Good Afternoon All,
Wanted to introduce myself and first off say thanks - this forum has been a huge wealth of information and I wanted to thank this Kamado grilling community for being so dedicated to their art. About me quickly: Mid 30's, pilot in the military and brand new dad.
I recently bought a Pit Boss 24" at Costco while they had them on sale in July. I've been waiting for years to get a new grill as my hand me down smoker sucked but I kept using it telling myself I would get one in my next move. That move got postponed a year and so Costco's sale was too good to pass up! Had to bite the bullet, granted I knew next to nothing about kamado's other than how versatile they are. I am glad I did. The Pit Boss seems a great introduction to ceramic grills and the value is hard to beat, plus paired with Costco's return policy(which I don't think I will have to use). I exclusively used this site to review other kamado's and read as much as I could about Pit Boss grills.
I travel a lot for work so the grill sat in my garage for several weeks while I was gone. Got it half way built then my daughter decided she had had enough time in the oven and was born last week, pretty stoked she's pretty cute(but all parents say that). Finally got my brother-in-law over to the house to finish my set up last weekend and smoked three racks of ribs I bought from Costco. After the burn in and much trial and error trying to regulate temperature I am starting to get the hang of it - patience is obviously key. I will say I love grilling on this thing. It's awesome. Made tri-tip and have done some steaks as well. I use it every chance I get.
Upgrades and accessories so far:
-Pit Boss Heat Deflector
-Replaced stock dome thermometer
-Maverick wireless thermometer
-Lava lock felt gasket upgrade - added another layer to the top vent and sealed around the bottom vent
-Spider and two 16" half moon pizza stones from Ceramic Grill Store
Any other recommended accessories? Looking forward to learning more and trying new and exciting recipes. Now if only I could figure out how high to fill the firebox... its been trial and error every time not blowing past my target temperature.