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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from CentralTexBBQ in Hobbies OTHER than Cooking?   
    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 

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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from Scott Roberts in Hobbies OTHER than Cooking?   
    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 

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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from TKOBBQ in Hobbies OTHER than Cooking?   
    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 

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    ndg_2000 reacted to Heuer in The random pictures thread...   
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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from Nnank76 in Show your BBQ area   
    Here's mine I've got a Pitt Boss 24 and my kamado I made from an old keg 

     
    And at the other end of my deck I have a chiminea for the colder evenings that will double as a Blackstone/planche and boil a kettle for a cup of tea. 
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    ndg_2000 reacted to endou_kenji in my "Claymado" & it's upgrades   
    There is a layer of gasket on the base and another one on the lid as well. Check to the left of the picture quoted above, you can see a thin grey strip bending upwards. That's the lid gasket.
     
    Since I had enough gasket tape, I added a few more layers to fill in the unleveled gap that was leaking and it worked out great.
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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from dvonries in Kamado made from a keg   
    Hi
     
    im new to kamado cooking I looked at buying a BGE and one of the Costco Kamados but  instead decided to make one out of a stainless steel keg i was given by a friend
     
    hope you like 


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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from endou_kenji in Kamado made from a keg   
    I have e decided this is the last time I'm going through this process to fix up this keg kamado.  its not that i dont use it, i do its just that the time and effort and money i have spent on re-making the interior each year i could buy a mini ceramic kamado and get the same use of it.
     
    Right after looking carefully at the damage i could see the insulating concre was too soft to support the stress of the fire cement being knocked together when the lid was closing. With that i mind i decided to firm up the concrete with water glass (Sodum silicate) before re applying the fire cement. here are the before pictures  sorry the photo of the base is a bit blurred i didn't realize until after i started 


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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from fourmations in Cracked (but not split) base section, help!   
    hi
    i wouldn't purposely break the kamado base just to glue the sections together. I have seen people on here use fibre glass matting and the type of fire cement you have to glue up fire boxes that have cracked. you have to make sure the inside of the kamado is spotlessly clean even if that means sanding the inside, either side of the crack and scraping out where the crack is and driving in the fire cement with a scraper into the crack from the inside. then apply the fibre glass matting then apply the fire cement over the top and smooth out. 
     
    leave this to dry out for a few days and then fire up the kamado.
     
    i REALLY wouldn't take this up to high temperatures after the crack now as the heat will make the body want to deform 
     
    A metal strap is a good idea  as an additional precaution if you glue up the inside as well 
     
    have a look at this video thi is the kind of thing im thinking of 
     
     
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    ndg_2000 reacted to Bigbs in Louisiana grill kamado from Costco   
    Thanks for the info. 
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    ndg_2000 reacted to endou_kenji in my "Claymado" & it's upgrades   
    Already working on that. The gasket and the deflector plates are my top priorities at the moment.
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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from endou_kenji in Kamado made from a keg   
    yes it's become a labour of love to keep it going but if I hadn't made it I wouldn't have my Pitt boss so I owe it some time and attention just for that.
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    ndg_2000 reacted to endou_kenji in Kamado made from a keg   
    Glad to hear you haven't given up... it's like a baby by now, lol
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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from endou_kenji in Kamado made from a keg   
    Not great .....the issues I'm having are to do with the perlite cement I am waiting to get some water glass (sodium silicate) to paint on the areas that have crumbled and dusted up. This should stabilise the bad areas and solidify any issues before I build anything back up.i will continue to update this thread as I'm doing it 
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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from philpom in Kamado made from a keg   
    Not great .....the issues I'm having are to do with the perlite cement I am waiting to get some water glass (sodium silicate) to paint on the areas that have crumbled and dusted up. This should stabilise the bad areas and solidify any issues before I build anything back up.i will continue to update this thread as I'm doing it 
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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from endou_kenji in Kamado made from a keg   
    Dusted off both of my kamado's ready for the summer had chicken last night on the Pitt Boss. Small kamado is having a cleaning burn as it has been in the shed over winter and got a little mould in it. Will be using both tomorrow as its a beautiful 20c here in the UK on the Bank Holiday weekend. 

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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from endou_kenji in Kamado made from a keg   
    Cracks filled and the bottom built back up to where I need it. 
     
    Will let this dry out a bit before I start applying heat to it so it shouldn't blister or crack too much this time. 
     
    As you can see I have 2 shelf ridges on the inside for cooking on and my home made heat deflector has had a quick coat of fire cement as this was cracked quickly after making it. The heat deflector sits just below the bottom shelf when used. 


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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from endou_kenji in Kamado made from a keg   
    Well after 2 summers the home made Kamado has started to show some problems. I stupidly left it out in the rain one evening and water got in around the seam so when I fired up next use the water boiled up and broke up the perlite/concrete mix under the gasket  which is my insulation. Not sure if I'm going to get this going again as we have bought a 24" Pitt boss but I will have a good look at my old  kamado and see if it's worth salvaging. 


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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from endou_kenji in Kamado made from a keg   
    Just a quick update on the Keg....[emoji3]
    After a summers worth of cooking its still going strong. In the winter I will have to add another layer of fire cement to the lit as I didn't apply as much to it as the base and it is cracking. I've cooked various things in in from Paella to beer can chicken I'm really happy with the results and my wife has said that I'm not allowed to buy another traditional BBQ again as the meat tastes much better in this. If anything happens to it I now have the go ahead to buy a "proper" Kamado so result [emoji5]

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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from TKOBBQ in Pallet prep table/dining table   
    There is nothing wrong with pallet wood if you have the time to spend on the deconstruction of the pallets. I made my wood store/prep table out of it and it's great .
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    ndg_2000 reacted to Chicago griller in Pallet prep table/dining table   
    So during winter I do snow plowing and since there has been only a couple days of actual work I am strapped on money... I started looking at my pallets that I had lying around and looked through my tool box and found some screws and here we are... this is only the first day. I still need to sand, coat, add casters, a bottom shelf and a leaf on each side to turn into an eating table when needed.


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    ndg_2000 reacted to John Setzler in Making my own heat deflector plate   
    Here's a bit of useless information to anyone who wants to read it.  Heat deflectors do not need to perform any function other than place a barrier between your meat and the fire.  All you are doing with a heat deflector is changing the heating mode from radiant direct heat to convective indirect heat.  What they are made out of really makes no difference at all.  I have used pizza stones, pizza pans, aluminum foil pans, cookie sheets, and quite a few other things.  They have all worked just fine with no noticeable difference in results.
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    ndg_2000 reacted to Owly in Making my own heat deflector plate   
    Beautiful .... exactly what I want!!   I'm very impressed with your project!!!!      Reminds me of my crucible furnace......... I bought "plastic" refractory cement.......... which is merely a term for refractory cement that is already hydrated and about the texture of clay........ Great Stuff........ You ram it in place instead of pouring.   My refractory supplier is EJ Bartells..........and excellent company IMHO.
     
                                                              H.W.
     
     
     
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    ndg_2000 got a reaction from Owly in Making my own heat deflector plate   
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    ndg_2000 reacted to keeperovdeflame in Grill Clean UP   
    Don't know about that, I am just a backyard chef. Plenty of folks on KG that can cook and know what they are doing. The stuff on top of your grates is really not much of a problem as the hot brush  after a cook pretty much liquifies it. It is the greasy gunk that accumulates on the underside of your grate that can sometimes ignite and make a grease fire. I brush the underside every once in a while and loosely follow the routine I mentioned. After all it's BBQ, have a beer and don't work hard enough to lessen the enjoyment.  Another tip is to cook pizza at least once a month. Taking your grill to 600-650 for as long as it takes to heat soak your pizza stone and cook a couple pies,  will burn pretty much all of the grease and carbon out and keep your fire box a nice clean chalky white.  My take anyway 
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