Barbecue. Precisely.

Mission

Karubecue was founded in the Summer of 2004. Inspired by countless pit inspections and Pit Boss interviews during many Barbecue Tours, we set about making a pit to:

  • Preserve what makes traditional barbecue great – the distinctive flavors, aromas and colors that come only from a real hardwood fire.
  • Re-engineer the combustion process to make pit temperature and flavor profile easy to control.
  • Do this in a simple, reliable, and reasonably affordable way.

We figured the project should take 2 to 3 months, 4 tops. We were a bit off on that estimate …

Year Ver. Technology / Nickname Result
2004 1, 2 Refractory firebox FAIL
3-5 PID servo damper control FAIL
6 Bypass temperature control FAIL
2005 7, 8 Catalytic converter FAIL
9 Counterflow heat exchanger EPIC FAIL*
10 Underfire air FAIL
2006 11 Secondary combustion air FAIL
12 Drag-Funnel firebox MARGINAL
13 Forge-Fridge cube EPIC FAIL*
14 Inverted Flame Firebox PASS
2007 15 IFF NC Phone Booth MARGINAL
16 IFF Supersink w/ suction PASS
17 IFF w/ smoke weir EPIC FAIL*
2008 18 Model 18 (16 units made) PASS
2009 19 B-30 production model PASS
2011 20 C-60 production model PASS
2012 21 C-60/SS production model PASS
* > 200 hours invested; failure obvious in < 100 seconds
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