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GS1397 last won the day on August 23

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  1. Hey John, Thanks for the response; does 10* make that much difference, especially after 12 hours? I'll definitely try that next time, but I've pulled them before at around that temp and it's been ok; and wouldn't it keep cooking wrapped in the cooler? I do appreciate the response and will try it again and let it go longer...
  2. Hey John, Thanks for the response; does 10* make that much difference, especially after 12 hours? I'll definitely try that next time, but I've pulled them before at around that temp and it's been ok; and wouldn't it keep cooking wrapped in the cooler? I do appreciate the response and will try it again and let it go longer...
  3. Hey Guys, needs some assistance; as some of you know I recently purchased a KJ Classic 2; love the grill and coming from a Vision Diamond Cut B, it's a nice upgrade. I did a 8.5 pound butt over the weekend and it came out dry; I am perplexed as this was the second one I've done and the first one was dry too. Now i've done dozens and dozens of butts on my Vision, i had it for 4-5 years and here in the South we grill year round. I had it down pretty good with the Vision and am very frustrated with the KJ. Here is my process: 1. fill the bowl with lump 2. get it to around 250 and let it heat soak for about an hour 3. put on the butt and let it run; My setup is as follows: half moon deflectors on the 'middle' disposable pan with water on that and the butt on the rack that's on the top of the D&C. This one stalled for a long time and it ended up taking about 12 hours to get to 195. I pulled it, wrapped it and put it in the cooler for a couple more hours until I pulled it. The only thing I can think of is that putting it in the cooler it continued to cook and dried out. Any help here would be appreciated; the pic below is when I pulled it at 195
  4. Definitely interested in how this holds up and works over time...please update this thread in a few months...
  5. I have to say I agree with Miklola; I have a recently purchased Classic 2 and the ring is already warped to the point the DNC rack doesn't sit evenly on it. it's not a huge deal but when I look at my grates and one side is higher than the other side it's annoying. I also have trouble getting all the petals to sit together because unless I get it all done perfectly and time putting the ring on, one side pops up b/c of the warp. This is a huge weakness in the design in my opinion. Not to mention my firebox already cracked in half and I did a warranty claim for that one too. Yes it still works and all that, just for a 'premium' brand, you expect better quality. Still love my KJ and so far so good with customer service. I'll update you guys if/when I do the warranty exchange.
  6. Hey Guys, appreciate all the responses. I ended up going with the KJ Classic 2 mainly b/c of price. My Costco had it for $799 and that included the D&C 2 tier system with the deflector plates, grate tool, ash tool and a cover. I went this past weekend and they had 2 left that were now down to $600. Anyway, very happy with my purchase. Appreciate all the input here.
  7. Hey Guys, just an FYI.. was at Costco over the weekend and they had 2 of the KJ Classic 2's left; marked down to $600. What a remarkable deal. I almost bought another one just b/c of the deal. If you have been on the fence about getting one, check your Costco and see if there are any left. You can't beat getting in at this price point for a KJ!!
  8. Hey guys, I have very new KJC2 that I purchased at Costco. After only about a month or so, I noticed that when I open the lid, it's not staying open. It doesn't close all the way, but will slowly fall down about halfway. Is this normal? it's super annoying when I am trying to add food, check temps, etc. is there an adjustment I can make on the air hinge to make it stay open all the way? Thanks!
  9. Hey Boater, I agree; When I had my Vision, I would always let it heat soak for about an hour at 250-300 before I put on the butt. But having that grill for 4-5 years I knew exactly where to put the vents to get me there. for this one, it's just a little trial and error to get that part of it down;
  10. Hey Guys, Thanks for all the help; I did put the deflector plates right on the lowest setting of the D&C and then the x-rack for the drip pan adn then the top for the grates. It worked great except for the first time in a very long time, the butt I cooked didn't hit a stall. I was shocked; it's been so long since I had one that didn't stall, I was wondering if something was wrong with it! lol; overall good; took a bit of playing with the vents to get it dialed in; can't wait to cook another one.
  11. Hey Guys, Got the costco deal and finally was able to fire up the new KJC2. After a couple of simple burger cooks, I now want to do a butt this weekend. How do you guys do it when you don't have the sloroller? Just sit the deflector plates on the bottom of the D&C, the a drip pan on the accessory rack? no second plate? Thanks for any advice/direction here. GC
  12. Hey Guys, went buy Costco today and they have the Classic 2 on sale for $799. That's a great price, so that's what made up my mind on the KJ vs Primo discussion I've asked about on here and the Primo forum. The Costco guy told me it's to clearance them out because grilling season is over. I'm in SC so it's never really over for me. Procured a truck and heading back tomorrow to pick mine up!! Really excited.. I'll update the group once I have it and am up and running!!
  13. I have had a diamond cut classic B for almost 5 years now. The lava stone worked great but it did crack and eventually broke in half after a year or two; depending on what you want to use it for, I went to Academy sports and got a great outdoors( i think it's the house brand) round cast iron griddle, cut the handles off and used that; the great thing about it is it's cast iron so it's largely indestructible and fits the metal holder for the lava stone;
  14. Hey Guys, shopping for a new grill and it's come down to a KJ Classic and an XL Oval. Lots of pros and cons on both, and I posted this same question on the KJ page. I'd be interested from other Primo owners why they went Primo over a conventional round Kamado and if they were considering KJ or BGE; BGE is out of the running as they just too expensive for what you get with them. So, again, thank you for any insights you can give.
  15. Thanks for that; it seems like what is being sold is the same setup as what's on the AGC website or even the KJ website; just didn't realize the deflectors were included.
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