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Old 08-19-2013, 05:24 PM   #15
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It work fine, I use a dolly when we take the wife's car. I have 10 inches between the top and bottom 2 inch receivers but could get away with less. I haul the Keg with a Jeep 4 down, the wife's car on a dolly or a golf cart on a trailer. The golf cart trailer even has a cargo box on the a frame and it doesn't interfere with the grill. I took an existing drop hitch and welded a hitch from harbor freight that was made for an ATV on top, but there are commercially available double hitches or any metal fab shop could build what you need. I highly suggest the BBG Guru Party Q temp controller for slow smoking, it takes a lot of the guesswork and temp watching out of it. I have a DigiQ as well but the Party q is more economical and easier to use.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:20 AM   #16
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Go to this site and see the insert. Home | The Smokenator Forum the smallest they make is 22 1/2 inch. With this gizmo it makes smoking easy. We have found several short cuts however. Most SMOKE flavor is done within the 60 to 120 minutes. After that you can foil what ever meat and continue cooking (even in the oven) and have fall off the bone ribs or pulled port. Even works well on brisket. I'd really like a small gas grill like the Weber IQ's models. but they have a Single burner. I'd like to have one side HOT and other side for meat for smoking. Tried the Coleman road Trip.... absolute JUNK. Rusted and corroded in less than a year of use. Keep in mind that I clean and wipe down after every use and then put unit into storage bag made by coleman. It is the last coleman product I ever purchase. safe travels and great smoking... ed
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:07 AM   #17
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I have the treager PTG and the jr. On the ptg I can cook three racks of ribs on a rack I got from wallmart. cooks steaks well, for the wife and I it is big enough. the JR has a much bigger cooking surface and is fairly compact. On either I would highly recommend the digital controler
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:53 PM   #18
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We have a Boston Butt smoking right now.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:26 PM   #19
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I have a Traeger Jr. that I use both at home and on the road. It fits in the rear hatch area of my Tahoe perfectly. It's big enough for full size brisket or 5 racks of pork ribs, but a bit small for a whole turkey. Pellet smokers are a lot like crock pots- really easy to use and get good results. It gets hot enough to cook a good steak or burger so when I haul it I use it for both smoking and grilling. I use a Weber Smokey Joe if I don't want to haul along the Traeger. I no longer own or will use a gas grill. I'd rather have a cast iron pan fried steak or blackened chicken or fish than a gas grilled anything.

On the Traeger, I agree that you want the thermostat if you are doing anything but simple smoking or hamburgers. The base model control works fine for low and slow smoking and full heat searing, but for anything in between it's hard to control the temperature and the prevailing wind and type of pellet really affects the burn.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:31 PM   #20
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I keep all mine in my basement or if I take my trailer the smoker goes in the trailer.

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Weber kettle (large) charcoal
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lighter fluid WILL NOT make your meat flavored if you allow your charcoal to burn to white prior to placing your meat on the grille

and charcoal does NOT self ignite....if this were true..there would not be 1 retailer to store pallets of bagged charcoal in their stores.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:06 AM   #21
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Steve,

If you do get the Traeger "PTG" smoker, here's a mod that you might want to do to it.

Traeger PTG modified with Auber SYL-2372 PID Controller - Smokin' Pete's BBQ

and also a few recipes

Traeger PTG Hot Smoked Salmon - Smokin' Pete's BBQ

Traeger PTG Roasted Pork Sirloin Tip Roast - Smokin' Pete's BBQ

Smokin' Pete's BBQ
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:18 AM   #22
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I have been thinking about either the Traeger PTG or the Jr. I have been wondering if the Jr. can be modified to make it more portable.

Right now I have a heavy stick smoker that is to big to bring with me.
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I was all excited about the tregers but i keep hearing about problems they have been having since they moved production overseas. Augers breaking, fire burning back into the hopper.
I'm kinda leaning towards the Weber Smokey Mountain and having money left to soup it up
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I was all excited about the tregers but i keep hearing about problems they have been having since they moved production overseas. Augers breaking, fire burning back into the hopper.
I'm kinda leaning towards the Weber Smokey Mountain and having money left to soup it up
Have had mine for 3 years now and I use it pretty heavy during the summer. No problems yet. Never heard of the problems you state.
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Check out the Weber Smokey Mountain:

WeberŪ Grills - Smokey Mountain Cooker

They make an 18.5 and a 22.5. The smoker breaks down in three separate pieces for storage, or you can strap the whole thing down in the back of a pick-up. I have had mine for three years and love it!

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Old 08-22-2013, 02:11 PM   #26
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We have the little Traeger that I took the legs off of and made a fold up stand for it to set on. It fits in the basement of my Providence.
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Dons where was yours maid. I understand that the problems started after they started making them in China
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:18 PM   #28
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