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Leeluuanne

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  1. Attention potential pit boss owners! This issue happened to me....... On the 6th cook. I didn't get the temp above 350F on any if the cooks and was really happy with my first kamado purchase. I had the family over for dinner doing tandoori lamb and butterfly chicken low and slow. I managed to avoid my mums queries as to how much I paid ($999 Australian dollars at Costco) I checked the cook with 1 hour to go and tried to shut the lid but it was off centre with a 2cm gap open on the right side. Devastated! Taking the lid off and checking the hinge it seems on of the bolts had seized then bent the side arm on the hinge. I had cured appropriately and checked/tightened the whole unit after curing. Luckily being a Costco purchase they were great about refunding me the purchase price and I was able to purchase a Kamado Joe Classic at Barbecues Galore (Australian stockist) The Manager said they just finished a sale of 20% off but gave it to me anyway at $1200 AUS (usually $1500) as well as accessories, charcoal, smoking wood and gloves etc at 20% off as well. Happy! In retrospect I think the Pit Boss K24 could be a good unit in time but for the Australian customers of the Pit Boss it's not worth the slightly cheaper price for the lack of or expensive to ship deflector options. I was using a pizza stone with foil tray on the lower rack but it made adding more charcoal and smoking chips really cumbersome. Now that I have performed a few cooks I knew a bit more about what to look for. Reasons I think the Kamado Joe is heaps better (even though the grill size is smaller). 1. Pit Boss deflector options on Australia are expensive/ Kamado Joe's Divide and conquer set up looks awesome as well as actually creating better convection through a smaller gap with the heat shield. The divide and conquer grates lift at half point rather than a small area on the PBK24. So many more options with the Kamado Joe on how to cook with the ability to purchase accessories like cast iron griddles etc. 2. I noticed with the Pit Boss (no mods) that with both the vents shut it took a long while to shut down the fire. Air was getting in and good charcoal KJ 10kg lump is $50 AUS a bag well I figure it makes a big $ difference over a long time. 3. PBK24 has only two lockable wheels and the Kamado Joe has 4 4. The hinge on the PBK24 is set over a small length with many moving parts Lifting it was as heavy as the Kamado Big Joe. The hinge on the Kamado Joe classic has less moving parts and just seems more sturdy. 5 The daisy wheel on the PB24 seemed a little sticky after a few cooks where as the Kamado Joe Classic seems better. Cast iron and able to open fully or only a tiny bit for low and slow. 6. I found cleaning the ash out of the PB24 annoying with the ash tool it was hard to sweep out all the ash. The Kamado Joe's have a metal ash box that can be easily disposed of. Phew! I sound like a rep from Kamado Joe but after 2 years of wanting a Kamado and doing research of Australian products and options I'm glad I've purchased a Kamado Joe in the end. I wrote this post to share with my Aussie brothers and sisters to save possible heartache and research time for them. Peace, Love and Bad #### BBQ Lee.
  2. Attention potential pit boss owners! This same issue happened to me....... On the 6th cook. I didn't get the temp above 350F on any if the cooks and was really happy with my first kamado purchase. I had the family over for dinner doing tandoori lamb and butterfly chicken low and slow. I managed to avoid my mums queries as to how much I paid ($999 Australian dollars at Costco) I checked the cook with 1 hour to go and tried to shut the lid but it was off centre with a 2cm gap open on the right side. Devastated! Taking the lid off and checking the hinge it seems on of the bolts had seized then bent the side arm on the hinge. I had cured appropriately and checked/tightened the whole unit after curing. Luckily being a Costco purchase they were great about refunding me the purchase price and I was able to purchase a Kamado Joe Classic at Barbecues Galore (Australian stockist) The Manager said they just finished a sale of 20% off but gave it to me anyway at $1200 AUS (usually $1500) as well as accessories, charcoal, smoking wood and gloves etc at 20% off as well. Happy! In retrospect I think the Pit Boss K24 could be a good unit in time but for the Australian customers of the Pit Boss it's not worth the slightly cheaper price for the lack of or expensive to ship deflector options. I was using a pizza stone with foil tray on the lower rack but it made adding more charcoal and smoking chips really cumbersome. Now that I have performed a few cooks I knew a bit more about what to look for. Reasons I think the Kamado Joe is heaps better (even though the grill size is smaller). 1. Pit Boss deflector options on Australia are expensive/ Kamado Joe's Divide and conquer set up looks awesome as well as actually creating better convection through a smaller gap with the heat shield. The divide and conquer grates lift at half point rather than a small area on the PBK24. So many more options with the Kamado Joe on how to cook with the ability to purchase accessories like cast iron griddles etc. 2. I noticed with the Pit Boss (no mods) that with both the vents shut it took a long while to shut down the fire. Air was getting in and good charcoal KJ 10kg lump is $50 AUS a bag well I figure it makes a big $ difference over a long time. 3. PBK24 has only two lockable wheels and the Kamado Joe has 4 4. The hinge on the PBK24 is set over a small length with many moving parts Lifting it was as heavy as the Kamado Big Joe. The hinge on the Kamado Joe classic has less moving parts and just seems more sturdy. 5 The daisy wheel on the PB24 seemed a little sticky after a few cooks where as the Kamado Joe Classic seems better. Cast iron and able to open fully or only a tiny bit for low and slow. 6. I found cleaning the ash out of the PB24 annoying with the ash tool it was hard to sweep out all the ash. The Kamado Joe's have a metal ash box that can be easily disposed of. Phew! I sound like a rep from Kamado Joe but after 2 years of wanting a Kamado and doing research of Australian products and options I'm glad I've purchased a Kamado Joe in the end. I wrote this post to share with my Aussie brothers and sisters to save possible heartache and research time for them. Peace, Love and Bad #### BBQ Lee.
  3. PB97, Thanks for the share. Does the Broil King Diffuser you posted fit the PB22 or PB24? I live in Australia and options are limited for a diffuser plus shipping charges being extortionate to send anything here. Looks like this diffuser plus shipping will cost about AU$ 120 including shipping. Yay!
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