Avoiding overkill

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Avoiding overkill

Postby JustinCouch » Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:49 pm

I took a peek at the air compressor tank I was going to use on my winter build and think it's a little to small. I would like to be able to cook like 6 slabs of spare ribs or 4 butts. That would be plenty of room for 2 briskets. Am I going over kill? When I cook for the family I use a small homemade stainless steel grill. But when I do cook for a crowd I always wish I had more room. Any suggestions on dimensions
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Re: Avoiding overkill

Postby Txdragon » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:11 am

How big is the "crowd" you would cook for? 10 people, 20, 100? :laughing7: if your usual smoker is sufficient for at least 2 briskets, you can always just use those dimensions as a baseline, then double or triple or whatever. My cooker is 57 x 33.5 x 23 (as per manufacturer spec sheet anyhow). And it will get me through a decent crowd if I plan properly!
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Re: Avoiding overkill

Postby JustinCouch » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:45 am

Morning dragon. If you get a chance, I would love to see a picture of your smoker. Hope you have a good day.
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Re: Avoiding overkill

Postby Finatic » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:25 am

I'd say definately not overkill. My guess is you'll end up using all of that space more times than you realize.
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Re: Avoiding overkill

Postby Txdragon » Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:10 am

JustinCouch wrote:Morning dragon. If you get a chance, I would love to see a picture of your smoker. Hope you have a good day.

It's nothing special or fancy, it's an Oklahoma Joe Highland
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It will hold a couple racks of ribs, 2 13lb briskets, 2 pork butts and a rack of ribs, or about 6-8 chickens. I can easily cook for 20 folks with it, depending on what I'm cooking.
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Re: Avoiding overkill

Postby JustinCouch » Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:17 am

THANKZ DRAGON IN NEEDED THAT. I WILL REMEASURE MY TANK AND POST DEMISIONS TONIGHT.
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Re: Avoiding overkill

Postby k.a.m. » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:50 am

I have two trailer mounted offsets. Bahama Mama is a 250 gall propane tank 30" diam. x 70" long. She will easily cook a 300 lb. pig or a 12 lb. brisket. I have no problem firing her up for one or the other. Little Mama is a 24" x 55" offset. She will not cook a 300 lb. pig because of the two doors. but she will cook 8 to ten briskets or about 20 pork butts. There again I have no problem firing her up for just one piece of meat.
My point is do not cut yourself short when building allow for some growing room in your cooks. :D
Always remember slow and steady wins the race.

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Re: Avoiding overkill

Postby Txdragon » Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:28 pm

k.a.m. wrote:My point is do not cut yourself short when building allow for some growing room in your cooks. :D


^^^^^ That right there.
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Re: Avoiding overkill

Postby JustinCouch » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:12 pm

I agree with KAM. He says that his big pit will cook as much or as little as needed. So that settles it, go for overkill
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Re: Avoiding overkill

Postby Old Man 79 » Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:00 am

I agree with the above. If no one ever accuses you of going too big, you probably didn't go big enough. I completely avoided all negative thoughts of maybe this is too much when building "The Beast". I've never used more than about 10% of its capacity, but one day I will be glad I have the extra room.
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Re: Avoiding overkill

Postby OldUsedParts » Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:41 am

Good advice and sound logic there, Justin :tup: - - - is this a great BBQ Forum ?or what? - - :laughing7: :?:
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Re: Avoiding overkill

Postby JustinCouch » Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:44 pm

Here in America we tend to embrace overkill. For example, the 500 Smith and Wesson, top fuel dragsters, Donald Trump. I feel like a fool for not wanting overkill. So to everyone out there who is about to make something go big!

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