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Polar Bear

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  • Birthday 03/03/1986

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    Northern Australia
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    Cigars, Pipes, Cars, Hunting
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    Kamado Joe

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  1. Polar Bear

    2019 New Kamado Joe III being sold

    If it doesnt fit as it is, they may be planning on making a shorter version for the series 1 and 2 grills When it was first mentioned, Bobby did say they would be releasing one for exisiting grills
  2. Polar Bear

    2019 New Kamado Joe III being sold

    According to the specs listed on the page, the BJ3 is a little under 6 inches deeper than the BJ2 They've also managed to increase the cooking space from 452 sq.in to 864 sq.in with the inclusion of the 3 tier cooking grates I like the stand though as its got a shelf in it for storeage of the hyperbolic insert (i assume) which would help to declutter my deck when im just grilling
  3. Polar Bear

    2019 New Kamado Joe III being sold

    When the BJ2 dropped there were signifigant upgrades included like the control tower, new gasket, new firebox and the new hinge. The hinge was probably the biggest selling point for most people and it was also the one thing that couldnt be retrofitted to a series 1. Considering the series 1 had been in the market in its current guise for quite a few years, i saw a lot of people selling thier 5-7 year old Series 1 grills and picking up brand new series 2s. It sorta made sense when you considered the cost of buying the new firebox, gasket and control tower, coupled with the money you could get by selling your old Joe, the BJ2 wasnt that huge of a purchase Hell, i know a lot of guys who managed to convince thier wives that buying the series 2 joe was a good idea simply by saying "well, honey, if get the new one, you'll be able to use it too cause the lid isnt as heavy" Even grill guys arent immune to the "latest and greatest"
  4. Polar Bear

    2019 New Kamado Joe III being sold

    No, the Pro Joe is a different beast again. Its much larger and twice as expensive Looks like theyve taken some of the design components from the Pro Joe and incorporated them into the new Classic and BJ Considering the Classic2 and BJ2 only came out 2 or 3 years ago, it does make me wonder if KJ are gonna keep releasing a new grill every 3-5 years. Its a good marketing strategy as i know a ton of people who ditched thier Series 1 Joes when the Series 2 dropped, so i will be keen to see how many people start looking at upgrading now theres a new model out
  5. Polar Bear

    Table build

    Not sure of the BGE diameter but you will need to cut an extra slot to fit the Air Lift hinge
  6. Polar Bear

    Meater Meat temp probe

    Also, the Meater+ looks to utalise a signal repeater (for an additional $40 over the standard kit) rather than imporving the signal strength in the probe itself They havent fixed the issue, they've just figured out they can sell you somthing else to help make it work as advertised *edit* Wow, those posts sound way more bitchy than i meant them too. I'm glad the OP has had a good run with his purchase and really hope it continues
  7. Polar Bear

    Meater Meat temp probe

    A friend of mine purchased one of the Meaters when they became availble in Aus 3 cooks later, it lives in its box pretty much full time The limited bluetooth range and lack of easy checking of your temps without having to utalise additional bluetooth devices or walk over to the grill to regain a decent connection make the whole thing a bit of a waste of time, IMO Sure, there are ways to make the idea work if you really want to, but the inital selling point of the Meater was the wireless simplicty of it. Aside from being able to use the probe with a rotissery (which is a function I still dont understand peoples need for) there is no benifit to this product over a Webber iGrill2 or Thermoworks Smoke. What is even more concerning is that thier Aus store is still promising the Meater Block as pre order (for the low low price of $429au) for the poor saps who didnt get burned during the kickstarter
  8. Polar Bear

    Meater Meat temp probe

    So, you have to ensure your ipad is charged and in range of your kamado for the entire cook, and then set the app up to bounce the signal from the limited bluetooth range to your home wifi everytime you use it? Sounds super simple to me...
  9. Polar Bear

    Thoughts on the upcoming "DoJoe"

    I'd be worried you'd crack your deflectors or cause dome damage from trying to cool it down too quickly I'd also be concerned with your temp gauge being damaged from being held at its max reading for long periods of time You could prob take it that hot every once in a while but if you were doing it more than 2 or 3 times a year, i imagine repeated exposure to the top end of its rated temp would shorten the life of the grill and could void your warrenty (would need to check the conditions to be sure) Theres a reason traditional pizza ovens are built as thick as they are, 900f is HOT
  10. Polar Bear

    Hello!! From Melbourne , Australia

    Sounds about right Theyre the only game in town for KAB
  11. Polar Bear

    Hello!! From Melbourne , Australia

    Urban Griller in WA are the only importer and stockists for KAB in Aus
  12. Polar Bear

    Hello!! From Melbourne , Australia

    Hey Mate BBQ Galore carry GrillGrates (the product) that will be cut to fil your Kamado perfectly In regards to the Kick Ash Basket, I have one for both my KJ and BGE and i think theyre great While i wouldnt agree that it "improves" air flow allowing for hotter fires (thats another conversation for another time) it does make cleaning your grill SO much easier Of all the Kamado accessories i have purchased, the KAB is the only one i highly recomend to new people
  13. Polar Bear

    Thermoworks SIGNALS

    I purchased a Thermoworks Smoke not long after picking up my KJ It hasnt seen much use of late as i feel its a little redundant if you know your grill, but i can see a use for it in certain situations, just fewer than i did a year ago
  14. Polar Bear

    Short ribs stall

    I can knock out a 6 rack of Short Ribs in about 5 hours Obviously, your mileage may vary be try upping the temp to 275f-300f Beef Ribs tend to like a hotter heat, IME Bark will depend on what you use for a rub. If you're just doing SPG then you wont get as "crunchy" a bark than if you use a commercial (or home made) rub Its also a good idea to allow some time for them to rest after they are prob tender If you're hoping to have dinner on the table by 7pm, I'd recomend having them on by midday. This will give you some wiggle room with the cook time and still allow at least an hour to rest (wrapped in foil and placed in a cooler) before eating If theyre done sooner, you can rest them for longer If theyre not close to where you want them by the 5 hour mark, you can wrap them in foil and return them to the grill This will speed up the cook but it will soften your bark
  15. Polar Bear

    Cannabis became legal across all of Canada!

    What!? You mean you cant consume a mind altering substance while in control of a motor vehicle? Shocking... I'm all for legalisation of cannabis but anyone who want to get thier smoke on and then drive a car is as reckless as someone who drives after a couple of beers