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  1. Anyone crazy like me and prefer the old style firebox over the new? I have two Big Joe's with the old style firebox and I have a new style that I don't use. My one firebox has two cracks and the other has a chunk out of it but I still prefer them over the new. Even with the cracks and whatnot they still hold together and I can move them in and out much easier and the cracks don't affect the cook at all. The new style you almost need two people to put it together, so would be a real pain moving it in and out. The thing that got me was i lost depth for charcoal with the new style firebox and using the kick ash basket. No matter which way I positioned or angled the pieces of the new style I could not get the same amount of space for charcoal. Probably not a huge deal with having the Big Joe but I didnt want to lose room.
  2. So, here was the results. I went to bed around midnight and I had an alarm go off at 3 a.m. on one of the butts. I set the alarm at 190 or 195. The other butts were in the 180s. I wasnt getting up at 3 a.m. so i set the alarm for 200. It went off again not too long after that and another butt was in the 190's. At this point I just set the smoker to 205 and went back to sleep. When i woke up around 7:30-8 and the smoker was set at 205 and the butts temp dropped. The one that was 200 was now 191 and the other two were even lower. I then bumped it up to 240 and by 9:30-45 the butts were done. They were great and everyone enjoyed them. Main thing I learned with multiple butts, i should have never started as early as I did. I would of got a lot more sleep had I just did it like I normally do when i cook a single butt at that same weight. It takes me roughly 12 hours for an 8 pound butt so 18-19 hours was really not needed. Something that I found interesting was watching the charted progress on a graph on my Flameboss 300. One piece of meat took off and had a 15-20 degree lead on the others and then at some point they were all with 1-2 degrees of each other and then a different piece of meat took the lead by 7-10 degrees. They all have a mind of their own sometimes.
  3. I dont i will have trouble with it being too late. The party starts at 11 am, but it can go until 12 before people will start getting grumpy. Lol. I almost started them earlier I am using a flameboss 300 as well. Well just have to see how it goes. Major is in Ministry and thanks!
  4. So, I put 4 butts in the Big Joe at 4 pm today. Started on 240 and ended up moving it down to 225. I have one butt at 180, one at 168, and one at 171 (not sure what the fourth is at). I'm hoping it slows down and hits a stall because I started them pretty early to account for an 18 hour smoke. Lol. Each butt is 8.5 pounds. Three on main grate and one on the top grate.
  5. Thanks CC. I was thinking that but I didnt want to make any assumptions being this if for my college graduation party in which i think some of the people are only coming for food. I think what I am going to do is put two on one rack and put one on the rack above it.
  6. I have been trying to decide on this as well. Using the King Arthur artisan pizza recipe by ckreef, I can bust out VERY good pizza in 4 minutes a pizza with my Big Joe. I just added a second Big Joe so now I can knock out 2 pizzas every 4 minutes. One thing though is im sure I use way more fuel. Part of me really wants the blackstone but then i ask myself if I actually need it.
  7. So I am going to be doing 3 pork butts that are 12 pounds each. I have only ever did one and usually it is around a 12 hour smoke (for an 8 pound butt). I am wondering if I need to expect a longer smoke with doing the 3 this time and roughly how much added time? I need the butts done and reqdy to go at 11 am so just wondering about when i need to start Thursday. Thanks.
  8. From my short time here yes they are. I never got the memo but i guess your not allowed to share negative experiences and that we are either to pretend negative experiences don't exist or never mention them and we are to have a smile on our face when we post.
  9. Well, we will just have to disagree. Sorry to tell you but nobody was trashed. Now, there were some people that did an awful job and yes they got named. I think if we can name people that do a great job we can certainly name people that do a horrible one. As far as my frustration, you don't know half of it. But yes, as of right now things are taken care of thanks to MEGHAN. Unless of course my base shows up here messed up somehow but I dont think it will and I have full confidence Meghan would take care of it if it did. But either way, Im ready to move on and make up for lost cooks on my Big Joe (which I love btw).
  10. Thanks for posting. I was looking for a place to get high quality wood chunks so i just bought some peach and apple from fruita. I bought a bag of apple from walmart but that stuff was junk. Tons of knots and bark and was basically trash. Only got a few good chunks after weeding through the entire bag,
  11. Well, I think Meghan and I are like BFF's now. Lol. I dont know where she went before but it's good she's back and she is a huge asset to Kamado Joe. If it wasnt for her I can honestly say that I would be buying something else from another company and not looking back. The first two people I talked to should be fired. If the first persom named Bobby I talked to was the owner, he should fire himself. Well, he should fire the lady I talked to after him first and then fire himself or bobby if he was someone else. Meghan was outstanding to talk to and she got things done.
  12. Never thought about the firepit.
  13. My mind had me thinking big wood chunks stuff in the bottom. When you say thin strips or chips that actually may be a great idea and would certainly be easy enough to try. When I get my base I may have to try it. I might even throw some pellets in there! Lol.
  14. I wonder how putting chunks or boxes in the ash area box area will affect air flow?