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  1. I like raising the first grid to the felt line for low and slows. I get a good 3-4 inch clearances now with the Multi Level rack. So Ben, you like the setup with the multi level saffire rack and your PB deflector? Since we both jumped on the PB deflector train way early I don't necessarily want to buy another, and obviously it wont work with the spider solution... but at the same time for close to the same price I could get the spider and 2 half moons. Just curious if you had any thoughts. I purchased 2 ceramic half moons for fairly cheap at my local clay supply shop so I like having the flexibility of having both. No, closes fine, I just did racks of ribs this past weekend on 2 levels. I received my multi level setup last night and test fit but no matter what orientation I tried I could not get the lid to close without interference. Not sure if you had to make some slight modification or there is a trick but it just seems to not fit well.
  2. For long cooks I fill it up to just about the height of the holes in the firebox. With low temps under 300 that has always been plenty of fuel for 8-10 hour cooks.
  3. you can use the 1 1/8 and trim it in half for the top and bottom and the full pieces for the sides.
  4. I like raising the first grid to the felt line for low and slows. I get a good 3-4 inch clearances now with the Multi Level rack. So Ben, you like the setup with the multi level saffire rack and your PB deflector? Since we both jumped on the PB deflector train way early I don't necessarily want to buy another, and obviously it wont work with the spider solution... but at the same time for close to the same price I could get the spider and 2 half moons. Just curious if you had any thoughts.
  5. Picture of the new top vent and thermometer: And some St. Louis style ribs from Costco I did yesterday that were delicious...
  6. I didn't need them the metal flanges provided enough tension to hold the new much heavier vent on. I did put an extra wrap of gasket material around the opening for a good seal.
  7. What did you do for the screw holes? I got a new Vision cap and it doesn't have screw holes like the PB ones does. Did you drill new holes in the CI?
  8. It's working great much more accurate...
  9. Sorry for all the questions. I'm brand new and trying to figure this all out. How is this thermostat working for you? I'm thinking of ordering one and just wanted to see if you still like it after a few weeks and some more Cook's?
  10. The grill temp likely would be higher since it is closer to the (radiant) heat source and not cooled as much by the ceramic body of the kamado.. Have you tried using the Maverick to measure the temp of the dome thermometer's probe directly? It was the elevated grill, so closer to the dome. I'm going to take it apart this week and test it in some boiling water to see how close it is. I picked up a new Pit Boss on Saturday. The thermometer on mine is useless as well. I ran a thermocouple up within an inch or so of the probe tip to compare. The PB thermometer was about 40* low at 200 and about 100 low at 500. The question now is do I replace it with a more reputable analog unit, put something decorative there, or just leave it as a hole filler and ignore it? I also added a little felt to the bottom damper which I will test when the rain stops. Otherwise I am pretty pleased, especially at the Costco price point. I will add more of a review later. This is the one I bought and is much more accurate than the original as far as bimetal are concerned. http://www.amazon.com/Teika-Temperature-Thermometer-Fahrenheit-Barbecue/dp/B016VZRMXK?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00 , its cheap and fits perfectly. I also use a digital igrill prob at the grate level for long cooks.
  11. Yes I do have the PB deflector... it's not bad it is just different from the other setups I have seen in GE's and KJ's. I did a few low and slows and struggled to keep the lower temps and I thought the height of the deflector (and the air leaks obviously) had something to do with it. In my mind having the deflector closer to the heat source and a larger "oven" would help. Also I did a ham for Easter and it was almost sticking out of the top vent lol so the added space is desirable for larger meats and drip pans etc. I almost always use the top tier for grilling unless I am trying to sear steaks or a pork tenderloin but if you plan on doing multiple level or multi temp cooking I think the shuffling is unavoidable just get some long tongs, grill grippers, and good leather grill gloves!
  12. Also here with free shipping... http://www.appliancesconnection.com/louisiana-grills-60131-i685492.html
  13. That is a great idea cutting down the legs... I'd rather not have to buy another deflector setup if I could modify the one we have. Let me know how if works if you get to it before I do!
  14. With over a month on the boss I felt like I should give an additional update... Still like the grill and the value but needed to make a few modifications. First thing was the dome thermometer was way off I took it out and tested in boiling water and it was about 75 deg off so I bought this one from amazon http://www.amazon.com/Teika-Temperature-Thermometer-Fahrenheit-Barbecue/dp/B016VZRMXK?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00 which happens to resemble the vision thermometers, don't know if that's a coincidence or not. Most recently while I was doing a brisket I was struggling to keep the temp under 275 and had to close both top and bottom vents and noticed a ton of smoke still escaping from the top vent and seemed to be pulling in air through the closed bottom vent as well. I purchased a cast iron top vent which fits from vision grills, just called vision and asked for the CI top vent for the Classic B it was 49.95 w/shipping. I received it yesterday and installed it, it seems to be much better quality and appears to close better even without the smoke buildup. the PB top vent leaked not only from the holes in the top but also from the space between the daisy wheel and the base of the vent. I also did JDubU mod with the felt gasket on the bottom vent slider, but applied it all the way around like jmcc82 did. I plan to do a pork tenderloin Friday and pizzas on Sunday so I will have a better idea how the mod's perform. there is a thread on the top vent under the vision forum, looks like this: Future additions: Like I mentioned in an earlier post I bought the PB heat deflector and don't love how high it sits up in the dome so I am looking at the vision brackets and lava stone setup or the grill dome xl indirect rack.
  15. I like that setup it because the deflector from pit boss sits up so high. I might have to snag the grill dome indirect rack. How much did you have to modify it to fit your fire ring?
  16. Accessories are limited but you can get the heat deflector from the pit boss site or Louisiana grills site same manufacturer (Danson's) Also here: http://www.appliancesconnection.com/louisiana-grills-60131-i685492.html (no shipping $). It comes with a hinged dual grate system which is nice. I have inquired about a digiQ from bbq guys so I should find out shortly if there is one available. Aside from that I bought a KJ pizza stone and grill grippers. I made a ambient temp probe holder out of a 1" pipe strap. I plan on comparing the size to the XL BGE to see if there is any similarity in fire bowl diameter because there isn't much out there for this grill by the manufacturer.
  17. figured I should add this to the new forum as well... I bought the 24" Pit Boss ($599) from here in Atlanta and have noticed a few things... The build quality is fairly solid, all the loose handles and hinge comments were likely unfinished or rushed assemblies at the stores. I assemble my grill and everything is tight and working properly however there were to missing fasteners in the band that the shelf brackets attach to, so one of my shelves only has 6 of 8 fasteners and the other side has 8, which is fine any heavy meats I will just make sure to put on the right shelf. I ordered the heat deflector from the pit boss site and have smoked a butt and a ham last weekend which both turned out well. My observation with the deflector is that it sits up high and if you turn it over so the legs point up the grate is wobbly because of the hinged grate design, so I use the double decker grate and put the meat on the top but my ham was almost in the top vent. I don't know if I set the bottom grate directly on the deflector if that would get too hot? Just a note, I also bought the Big Joe divide and conquer and it does not fit, it is too big, roughly the same diameter as the felt ring on the pit boss . One more difference that I noticed is the top vent it only has the daisy wheel but it is not hinged like the BGE or KJ so you can completely open up the top, but the holes in the vent are larger which seems to pull air adequately. I am in the process of hopefully validating or atleast relationally understanding the dome thermometer temps to ambient readings from my igrill thermometer. It holds temp well and I look forward to messing with it some more honing in the temp and smoke levels.
  18. Crap, wish I had seen this. I already ordered and paid the 20 shipping from the manufacturer direct. I bought the 24" Pit Boss ($599) from here in Atlanta and have noticed a few things... The build quality is fairly solid, all the loose handles and hinge comments were likely unfinished or rushed assemblies at the stores. I assemble my grill and everything is tight and working properly however there were to missing fasteners in the band that the shelf brackets attach to, so one of my shelves only has 6 of 8 fasteners and the other side has 8, which is fine any heavy meats I will just make sure to put on the right shelf. I ordered the heat deflector from the pit boss site and have smoked a butt and a ham last weekend which both turned out well. My observation with the deflector is that it sits up high and if you turn it over so the legs point up the grate is wobbly because of the hinged grate design, so I use the double decker grate and put the meat on the top but my ham was almost in the top vent. I don't know if I set the bottom grate directly on the deflector if that would get too hot? Just a note, I also bought the Big Joe divide and conquer and it does not fit, it is too big, roughly the same diameter as the felt ring on the pit boss . One more difference that I noticed is the top vent it only has the daisy wheel but it is not hinged like the BGE or KJ so you can completely open up the top, but the holes in the vent are larger which seems to pull air adequately. I am in the process of hopefully validating or atleast relationally understanding the dome thermometer temps to ambient readings from my igrill thermometer. It holds temp well and I look forward to messing with it some more honing in the temp and smoke levels.
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