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  1. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Candied Pecans

    Just off of the kamado... Ran at around 375* for about 70 minutes. Went with a graham cracker crust instead of Oreo. Also, no pecans as the kids aren't fans of them. In the fridge now... should be ready for dessert.
  2. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Candied Pecans

    I have one going on the kamado now...
  3. Improving a Cheap Lodge Cast Iron Pan

    My experience is that "resurfacing" these Lodge pans is pretty much unnecessary. Once seasoned properly the OEM rough surface releases food just fine and that rougher surface wears down fairly quickly with regular use/cleaning. We use CI the majority of the time both on the stove top and on the grill. I actually use the 14" CI Academy Sports griddles for all my kamado pizzas and for my philly steak sandwiches. I use the Lodge 10.5" low profile round griddle on the kamado for bread stick and dessert pizzas.
  4. I'll refinish mine when the time comes and replace when necessary. To reuse the existing wood just sand/strip the old finish off and refinish with spar/ marine finish. BTW you may loose some of the laser PB carving on the side tables if you sand. I'm thinking about making replacement tables for kamados with custom carvings. I wonder if there's a market?
  5. Router table to fix Kamado Table

    Got to love some woodworking energy with some tool drool. I have a fully equipped woodworking shop. My Unisaw is dressed up with an Incra fence, Jet cast iron sliding table on one side and a Bench Dog cast iron router table wing on the other w/ a Woodpecker's Quick lift. You are on a slippery slope. BTW I've got lots of Festool green in my shop and for me anyways, I would purchase your full size DC prior to a Festool extractor. I love my CT extractors for portable tools but they're not a replacement for a full size DC on stationary tools. In the mean time, a cheap Shop Vac equipped with a HEPA filter is a decent sub for a CT extractor. Just my $.02.
  6. No apology necessary for the "hijack"... The KJ classic is going to burn through lump faster than an Akorn because it takes longer for the ceramic in the KJ to heat soaked but once it's up to temp it will maintain temps easier. I do think the that KJ classic smaller firebox can be problematic for super long L&S cooks. Totally subjective but I don't think that the Cowboy lump is the longest lasting lump I've used either. It's my gut feeling that RO burned longer than the Cowboy or El Diablo that I've been using lately.
  7. Sorry that you didn't have any luck. I just ripped open another bag and all the stuff I've seen so far has been very good.
  8. Pit Boss K24 Ceramic Heat Deflector CRACKED!!!

    Just an update that Pit Boss/Danson customer service has taken care of things for me.
  9. Just another bump as it's still $10.50/20# bag. I'm into my 4th bag and this stuff hasn't disappointed. I have experienced large pieces of lump with almost zero rock and/or construction waste. Again, the smoke profile is a little bit more than RO but I've done lot's of baking, grilling, smoking and everything I've done has turned out fine. I've stocked up with a couple hundred pounds to make it through the winter.
  10. Pit Boss K24 Ceramic Heat Deflector CRACKED!!!

    I have a "spider" like set-up with (2) half moon stones as well for the K24. To be honest, the OEM deflector works well and I actually use it more than the "spider" set-up. If they won't replace it then I'll probably end up with another one because I prefer it in a lot of cases over the "spider". Fingers crossed that they'll send me a replacement!
  11. Cooked a couple pizzas last night on the K24 at 550*. This morning I went out to do my normal next day clean-up and when I went to pull the stock deflector out one of the legs just fell off. Must have developed a crack during last nights cook. Contacted Danson's we'll see what they say... it's less than a year old!!!
  12. Been using this Cowboy lump for the past month or so and IMHO it's been as good as El Diablo and right in line with RO. Based on reviews it appears they had issues in the past but the stuff I've got is really pretty decent. It's now $10.50 for a 20# bag but still represents about $0.50/lb... I'm actually ordering another 4 bags to get free shipping. I love not having to go out and find deals on this or other lump locally. I also like not having to put it inside a car or truck. With that being said I'm sure the FedEx guy doesn't appreciate it. This new order of (4) 20# bags plus the lump I already have on hand should get me thru next spring. I'm always curious what other people go through because I burn through about a 20# bag a month.
  13. Picked up a PartyQ for the K24

    It;s a nice set-up and if your looking in a set it and forget it I can see the benefit. After owning my K24 for about 9 months I don't see a need to add in a temp control device. I can dial things in using the OEM vents and get very steady results for all temp levels. I do set a 2 probe remote thermometer with alarms set on the grill temp but even for overnight L&S smokes I rarely need to get up to adjust anything. The biggest thing I've found to help keep temps consistent is to get the firebox clean of ash pre-cook and then start with a full load of lump at the beginning of the cook. HTH
  14. I know Cowboy Lump gets mixed reviews but for $0.50/lb shipped to my door I'm probably going to give it a shot. Cowboy® 20 lb Hardwood Lump Charcoal $9.78 Order 4 bags and they'll ship for free. I've used a lot of RO but haven't been able to find any decent deals around me in the past 6 months. I've been using El Diablo lately and AFAIC it is decent stuff. Local walmart stores have had 40# bags for $15 but it has started to be hard to find.