If you drive past Denis Baldwin’s house today there’s a good chance you’ll catch him smoking. Not cigarettes, but meat. Chicken, steaks, pork, and even a vegetable or two. Baldwin is a man who loves his work.
No, he’s not a chef, nor does he live at a smokehouse.
Baldwin’s company, Goodfellas Grills, makes meat smokers. Not those dinky home-made garbage can smokers. Baldwin makes huge, impressive smokers that you can pull behind your truck. Smokers that look like they’d easily feed 50.
Looking over the huge metal containers, you may not realize every step in their creation was environmentally friendly.
Baldwin is helping clean the environment by making smokers out of propane tanks. No, not the reusable tanks under your neighbor’s grill. Baldwin uses those big tanks you see outside of country homes.
Large propane tanks are a bear to dispose of. They’re dangerous even empty. Traces of propane gas could ignite and explode the tank. To get rid of the metal containers, you need a specially trained crew and a certified dump. That can be expensive.
On the other hand, Baldwin and his crew will come get your tank for free. He gives the steel a new purpose.
To remove every bit of propane, Baldwin fills the tanks with soap and water and stores them for weeks. Then the fun begins.
“You can build anything out of metal,” Baldwin will tell you and he does just that. He collects discarded boat trailers, repairs them and they become the smoker’s base. The propane tanks are cut open, sand blasted clean, and welded into that pleasing shape. Everything is covered with high-temperature paint, Depending on customer request, Baldwin can make everything from a backyard grill up to a double-axle smoker, grill, and accessories trailer suitable for Bar-B-Q competitions.
The tanks and trailers aren’t the only environmentally friendly products. Baldwin is proud to get all materials locally. He gets his meat at Felton’s Market in Plant City. Wood for smoking comes from trimming companies who’d otherwise grind and dispose of the fuel. Baldwin says he’ll even barter smoked meat for other materials. Staying green is important to Baldwin’s business philosophy. His is one of the few grill and smoker websites that write of their carbon footprint.
Baldwin makes smokers and grills to order. He’ll rent his large smoker/grill for $200 a day, $350 a weekend, and $500 a week. He’s easy to reach at his website, Goodfellas Grill or at 863-529-5512. Don’t be surprised if he invites you over to sample some smoked and grilled meats.
Bring your truck. You may want to buy the grill on the spot.