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Barrel House Cooker vs. Pit Barrel Cooker Comparison

As the demand for barrel smokers increase and more options make their way to the market, we hope to help clarify some of the product differences. Below are some of the popular out-of-the-box barrel cooker configurations to consider and how Barrel House stands out among them.

Model BHC 14D PBC Jr. BHC 18C PBC Classic
Price $249 $229 $249 $299
Barrel Diameter 14-in. 14-in. 18.25-in. 18.5-in.
Hanging Distance 24-in. 21-in. 22-in. 21-in.
Detachable Base Yes No Yes No
Thermometer Yes No Yes No
Ash Removal Feature Yes Yes, sold separately. Yes Yes, sold separately.
Detachable Hibachi Base Yes No Yes No
Hang & Grate Simultaneously Yes Yes, with purchase of additional accessories Yes, with purchase of additional accessories Yes, with purchase of additional accessories
Built-In Grate / Accessory Levels 3 2 3 2
Adjustable Intake Vent Sliding damper pin on side of base Single rotatable cover with screw Sliding paddle on base Single rotatable cover with screw
Lid Management Hinged lid Lid handle doubles as catch Lid catch under lid Lid handle doubles as catch
Charcoal Capacity 6 lb. 4 lb. 8 lb. 8 lb.
Warranty 3 years* 1 year** 3 years* 1 year**
Overall Height 39-in. 33-in. 35.5-in. 36-in.
Weight 33 lb. 37 lb. 44 lb. 57 lb.
Drum Metal Gauge 20 18 20 18
Barrel & Lid Coating Porcelain-enameled inside and out Porcelain-enameled outside, porcelain-dusted inside Porcelain-enameled outside, porcelain-dusted inside Porcelain-enameled outside, porcelain-dusted inside
Base Coating Porcelain enameled steel base with stainless steel charcoal basket Not Applicable E-coated steel Not Applicable
Cooker Stand/Feet Affixed aluminum stand Porcelain-enameled 3-footed stand (4) Zinc coated steel feet Porcelain-enameled 3-footed stand
Latches (for Base) Yes No No No
Separate Heat Shield Yes No No No
Lid Gasket Yes No No No
Accessories Included (1) H-Frame, (2) Half Grill Grates, (1) Open Frame, (6) Meat Hooks, (1) Accessory Wand, (1) Handle Shelf (2) Rebar Hanging Rods, (1) Grill Grate, (6) Meat Hooks, (1) Hook Remover, (1) Taster Pack of Pit Rubs (1) H-Frame, (1) Full Grate, (8) Meat Hooks, (1) Accessory Wand (2) Rebar Hanging Rods, (1) Grill Grate, (8) Meat Hooks, (1) Hook Remover, (1) All-Purpose Pit Rub, (1) Beef & Game Pit Rub
Free Shipping Yes Yes Yes Yes
Return Policy 30 day satisfaction guarantee with free return shipping.* Unopened/unused products w/ 20% restocking fee** 30 day satisfaction guarantee with free return shipping.* Unopened/unused products w/ 20% restocking fee**

* See our warranty and return policy for complete details.

** Warranty and return policy posted is based on the information Pit Barrel Cooker had on their website as of June 2018. Please check with Pit Barrel Cooker for most up to date details.

Note that Pit Barrel Cooker is a registered trademark of Pit Barrel Cooker LLC., not Barrel House Cooker LLC.


Hanging meat in an enclosed barrel, versus typical grilling and smoking, is growing in popularity due to its ease-of-use and unique flavor results. In fact, this barrel cooking method has captured the attention of BBQ professionals who are winning competitions. As the demand for barrel smokers increases and more options make their way to the market, we hope to help clarify some of the product differences.

Though a barrel cooker vs barrel cooker comparison is necessary for feature differentiation, we believe any barrel or pit will give you incredible results. That said, we think you’ll agree that Barrel House Cooker offers some great features, such as the detachable base, that set it apart from direct competitors. Barrel cookers also work with a variety of popular third-party barbecue accessories, including Grill Beast (our personal favorite), Weber, Lavatools, ThermoWorks, and Man Law. Suit yourself regarding which accessories, and even which barrel cooker you choose, and you’ll love the results. Still not sure which barrel cooker is right for you? We’re here to help. Give us a call at 844-508-2665 or send us an email.

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