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« on: June 06, 2008, 10:26:47 PM »

Alright, I'm going to retire my 1950's Woodman.  She is a thing of beauty.  Well used.  Well loved and in perfect working order.  Yeah, it has some creosote and honey stains.  The finish has a great patina.  She is graceful when compared to smokers today.  She is a 10" x 3" Beauty with original bellows. But, she is ready for the shelf to be admired as a workhorse, friend and piece of art.

So, I ordered a Kelly 10".  I've been using it for a week and it is okay.  But, I miss the ol' girl.  I've been seeing the Rauchboys mentioned on the net and I am wondering are they worth it?  Is the workmanship like the old girl?  Is it one that my grandson could use?  Are any of you using them? 
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2008, 11:28:48 AM »

The Rauchboy is stainless steel.  It has an improved design for draft, but  one that is easily duplicated by cutting a soup can for any other smoker:
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmisc.htm#smokerinsert

It will last as well as any stainless steel smoker, which is a lot longer than a galvanized one.
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2008, 07:30:17 PM »

The Rauchboy is stainless steel.  It has an improved design for draft, but  one that is easily duplicated by cutting a soup can for any other smoker:
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmisc.htm#smokerinsert

It will last as well as any stainless steel smoker, which is a lot longer than a galvanized one.



Michael, does that homemade can insert work better than the table-like things that come standard inside smokers?
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2008, 08:03:26 AM »

The only compliant I have about the Rauchboy is the lid is a pain to get closed and stay closed.  It has a very small lip (maybe 1/4") while most others have 1/2" or more.   Other than that it has been a good smoker.

I think I would by a good stainless steel smoker and do the soup can insert myself.
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