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Buz’s Pit Guide: Pits with Offset Fireboxes and Vertical Smoking Chambers

Buz’s Pit Guide: Pits with Offset Fireboxes and Vertical Smoking Chambers
January 9, 2014 Staff Writer

These pits are very similar to horizontal smoking chambers.  If you aren’t familiar with either type of pit, refer back to last week’s blog on pits with offset fireboxes and horizontal smoking chambers.


The advantages are very similar here, but vertical smokers allow you to stack shelf after shelf, maximizing your space within the cooking chamber considerably. Talk about increasing space to cook, huh?

Another great advantage to a vertical smoking chamber, is that some have shelves that rotate.    That way, every shelf gets the same amount of exposure to smoke without over-smoking any of the food.


Again, be aware of the weather. Hot temperatures outside can affect your cooking and so can cold weather.  Keep in mind that rain and snow will have the worst effects on your offset smoker.

You need to spend a lot of time perfecting the amount of wood chunks or chips to maintain the same heat. This type of smoker is not a “start it and forget about it” kind.

Where to buy:

Pits with offset fireboxes and vertical smoking chambers are the perfect way to smoke.  If you are looking for a way to smoke without having to cut your meat in half, then this is the pit for you.  It has multiple shelves which increases your smoking capacity. Some of the shelves can rotate, which delivers an even amount of smoke to each shelf without over-smoking your food.

These pits can be purchased from online such as Yoder’s, custom online stores like Pitmaker, specialty barbecue store or a normal hardware store.  For example, Brinkmann makes a pit with offset firebox and vertical smoking chamber, which is sold at Home Depot.

If you are looking to purchase locally, take a look at Hearth & Home Shoppe of Mechanicsville’s products online or in store.




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