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  1. To be honest I'm not a fan of jack Daniels No. 7 and I prefer a Speyside Scotch whisky but I have really liked these Master Distillers range from Jack Daniels. No.3 was sublime which I have now unfortunately finished I'm now on No.4 which has a distinct flavour profile and I have no. 5 in the cupboard which again is different again. A great range of different whiskeys
  2. Hi I initially started with a circular oven dish filled with sand and it does work Another option for a heat deflector is pottery kiln shelves they can be bought in different sizes and also circular ones can be purchased and are generally are less expensive than pizza stones. I also reinforced my concrete with chicken wire but still had blow outs but I think that's because the perlite is quite soft. I will be watching this thread and I do wish you luck. P.s. The food always tastes a little better when you have built the kamado yourself
  3. hi I re-read your post again is the white item in the back of the photo going to be your fire box ?? I don't think the fire box HAS to be insulated but with the store bought kamados it does add thermal mass which helps to regulate the temps my little kamado didn't have a separate fire box simply because I didn't have enough room and it worked well. Air inlet and outlet wise the only realistic way of knowing if the size is right is by firing it up and trying it out. Even the store bought ones come with a bit of learning of the vent settings and to be honest most of the time the vents are almost shut if you want smoking temps. I would spend a long time on your first fire up slowly raising the temp's on it even running an old filament light bulb inside the kamado for a few days just to help dry out the inside lining then start with a small hand full of charcoal and slowly increasing the amount burned till you get up to where you want to go. If you go too fast too soon the coating will blow because of residual water in your mix (the water boils then finds the weak spots to pop off the coating) hope this helps good luck Nigel
  4. Hi I made this Keg Kamado but I used a perlite because i was worried about the vermiculite and its possible expansion under heat. If you have any questions please ask i may not be able to answer all of them but have a read of my thread below it will give you a good idea of what i have done to keep my little kamado going
  5. If you search for either pittboss Dansons or Louisiana grills they are all the same company
  6. I have a cast iron lid I use for smash burgers I take the handle off and place it upsidedown straight on the cooking grate works perfectly for me. Or think about an all cast iron frying pan
  7. To be honest I would think of just putting felt on the feet of the firebox and returning it to the grill the weight of the firebox on the felt will compress the high spots and fill the low spots
  8. I'm not affiliated with them but kamado.co.uk do accessories that fit just look for the number on the website and give them a ring they will be able to help you find what you need I think it is the 23inch accessories for the costo Louisiana grill
  9. Yes I have bought a 7 inch steel deep pan pizza dish that I am going to cut to make a heat deflector. But in the mean time do exactly the same as you did for the chicken cook but I would have put the foil tray under your cooking grate to try and give yourself an air gap
  10. Hi I'm in the UK and have also bought a Lidl kamado to have a smaller kamado for quick grilling and cooks where my big kamado is just too big. I bought this cover for mine which has not yet arrived but I will add photos of it on the Lidl kamado when it does https://www.kamado.co.uk/YNNI-Universal-1314-inch-Kamado-Cover-14inch-No-Logo-TQAYBS2_p_260.html
  11. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Onlyfire-Cooking-System-Kettle-Similar/dp/B084RRCMWW Link to UK Amazon
  12. I cut the hinge of the top rack on my 24 it offers the flexibility of only using half of the rack whilst cooking on the bottom rack also if you want all of it it's easy to reinstall. You don't need to worry about the rack falling either as the arms on the rear rack support it
  13. Please don't use the cheap Costco instant light stuff in your kamado it can leave a residue in the ceramic and a weird flavour in your food. It is impregnated with wax to help it burn and when lit in a ceramic kamado it can get into the ceramic. Just use the lump wood charcoal in your Pitt boss and keep the instant light stuff for metal grill type barbeque or a chiminea. If you have used it clean out all of the ash in the bottom of your kamado and I would do a high temperature cleaning burn to make sure you get rid of any residue.
  14. Yes this is what I do just invest in a good pair of BBQ gloves
  15. You may be better using brake caliper paint as it's formulation is for high temperature application
  16. Hi If you search the forum for Kinuurayaki pottery you may find a few threads here that will help nige
  17. Hobbies other than cooking DIY I have uploaded some photos of my previous projects here. I enjoy Woodturning (I'm still learning) and I also enjoy riding my motorcycle which my friend has just finished a complete overhaul/rebuild on for me
  18. I usually put my hand in the smoke coming out of my top vent and then smell that. I gives a good indication of what the meat will taste of
  19. I don't think it antique I think it's from either the 60's or 70's. If you are planning to use it I would not be looking to go over 300f as the ceramic that it is made from won't take those temperatures. If you have a look through the treads here there are some rebuild threads with very similar kamados featured
  20. If you take off the back plate off the hinge then remove the springs (easiest done when the lid is open) you need someone holding the handle to make sure the lid doesn't slam down. Then with the lid closed as best you can you should be able to loosen the band's enough to adjust the hinge band's so the lid will close. Then tighten up the bands replace the springs and the back plate and you should be good to go. I wouldn't advise adjusting the bands in place without taking the springs off the hinge. I have heared they can move with some force.
  21. Something like this would hold the fire box together and it's adjustable if it loosens off
  22. I would do the same as most of the kamados on here do and add a layer to your lid as well it should help even out the differences between the lid and base
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