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#5951093 - 09/28/15 05:06 PM Lyfe Tyme smokers
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I am about to purchase one, any feedback?
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#5951166 - 09/28/15 05:42 PM Re: Lyfe Tyme smokers [Re: hallfns]
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I love mine! I have about the largest non-trailer mounted, double door on horizontal pit with large vertical smoker along with fire box. Its a booger to move by oneself. It hold heat very well once you get it up to where you want it. Took some playing around with and a number of cooks to figure it out over similar style but smaller. Once you get it to the temp you want, start buttoning down the firebox flue and the smoker flue and it will hold for hours on one load of charcoal/wood. I have had mine for about 6 years and I need to do a little wire brushing/high temp painting on the fire box. I love mine! I can do about 8-10 briskets at once plus some other faster cooking stuff, like fajitas, sausage, stuffed jalapenos, etc.


different angle


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#5951192 - 09/28/15 05:56 PM Re: Lyfe Tyme smokers [Re: hallfns]
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Those are made in Uvalde aren't they? I bought one about 18 years ago, don't think mine is as big as the one PMK has. Very well made and still going strong, I do wish mine had a little larger firebox

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#5951204 - 09/28/15 06:02 PM Re: Lyfe Tyme smokers [Re: hallfns]
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I think mine is the largest model that is non-trailer model except the one on skids that's HUGE. For a long cook for like briskets or pork butts, I start with a full large size bag of Kingsford or HEB Mesquite charcoal until it starts to ash, then I feed in 6" to 12" dia x 12-16" long logs of live oak, pecan or mesquite, alternating for different flavors. Once I start adding in the wood, I button it up pretty tight and leave it alone for 3-4 hours before adding another log or two. Lets me go off to do other chores while laying down the smoke.
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#5951405 - 09/28/15 07:31 PM Re: Lyfe Tyme smokers [Re: hallfns]
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Go big as you can. If your Ina budget, you can not add the upright tube. But go big.

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#5954398 - 09/30/15 11:37 AM Re: Lyfe Tyme smokers [Re: hallfns]
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oh yeah, I bought my at Magnum trailer in Austin while having an axle replaced on my boat trailer ... they can haggle a bit on price of the LyfeTyme smoker.
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#5954742 - 09/30/15 03:01 PM Re: Lyfe Tyme smokers [Re: hallfns]
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Thanks guys!
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#5959128 - 10/03/15 02:45 PM Re: Lyfe Tyme smokers [Re: hallfns]
hallfns Offline
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Well we did it.... putting that thing in the backyard wernt no walk in the park!
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#5966273 - 10/07/15 03:13 PM Re: Lyfe Tyme smokers [Re: hallfns]
PMK Offline
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what size did you get?
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#5966832 - 10/07/15 09:10 PM Re: Lyfe Tyme smokers [Re: hallfns]
hallfns Offline
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The biggest on wheels.... had a little buyers remorse at first (that's a lot a smoker) like to never have gotten it to the backyard!!!

Do yall mop?
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#5967184 - 10/08/15 07:52 AM Re: Lyfe Tyme smokers [Re: hallfns]
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yep, took me some time to get accustomed to that large of a pit to get temp up and hold it. If I am doing a long smoke for like brisket, I start off with a full large bag of charcoal as my base for heat, then add oak, mesquite and/or pecan every hour or so to maintain my vertical smoker in the 180* range.

mop sometimes, not mop others. My dad and his cooking buddies used to mop with a homemade concoction (tallow, vinegar, oil, Worcestershire, lemon, orange, pepper, salt, old German blacksmith family recipe) but we were cooking on open top pits and typically for feeding 200-5000 people. I have taken his recipe and added a few more things (beef stock, onion & garlic powder) to mop when doing brisket about half the time. usually mop every 30 minutes to an hour through a 8-14 hour smoking process. When I am mopping, I put in a metal pot and leave it in the smoker for that natural smoke flavor, then at the end of the smoking, I take the remainder of the mop sauce as the basis for a BBQ dipping sauce but add a little tomato paste to thicken and a little brown sugar for a little sweetness.
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#5967329 - 10/08/15 09:29 AM Re: Lyfe Tyme smokers [Re: hallfns]
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I'm always late. I have the same one as PMK and use it regularly. It did take a bit to get it down, but love it now. I keep mine on my "cooking" porch which is concrete. Can't imagine moving it around in grass or something. Here it is new, but I welded some add-ons to it, i.e., a big shelf in front of the vertical to work on:


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#5967333 - 10/08/15 09:32 AM Re: Lyfe Tyme smokers [Re: hallfns]
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Would love to have one of these!!! I have an Oklahoma Joe, before they went to thin metal, and really need more room!
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#5967475 - 10/08/15 10:58 AM Re: Lyfe Tyme smokers [Re: hallfns]
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good idea dfwroadkill, my only complaint with mine is the horizontal pit handles are too close to the shelf to put anything there as the handle will hit it when closed.
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#5967540 - 10/08/15 11:31 AM Re: Lyfe Tyme smokers [Re: hallfns]
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Yessir I agree. I wondered if I was the only one that had noticed that.

I added this bar with horse shoe to adjust the flue.


I added this shelf to be able to work better.


I added this thermometer.


I also added a couple of stars for looks.

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