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Just ordered my 5D
« on: November 27, 2017, 08:03:22 PM »
Go big or go home I guess. There's not great BBQ in my area (Los Angeles) and I miss it. Newb to electric smoking, but after doing a ton of research and considering the space restrictions I have, I just ordered my 5D and plan to start a little BBQ biz on the side. I've been smoking on a Louisiana Grills Champion for a while, and before that a Traeger. I just wanted to say hi and thanks for the great info on here. Looking forward to contributing my experiences and learning from you all.
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Re: Just ordered my 5D
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2017, 08:41:20 PM »
Welcome!  All the SI's are the same but different.  Lol.  The volume of your 5D will make a lot of the rules that the others with smaller units follow not applicable.  For example, with my model 4, I'm safe using interior drip pans where others cannot due to air flow interruption.  One of the design flaws (IMO) on the smoke box is the number and size of holes in the bottom.  There is simply too much oxygen for the strength of our heating elements.  Experiment but consider covering some holes with foil is you feel like you are getting combustion.  I use a chip screen and some foil in mine.  Enjoy the new toy! 
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Re: Just ordered my 5D
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2017, 08:48:01 PM »
That's a myth Dave. Drip pans work fine in the #2. It has to be a reasonable size relative to any smoker. I use them all the time.
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Re: Just ordered my 5D
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2017, 08:50:27 PM »
Welcome to the forum and keep us tuned in with your progress TheLoga

All the best
John ... Smokin #2  South of "Hells' Half Acre" and along ol' Deer Creek

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Re: Just ordered my 5D
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2017, 09:39:04 PM »
Welcome to the forum from SE Arizona.  Congrats on the 5D.  Enjoy! And be sure to let us know how it works out for you.
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Re: Just ordered my 5D
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2017, 10:43:22 PM »
Welcome!  All the SI's are the same but different.  Lol.  The volume of your 5D will make a lot of the rules that the others with smaller units follow not applicable.  For example, with my model 4, I'm safe using interior drip pans where others cannot due to air flow interruption.  One of the design flaws (IMO) on the smoke box is the number and size of holes in the bottom.  There is simply too much oxygen for the strength of our heating elements.  Experiment but consider covering some holes with foil is you feel like you are getting combustion.  I use a chip screen and some foil in mine.  Enjoy the new toy!

Thanks SuperDave, that's really good info to know. How are you liking the 4? Newbie question if you don't mind...So if there's too much oxygen for the heating element, what will the effect be on the smoker? Poor combustion, lack of smoke, temp fluctuations? How many holes do you typically cover? Thanks for the insights!
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Re: Just ordered my 5D
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2017, 11:19:46 PM »
The model 4 was the previous beast of the family until the 5 was recently released. There really isnít anything that it hasnít been able to do.

Unlike other smokers, the SIís donít like fire in the smoke box. Too much oxygen can create wood combustion. That eliminates a lot of smoke and can possibly create bitterness. I cover about 1/2 my holes on the back 1/2 and place my wood on the covered portion.
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Re: Just ordered my 5D
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2017, 03:52:27 PM »
Good to know, thanks SuperDave!
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Re: Just ordered my 5D
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2017, 08:37:25 PM »
Welcome from Texas! Looking forward to reading about your experiences with the 5D.
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2017, 08:27:41 PM »
She got in yesterday and I spent a couple hours setting it up today. I got lost on the initial Auber set up and called Steve, and he was super helpful. The thing is a BEAST. I seasoned it up with the hickory wood and I'm planning to do my first cook tomorrow. Brisket. Attached is a picture of it set up in my makeshift "yard" next to my LG Champion pellet pooper.
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Re: Just ordered my 5D
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2017, 07:14:43 AM »
Howdy TheLoga and welcome to the forum

Do post your smoking endeavors and results including what works and doesn't for you.

John
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Re: Just ordered my 5D
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2017, 08:22:54 AM »
Congrats and welcome to the family!  What are you hoping to make commercially?
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Re: Just ordered my 5D
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2017, 01:04:29 PM »
Looks good. Going to have to get Steve and Ben to add a 5D section. Thanks
David from Arizona
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Re: Just ordered my 5D
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2017, 11:59:28 PM »
Standard Central Texas style Q. I dug into Aaron Franklin's Meat Smoking Manifesto, and I've been using that to formulate recipes and ideas.

Congrats and welcome to the family!  What are you hoping to make commercially?
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Re: Just ordered my 5D
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2017, 12:04:25 AM »
Howdy TheLoga and welcome to the forum

Do post your smoking endeavors and results including what works and doesn't for you.

John

I'll do my best!
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