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magicmanfan

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  1. I got some of that lump charcoal too. It lights rapidly, which is good for a quick grill, but difficult to get the temp back down for a low and slow cook, I've found.
  2. can you post a picture of how you did your bottom gasket? There's a picture above, post #41 on this thread.
  3. This is where I bought from. Nomex seems to be as good as you can get in the UK from what I read.... https://wishboxusa.co.uk/products/high-temp-felt-grill-gasket-bge
  4. Before and after I wanted to try a reverse sear. Initially I struggled to get the temp down on the Pit Boss, I think I let it climb too high in the first place. Eventually got it down to around 275F (wanted between 225 and 250) and cooked on indirect heat until internal temp was 110F, then cranked the heat up and seared for a couple of minutes on each side. Went for plain steaks, with no rub and used mesquite chips, and they tasted delicious. I'd have liked them to be a little pinker on the inside, but the higher temp stopped that. A bit of a basic cook for you experts, but it's all good for getting used to my kamado. Are there any tips on reducing the temp quickly? I closed top vent, and the bottom almost all of the way, but it didn't drop much.
  5. Hi, I made this mod today. I also put some some extra gasket around the top vent, as it was quite loose.The lower temperature held much better, and it shut down much quicker when I fully closed both vents at the end of the cook. The only problem I have is that the bottom vent is now too stiff too close easily. I'm not sure whether to trim the gasket tape down, or wait for it to wear down so it moves more freely. Any ideas/tips anyone? I didn't double up the gasket as you did on the bottom vent. Mine is still tight a bit as well. It helps if you slightly bend the door to conform to the shape better, but I rather have a tighter door and have no air leaks. When you doubled up on the top was it too tight? Thanks. No it wasn't too tight, which shows how much of a gap there was! I just had to relocate the holes for the retaining bolts, and pierce the new gasket.
  6. Hi, I made this mod today. I also put some some extra gasket around the top vent, as it was quite loose. The lower temperature held much better, and it shut down much quicker when I fully closed both vents at the end of the cook. The only problem I have is that the bottom vent is now too stiff too close easily. I'm not sure whether to trim the gasket tape down, or wait for it to wear down so it moves more freely. Any ideas/tips anyone?
  7. I've been looking at similar things in the UK, but no success yet. Does anyone know where you can get these items? They won't ship to the UK.Or dos anyone know if a plate setter/deflector from another kamado brand will fit the Pit Boss 24inch? Hi . I would also like to buy a suitable heat deflector. Bought K24 from Costco and assembled it last night. Seems great quality and went together well. Unsure how others have found the handles loose as all nuts are fitted to spring washers ? Tried to order a heat deflector from Louisiana Grills , they do not ship to the U.K. best regards Paul I used a smaller plate setter from another kamado on the bottom grill today. Worked ok, but not ideal. I think I'm going to get a cradle fabricated to hold a 19" pizza stone, which are readily available in the UK.
  8. First proper use of my Pit Boss today, so decided to try beer can burgers for the first time. They were filled with fried onions and mushrooms and topped with cheddar and cooked for an hour at 300F. Quite happy for a first effort!
  9. By the way, I'm going to get a cheap gazebo so I can cook in all weathers, until I can arrange a more permanent option.
  10. Hi Paul. I was in Bradford for the footy last week, but the less said about that, the better! Be careful to keep the temp low for the first use to seal the gasket, as it says in the instruction booklet.
  11. Thanks for all your advice everyone. I'll work on some mods to get it to the required height.
  12. Could anyone comment to say if this will be ok or not? I'm looking to use it today, if its safe to do so. Are there any rules to follow for using the plate setter for the first time, to cure it for temperatures?
  13. Thanks for the reply. I'd already checked for the Vision grills one, but couldn't find anything in England. There's only really BGE and KJ accessories available over here at the moment.
  14. Right, it's arrived. I was told when I ordered that it wouldn't fit like the Pit Boss one would, and that it would sit against the walls of the bowl, but that it would be ok. It's very secure, but looks low to me. There's about 6 inches below it to the base of the bowl. Does anyone think this is too low, and if so what will it affect? Finding a plate setter the right side in the UK, is almost impossible. Unless anyone knows if a BGE or KJ one will fit?
  15. Thanks everyone, some good tips already. There certainly is some great people and info. When you say a full bowl of lump, is that right to the top of the bowl, or have I read somewhere you shouldn't cover the holes on the sides?
  16. In the US or the UK? If the US, the supplier of Pit Boss Danson's supply heat deflectors as an accessory, see the back of the instruction book that is in the Pit Boss box. They won't ship to the UK though. If UK, I think I've found one that fits, but I'm not 100% sure. I'm just waiting for it to be delivered, so will post a link and picture when it arrives and I know it fits.
  17. Is the gasket self adhesive? It's not so readily available in the UK.I'm not sure I need to do this mod yet, as when I close top and bottom vents the coals are still there for next use.
  18. It seems to work well. Before the mod, I had only ash left over the next day, even though I had shut it down with more than half the charcoal unburnt. After the mod, the fire goes out quickly and the charcoal remains pretty much the same as when I shut it down. Here is a picture of the remaining Royal Oak lump from yesterdays high temp (400-500 degree) grilling: IMG_0007.JPG The felt still looks new after about five cooks so far. I think that the temperatures at the lower vent are probably lower than at the normal felt gasket locations in the Kamado. I think you're right about temps being lower at that level, but wouldn't sparks/embers on the felt be an issue?
  19. Wouldn't it be easier to get hold of a second inner spark screen from another brand, so fit inside the slider?
  20. PS. Smoking is completely new to me, apart from watching tons of videos online, so advice here would also be welcome.
  21. Hi everyone, I'm from the UK and have just purchased a Pit Boss 24 kamado. I'm just in the process of curing it a few times, and hoping to cook at the weekend. I've been impressed with how it holds it's temperature, I think I got beginner's luck when it held at 200F for the first cure. I've grilled on cheap BBQs or gas grills in the past, but only basic things, so I'm looking for tips for a beginner, in terms of the science (as long as it's basic to start with :D ) of kamado cooking, good accessories to own, and anything else you think may help me get started, and produce some good results. I've just got a good deal on a two prong wireless thermometer, so any tips on getting the most would also be welcome. Thanks in advance. I'm looking forward to learning from you experts!
  22. Hi hutchys. I'm in the UK too, and have struggled to find accessories over here, and they won't ship deflectors to the UK, presumably because of the breakable Ceramics. I think I've found one that will fit, from a UK seller. I'll check the size with them later and I'll send you a link. Any tips from your experience with the Pit Boss so far?
  23. I'd say about the same for me too. Very simple and self explanatory how to assemble. My 4 year old was the third hand! Quite impressed with the quality considering some reports I'd read.
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