Pecan Wood for Smoking and BBQs in Fairhope

Pecan Wood for Smoking and BBQs in Fairhope

Big John’s is the place for Pecan wood in Fairhope. Many backyard chefs swear by the sweet flavor they get from seasoned pecan wood in their smokers or barbecue grills.

Pecan adds a sweet, Hickory like flavor to your meat, without over-powering the taste of the meat.

Pecan wood is also added to other charcoals in grilling competitions by World Champion Grill Masters.


Lawn Mower Repair Fairhope 2018

discount mower repair

Big John’s Small Engine Repair has been performing lawn mower repair in Fairhope for more than 35 years and we are working hard to make 2018 our best year yet.

We can get your mower, riding lawn mower, push mower, zero turn mower, any mower, in great working order for the long mowing season of 2018 ahead of us.

10% Discount on All Maintenance and Repair Until April 1st – No Foolin’

Lawn mowers, blowers, string trimmers, edgers, chainsaws. Big John’s can repair them all.

Fairhope’s Flying Machine

Since its founding in 1894, Fairhope has been a place of fantasy. A Utopian Village along the shores of Mobile Bay was only a dream.

As you step through the door of The Fairhope History Museum you are greeted by the fantastical sight of Claude Jansen’s Easycut Lawnmowers flying through the air. Flying croppedThe Easycut Lawnmower was originally designed and patented by Reuben Rockwell, a Quaker from Fairhope. As Mr. Rockwell prepared to emigrate to Costa Rica he sold the designs and patent to Claude Jansen.

Claude Jansen was born in Tennessee and moved to Fairhope while just a young boy. Claude attended the Organic School through eighth grade, foregoing further schooling for employment.

At the time Jansen bought the Easycut Lawnmower process from Rockwell, he already had a business selling boats, motors and trailers. A lawnmower business was not so far out of line for Jansen. He sold 15,000 mowers from 1950 to 1972. Quite a good run.

A poster on the wall gives a good description of the Easycut mowers. IMG_0380Available 2 or 3 hp, 4 stroke engines made by Lausen, Briggs or Clinton engines. The mower could be ordered in either self propelled or push type. Remember, this was a time when reel mowers were still common. The Easycut’s spun aluminum chassis was a step up from the steel decks of the day that rusted out in just a few years. The mower cut a 20 inch strip and could trim to within a half inch of an object.

The half inch clearance may have been the downfall for Easycut. Safety became an issue as the chassis just barely covered the blade and anything hit by the turning blade could easily become a dangerous projectile. The lightweight chassis could also be knocked back when the blade hit a hard, immovable object.

Claude Jansen made quite a life for himself in Fairhope. Not only did he sell boats, motors, trailers and lawnmowers, IMG_0378he also served as President of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and was considered by many to be a fine pillar of the community.

Later in life, Claude began milling corn and produced cornmeal and grits, considered as some of the best by local residents and chefs. Claude’s son, Ken Jansen, still grinds out cornmeal and grits in his Greeno Road shop, Fairhope Tire.

Ronnie Mixson has been repairing lawn mowers at Big John’s Small Engine Repair for more than 35 years and remembers customers bringing in Easycut lawnmowers for repairs and maintenance. “They were good little mowers. The aluminum never rusted so the deck was solid. Easy to work on and neat that they were made right here in Fairhope. I haven’t seen one in years, but I bet there are some still working out there.”








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Big John’s Small Engine Repair shop has been serving the Fairhope area for more than 30 years. Professionals and backyard warriors come to Big John’s Small Engine Repair for all of their maintenance and repair needs. No job is too big or too small.

Lawn Mowers

We maintain and repair mowers of all types, Zero turn, lawn tractors, professional grade mowers, push mowers. We’ll even sharpen the blades on your reel mower.

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Keeping your mower in top condition and repair makes mower so much easier and more pleasant. No one likes to cut grass when their mower is acting up. That’s the time to call the best small engine repair shop in Fairhope. 251- 928-7659  We can fix any and every problem you may be experiencing. New or sharpened blades, tight belts, throttle cable, new tire, new seat. You name it we can do it. Even if you can’t name it…we can.


Hurricane season is from June through November. You want to know your generator is working properly before it is forced into duty. At Big John’s Small Engine Repair we can make sure your generator will supply you with electricity when you need it. Call us now. 251-928-7659  You don’t want to wait until a storm is approaching.


Our customers come from Point Clear, Daphne, Montrose and Fairhope