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TX Sandman
01-15-2008, 07:25 PM
Bob is short for "you blankety-blank blank blanken' grill". He's a 22.5" Silver Kettle, circa 1993. He gave me some tough times at the start, but it was probably my fault.

Bob on the job. The therms fit in the vents, so they're easy to remove for direct cooking.
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Night duty. ABTs, burgers, and chicken. And a little ham.;)
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Smoke break.
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Only mods have been the legs. I added a rubber foot to help keep him stable and some screws in the legs to keep them from falling off when I moved him.
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SmokyOkie
01-16-2008, 11:43 AM
He looks as though He's a good old friend.

Tim

Red Apple Guy
01-16-2008, 04:08 PM
Tx Sandman
I love my kettle, but it's 10 years younger than Bob (but doesn't look it).
I'm interested in how you control temperature during a long, indirect cook. My WSM is currently on loan, so I'm learning to smoke on my kettle.

The type of bottom vents on Bob are a big benefit over the vane-type control on mine (which I'll have to name sometime soon). Do you crank down the bottom vents with the top one open (like on a WSM?)? Do you use the Minion Method (which I used last week for the first time on my kettle)?

TX Sandman
01-16-2008, 04:29 PM
Bob got his name because on another forum, someone asked about grill names. I jokingly replied "I call mine 'you blank . . . !' 'Bob' for short." Dang name stuck.:o

I use the Minion method on Bob with no worries. He's pretty airtight, so I can load him up with fuel and don't have a problem with the fire getting too hot. Bob has 3 daisy wheel vents on the bottom, similar to the top vent. With 2 bottom vents completely closed, 1 bottom vent about 1/4 open, and the top vent wide open, Bob'll hold 225-230* for several hours. Generally, I just add unlit coals and wood chunks and run a screwdriver through the coals and bottom vent to keep ash under control. With a water pan, the temps recover very quickly, in my experience.

Sounds like you have a One-Touch. I've heard it can be tough to control airflow with the vane-vents. I know one guy who tried to smoke with his kettle and had a roaring fire in 30 minutes. Good luck.

Hope this helped. If you need something more specific, please let me know.

Red Apple Guy
01-16-2008, 04:54 PM
Good info.
Yes, it's a one-touch. I marked the handle position once with % open figures based on eye-balling the opening and it's a log-type scale, making it difficult to control. Move the handle half way closed and the vent area is only 10% closed. To close the vents by 75% open area, the handle has to be 90% closed. It's a pain. :(

tonto1117
01-16-2008, 07:41 PM
Bob looks like he's got alot of great smokes on him!!! Can't go wrong with a Kettle.....remember it's the cook...not the cooker that makes the magic!!!

bigsmoke
01-17-2008, 01:13 AM
Good info.
Yes, it's a one-touch. I marked the handle position once with % open figures based on eye-balling the opening and it's a log-type scale, making it difficult to control. Move the handle half way closed and the vent area is only 10% closed. To close the vents by 75% open area, the handle has to be 90% closed. It's a pain. :(

Red, you oughta go spend about $40 on a Brinkmann "ECB" (El Cheapo Brinkmann) bullet type smoker. They are easy to use and will totally surprise you with what they can do.

nascarchuck
01-25-2008, 07:12 PM
Bob got his name because on another forum, someone asked about grill names. I jokingly replied "I call mine 'you blank . . . !' 'Bob' for short." Dang name stuck.:o

I use the Minion method on Bob with no worries. He's pretty airtight, so I can load him up with fuel and don't have a problem with the fire getting too hot. Bob has 3 daisy wheel vents on the bottom, similar to the top vent. With 2 bottom vents completely closed, 1 bottom vent about 1/4 open, and the top vent wide open, Bob'll hold 225-230* for several hours. Generally, I just add unlit coals and wood chunks and run a screwdriver through the coals and bottom vent to keep ash under control. With a water pan, the temps recover very quickly, in my experience.

Sounds like you have a One-Touch. I've heard it can be tough to control airflow with the vane-vents. I know one guy who tried to smoke with his kettle and had a roaring fire in 30 minutes. Good luck.

Hope this helped. If you need something more specific, please let me know.


Rob... You belong to other forums? I thought that this was your first...:Dc@