Major Update on 6/18/2019:
Great news, as Barrel House Cooker has updated the BHC users with this information:
Recently, Barrel House Cooker ran a sale for Memorial Day where its cookers’ accecessories were marked down 50%.
Directly afterwards, they made a few accessories unavailable, such as the extender that fits at the bottom of the base for the 18C to allow meat to hang a little higher from hot coals at the bottom.
The other day, I learned that Grill Beast, who was a licensed carrier of Barrel House Cookers, stated that BHC ended its contract with them and they are no longer selling the cookers.
If the rumors are true that Barrel House Cooker Company is going out of business, it is a damn shame. I find it superior versus the competition, but its main competitor has such a high influence and following, its heraldedness reigns supreme over the lack of marketing that has been done lately by Barrel House.
If the company does fold, I will still use my Barrel House cookers until they falter, as I find them to be easily the best drum smokers in the game. If they ever deteriorate to the point they are unusable, I guess I will buy a Pit Barrel Cooker, although while I find them to be sound cookers I will feel like I’m downgrading due to its lack of features and useability compared to the Barrel House Cooker. I feel a semblance of resentment towards PBC over its legal issues with BHC, because while I refuse to comment on the contents of the legality matters, competition makes the world go round, and with the outcome possibly eliminating Barrel House in due time, that narrows the market.
This is all conjecture, however, but here’s to hoping Barrel House Cooker Company stays afloat.
I’ve noticed that both 14d and 18c bhvc are now unavailable. Danny shame. Luckily I own a 14d and pit barrel cooker.
Hey Bill, thanks for the comment! I appreciate it. I think they’ll be making a return shortly from what I’ve heard. Just a shortage of materials for the time being, unfortunately.
I sure hope they don’t go under. Best smoker I have ever seen . I have 2 . If I would have known that they might go under I would have bought a couple more . Praying that they stay afloat. Loyal customer!!!!
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I agree with you, Gary. It’s a shame that the more highly heralded but weaker competitor (strictly my opinion, but it appears you share this belief) has almost barricaded themselves from any competition.
The Barrel House Cooker Company got all of the airflow and design data from Noah Glanville after signing a non disclosure agreement. This was in preparation for the BHC parent to manufacture the PBC. At the 11th hour the company backed out and instead decided to build the cooker themselves. They turned a vacuum cleaner they already made into a cooker using the airflow and hanging design that Noah Glanville had patented. By the way, here’s your vacuum cleaner cooker: https://builtinvacuum.com/silent_master/
They told him straight up. “Take us to court, you don’t have the money to win.” Noah said hold my beer and won the case. Noah is a decorated veteran. He’s also a class guy. When he first started out he put his cell phone number right on the cooker.
For all of these reasons, you couldn’t give me a Barrel House Cooker.
Cheers, Eric. Thanks for the comment.
That there vacuum cleaner cooker is a mighty fine cooker, I reckon.
I understand the moral reasons from an integrity standpoint.
By the way, pal Eric, did you know that Pit Barrel Cookers are produced in China, now? (Allegedly)
But at least the company is veteran owned, right?
The Barrel House Cooker is simply better. It can do more than the PBC and the design is superior, vacuum or not.
*This is coming from a guy who has two PBCs and two BHCs. I got the Pit Barrels first. Then the 2 Barrel Houses. Maybe we can all be one big family now that Barrel House is under the Glanville family.
I think they are now out of business. They really need to shut down their web site. I own the 14D and really like it. To bad they couldn’t get a hold of good promotions.
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Sadly, it seems like it, David. I can’t help but feel salty about it, because I think it is a vastly better cooker than a Pit Barrel, as one can objectively pinpoint better features of the BHC vs. the PBC, but alas, PBC seems to desire monopolizing the drum cooker submarket by dominating it vs. dealing with substantial competition.
There isn’t anywhere in the USA that makes a decent drum. The very reason Noah was trying to get a domestic supplier was he wanted it made in the USA. You can’t blame him for going to China to have it made. I am sure if you can find a domestic supplier he’d use them.
Thankfully, BHC is back in production.
Eric, thank you for your comments up to this point. I’m not sure if you are affiliated with PBC at all, or if you are just an advocate, but whatever the case may be, I appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment with overall respectful discourse vs. the alternative (any trolling).