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  1. EZ smoke

    My Pit Boss Accessories...

    It just enhances the dual zone cooking of using half-moon deflectors. You end up with 1/2 direct heat cooking (lit side) and 1/2 indirect cooking (unlit). With that being said, when I pull the divider and do a normal cook I think my airflow is better with the newer version of the lower firebowl grate. The ash appears to drop out easier.
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    Help with First Brisket Cook

    Great video John.
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    Vision firebox repair

    That's a cool repair but to be honest I was trying to check-out the woodworking equipment in the pics. Dude your PM powerfeed only has 2 bolts through the base mount.
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    Help with First Brisket Cook

    I know brisket has a reputation for being difficult but I haven't had trouble with them at all on the kamado. I always do a full packer brisket on my Pit Boss and I purchase my meat from Costco. You should have no problem getting a normal sized brisket on the classic. I typically follow Malcolm Reed's "Texas Brisket" recipe, that is just a salt and pepper rub but sometimes add in some onion and/or garlic powder : Texas Brisket Although cook times will vary I think an hour and 15min per pound is a good approximation. A normal sized brisket will take 12ish hours on the kamado until it's probe tender. You'll need to rest it a couple hours after that. Doing a brisket following the recipe above is pretty simple and will let the meats flavor stand on it's own, which is what we like in our household.
  5. Sold out on red and orange... only black left.
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    Lodge cook it all

    I think a large CI dutch oven and CI (2) sided griddle pretty much does the same thing for a lot cheaper. These continue to be one of the most used accessories I use on the fire/kamado: Outdoor Gourmet 14 in Preseasoned Round Griddle I use these for a ton of stuff but mostly for beakfasts, philly cheesesteak sandwich meat and pizzas.
  7. I have the Akorn Jr. and the only benefits I see between it and it's ceramic counterparts are: Price Weight but it is still not super light IIRC it is roughly half the weight of the ceramics. Lastly, it is not fragile so, if you are going to move it around (ie tailgating, camping, etc) there's less risk of it breaking. HTH
  8. $200 for a ceramic mini kamado might end up being too good for me to pass up. I'm resisting at this point but the web-site keeps getting clicked on. I don't use my Akorn Jr. very much as it is.
  9. This looks like end of season close-out at $199 shipped. Vision Grills Diamond-Cut Cadet Kamado Grill, in Black, Red or Orange Looks like cooking grate diameter is 1" less than the Akorn Jr. and maybe 1/2" smaller than the Joe Jr. Not sure about the other ceramic minis but it's probably in the ballpark as far as size. It looks like Vision does have some accessories for it on their web-site. I'm probably not going to jump because I have an Akorn Jr. already and like the lighter weight for mobility. The Cadet is about 75#'s according to what I read. Akorn Jr. is starting to move down in price as well... it looks like Amazon has those guys for just over $100.
  10. Yeah... it's not bad but still not cheap enough for me. I bought my original 2016 one for $549 online delivered and there was a coupon for another $25 off. Of course the 2016 version didn't come with the plate setter/deflector like the current versions do so, that was another $40-$50 added on top of the price What was the in-store price this year? Wasn't it $599?
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    My Pit Boss Accessories...

    Cool. It's built well and will be a good addition. The vertical piece could be an inch taller but I think it will work fine.
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    My Pit Boss Accessories...

    OK I think you should see them now. HTH
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    My Pit Boss Accessories...

    Yeah, I see that now... I'll have time to post them later. Sorry.
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    My Pit Boss Accessories...

    I've posted some of this stuff before but figured I would consolidate a post with the accessories I use on my PB K24. I haven't spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars like some folks and know that others probably have better or different ways of accomplishing much of the same thing. I don't use any temp control gadget and don't really feel the need to. After gaining a couple years experience cooking on mine I can dial it in and maintain temps fairly easily. (BTW I did do the vent mods to eliminate any big leaks) Anyhow, these are the gizmos I use to help cook on the Pit Boss: Firebox Divider Charcoal Fire Grate for Most Standard Size Kamado Grills, 10.5-inch ~$35 I haven't even had a chance to use this yet but it looks well made and should help with two-zone cooking. I'm not certain this is really needed as I've been able to cope without it for the first few years doing two-zone cooks but hey it's a fun new gizmo. Pit Boss 76251 Heat Deflector, 24" ~$45 I know that these are now included standard with the grill. I had one break and PB/Danson's did replace without any problems. I use the OEM deflector a ton... it's used for all my Low and Slow Smokes (brisket, ribs, pork butt, etc), CI Dutch Oven cooks (roasts, stews, etc), pizza cooks, and all my baking. Half Moon Heat Deflector Plate ~$20 These are 15" diameter and work well on the main lower grate to cook on the upper grate. I use these for two-zone cooking and also for a 2nd deflector in some cases, like for cooking pizza. These don't fit inside the legs of the OEM upper rack perfectly (more on that later). Also, I've split the OEM upper grate into two half moon grates to allow easier maneuvering inside the grill. Indirect Cooking Rack, Extra Large ~$35 This is an accessory that I thought I would use a lot more when I purchased it. I still use it as a second rack for pizzas and such but it isn't something I wouldn't buy again. Unlike the OEM upper grate you can get the (2) half moons installed under it without any interference. IIRC this cooking rack is 15" diameter with the legs protruding out another few inches. Outdoor Gourmet 14 in Preseasoned Round Griddle ~$13 This is absolutely one of the best accessories that I own ( I actually have 2) for my Kamado. I use it as a pizza stone up on the upper rack with both sets of deflectors in place and it works absolutely fantastic. I also, use this on the lower rack directly over the coals to cook my Philly cheese-steak sandwich meat. Maverick ET-733 dual probe remote thermometer ~$35 I didn't provide a link because everyone has there own set-up for monitoring temps. Of course there's all the other normal cooking stuff, utensils and the like for the grill. Firebox Divider: OEM Deflector with OEM Grates: OEM Lower Grate with Half Moon Deflector and OEM Half Moon Grate: OEM Deflector and Lower Grate with (2) Half Moon Deflectors and Upper Rack: Same as above with Cast Iron Griddle ready for pizza:
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    Lump charcoal

    Since, I've been in the game I've only used cheaper brands. I've bought the various brand in bulk when they've been on sale and have not seen a huge difference in any of them. Typically, I try to pay ~ $0.50.lb for lump. Sure at different times I've noted some minor differences in performance but to my untrained eye I just don't see huge differences. I've used one 30# bag of Western but the others I burnt through at least a 100#'s of each. Royal Oak: longer burn times, cleaner smoke, most expensive, price varies based on time of year and sales but can be found occasionally for $0.50-$0.60/lb El Diablo: shortest burn times, sparky, cheap... these were 40# bags for about $0.40/lb from Walmart Cowboy: newer bags appear to be better quality (I've read horror stories from older bags), readily available and fairly cheap at ~$0.50/lb Western: Wally World clearing this stuff out for ~$.35/lb ... I think it's decent but not great, cheap