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Polar Bear

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  1. Because that would require you to remove a hot DoJoe and Pizza Stone and them place it somewhere to cool off If you're not blessed with an abundance of space, putting a 600f attachement on the ground/deck to cool while you shut the grill down is not safe nor practical
  2. Substitute the word "paint" for "coating" and my point still stands At this point, you're just splitting hairs KJ clearly have an issue getting their "coating" of choice to stick to their aluminum of choice And to Gebos point, they have one thing in common and its kind of a big deal...
  3. Kontrol Tower SloRoller DoeJoe Pretty much any Black KJ Product that is exposed to heat has had issues with paint peeling I'm genuinely shocked they're still persisting with the material/coating combo Theyre still putting out Kontrol Towers that peel after a couple of cooks (my neighbors 6mo Series 3 started peeling by cook #5) I was keen on the idea of a KJ basket but as soon as i saw it was painted i put my wallet away I had a pretty good idea of how this was going to play out as soon as i saw the press release Its a shame
  4. Honest question, John You've made a video (maybe 2) on this basket, what happens now in relation to those videos? Do you take them down? Do you make another explaining the issues you're having? When I search "Kamado Joe Basket" on You Tube, your video for AGC is the first to come up Was just curious how you approach a situation like this where your initial impressions were good but they didnt last in the long run?
  5. I see this about twice a year If you had read the instructions you would have noticed a section where it recommends checking your bands are tight on a regular basis You might be luck and your local dealer will source you a new dome at no/lower cost but they're not obliged to do so as this is classic "user error"
  6. I have an older model (1st Gen model with Bluetooth Upgrade) They work well Can be kinda finicky to set up initially if you're not super tech savvy but the customer support is second to none Mine doesnt get much use these days as i found it to be pretty redundant on a Kamado, but i consider most temp controllers to be redundant on a Kamado, so take from that what you will. Theyre a good unit and do what they say on the box I'd buy one over an iKamand if i were in the market for one again
  7. The iKamand mount comes with a cover so it can be removed when not in use and allows the bottom vent to be used as normal Not sure what the cover is rated too though I've seen some people do a bit of DIY and fit the iKamand mount while retaining the standard bottom vent, so that could be an option if you're worried about heat Other than that, there are plenty of controllers out there that dont require you to replace the bottom vent of your kamado and be installed and removed when needed
  8. Pros: Wireless Cons: (I had Gen 1, so it may have been improved since then) Terrible Range without extenders Drops out even if in range (in a Kamado) Inaccurate ambient temps due various factors Must be cleaned thoroughly in order to work but don't like getting too wet Battery is located in the tip of the probe, which is in the center of what you're cooking (could leaks/rupture during a cook) Terrible battery life after a bit of use and slow charging times I got rid of mine and don't miss it
  9. This^^^ Why sell people one Rotisserie attachment when you have the option of selling them 2...
  10. This is one of those "Just Cause You Can, Doesnt Mean You Should" type situations...
  11. I was more hoping there was a decent extension to the Summit range I like the grills, a lot. If I had been able to buy one in Aus before i picked up my Big Joe, I would have and will likely get one in the future if/when I move house
  12. Oh, so it is the old model Just a re-brand with a few features stripped out
  13. Forgive my ignorance but what is the S6 and E6? Only the old Summit is listed on the Weber website
  14. Due to the nature of comp judging, you need to load a single bite of food with so much flavor that it stands out in amongst the 400 other bites of food the judges take over a weekend Jump on you tube and check out some of the comp prep videos people like ATBBQ put out. You end up using $50 worth of rubs, brine and sauces just to put up 6 chicken thighs (out of the 12 you cook) and then most of what you serve up for judging goes in the bin I have a couple of friends who've competed at a high level. The amount of work that goes into a top tier hand in is staggering (like picki
  15. Umm, a KJ Classic is knocking on $3000 here A DnC set up from BBQG will set you back around $300 So you could have the Pit Boss with DnC for $1300 You also have the option of the Char Griller Kamado from Bunnings (that does come with a heat deflector) for $650 or the Pro Smoke from BBQ for $850 Not saying you shouldnt go with a KJ, but if youre planning on using the "for only a little more i could get a KJ" justification to yourself (or your missus) I suggest you check your figures first I wouldn't hold your breath for a KJ Special anytime soon. BBQG cant fil
  16. Because no other brand offers a fire box design like this? All the other manufactures are content to stick with the single piece design and simply replace them all under warranty at some point when they eventually crack
  17. Cool Story, bro I'm basing my opinion off multiple cooks on a Big Joe 3 and many, many cooks on a Big Joe 2 I'm in an a position where I own a BJ2 and my father recently purchased a BJ3 Is the new model superior? Sure... i guess? Is it worth the $1000 price increase (in Australian dollars) over the series 2? Nope The ash basket that is included in the grill is the only real bonus over what you got in the Series 2 The SloRoller sounds great if you read the marketing material, but in the dozen or so cooks i've done, the difference is minimal
  18. I'd only consider purchasing one if my ceramic heat deflectors were broken and not able to be replaced under warranty I still probably wouldn't go that way though as the use case for the SloRoller is fairly limited when compared to the ceramic deflectors I've cooked on a Classic 3 a number of times and I don't believe the SloRoller makes enough of a difference to justify the purchase (that having been said, i dont believe anything about the classic 3 justifies the purchase price)
  19. Here is what i believe causes Temp Creep, but I'm happy to be corrected by the members here When you start your grill, if you do not allow it to come up to temp and heat soak the ceramics before you put your meat on, you have a portion of your thermal energy (created by the fire) being slowly absorbed into the ceramics So, your fire is actually too big for the temp you want because once the ceramics have absorbed the required thermal energy, it now becomes ambient thermal energy (ambient grill temperature) The amount of charcoal in the fire box doesn't matter at this poi
  20. I was in your position I bought a BGE MiniMax to go with my Big Joe It was my go to grill for quite a while, so much so that the BJ just gathered dust until i had a bunch of people come round Its worth doing if you already use you BJ regularly for grilling In terms of Portability... well, if you want a Grill you can take on the road with you, there are MUCH better options out there I mean, you can take a Joe JNR to a picnic, but i'd wager you'll only do it once or twice, and then you'll buy a GA or Akorn JNR
  21. Sounds like temp creep Try setting your vents earlier If you want a long stable cook, add a starter cube, let it burn for around 10min with the lid open, then shut your lid and set your vents Leave it alone for at least 90min When you come back, it'll be fully heat soaked and what its settled at is what it will stay at (unless you change a vent setting) Dont stress about a 25f to 50f difference. If you want 225f and it settles at 250f, you'll be fine, dont try to chase it These things take time to come up to temp Every Kamado is different so the ven
  22. Why didnt you just go to a KJ retailer in the UK? Its not like it was a warranty claim
  23. You can switch it between the two but you'll need 2 mounting brackets, one for each grill
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