang out and relax, knowing you are under control for an hour or two!

Any ?? you have were here to help :wink:

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Big A. I have a Char-broil Silvercreek.It's an offset cooker.Tryed to sell it awhile back for $80.No takers.So I'm going to reduce the price to FREE.You just have to come pick it up.Oh & pull it out of the mud!!
Alittle paint ,cleaning & acouple of mods.& you will be off & QIng in no time.

Hey Packer Fan what up?

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GBQ, I am doing great! Spring is in the air, life is good. Hey man nice work hook'n Big A up with the cooker :wink: I will take back half the bad things I have said about you Tongue

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Dang Gary, that's cool of you. I take back ALL of the bad things I said about you...

Rockin' on two 22.5 WSM's, a GOSM gasser and missing them old drums...
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:twisted: Really classy Gary! But I ain't takin' nuttin back!!! :twisted:

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Thanks Gary! I'll hook up with you on PM to work out the details. Smile I love fix-it-up projects!
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Hey Big A! Congrats on your new/ used cooker! If you need a good cleaner for that pit see my post on pit cleaners, great stuff there. I do think you may need it, cause that pit GBQ gave you hasnt seen a scrub brush for a while, I think it was 1977, I think T's Raiders beat the Vikings in the SuperBowl that year Tongue Yea! 32-14 Raiders Win :lol: GBQ just wasn't the same after that loss, and the pit kinda took a beating, as did his Vikings :roll:

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What ever happened to that Viking team, are they still around?

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I heard the NFL season game schedules are out for 2008-09. I can't say nuthin bad 'bout GBQ. He packed half my stuff up after Hyrum last year while I took the other half of my stuff home. That was an act of a true friend. Thanks again Gary.

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Thanks for the love Gene... Come on now! We all know It's more fun to pile on packerbacker! The first game of the season for the Vikings is...Packers, at Greenbay.Dave and I will be attending in person.On Dave's dime of course. Right Dave? The E-mail you sent me..is that a joke?If not, thats funny as hell! See I told you Bret was thinking of signing with another NFL team!
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Gene;p="8709 Wrote:I heard the NFL season game schedules are out for 2008-09. I can't say nuthin bad 'bout GBQ. He packed half my stuff up after Hyrum last year while I took the other half of my stuff home. That was an act of a true friend. Thanks again Gary.

And he did this while Gene's cooking partner just sat on his fat butt... (sorry again gene)

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Yo, You know that was not the intention of my post. That event kicked our butts. Stuff happens. See ya Friday. Pepsi is on board. We need to make a couple of radio spots for them for this contest. 8)

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GBQ, when I go back to see a game in Green Bay, and I have for many years now being that Dad has had season tickets dating back to 1959, I go to see the best game I can! Tongue The Viking game is not one of them. :lol:

The e-mail was a joke, so you can calm done now, but it was funny!

All in fun buddy!, Hey dont forget the NFL draft is coming up, I bet you are looking forward to that!! as you do need some "Players" :wink:

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Piling on the PackerBacker?? Hey, I'm there everytime!! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

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Cyclop's????

I LOVE YOU MAN :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink:

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:twisted: You still ain't gettin my Bud! :twisted:

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