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Gator Pit BBQ School / Re: October 7, 2017 BBQ Class
« Last post by Gator Ritch on Today at 12:21:51 PM »
We have one spot available as of today 9/20/17.  This is a full class. 
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BBQ Banter, Bragging, and Backyard Cooks / Re: Flooding
« Last post by Gator Ritch on Today at 12:20:38 PM »
We made it thru.  Thanks. 
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NICE
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BBQ Banter, Bragging, and Backyard Cooks / First cook on my Gator Pit
« Last post by snackvi on September 17, 2017, 01:38:29 PM »
 T-up First cook after seasoning my smoker, 21-Hour 15lb brisket, 9 hour 9lb Pork Butt and 2 hour Brats. Loving my new Gator Pit.
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Waiting Room / Re: Todays the Day!
« Last post by snackvi on September 08, 2017, 09:48:09 PM »
It's arrived!! Oh my gosh I have to say Ritch has set the bar high for customer service, quality of build, attention to detail, responsiveness, the list goes on and on.. I'm thrilled to announce that my pit birthdate 08/23/17 was delivered today. Both the Gator and daddy are doing very well. I'm conditioning her right now. Sleep well into this night.
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Waiting Room / Todays the Day!
« Last post by snackvi on September 06, 2017, 10:14:35 AM »
Got the email saying all is a go and my pit should be leaving Houston to get to Austin. I'm so excited. May need to be sick for a day while I season and prep my first Gator Pit smoke.
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BBQ Banter, Bragging, and Backyard Cooks / Flooding
« Last post by trufnk on August 29, 2017, 03:05:07 PM »
Ritchie, hope you and your family are OK! Be safe my friend!!
John Gurrola
San Antonio
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The Firebox, Grills, Griddles / BYCC Fire Management and Tuning Plate Settings
« Last post by Cannonball on August 13, 2017, 03:13:26 PM »
I need some advice on how to use my Backyard Classic Chef.  It is a 20" x 40" horizontal with a single door.  It also has a 1/2" x 20" x 20" square firebox.  It has 5 tuning plates that start at the firebox end with the last one just inside the vertical part of the pit.  The firebox has gas assist. 
I seasoned the pit yesterday but had some issues with fire management. I must be missing something.  I added wood every 35 - 45 minutes.  With a 1/2" firebox I did not think I would be adding wood that often.  Both air intakes are fully opened.  I am using wood that I bought with my new pit.  The split logs are about 9 1/2" inches long and vary in width. When new wood is added I keep the door open until the new wood starts to burn then I close the door. Any ideas on how to improve this?

Setting the tuning plates has also been a challenge.  I have tried different setting and none give me the results I want. There are two gauges on the horizontal and one on the upright. The first attempt at adjusting tuning plates starting at FB end:   closed, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1.  The result was temperatures of 250 at FB end, 240 on opposite end and 190 in upright.  Second Attempt: First three plates closed, 1/8 and 1/4.  Temperatures were: 250 at FB end, 230 on opposite end and 200 in upright.  Any ideas on making all three temperatures equal?
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Waiting Room / Re: North Jersey waiting anxiously
« Last post by tel1mjf1 on August 08, 2017, 04:11:33 PM »
update 12 months is August and sent a email for status.....15 pits in before me and another 2 months tacked on....


dude cmon!!!
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BBQ Banter, Bragging, and Backyard Cooks / Re: New to me used Gatorpit Predator
« Last post by BBQEsquire on August 08, 2017, 09:17:05 AM »
Post some pictures of the Pit.
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