I just completed my second month with my Humphrey's Pint. Many of you fellow southerners may not be as familiar with them as some of the other brands, but trust me I did my homework. I spent two years reading forums and "inspecting" fellow competitors pits each weekend. I saw a lot of great cookers, many costing 3 or 4 times what I paid for my Humphrey's. I always found myself coming back to the Humphrey's as what I felt was the best option for my cooking style. I finally pulled the trigger on an "in-stock" unit, meaning it was already built with selected options and I purchased as is. This was great because it had a little bit of a discount and I didn't have to wait (they are very popular and expect a wait time on your custom build...but it will be worth it). My pint arrived in 5 days and I could not wait to use it.
For those of you that are completely unfamiliar, most of their models are the same with varying heights (taller=more capacity) with the Pint being in the middle. It is a vertical insulated charcoal cooker, with the charcoal basket (extremely heavy gauge steel, it will last forever) at the bottom. There are all sorts of lighting tips and tricks out there, but for me I light it just like I do my UDS smokers. A charcoal starter full of lit coals on top of a 3/4 charcoal basket. I leave the air intake (2" ball valve) wide open as well as the top vent. Once my temp climbs to 275, I shut the ball valve down to 1/4 open and it will hit 300 and stay there....ALL DAY!
The capacity is great. I have four of the stainless steel round bar racks (an upgrade I strongly recommend) and could probably fit six of them in with some meats. So far I have cooked sausage, chicken, ribs, pork butts, brisket, and wings...all turned out perfect. I had hoped that most of my timelines would convert from my UDS and they basically did.
Remember, my review scoring is modeled after the KCBS scoring system. Keep in mind 9 (not 10) is a perfect rating in each category. The categories are cost, usefulness, and performance compared to competitor's products.