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  1. That's pretty cool!
  2. Yes but you said the best setting is closed. I know my kamados get choked out if you close the vents. You have to have air flow.
  3. I just used what I believe is 3/8" bolts from the Do-It center hardware store. I tried uploading a photo but it is not letting me for some reason.....
  4. I need to correct this post. I went out and measured my bolts for both of my kamados. I have two Big Joes that are very close in diameter. The one set of hinge bolts are under 4 inches long. The other Big Joe has bolts i bought from the hardware store and they are 5.5" long. The longer ones were required for a replacement hinge and band set that was sent. The bolts that came on it were shorter than my Big Joe with bolts under 4 inches. When I first saw the bolts when I had got it I knew they would not even be close. The interesting part is since i knew the short bolts that came with the hinge wouldnt work, i attempted to use my old band bolts since they worked before and they were too short too. Thats why i needed to buy the longer 5.5" bolts to make it work. So, not only is there a variation in base and dome sizes, there is with the band size as well. At least in my case. Two bases very close in size, but with bolts almost two inches difference in length.
  5. I know this goes against the grain with most but I dont rest my meat for hours. I have a good amount of cooks on my kamado but also smoked in an electric beforehand and I (along with several others i have cooked for) dont see the claimed advantage of it and I have tried it both ways many times. If i need to keep the meat warm because im traveling with it thats fine or something where i dont have a choice. I know in this case it ended up with the meat overcooking your desired temp but i just dont rest for long periods with anything anymore if i can help it. I bring it to the temp i want and eat it. It may set on the counter for a few minutes if we are finishing others things but thats it.
  6. I've been through it and its a nightmare. The bases all vary in size. I got sent one that was close to an inch under the size of the one being replaced. Of course that one didnt work. They have to go find one in the warehouse close to your measurement. The one one hinge I was sent is way too short. They tried sending me longer bolts but in the end I had to go buy some really long ones from the hardware store. The bolts that came on the hinge were at least 3-4 inches short. I think i have 7" bolts or so in it to make it work.
  7. Get the Big Joe and don't look back. It's just my wife and I and I have 2 Big Joes. Lol.
  8. Lol. What's calamari taste like?
  9. Can you describe what squid taste like? I've never had it.
  10. I only have one piece and it is a Lodge enameled dutch oven. It has been really nice and I mainly use it for braising.
  11. Very nice! I just started eating sushi and I have not tried the roll type yet but I would like too. I have had the nagiri type with tuna and I enjoyed it.
  12. Love my FB300
  13. Kick Ash Basket makes a firebox divider for their basket. Best of both worlds. Lol
  14. My first question would be whether your bottom grate is clogged with small bits of lump. If you dont have good air flow you will have issues. Are you just dumping the lump in directly? If so, it can be fine if you have a lot of big pieces but if there is a lot of dust and tiny bits this can clog it up. I put big pieces over the grate first. The Kick Ash Basket is a good investment but it is not necessary as it has never been a problem getting to 800 degrees with the factory grate.