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Old 02-28-2007, 07:54 PM   #1
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Got it Tuesday!
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For those who know the FEC, this is a reversed cooker. Ordered that way due to plan for a pair someday in a comp trailer. Just waiting on the Lotto for that
Only glitch was that I ordered the extra shelves, 4 are standard. They sent me 8 shelves, but only the side racks for 4 shelves. Proper 6 shelf mounts are on the way, no problem.

Did a "getting to know you" test burn today. Ran it through all the temp ranges from 150 to 424. She locks on each temp wonderful--very stable once it settles in on a temp. Funny to watch and listen to the controller. Almost seems like there is a tiny little person in there "ciphering out what to do" as it adjusts the pellet load and combustion fan speed to fine tune the temp.

I did a fatty and a couple of links of venison sausage.

Next cook is a pair of briskets and butts on Fri, for the "starving" neighbors. Then some bacon cooked in Apple smoke and some Mesquite flavored jerky over the weekend.

My Studedera, WSM, wood chunks and misc support equipment are being loaded onto the utility trailer for delivery to Big John (JohnMc348 ) in a couple of weeks.

My only complaint is that they make you push a button labled "Start" to make it cook. Seems like a lot of extra work to me

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Old 02-28-2007, 07:59 PM   #2
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:01 PM   #3
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:01 PM   #4
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Looks like a beer fridge. Congrats!
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:06 PM   #5
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Not alotta beer in there, though...

Congrats, dude!
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:10 PM   #6
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Kapn, I have a few friends who have the same unit. They absolutely love them. Heard their killer esp. for crisping chicken skin.
Enjoy your new smoker.

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Old 02-28-2007, 08:24 PM   #7
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Lost all respect for you now.
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:34 PM   #8
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Congrats Kapn.
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:37 PM   #9
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Got it Tuesday!
My only complaint is that they make you push a button labled "Start" to make it cook. Seems like a lot of extra work to me

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congrates Kapn I have heard nothing but good about them.
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Very interesting!! That new controller must work better than the old one. The old controller actually cycled the temp in the cooker by about a 50 degree wave. (So 250 was really 225 - 275 during the cycle.) I had thermometers on all four shelves, and noted a 50 degree Temp difference top to bottom, and 2 degrees front to back. Despite the temp cycle, the old FEC-100s turned out awesome food. If this one actually holds the exact temp for the whole cook -- then it is worth the extra bucks for the new controller! BTW - what was the upcharge for the "goofy foot" version. I like that idea for comp rig!!!
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:45 PM   #12
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Congrats Tim !!

I must have missed the post that you even ordered one.
Now get back to cookin' on it ... We need more pics !!
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:57 PM   #13
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Looks great! Congrats on a super choice! Having owned the 075, I'm trying to think thru the mechanics. What is on the left side? ... just the exhaust port?

Enjoy some incredible smells and tastes!

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Old 02-28-2007, 09:26 PM   #14
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Very interesting!! That new controller must work better than the old one. The old controller actually cycled the temp in the cooker by about a 50 degree wave. (So 250 was really 225 - 275 during the cycle.) I had thermometers on all four shelves, and noted a 50 degree Temp difference top to bottom, and 2 degrees front to back. Despite the temp cycle, the old FEC-100s turned out awesome food. If this one actually holds the exact temp for the whole cook -- then it is worth the extra bucks for the new controller! BTW - what was the upcharge for the "goofy foot" version. I like that idea for comp rig!!!
I was pretty happy with the old controller the 3 times I cooked on one with DRBBQ and Kevin (HomeBBQ). I really don't stress over exact temps anymore, so locking in is nice but not necessary.
I did not "map" the temps since it was basically empty and it will change a ton with loading. I did stick a remote in the middle shelf to the left side just to have a large display to glance at while I worked around the carport prepping my other stuff for delivery to Big John. The digital and the controller temp agreed within 5 deg or so, but not worried about it. Fully anticipate the bottom shelf or two being the hottest and will just work with that--no problem.

One thing I really like is being able to cook down as low as 140. I think the IQ4 controlled does a great job at the lower temps.
I plan on cooking Jerky for about 3 hours in Mesquite at 160 and then finish off in dehydrator. Bacon at 160 for about an hour in Apple smoke, then 300's to finish it off. FEC burns so clean at higher temps, you do not get a tremendous amount of smoke and that is what I want for those two items.

One other new feature is a "hold temp". If you want, you can cook at some temp--say 250-- and select a time--say 10 hours. It will then go to a holding temp that you also select --say 170--and just stay there till it runs out of fuel or you turn it off. Pretty cool if you were doing "perdictable" meats and not "exacting" about doneness. A load of butts would work well with that system.
They also have a "probe" setup that uses a meat temp instead of a time to reduce the temp. But I am not sure that is working yet or available. Just don't know and don't need or want it for now.

No "up charge" for the reversed setup. The guy at CookShack did say "... for now...." and that is why I got the reversed one now in case they do go up.

Bought mine through Hans at:
http://www.thewestcoaststore.com/coo..._fasteddy.html

No shipping charge and good pricing. He does not pay for "residential" delivery, so get it delivered to a place with a dock or fork lift or pay the fee. I had mine sent to a friend who owns an equipment rental center in town. Cost me a brisket

Tommy--left is exhaust only. 5" pipe. Need to get some stove pipe and make a vertical exhaust like Kevin (HomeBBQ) has. Eventually, it will exhaust through the trailer ceiling (some day ).

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Old 02-28-2007, 10:22 PM   #15
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Thats awesome Tim! I agree, scoring so well with the FEC , I dont worry about the exact temps much these days.

It is my understanding that the probe still has some kinks to work out. - i.e. if your hold temp is 140 - and the meat is done at 175 - eventually your meat will drop below 175 and I think the issue is that it would trigger the fire to kick back up above hold temp. Have to find a way to reconcile the probe temp to the pit temp for the holding period.

Sounds like your dealer took good care of you... luckily, my sponsor sells FEC's in addition to the KF and others. He's was @ $2795 on the old controller, not sure what he is selling the new one for. I'm anxious to see how its working out for you. Much beefier box on the front for the controller too -- hopefully that solves the issues with them crapping out sometimes.
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