Gravity Fed Smokers: Stumps XL Baby

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by cman55, Dec 26, 2014.

  1. cman55

    cman55 Smoke Blower

    Well, I finally got wifey to agree on a gravity fed smoker for my bday in 2015. As I'll be turning the big 60, something special I think is called for. So, I've been doing my homework and have narrowed it down to these two smokers. Both have their good points. There's a price differential that I did factor in however, I wonder if in this case, you'll get what you pay for. 

    Both seem to be of a very similar design. Both boast a good amount of insulation which IMO is crucial as I live in a northern state and our winters are both cold and long. My OKJ does great until the temps drop below 50. That's when I cover Joe up and put him to sleep for the winter. 

    So, my question is a simple one: If any of you have some preference, suggestions or advice, I'd love to see them. Both of these smokers come with a hefty price tag so I really need to get this one right. Especially with wifey involved as she is CFO of the house. :)

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

    Happy Holidays!
  2. cman55

    cman55 Smoke Blower

    Follow up... I'll be bringing the XL Baby home this weekend! I figure on a 6hr burn in to get it seasoned just right. Got a brisket vacuumed sealed on ice to break in the XL with. [​IMG]  

    Now the only question that remains... DigiQ or not to DigiQ...?
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2015
  3. cman55

    cman55 Smoke Blower

    Not sure why Stumps named this the "baby" XL. This thing is a beast of a smoker! 450lbs of smoking goodness!

    It took 4 men and a forklift to get baby in the trailer..

    Finally got Baby on the deck!

    Getting ready for seasoning:

    Finish and ready for the first smoke!

    I got a 9lb pork butt already on standby for the Superbowl. I'll hold off on the brisket for a bit yet. Can't wait to fire this sucker up! The outfit I bought this from gave me a really good deal on the DigiQ too.

    If anyone has some helpful suggestions as to how best to use "baby", I'd love to hear from you!

    Happy Smoking!
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2015
  4. Nice setup! That's gonna produce some great BBQ

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