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  1. I wonder if it's the difference in tolerances? My Weber cooking grate is 21.5" in diameter. My PB could be slightly larger than yours.
  2. So I have had my PB 24 for nearly two months now. I really enjoy the cooker, and inevitably I've been thinking about upgrades and accessories. I've had a weber 22.5 kettle for awhile, and it has been in the garage since I purchased an Akorn a few years ago, now the Akorn is next to the weber. While thinking about the lack of accessories available for the PB, for some reason an idea popped into my head. Try the cooking grate from the weber on the PB. Lo and behold, it fits! This opens up a ton of options for cooking surfaces for the PB. The one I am specifically considering trying is the craycort cooking grate. They are cast iron and have multiple interchangeable inserts. For instance, reversible cast iron griddles. Has anyone tried this? My birthday is coming up and I think i'm going to give it a go.
  3. A couple pounds of shrimp! On a side note, anyone have an idea why my photos won't upload? I always have to take a screen shot of the photo, then I have no issues.
  4. First cook on the PB, some spares for Christmas eve, went pretty well. I like the additional space it provides over the Akorn. Held temp fairly well, had a couple 30 degree spikes, not sure if it was due to wind or what, didn't open the dome for the first three hours. I was able to source a vent with a spark screen from a different manufacturer, but it won't be in hand for a week or so. I'm going to hold off on the lower vent mod until I can try the new one out.
  5. Here's a shot of the cgs spider with a 16.5 inch stone . I think it will work great. I got the stone from Amazon, it's available at several stores, pizzacraft is the brand.
  6. Gotcha, that's something I might consider down the road. I have the ceramic grill store spider and a 16.5 inch stone arriving tomorrow. In the packaging for the PB, there were a couple of round pieces of cardboard that happened to be exactly 16.5 inches. I test fit them and I think that size will work perfectly.
  7. Well I decided I didn't want to wait for someone to help, or better weather to get the grill in the backyard. Slowly but surely I made it all the way back to our patio. I got it in place and took the cover of of the plastic. The cover was included with my grill, not sure if this is the case with all of them. I can tell you I'm happy I didn't pay the $60 for the cover, it's definitely not worth that, maybe $10. My akorn cover feels much more substantial, and I think it was $20. Wasn't able to cook tonight, but I will be for sure tomorrow.
  8. 15 degrees, couple inches of snow on the ground. Can't let it keep you from cooking!
  9. Here we go, had to take a screen shot of the photo. No clue why it wouldn't work.
  10. Guess I'll just keep checking back to see if they restock.
  11. Received the PB today around 3pm, got her curing right now. Tried to upload a couple different images, each time they failed. Can't wait to cook on this thing!
  12. Thanks for the info on the cover. I decided to go with a 16.5 inch stone, that gives me roughly an inch on each side of the stone. I really just liked how the KJ's deflector fits in the firebox, so I wanted to duplicate that as much as possible. It looks like maybe half an inch of space on each side of the deflector. KJ owners can confirm or deny that. IMO it would make a much better environment for indirect cooking. With the large gap between the fire box and deflector in the Akorn, if the fire works its way to the wall of the firebox, there is enough space there to create a direct cook if there is food on the outer edges of the cooking grate. We'll see how the 16.5 inch works, if it's too big for low and slow, I'll still be able to use it elevated for higher heat indirect, as well as for pizzas. Half the fun is experimenting!
  13. I agree, I've transitioned from a gas grill, to a 22.5 Weber, to the Akorn, and tomorrow will be the PB. I've enjoyed cooking more on the Akorn than anything else up to this point. It definitely won't be the final cook on the Akorn, just the last cook on it until I get the PB broken in. I've made a few pizzas, sauce and dough from scratch. I definitely want to do more, and I'll compare the two cookers for sure.
  14. Thanks! Not sure yet, going to hang on to it and see how the PB works out. Seems like it's a crap shoot, some love it, others have had quite a few problems. If the PB doesn't prove to be reliable, I'll return it to Costco. In that instance, I'll use the Akorn, wait for a roadshow and get a big joe. That's really what I was saving for, I just recently found out about the roadshow. But when I got the price on the PB, I couldn't wait, it comes in at half the price of a big joe at the roadshow. I'm impatient. Wanted to see how the ceramics compare to the Akorn. Let me know how it is when you receive it, I bought the spider for the PB from the ceramic grill store, and I think I'm going with a 16.5 inch pizza stone for a deflector. I'll probably cut it in half to attempt some two zone cooks.
  15. Last cook on the Akorn, gonna put the Pit Boss to work when it gets here Wednesday. Getting after it with a little snow on the ground. A couple slabs of St. Louis style, last few minutes while sauce is setting.
  16. I know this was a while back, but I wanted to respond. I contacted Grilla, since their Kong looks identical to the pit boss, and they do not offer the screen. I have a buddy that works for a distributor of vision grills, he is going to contact his vendor on Monday and let me know about the screens. I'll post back in what I find.
  17. I'd like to keep it in the garage, but that's been taken over by the kids lol. That's good to hear about the cover, I found a 16.5 inch stone at Walmart I think I'm going to try.
  18. Hello, I was curious as to the quality of the pit boss branded cover. Does anyone use one? Or is there a better option? As far as the deflector goes, I'm wondering what the largest practical size is that can be used. I will be purchasing the cgs spider, and the largest deflector that could theoretically be used is 17.25 inches. According to the dimensions of the spider on their site. Hard to find a deflector in that size. I've done a ton of research and watched countless videos on kamados before I purchased a ceramic. One of the things I noticed on the Kamado Joe was how close their deflector is to the fire ring wall when installed in the lowest position. I'd like to replicate that as close as possible in my pit boss. My reason being is on my akorn, with the branded deflector, there is a considerable amount of open space between the fire box wall and the deflector. This limits the usable space for low and slow. If I have ribs on, for instance, and do full racks, the ends always cook faster due to the large amount of heat rising near the outside of the grates. I'd like to minimize this on my pit boss. I also like the idea of the half circle deflectors. So here is what I'm considering. Buy a 16.5 inch deflector and cut it in half, I haven't been able to find one that's already halved. Or go big with the 17.5 inch from cgs and cut that one in half, hoping that what material I remove with the cut will allow it to fit in the spider. Let me know what you all think. Thanks.
  19. Hello everyone, I've been learning a lot from these forums for a few years now and finally decided to introduce myself. I've been cutting my teeth with an akorn for the last three years with pretty good success, I'd like to think. It wasn't too long into the hobby when I started looking at the ceramic kamados. Their price was always prohibitive, especially with having three kids in the last four years. I recently received an email from Costco with an ad for the Pit Boss K24 for $549. I know some have gotten a better deal than that, but I couldn't pass it up. I purchased it and am anxiously awaiting the delivery. I'm hoping to contribute to these forums soon!
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