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Just got my New Braunfels Hondo!

 
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bonsaikc



Joined: 01 Jun 2006
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Location: Ottawa, KS

PostPosted: Jul 10 2011    Post subject: Just got my New Braunfels Hondo! Reply with quote

Put it together in about an hour last night and chained it to a tree in the back yard. Going to season it tomorrow before the baseball game and do my first cook in it on Thursday.

I like this one much better than the Brinkmann Smoke n Pit that was stolen. Cast iron cooking grates for both the firebox and the smoker, charcoal grates for both sides as well. Wire handles instead of wood, and it weighs about twice as much. Even the wheels are made of steel instead of plastic jokes that fall off when you move it just a bit!

I'll be doing a few mods on it. Hope to have some pics up of it shortly!
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killswitch505
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PostPosted: Jul 10 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorry for your loss but the hondo is a fine pit but lets see some pics Very Happy
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BigOrson
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PostPosted: Jul 10 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

How old is that Hondo? Mine's almost 15 and I could recommend some mods to make it work better. It has a really limited capacity, but I've been turning out some pretty good que out of it for the last 5 years.
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bonsaikc



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PostPosted: Jul 12 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one is going to require fewer mods I think. A second thermometer at or near grate level, a tuning plate and a baffle. I've already extended the chimney to grate level (although it already came down lower than any I've seen) and it lost very little smoke while I was seasoning it.

I think it's got about 795 sq. in. of cooking space but I'm sure that includes in the fire box, so smoking space is more limited. But I don't do huge batches yet, so this is going to be a great one to hone my skills on. Pictures will be forthcoming, just gotta clean up around it a bit first. (Don't want to embarrass myself LOL.

One thing I've noticed that will be a problem is that the damper door has almost a 1/4 inch gap all the way around it. Wonder how I might fix that without getting a new door or welding a lip on this one? It sits flush in the side and just isn't even close to air tight.
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