The 20″ x 42″ Grill Chef is one of Klose Pit’s most popular residential cookers and WOW! What BBQ aficionado wouldn’t want this in their backyard? Klose is one of the most respected names in traditional, competition grade “stick burners”: offset smokers that burn logs in a side firebox, separate from the larger smoke box. Cheap Offset Smokers like the ones you get at hardware stores are a nightmare. The thin flimsy metal and rickety construction makes heat and smoke control an almost insurmountable task. But Klose Pits are handmade with heavy ¼” welded steel, superior design and tight construction. Grill Chef is a scaled down, backyard version of the big Klose smokers that competition BBQ teams have used for decades to bring home the gold. Once your stick burning chops begin to develop, you’ll be cranking out top shelf, traditional smoked delicacies like ribs, butts and brisket.
The main chamber has a removable secondary cooking rack for expanded capacity and the 20″ x 20″ firebox with a five level, adjustable height “meat rack” can double as a grill for searing steaks and burgers, or crisping chicken straight from the adjacent smoke box. An ash removal pan facilitates clean up.
The massive weight is supported by four 8″ locking casters and a large storage shelf runs along the bottom.
Our posted MSRP is for the basic Grill Chef. Many options are available like the firebox gas burner and stainless steel front work table pictured above. And if you have a vision of a customized model, you’ll find a friend in Dave Klose. He loves wild, inventive ideas. He recently told me about plans for a fire truck smoker with a dance floor on top and beer taps running along the sides.
20" x 42" Grill Chef
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Grill, Combination Grill and Smoker
Charcoal, Logs, More Than One Fuel
840 square inches
Large(about 41 burgers)
560 square inches
Klose aka BBQ Pits by Klose
BBQ Pits by Klose has made some of the most highly regarded pits since 1986. Many top competitors use Klose pits. They are not cheap but fit and finish and craftsmanship are top notch. They hold up well and hold up their resale value.
In addition to serious cookers of all sizes from backyard to monster commercial, Klose makes some of the craziest custom pits you’ve ever seen: A passenger jet shaped pit for Continental Airlines, a beer bottle shaped pit, a phone booth, a baby carriage, trains – you name it. Klose is a bit of a character, too. His personal smoker “Bling Bling” (above) has 24k gold plated wheels, satellite dish and DVR with Hi-Def monitor powered by solar cells, beer coolers, deep fryers, infrared grill, lighting, warming oven, lazy susan, and yes, even a dual stainless steel kitchen sink.
Published On: 7/23/2014
Last Modified: 2/24/2021
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