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  1. Good Morning! I am curious about moving my Vision. I am moving to an apartment for a short time and wanted to see if anyone has experience on moving these grills. Unfortunately, if I do move it, it will go into storage and then have to move it again some time later to a new home. So, moving it twice, i am concerned if it will survive; so should I sell it or roll the dice moving it twice;
  2. I have the Vision Diamond Cut sams edition. I have had it for almost 4 years now and love it. I do wish there were more accessories. I know you can get 3rd party ones and I have done that, but for what it's worth, depending on your budget, I would go KJ. However, I wouldn't do the Classic 1, I would spend the extra $$ and do the Classic 2 or 3; I know it's a bump in $$, but the 2 seems like the best deal for your dollars; at least to me. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the choices you have. I would also recommend if you have access to a SAMs club, to have a look at see if you can find a B series on clearance. There are stories of people finding them around this time of year clearanced out to less than $500. Happy Grilling!!
  3. Klcfred, what are your issues with the temp? i have had my diamond cut B for about 4 years now and was able to smoke in it pretty quickly after starting using it. the key is really playing with the vents; do a smoke test to see if you have leaks, etc. it does take some practice so I would start with something easy like ribs, maybe a small Boston butt; again, it does take some practice; there are a number of threads on here about it too; my best advice came from long time users like Herman or others; take an afternoon and play around with the vents to see how the temp changes, sets in, etc. if you have run away temps. then you must have an air leak, so doing the smoke test would be helpful. Hope this helps! Happy Grilling!! GS
  4. I have a diamond cut classic B from Sams. This time of year if you can find any left at Sams you can usually get them clearance out. I can't speak for any of the other models, but mine has been great! The customer service has been ok; not great, but ok. Early on the felt on my ash drawer melted off so they sent me replacements. The cast iron charcoal grate cracked and they replaced that as well. I ended up upgrading to a Kick Ash Basket and it has been well worth the $$. This past spring my side shelves started warping and my fire bowl cracked after a high heat pizza cook and my temp gauge stopped working. They replaced all under warranty and all I paid was shipping. For the $$ it's a good buy. I use it a lot all year long as well. The components on a KJ or Primo or one of the more expensive brands are probably better, but for me it wasn't worth the extra $$$. If and when I go to replace this one, I will probably go with one of the more expensive brands like KJ mainly bc of the extensive accessories they have. Other than that, I have been happy and would purchase it over again with no hesitation.
  5. Posted this in the Vision page as well, but haven't gotten any reponse; was wondering if anyone on here has used the pizza porta for the classic B?
  6. Not sure if this goes here or the pizza page, but was wondering if anyone on here has used the pizza porta for the classic B?
  7. I purchased a academy house brand round cast iron griddle to use after by lava stone from vision cracked into two pieces. I cut the handles off and it fits perfectly into the bracket that the lava stone came with. And because it's cast iron it's pretty indestructible. I usually put a disposable aluminum pan with some water in the bottom to catch whatever drippings; maybe i'll try sand next time; interesting...
  8. So far they have not been too great with customer support. With COVID-19 going on they are working from home for customer service. The initial email was returned quickly and bowl is covered under warranty, but unfortunately I still have to pay for the shipping. The other issue not only are the firebowls back ordered, when I call to actually place the order and pay for the shipping, I get voicemail. When they actually did call back, it showed up as a TOLL FREE number on my cell so I assumed telemarketer. Now I can't get them to call back again. I am really disappointed with the customer service. Up until this, it has been really good so I hope this is all due to the unusual working situations we are all in. Still, with the crack like it is, it's hard to keep the temps stable at low cooks, so not a lot of confidence in smoking anything right now...
  9. I have a Diamond Cut classic b from around 2017. Been a great grill, but I noticed after a high heat cook the next day that the top ring of the fire bowl was seemingly cracked. It was almost like some of the other designed where the top ring is detachable; but I don't remember it being 2 pieces in the past; help me out here guys; a classic b fire bowl is once piece of ceramic correct? i have attached pics here for your review... i'll email vision as well but wanted to get ya'lls take too;
  10. Hey Guys, I am going to attempt to smoke a turkey breast for Thanksgiving. I am also frying one just in case. I am wondering two things; 1. Is brining necessary? 2. What type of rub have any of you used; and do you inject? I always inject and use a rub on my fried turkeys; Thanks! GC
  11. Hey Karl, with the handles it's 17'; i cut the handles off yesterday and it's now 14'. with the handles off it fits perfectly into the lava stone's bracket.
  12. Hey Karl P, I haven't measured it yet, but will do so and report back. Stay tuned...
  13. I had my lava stone for about a year or so before it cracked and then eventually broke in half. I opted for the cast iron griddle from Academy sports. It's not expensive and because it's cast iron, dang near indestructible. the wings fit nicely onto the edge of the fire box or some here have cut the wings off so it will sit in the lava stone's cradle. https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/outdoor-gourmet-14-in-preseasoned-round-griddle?gclsrc=aw.ds&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgbX7zqDk4wIVlpOzCh1dywONEAQYAiABEgItl_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds#repChildCatid=27890 For $15 it was worth a try anyway..
  14. Hey EZ that looks like a great setup. One question i would have is how much space is there between the deflectors and the base rack as well as how much room between the main rack and the expansion one? it's hard to tell from the photos, but could you get 4 10lb boston butts on there? 2 on bottom 2 on top as well as the drip pan on top of the half moon deflectors? Again, great setup; Also would a setup like that work with a KAB? Thanks!!!
  15. Hey American, So I have the same grill as you but only a couple of years older. I have had the same issue and have the same setup. What I have found is really is dependent on the type of charcoal. I cooked 4 butts over the last 2 months and 3 of the 4 were perfect. I cleaned out the firebox and filled the basket, lit the coals and let it heat up for about an hour to around 250. Added my wood chunks, deflector plate and butts. It settled in around 225, I watched it for about an hour and went to bed around 11pm. I woke up at 6am and it was still sitting at 225 with about 30% of the lump burned. My vent settings were similar. My bottom vent was closed a bit more and the top was open a bit more. So this last cook I did on Friday night, same exact setup except the charcoal was different. For the previous 3 I used the B&B Hickory Blend for the first one and the Kamado Joe Big Block for 2 and 3. This last one I bought a bag of the new Royal Oak XL. It was not in the same class as the B&B or the KJ. The KJ is always consistently really big pieces. the B&B is about the same but has smaller ones built in. The RO XL was what you would expect lump to be. It was normal size lump pieces. As I lit the fire, it settled in at around 240 for two hours and the started dropping. At about 2am, the fire had gone out. I had to babysit the fire to get it to stay at 250 so I could get through the stall and get the butt to finish. I can only surmise that the difference was the charcoal. There are ones on here that will say that it doesn't matter, but I believe for these low and slow, you really need the larger pieces so that the airflow will continue. I use RO red bags for high heat cooks all the time because of the value. But from here on out, I'll only buy the KJ big block for low and slow.
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