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1911Ron

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Chops, basket vs rails
« on: November 26, 2012, 12:40:00 PM »
Sat. i picked up combo deal off of CL (older 18.5w/steel wheels,an older Smokey joe w/no markings on the vent besides a "c" and a charcoal caddy) and inside the 18 was two charcoal rails 8) so i thought why not try an experiment a little :o
I had some pork chops that needed to be cooked, so i set up my two 22s, one with the rails and one with the baskets.

I will apologize up front as i took no pictures of plated food sorry :(

First up is the rail setup:

And the basket setup:

Whoops how did that get in there?


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1911Ron

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Re: Chops, basket vs rails
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2012, 12:42:20 PM »
Oh BTW i found out if you leave the bottom vents closed it don't work as well :-[
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Hogsy

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Re: Chops, basket vs rails
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2012, 01:23:45 PM »
I love experiments ,And great photos
So what worked better rails or baskets?
After seeing that last photo I think I need to get some pork on my fork
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1911Ron

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Re: Chops, basket vs rails
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2012, 01:28:45 PM »
Both have their merits i think, i will need to have more experience with the rails to render judgement.
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Kilted_Griller

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Re: Chops, basket vs rails
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2012, 04:26:54 PM »
I prefer rails, but I like the 3rd photo set-up most of all. Well done.
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Troy

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Re: Chops, basket vs rails
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2012, 06:01:02 PM »
FAP FAP FAP

Eastex

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Re: Chops, basket vs rails
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2012, 08:19:28 PM »
Frankly Scarlett.....damn!

bama bbq

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Re: Chops, basket vs rails
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2012, 12:21:52 PM »
So...what's the verdict: rails or baskets?  what are the pros/cons of each?

Hogsy

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Re: Chops, basket vs rails
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2012, 01:14:10 PM »
I prefer the baskets easy to move around and empty at the end of a cook or if reusing coals it's easy to pick up the basket give it a shake to get rid of the ash then pour the coals into the chimney
With my roti setup I use a heat deflector and can leave the end of the basket poking out from the deflector plate so the juices hit the coals
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bob hope

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Re: Chops, basket vs rails
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2012, 04:37:16 PM »
I have to agree with Hogsy having used both, I like being able to move them around in the grill and that I don't have the coals up against the side of my grill
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Glenn W

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Re: Chops, basket vs rails
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2012, 05:33:42 PM »
I prefer the baskets as well, much easier to adjust if you have to. Plus like said above, easier to dump after use!

Duke

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Re: Chops, basket vs rails
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2012, 07:21:17 PM »
What I like about the rails is you can put more briquettes behind them. What I don't like is that they are banked against the kettle that will eventually spall the finish. I use the rails on my old beaters and the baskets on the ones I want to keep nice.

Craig

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Re: Chops, basket vs rails
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2012, 04:03:32 PM »
Ive used both, I do prefer the baskets. Of course on the rails, you can adjust the amount of charcoal on one or both sides of the bowl. As for Scarlet, I like the top vents.......... :o  we need a :slapping myself in the face: emoticon. WOW!


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