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  1. #61
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    Ok, chicken and a 4.5lb butt are in the brine for an overnight soak.

    While at HD today picking up some stuff for misc loose ends, an idea struck me. Nothing over-the-top, but thought I'd share it.

    Table leg anyone?

    What do you mean they don't make applewood smoke flavored toothpaste?!

    North Texas 30 Gal UDS

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  3. #63
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    Like I said, not a big idea or anything. Just one of those light bulb moments.

    I needed something to lift the charcoal basket into the drum once lit. Something with a hook. I could use me fireplace poker, but having to keep bringing in, and taking back outside would be a pain.

    Saw this table leg on sale for $2.60, and notice the the threads on one end, which got me thinking.







    Now I can lift the basket into the drum without burning my fingers. I think the pie pan/heat shield isn't really needed, so I've removed it for now.



    Smoked the split breasts this morning.



    And the butt is cooking as I type. Been on for about 3hrs now, so I figure I've still got another 4 - 5hrs to go.




    Oh, and 2 ET-72's running side-by-side doesn't appear to be a problem.
    What do you mean they don't make applewood smoke flavored toothpaste?!

    North Texas 30 Gal UDS

  4. #64
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    Ok, the butt went on around 1:15pm, and I took it off at 11pm. All apple wood this time around. I thought about adding some maple too, but I'm thinking that's for the next run.






    The drum was still riding temps ~ 220 when I removed the butt. I initially started the fire at 11am, so I'm happy with 12 hrs of smoker time on just 1 basket of charcoal. I was ripping through briquettes by the bag on the old little bullet, and would be lucky to get 6+ hrs with a LOT of maintenance.

    I was able to smoke the chicken AND the butt on just the one basket with very little maintenance. Some minor temperature adjusting via a twist of a valve, or a replacement/removal of an air intake cap. No more ash being blown around on the inside/on the food while I try to maintain temps/add wood chips. No need to constantly go outside every 15-30mins to check temps. I even had time to go have lunch with the Mrs (ironically, at a local BBQ spot) while the chicken smoked, and got tile shopping completed for a master bath remodel I'm working on while the butt was cooking.

    My only regret? I wish that I had found The Q Joint sooner.
    What do you mean they don't make applewood smoke flavored toothpaste?!

    North Texas 30 Gal UDS

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