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Commercial Quality for a Long Life Span

Lifespan of Cookshack Commercial Smokers

Lifespan of Cookshack Commercial Smokers

Lifespan of Cookshack Commercial SmartSmoker® Electric Smokers

  • The overall life of the smoker oven is 30 years.
  • No service call expected the first 7 years.
  • The first item to replace would be the heating element.
  • Replace IQ5 controller at approximately 12 years.
  • Average cost

    of operating the a SM260 unit is approximately $4/day

    IQ5 Controller on SM260

    The new IQ5 controller on the SM260

Lifespan of Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack Commercial Pellet Fired Smoker Ovens

  • The overall life of the smoker oven is 30 years.
  • No service call expected the first 2 years.
  • The first item to replace would be the igniter.
  • Replace bearings in rotisserie at approximately 5
  • Replace IQ5 controller and a various other parts at approximately 12 years.
  • Average cost of operating the FEC300 unit is approximately $16/day

    FEC300 Rotisserie Smoker

    FEC300 Rotisserie Smoker

Cookshack Food Grade Wood Pellets used in FEC smokers

Environmentally Friendly

  • Cookshack Pellets are produced from recycled sawdust and no trees are cut to make them.
  • Naturally occurring lignin in the wood binds

    the pellets into their shape.

  • Not all pellets will produce the same results or are manufactured with the same low environmental impact. Use Cookshack pellets to ensure you are being as green as possible.

Health Department Friendly

  • Pellets are a processed wood product in 20 pound bags that are easily stored indoors or out.
  • They do not create a home for rodents or bugs like are found in wood piles.
  • Clean burning and easy clean to clean. Only 8 oz. of ash is produced for every 40 lbs. of pellets burned unlike messy stick burners.
  • Cookshack pellets are 100% wood, food-grade pellets specifically produced for use with food.

Flavor Friendly

  • Pellets eliminate creosote and gas flavor in the smoked meats.
  • Mix flavors in the pellet hopper to create a signature profile.
  • Multiple flavors of pellets to choose from.

What is the cost of operating a commercial smoker?

Knowing the cost of operating a commercial smoker is important for your business.  It is one of many factors that need to be considered in determining profit margins.  Cookshack smokers and charbroilers are efficient especially when you consider the amount of meat and vegetables that you can smoke during one cook cycle.  There design will not dry or shrink meat and will give you higher yields.

Below are two charts to consider in determing your energy costs using Cookshack commercial equipment.  These are based on average kwh figures and will vary depending on your geographic region.  The wood and pellet costs are based on Cookshack Wood Chunks and Pellets including average shipping costs. The first chart is based on using the equipment at the highest temperature settings available for that unit. This would be the maximum estimated cost

you would see using this equipment. The second chart is based on using the equipment at a lower or average rate of temperature for that unit. This would be most likely where the units would operate most of the time.

For the electric smokers, you use electricity to power the controller and unit while the wood is used for flavoring.  In the pellet-fired smokers and charbroiler, electricity is only needed to run the controller, fans, and augers.  The wood pellets provide

the heat and flavor.  Consequently, in the electric units the majority of the cost is from electricity and in the pellet-fired units the majority of the cost is from the pellets.

Cost of Operating Cookshack

Commercial Units

*using highest temperature settings
Electric Units Electricity Wood Total Per Hour Total for 12 Hours
SM160 0.08 0.25 0.08 1.21
SM260 0.16 0.50 0.16 2.42
SM360 0.32 0.75 0.32 4.59
Pellet Fired Units Electricity Pellets Total per Hour Total for 12 Hours
FEC100 0.05 0.50 0.55 6.60
FEC120 0.09 0.75 0.84 10.08
FEC240 0.09 1.00 1.09 13.08
FEC300 0.10 1.00 1.10 13.20
FEC500 0.10 1.50 1.60 19.20
FEC750 0.15 2.00 2.15 25.80
Charbroilers Electricity Pellets Total per Hour Total for 12 Hours
CB024 0.05 2.40 2.45 29.40
CB036 0.07 3.60 3.67 44.04
CB048 0.09 4.80 4.89 58.68
Cost of Operating Cookshack Commercial Units
*using average temperature settings
Electric Units Electricity Wood Total Per Hour Total for 12 Hours
SM160 0.06 0.25 0.06 0.97
SM260 0.12 0.50 0.12 1.94
SM360 0.24 0.75 0.24 3.63
Pellet Fired Units Electricity Pellets Total per Hour Total for 12 Hours
FEC100 0.04 0.30 0.34 4.05
FEC120 0.07 0.45 0.52 6.21
FEC240 0.07 0.60 0.67 8.01
FEC300 0.08 0.60 0.68 8.10
FEC500 0.08 0.90 0.98 11.70
FEC750 0.11 1.20 1.31 15.75
Charbroilers Electricity Pellets Total per Hour Total for 12 Hours
CB024 0.04 1.44 1.48 17.73
CB036 0.05 2.16 2.21 26.55
CB048 0.07 2.88 2.95 35.37

Other ways Cookshack commercial smokers are energy efficient include:

  • Tough double-walled stainless steel interior and exterior construction
  • 850°F Spin-Glas® insulation
  • Quick heat recovery

See the difference a Cookshack commercial smoker or charbroiler can make to your operation. No gas required!

No Gas

You will never need gas lines or tanks when you use Cookshack Smokers or Charbroilers!

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Cookshack Residential Electric Smoker Line

The residential smoker line

The Smokette (SM009-2), the Smokette Elite (SM025), the Super Smoker Elite (SM045) and the AmeriQue (SM066) are our electric smokers that make it easy to add real wood smoke to your foods!  They are inexpensive to operate and energy efficient.  They use 2 to 4 ounce wood chunks and make the art of low and slow barbecue so easy!

PG1000 Pellet Grill

PG1000 Pellet Grill

The PG1000 and PG500 pellet grills feature 4-zone cooking and pellet broil technology.  Sear steaks, chops, chicken and burgers then finish on the indirect side for a full smoke flavor. Choose from four different flavors of food-grade wood pellets to use in the pellet hopper.  The automated pellet system and electronic controls give you consistency and flexibility.

 

FEC100 Pellet Smoker Oven

FEC100 Pellet Smoker Oven

The FEC100 is the choice of many championship BBQ teams and is guaranteed to hold enough barbecue for all your friends and family!  This unit features the new IQ5 controller for 3-stage smoking, cooking, and resting! The fuel source is environmentally friendly food-grade 100% wood pellets.

With a Cookshack smoker or pellet grill, you can celebrate BBQ every day!

Free Pellets with FEC240 Purchase

Get started for free* with 2,000 lbs. of free pellets when you purchase a Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack FEC240 Commercial Smoker Oven.  Now through March 18, 2015 you can choose the pellets of your choice to ship with your FEC240 smoker order.  Pellet varieties include hickory, oak, fruit, or mesquite.  These food-grade pellets come in easy to store 20lb. bags.  *The customer incurs all shipping charges for the smoker and pellets.

What is so special about this deal? 

The Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack FEC240 is the newest commercial pellet smoker from Cookshack.  It features:

  • Eight 23” x 17” fixed shelves for a capacity of up to 250lbs. of pork butt
  • Small footprint with a large capacity – it will fit through a standard door
  • No gas lines to worry about – the pellets provide the fuel and flavor
  • IQ5 digital electronic controller has smoke, cook and hold cycles for maximum efficiency, control, and consistency
  • Can operate 24/7 – fill the pellet hopper once a shift
  • Makes authentic barbecue with a beautiful smoke ring
  • Uses an offset firebox and convection heat for steady temperatures throughout the cooking cycle
FEC240 with door open

This unit has 8 nickel-plated shelves that are 23″ x 17″

FEC240 with door closed

FEC240 can hold up to 250 lbs. of pork butt

FEC240 Fan

Convection Fan helps circulate smoke and temps to improve yields

FEC240 Firebox

Firebox for pellets

Clean-burning pellets are superior because:

  • They produce very little ash unlike logs and charcoal
  • Ash is safe to handle
  • Low creosote buildup
  • You can control the flavor profile – no inconsistency of moisture or bark
  • They are easily obtainable, inexpensive, and available in a variety of flavors
  • No gas flavor
  • No storage issues and health department worries with pellets
Food Grade Wood pellets

Food Grade Wood pellets

The FREE 100 bags of pellets come on a pallet on this limited time deal.  They will last you nearly two months if you run the unit 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

To take advantage of this deal, give our professional sales team a call at 1.800.423.0698.  Do not wait, this offer is valid for the first 15 customers to call and take advantage of this introductory offer.  Check out our website for more information on our pellets or the FEC240.

 

 

 

Food Grade Pellets

Why should you use 100% food-grade wood pellets?

Why should you use 100% food-grade pellets in your pellet grills and smokers?

Cookshack barbecue pellets are made from hardwoods that contain fewer resins and the pellets are produced in a controlled process to ensure a food grade product.  Our food grade pellets are made by pulverizing and drying hardwood sawdust and extruding to an uniform density through a rotating die under enormous heat and pressure (250° F @ 3,000 PSI).  The pellets get their shape from the naturally occurring lignin in the wood.  The pellets are cooled and placed in 20 lb. bags.

Food-Grade Pellet Specifications are:

  • ¼” Diameter
  • ½” – 1” Length
  • 100% Hardwood Content
  • 40-46 lbs/cubic feet Density
  • 6 to 8% Moisture Content
  • 8,000 – 9,000 btu/lb
  • 1% of less Ash Content
  • Bark Free

 

Food Grade Pellets

Food Grade Pellets

Food grade pellets contain fewer fillers and have less moisture content and ash than pellets used in wood burning stoves and furnaces. Pellets used for stoves and furnaces will also sometimes contain a gluing agent or something to bind the pellets together that is not food grade quality as required by the USDA. Pellets manufactured for wood stoves are available in two grades:  premium and standard.  Standard pellets are made from forest waste and contain branches and bark. You want to look out for bark content because bark content in pellets affects the BTU. Performance quality is vital to get the right results!

Food grade pellets are clean-burning that produce very little ash with a low creosote buildup.

Cookshack offers four food grade pellet flavors (all pellets are 60% oak and 40% flavor, oak pellets are 100% oak wood) in 20 lb. Bags:

  • Hickory – most popular hardwood that gives a sweet, smoky traditional Southern-style flavor
  • Mesquite – has a stronger woody taste and complements duck, lamb and beef
  • Oak – works with pork, red meat, fish, and game meats; it is more subtle than hickory and stronger than fruitwoods.
  • Fruitwood – mixes well with veal, poultry, and pork
Food Grade Wood pellets

Food Grade Wood pellets

Quantity discounts are available.  Pellets are easily obtainable, inexpensive and easy to store as compared to traditional logs.  We recommend storing pellets in a dry well-ventilated area.  Do not store wood pellets near potential ignition sources.

Food grade wood pellets burn more efficiently than raw wood used in stick burner pits.  Wood pellets are a superior cooking technology, providing the best cooking platform for barbecue recipes.

In order to maintain your warranty in Cookshack products, food grade pellets must be used in the units.