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In Reply to: I think I would pass...... posted by Juggy D Beerman on September 06, 2013 at 10:09:25:
Agreed 100% Juggy. Its definitely NOT going to be a set it and forget it type of cooker and there will definitely be heat consistency issues. But, he wrote that he is looking to get into some larger crowd cooking and if he can get this at a decent cost, and understands the issues involved (which are MANY as you point out), it may be a good first shot at a larger cooker? Would I buy it? Not a snowballs chance. But if I were in his situation, I can see the appeal of that thing. We built our first cooker out of a 4x8 sheet of steel we had rolled and fashioned it after the old Austin National style of cookers. It was great but had many, if not ALL, of the issues you mention above. But, it was a monster and cooked a LOT of food. We needed a railroad car full of charcoal to keep it going but thats all we knew and all we HAD, so we made it work. I can definitely see both sides of the fence on this one. I can see the appeal and think it may be a good first BIG cooker but I dont think I have it in me to go through the process to make it workable.
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