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Oyler 700 will be here this week
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MooniesBBQ
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13 13 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oyler is turning out FANTASTIC food. Deep smoke ring. Thick bark. Love it.

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Harry Nutczak
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16 13 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may want to get yourself a "Non-Contact IR thermometer" to check your temps inside the pit occasionally.
(thermoworks has an affordable IR/probe combo unit that I like and use)

You might be amazed at the differential from top to bottom in there.
And I think that is why the pit works so well.

If I really need to get something done in a hurry, I will occasionally stop the rotisserie with a rack up top for a few minutes. (beans come to mind) We call them "6-minute beans" and add to a previous batch that got the smoke I desire.

Remember to lube those bearings, I would set a reminder on your phone, write your maintenance schedule on a calendar posted in a conspicuous spot, keep up on the lubrication schedule. I have found amsoil synthetic grease and chain lube to work best. Those bearings are $160.00 Each, and a real SOB to replace. I'm afraid to know what the gear reduction unit would cost.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19 13 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harry what do you use to clean out the bottom? I drain the grease out but there are a few chunks. Something like a garden hoe or similar to get the small chunks. I'm going to use my pressure washer with a food safe degreaser to hit the grates. J&R approves of this method ill make sure no water goes into the firebox.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19 13 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MooniesBBQ wrote:
Harry what do you use to clean out the bottom? I drain the grease out but there are a few chunks. Something like a garden hoe or similar to get the small chunks. I'm going to use my pressure washer with a food safe degreaser to hit the grates. J&R approves of this method ill make sure no water goes into the firebox.

Moonie

I use a big coal shovel, and a wide blade ice-chipper as a scraper ( do you have those down by you?)
Typically I just brush my racks before each new load, and save the down and dirty heavy scraping work to a monthly schedule.
I'm running mine 24/7 right now, and probably will be for another 4-5 weeks until our tourist level falls off.
I calibrated my temp controller a few days ago, and found it reading over 100 degrees low. I knew it was running hot, but I didn't know it was running that hot!
My controller is the old obsolete partlow unit, and it requires a special little stamped steel wrench to adjust it. A small tubing wrench would also work if in a jam.
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