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A Smoker Fell Into My Lap. I Couldn't Resist

WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,263
First and foremost, for anyone new, buy a Big Green Egg. I'm not here to promoting this particular smoker.  It's just another tool along with the BGE and a learning experience. That is all. 

A big thanks to @HeavyG for letting me pick his brain about tips and tricks on the smoker as it literally fell in my lap without me knowing much about it. 

A week or two ago, I was outside digging up my yard to extend rock around my shed and put in edging. After digging for awhile I needed a short break for some water. During my water break I pulled out my phone. After checking my email, I did the daily smoker check on Craigslist. Absolutely no intentions of purchasing a smoker but fun to see what's available. It's usually a whole lot of nothing being here in MN. Most "BBQ" grills are Weber and Brinkmann gassers. It's usually a quick search and doesn't take more than 30 seconds. That's until I came across......

I must have been excited about my find as my wife stopped down by the shed and said, "What are you so happy about?" I said, "I'm buying a smoker..  if the ad isn't fake." She says, "What do you mean if the ad isn't fake?" I say, "The smoker is located in North Minneapolis for a price that is suspect. So I'll either get a smoking deal or stabbed and robbed." 

Here's a screen shot of the ad I came across. 



I'm not even sure the email I sent was in English let alone made much sense. The ad was posted 3 hours prior of me sending the email. So I sent the email as fast as I could write it. I received a response an hour or so later from the seller saying he works until 4 and I could stop over afterwards. The next 3 or 4 hours may have been one of the longest of my life. I already had it set in my mind that the seller was going to email me back saying he received offers of $750/$1000+ for it by the time he was done with work and by the time it took for me to get up to North Minneapolis. I received a follow up email from the seller an hour later saying he was going to get off work at 3 now and that he's a "real seller". Wait...what does that mean? He's a "real seller". Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get stabbed and robbed of my $250 now. I was probably over thinking it but that seemed kind of a weird thing to say. I did some rational thinking and realized Karubecue would be a really strange item to list and rob someone with. Most people don't know what a Karubecue is and that person wanting to rob someone would have to wait for someone to email them on it and it could be hours or days before that happened. It seemed unlikely but I still wanted to be cautious. Especially being in North Minneapolis. I told the seller that I wouldn't have cash on me and that I'd go and take out cash after looking over the smoker. 3:00 goes by and I don't hear anything. 3:15, 3:30, 3:35, 4:00. I wasn't feeling very good at this point as I didn't hear anything from the seller after getting off work. I also had to play a fine line of not sounding desperate and purchasing it before he gets other offers on it. So I sent an email at 4:05 and causally mentioned if he was still interested in meeting up. The seller said he was home and gave me his address. I made sure my wife had the sellers address and phone number so that if they found me in the river it might help a little. =) The dog also came with.

It turns out the seller is a retired bbq caterer. Far from any mobster from the mafia. ;) A real nice guy. I asked him why he was selling it. He said, "To be honest, I purchased it as a write off and it's too much like an oven." Ha! I'll take the gamble. 

The smoker itself is in nice shape. He said he hardly used it. I took this past week to clean it up. I have used a gallon plus of white vinegar cleaning everything up. 

I carefully cleaned the controller as it is recommended every 100 hours. 



The inside and racks are all cleaned up. 



A couple outside shots of the smoker. 



I'm going to toss on some ribs a little later this afternoon to see how this smoker works. 



Thanks for reading if you got to this point. A lot of nonsense from the beginning to the end!



"The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

Minnesota
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  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 4,438
    Man, I'd love to score that
    ~ John - https://www.instagram.com/hoosier_egger
    1-XL BGE, 2-LG BGE, KJ Jr, Ardore Pizza Oven, King Disc 
    Bloomington, IN - Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!

  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 6,606
    Boom!!
    Visalia, Ca
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 21,593
    Wow!  Better to be lucky than good any day!  Dang-
    Perfrct window of opportunity right there.  
    Can't wait for the inaugural cook report.  
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here; L&S BGE's, PBC, Lang 36; burnin wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • BattlebornBattleborn Posts: 1,625
    As Frank would say, better to be lucky than good any day. Great score! Also a great job on taking some precautions on the buying process. So many people don't and pay a price.
    Las Vegas, NV
    LG BGE, off-set smoker & various Weber's 
  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 3,156
    That's a beaut, Clark.
    NOLA
  • saluki2007saluki2007 Posts: 5,120
    Nice score.
    Large and Small BGE
    Morton, IL

  • DFWDFW Posts: 186
    That's an awesome find!  Can't wait to see photos of it in use!
    Arlington, TX
  • BotchBotch Posts: 9,838
    Nice score!  
     
    Years and years ago another guy found an ad for a late-model Porsche, $100.  He immediately called the lady, and she said it was not a misprint (this was in the Sioux Falls newspaper, and happened, also, in Minneapolis).  
    Car was beautiful, and he bought it, then asked her why she was selling it so cheap.  Turns out it was her husband's, who had just left her for his secretary, and he had the gall to ask her to sell his car and send him the money.
    So, she did.  :lol:  
    ____________________________________________
    Introvert Engineers - Social Distancing before it was cool.  
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 9,931
    These posts are why I still check CL. So far only Eggs for MSRP and rusted out brinkmans for $200, but I will keep looking.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Mini, Blackstone, WSM
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,263
    I should have probably done a little more research on how you get this smoker up and running. I'd imagine it isn't much different than my other stick burner I play around with. A good base of coal for splits probably needs to be the first step. 


    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 9,931
    Here are the type of "deals" I find on CL.


    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Mini, Blackstone, WSM
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,263
    Here are the type of "deals" I find on CL.
    It's not much different here. This is typically what you see here if not from Wally World. 



    It looks like someone added a smoke stack onto a compost bin and called it a smoker.

    You get lucky every once in awhile though. One will come your way.
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 14,190
    W. T. F. 

    You win for at least the rest of the year, if not longer. What an absofrigginlutely awesome find!!!

    The KBQ that I am currently fostering for @20stone tends to leak some grease around the legs. I'd consider setting the legs in small foil pans, so you don't stain your concrete. 

    Enjoy!

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,263
    caliking said:
    W. T. F. 

    You win for at least the rest of the year, if not longer. What an absofrigginlutely awesome find!!!

    The KBQ that I am currently fostering for @20stone tends to leak some grease around the legs. I'd consider setting the legs in small foil pans, so you don't stain your concrete. 

    Enjoy!
    Thanks for the reminder. I should make it a habit. I really like the foil pan idea with the legs inside. Which will keep the pan in place with the wind. Genius!

    I did pick up a full steam pan and have that sitting directly under the ribs. Then again it's only two racks of ribs. If this thing was loaded I'd be in trouble! 
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 17,198
    That is an unreal deal on an amazing smoker that looks practically brand new after you cleaned it up.  Congrats!   Frank is right - it's better to be lucky than good on any day.
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Living large in the 919
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 7,825
    I only tried to check out the other pics in the ad a few times before I realized. 
    That's a great score. Now you have me checking Craigslist. Ha! 

    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

                                                                                  -Umberto Eco

    2 Large
    Peachtree Corners, GA
  • StillH2OEggerStillH2OEgger Posts: 2,876
    That's just awesome! Congrats on the find.
    Stillwater, MN
  • JohnnyArmsJohnnyArms Posts: 12
    this is better than when they find the old classic cars in barns. What a nice haul. 
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 10,580
    Amazing!  So what exactly do you search for on craigslist?  Just "smoker"?  Great find and congrats!
    =======================================
    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 6,606
    edited June 25
    That was a sweet steal!!

    Got this Klose on CL, no money changed hands ...i have alerts set with key words, I've stolen several eggs that way


    Visalia, Ca
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 10,232
    Amazing Deal!
    Congratulations buddy.
    The second pit looks good as well.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,263
    I only tried to check out the other pics in the ad a few times before I realized. 
    That's a great score. Now you have me checking Craigslist. Ha! 
    The listing is still active. He must not be getting very many emails on the KBQ. I'm guessing no one else knows what it is. 

    That offset is a screaming deal at $800. I'd imagine it's a $3,000+ smoker all day long. Especially being wrapped in stainless. 

    https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/for/d/minneapolis-2-pit-smoker-bbq/7140314705.html
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,263
    Photo Egg said:
    I'll just have them ship it to you!  ;)
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 10,232
    WeberWho said:
    Photo Egg said:
    I'll just have them ship it to you!  ;)
    Drive up next month and pick it up.lol
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,263
    Whats wrong with this picture? A Texan coming up to Minnesota for a smoker? 




    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 7,051
    edited June 26
    WeberWho said:
    caliking said:
    W. T. F. 

    You win for at least the rest of the year, if not longer. What an absofrigginlutely awesome find!!!

    The KBQ that I am currently fostering for @20stone tends to leak some grease around the legs. I'd consider setting the legs in small foil pans, so you don't stain your concrete. 

    Enjoy!
    Thanks for the reminder. I should make it a habit. I really like the foil pan idea with the legs inside. Which will keep the pan in place with the wind. Genius!

    I did pick up a full steam pan and have that sitting directly under the ribs. Then again it's only two racks of ribs. If this thing was loaded I'd be in trouble! 

    The KBQ is intentionally designed such that the legs provide enough height differential in the back that the box is sloped enough that grease will flow towards the front door and drip out the two front corners. Assuming, of course, that the KBQ is sitting on a level surface to begin with. If it's not, then you could have grease dripping out of any of the four bottom corners.
    Putting the legs in foils pans isn't a bad idea but you can buy a steam pan sized just right that you can lay across the front of the legs and it will catch any grease dripping out. The steel steam pan is heavy enough that it won't blow away so you don't need to set the legs inside of it which also means you won't have to clean any grease off the legs when you're done.

    I place the internal steam table/drip pan as close to the bottom as possible. If you have it mounted right up near the meat that will impact airflow to some degree. No big deal really for just a couple racks of ribs but when you load it up with meat you'll want as much unimpeded airflow as you can get - the better the air can swirl around inside the more evenly the heat/smoke transfer.

    If you are going to be running your KBQ on that nice clean concrete I'd be inclined to get one of those outdoor grill mats to set it on just to try and protect it from any errant drips/spills. I don't use any external drip pans but my KBQ is mounted to a stainless steel table so any drips are easily cleaned up. :)




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  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,263
    HeavyG said:
    WeberWho said:
    caliking said:
    W. T. F. 

    You win for at least the rest of the year, if not longer. What an absofrigginlutely awesome find!!!

    The KBQ that I am currently fostering for @20stone tends to leak some grease around the legs. I'd consider setting the legs in small foil pans, so you don't stain your concrete. 

    Enjoy!
    Thanks for the reminder. I should make it a habit. I really like the foil pan idea with the legs inside. Which will keep the pan in place with the wind. Genius!

    I did pick up a full steam pan and have that sitting directly under the ribs. Then again it's only two racks of ribs. If this thing was loaded I'd be in trouble! 

    The KBQ is intentionally designed such that the legs provide enough height differential in the back that the box is sloped enough that grease will flow towards the front door and drip out the two front corners. Assuming, of course, that the KBQ is sitting on a level surface to begin with. If it's not, then you could have grease dripping out of any of the four bottom corners.
    Putting the legs in foils pans isn't a bad idea but you can buy a steam pan sized just right that you can lay across the front of the legs and it will catch any grease dripping out. The steel steam pan is heavy enough that it won't blow away so you don't need to set the legs inside of it which also means you won't have to clean any grease off the legs when you're done.

    I place the internal steam table/drip pan as close to the bottom as possible. If you have it mounted right up near the meat that will impact airflow to some degree. No big deal really for just a couple racks of ribs but when you load it up with meat you'll want as much unimpeded airflow as you can get - the better the air can swirl around inside the more evenly the heat/smoke transfer.

    If you are going to be running your KBQ on that nice clean concrete I'd be inclined to get one of those outdoor grill mats to set it on just to try and protect it from any errant drips/spills. I don't use any external drip pans but my KBQ is mounted to a stainless steel table so any drips are easily cleaned up. :)




    I ran across the picture you posted with your stainless table and Karubecue. What a sweet setup. I wish I had room in the garage to store something like that. Plus it raises the whole smoker up so you don't have to bend down. 
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
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