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tater6061

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About tater6061

  • Birthday 05/22/1971

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  • Location:
    Burleson, TX
  • Interests
    Fly Fishing, Bow Hunting, Grilling, Baking, Smoking, Paying bills( well it's better than the alternative)
  • Grill
    Kamado Joe
  1. I had to change the hinge on my Big Joe a couple of weeks ago, If you have access to Heavy Duty Zip Ties (Panduit Straps) it is possible to do the hinge by yourself. I unwrapped the new hinges, and strapped the box section, removed the shipping ties, pulled the band bolts and got them on. The most trouble I had was indexing the bands by myself, but, it can be done. I still notice a kind of cantilever flex in the hinge section it's a little unnerving to say the least, but the lid isn't falling on my head, hopefully this set will last long enough for the new design to be the replacement. Love my Joe, just seems to be a lot of little gremlins in my grill, now if I can get the bottom vent to seal up I would be Golden!!
  2. I thought for more smoke you adjust the temp with the daisy wheel, and less smoke, you use the slider. I baked a sock it to me cake in the Big Joe just after I pulled my Pork Loin. was awesome to be eating dinner while Joe Baked dessert!! Needless to say, I think my family is in the market for a Kamado. You just need to play around with Your Grill. I first got mine, I burned up about three bags of lump just to get the hang of temp control, smoke saturation, overshoot and pull down temp, I was going nuts trying to "lock In" a temp and I just couldn't do it. I was doing everything, the best thing I did was just walk away and let it settle on it's own. I was only about 5-6* above target temp, and the results were outstanding. Have fun
  3. When is the "Roll Out"?? I am saving my Pennies!!
  4. after a while, I just left the ash tray out completely, shake the ash basket, and shop vac clean up. Have fun
  5. I am curious, if you bought the Egg second hand, and something goes wrong and you purchase the replacement parts from a dealer, does the part purchased carry the full warranty?
  6. Get back to Costco it's 2 for $30 check for the Coconut Shell charcoal while you're there as well!!
  7. I have used a charcoal chimney and the side burner on my gasser!! I told my wife that the gasser is still useful.
  8. LOL if I did that I would be in another town...But, I would miss my JOE Great job, I have been battling with acute pain in my right hip for about 4 years, I would love to get out and run, but I have enough trouble walking up and down stairs. Hopefully I can get the bike out of mothballs and do something to get over this hump.
  9. ^^^ This method I discovered by accident after fumbling the spatula. Tried with Trout, Red Snapper, Tilapia, Sockeye. My brother says I spend WAY too much time with my Joe
  10. Shutdown has been the Bain of my existence. I guess when the rain is out of the forecast I'll give it another round of surgery. Another thing I noticed while loosening the acorn nuts by the hinges, a couple of them kept spinning, even while I was tightening them up. I'm probably screwed blued and tattooed
  11. tater6061

    Hinge issue

    After an exhausting afternoon, I give up. The more I try to seal up my Big Joe, the worse it gets. I loosen one thing, tighten another, move this, fiddle with that, I just can't do it... About to Rutland BOTH Halves of the Joe and call it good... I emailed Meghan maybe I'm just a wuss and I am making this a lot harder than it should be. As long as I don't tighten the springs to hold the top open, it'll pass the "Dollar Bill Test" I have seen where a couple of guys have used theirs without a gasket at all. In fact the last post I did I was sure that it would be a simple process to change the gasket, align the dome and that would be that.
  12. There will probably be no significant closed distance tolerances, or pressures, with the new hinge design. I do however think that the lift force will be a little higher, and the transition from full open to full closed will have a bit of resistance due to the counterbalance design of the hinge. like the slow close toilet seat(sorry had to get a Plumbing reference in there somewhere) As far as the silicone gasket, I bet there is a channel in the ceramic for it to ride in to help with mechanical adhesion as well as alignment,(like a valve cover gasket) maybe even arched a little to guarantee an air tight seal at the two halves. As long as Kamado Joe is listening to their customers, and adapting to the market, I think everyone is a winner!!
  13. I think that Corning and Rutland have a great products. But, don't want to go to the expense and legality of FDA approval for a high temperature gasket for a handful of cooking enthusiasts. As a Master Plumber, I work with lead from time to time. And, have been exposed to Asbestos on school remodels (Asbestos we would just bag the area and wait for the Abatement Team)
  14. that's no problem. Even if requires a minor adjustment, I'm ready to get to cookin'! I am still getting my timing, and vent positions and stuff like that worked out. But, the mechanical side is pretty cut and dry for me. P.S. LOVE the Kamado Joe Lump i tried a couple of store brands, (MEH) and thought that Royal Oak was good, but, hats off to Bobby on the KJ lump, a couple of pieces were so dense I thought they were rocks (Royal Oak style) a couple of whacks with a hammer revealed a nice chunk of SOLID WOOD.
  15. the gasket is pretty much wasted, I'm grilling some burgers this afternoon on her, the dome makes good contact in a couple of spots and I can see daylight from all sides...I figured I would test drive a Rutland and see how that goes. On the plus side the firebowl and ring are terracotta colored again!! and the stainless is clean. Was thinking Portabella/Gouda stuffed and some Hatch Chili/Queso stuffed patties.
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