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Old 08-22-2013, 03:40 PM   #29
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I've got both a WSM 18" and a Traeger Jr. The WSM fit in my basement storage if broken down properly. The center section with all the grates and water pan is one "stack", and the base and (inverted) lid was another "stack". My basement was tall enough for each, and they fit on one of my slide-out trays.

This summer I got a Traeger Jr. It fits on the same tray. The tray is just slightly wider than the Junior. I can pull the tray out and use the smoker without having to remove it from the tray. I'll only take it out and put it on a table if I want to do an overnight cook and don't want the basement open all night.

Traeger makes a Tailgator kit for the junior that removes the (long) legs and adds short legs and a couple wheels. Plus an extra insulator blanket.

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When we hit the road this fall, I'll be leaving the WSM behind and just taking the Traeger.
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I've got both a WSM 18" and a Traeger Jr. The WSM fit in my basement storage if broken down properly. The center section with all the grates and water pan is one "stack", and the base and (inverted) lid was another "stack". My basement was tall enough for each, and they fit on one of my slide-out trays.

This summer I got a Traeger Jr. It fits on the same tray. The tray is just slightly wider than the Junior. I can pull the tray out and use the smoker without having to remove it from the tray. I'll only take it out and put it on a table if I want to do an overnight cook and don't want the basement open all night.

Traeger makes a Tailgator kit for the junior that removes the (long) legs and adds short legs and a couple wheels. Plus an extra insulator blanket.

Junior Tailgater Kit Product Details - Traeger Online Store

When we hit the road this fall, I'll be leaving the WSM behind and just taking the Traeger.
Thanks - that is exactly what I am looking for. I wanted something small to take in the MH, but it would be big enough to (maybe) replace my stick smoker. The ease of smoking something without constantly watching the temps is what I am looking for now.
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The only gotcha I've run into (so far) with the Junior is the pellet bin. Pellets don't slide down into the auger very well, so the auger can go "dry" when there's still 1/4-1/3 of the pellets still in the bin. That's only an issue with long (over 6 hour) cooks. I saw someone who had fashioned an extension for the bin from plastic or some such so it was 6" taller than normal, which basically solved the problem for overnight cooks. Haven't done the same yet, but probably will.
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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.
Traeger has a benchtop kit for the Jr. that deletes the legs and has feet and a heat shield for the picnic table top.
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This is what I wish I could take on the road. Currently have the mini Big Green Egg in Basement storage.
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This is what I wish I could take on the road. Currently have the mini Big Green Egg in Basement storage.
All you need is to drop a B&S motor in there and you can use it as your 'toad'
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Went with the Weber Smokey mountain smoker. Liked the fact that i can break it down into smaller pieces
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Traeger has a benchtop kit for the Jr. that deletes the legs and has feet and a heat shield for the picnic table top.
I am leaning more each day to getting the Traeger junior and make it tailgating capable. I will still need to verify if I can get it in one of my compartments in the MH. I am also wondering what the dimensions (height) will be with the benchtop kit and how much it will weigh.
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I haven't gotten my tailgator kit yet, so I don't know the height after it's installed.

But looking at the picture (Junior Tailgater Kit Product Details - Traeger Online Store), it's barely an inch taller than the unit without the legs attached.

My Junior is a hair over 19" tall (without the legs), so 20" is probably pushing it, but 21" should be enough. I've got about 26" in the compartment, so no worries at all.
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I haven't gotten my tailgator kit yet, so I don't know the height after it's installed.

But looking at the picture (Junior Tailgater Kit Product Details - Traeger Online Store), it's barely an inch taller than the unit without the legs attached.

My Junior is a hair over 19" tall (without the legs), so 20" is probably pushing it, but 21" should be enough. I've got about 26" in the compartment, so no worries at all.
Then the height will not be an issue. Does it weigh the full 68 pounds with the legs? I would think the legs would not weigh much. I will need to see how much weight I can put in my compartments. I have several of them that are big enough and loaded full.
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Anybody else use the Cobb Cooker?

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We have one with most accessories and it really packs up pretty well. Only problem I've had is when it is in the wind on really cold days, like Winter!

The nice thing is it uses so little fuel.
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Then the height will not be an issue. Does it weigh the full 68 pounds with the legs? I would think the legs would not weigh much. I will need to see how much weight I can put in my compartments. I have several of them that are big enough and loaded full.
Legs are iron, so not light, but less than 10lb total, I think. So probably on the order of 60lbs anyway. Don't forget you're going to need to carry at least a couple bags of pellets, at 20lb each. I think I currently have about 150 lb of pellets with me.
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Legs are iron, so not light, but less than 10lb total, I think. So probably on the order of 60lbs anyway. Don't forget you're going to need to carry at least a couple bags of pellets, at 20lb each. I think I currently have about 150 lb of pellets with me.

I am packing charcoal with me now, so would swap out the pellets for the charcoal. I stick the charcoal in other compartments to level out the load. I need to get some measurements on my compartments and find one to look at. Amazon has a good deal on the Junior with a digital thermostat that I am looking at.

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Like others said I carry the Traeger Junior. I bought it at Costco for about $300. I just threw away the legs and sit it on 4 bricks I carry on the picnic table. I have had about 6 smokers up to competition/trailer size and this is the easiest quick and lightest smoker that is not a huge mess to carry and will still smoke 4 racks of baby backs or 2-3 chickens. It is also very quick (<10 mins) to heat up and cook steaks or burgers with that smoky flavor. It will heat from 200-450F.
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