Jambo Pits J-3 Model Review

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Large black horizontal smoker with tell chimney mounted on a bright red trailer with large wheels.
J-3 Model

The J-3 is a competition BBQ pit with a 28" diameter, 5’4” x 26” cooking chamber mounted on a streamlined trailer. Jambo never uses pre-fabricated pipe. The cooking chamber is made from rolled 7 gauge carbon steel. The 26" x 26" x 30" insulated firebox has a 7 gauge steel exterior and ¼” carbon steel interior. The firebox door is ¼” steel. Stainless steel hinges, handles and work surfaces. Chrome stack, boiler door, and Jambo's signature paint job are extra.

Jambo makes some of the coolest looking rigs you'll see at any competition. And check out all the awards on the bow of this highly customized beauty in the video below:

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: 
$9,100
Primary Function: 
Grill
Smoker
Pig or Lamb Roaster
Fuel: 
Charcoal
Logs
Primary Capacity: 
1,680 square inches
Secondary Capacity: 
780 square inches
Made in the USA: 
Yes
Review Method:

Looked Closely At It

We have seen this product up close and we have also gathered info from the manufacturer,  owners, and other reliable sources.

Jambo Pits

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Jambo Pits is the brainchild of award winning Pit Master Jamie Geer. Operating out of Fort Worth, TX since 1989, Jambo is known for superior design, performance and beautiful fit and finish. With their colorful enamel paint jobs and characteristic streamlined trailers, Jambo's large custom pits resemble race cars, (see the red rig below). Geer's insightful designs based on experience from his competition barbecue days have led numerous teams to victory across the country. They manufacture a variety of smokers from smaller residential models to the big rigs.

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The standard finish is high heat, black textured paint, but you can get any colors, graphics or logos you fancy. Geer feels one of Jambo's key features is low fuel consumption, which he attributes to his heavily insulated fire box. Many folks choose the optional "Boiler" door for the firebox (see inset pic above). Chrome chimneys are another popular add-on.

 

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