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  1. Awesome info John, thank you. That's in line pretty much exactly with what my expectations were for a pellet grill. I ended up just selling my sweet a** Weber LP grill I just bought last year for $699 plus tax (sold for $550) so I already made that commitment! I like my Akorn, but at times it's just been a little too much fussing. For low & slows I want more of a set & forget type of system. I'll be interested to see the smoke effect though as I really like how you can load up the box with 4 or 5 chunks of hardwood and get a nice smoke flavor on butts and ribs. I hear that you don't get quite the same smoke with the pellet, but there are 'work arounds'.
  2. I know! I've been trying to find one even for $200 on closeout and around here (Lancaster, PA area) I have not been able to find them. The closest one has 2 floor models still there and they will not go lower than $340 after questioning 3 managers at 3 different times I've stopped. They do not appear interested in moving them out, even though the xmas lights are all over now in the outdoor section. Guess I'll keep stopping and checking, but it's getting old.
  3. I'm in the same boat. Love my Akorn, but for low & slow cooks I would really like more of a 'set & forget' setup, and it seems the pellet grills fill that void. I actually have my Weber propane grill for sale now, almost new condition, just looking to get some cash out of that and put toward a pellet grill. I've been eyeing up that Pit Boss at Walmart. Price just dropped to $347 from $396. I wonder if they'll blow them out end of season. How are you liking the pellet vs the Akorn?
  4. Day late, and a $ short. My Costco just sold the last one at $399 last night. Bummer, oh well, guess I'll have to make the best of my Akorn til next year. Maybe they'll add some new features!
  5. Yeah, I think the bottom vent on my Akorn is the culprit, I just haven't dug into it yet to resolve with some additional RTV caulk. My other concern with the Pit Boss and buying it through costco is lugging it back there if/when the bowl cracks. I really wish they would just send you a new bowl, but reading in other threads that is not the case. I guess that's the price you pay for such a good deal at $399.
  6. Got it! So you're in almost the exact same boat as me. Those tweaks would be no problem for me. My biggest gripe with my Akorn (don't get me wrong, great value, exactly what I wanted to try my hand at a smoker, etc) has been getting to a low temp. Once there holding it is no problem, but getting there I need to chase for a while. I think this is due to the fact that I have to put the lower vent about 1/8" open, and the top vent closed so just the little round openings at the end of the vent holes are showing (if you have an Akorn you prob know what I'm talking about). That gets me to 225-235, but it's such a fine line that getting there without over shooting, and then trying to get it back down, is a pita. I haven't done any manual sealing of my Akorn, but prob wouldn't hurt. I'm hoping with the tweaks to the PB that I would have an easier time getting the low & slow temp dialed in quicker. Have you found the same?
  7. Just curious how old your Akorn is/was. I just got mine in June and cooked a ton on it, and there are a few Pit Boss' left at our Costco for $399. Having a tough time figuring out what to do with the Akorn that I recently got, and if the Pit Boss is really a deal you don't want to pass up.
  8. How are the bowls holding up on these. $399 here at our Costco too. I thought they dropped to $299 last year, no?
  9. I don't feel like messing around making clarified butter tonight before grilling my steaks on the kamado, so was wondering what are the best alternatives for a high smoke point oil that I can rub the steaks with before the salt/pepper/cayenne rub and then onto the high heat right over the coals.
  10. And my Costco just reduced the Pit Boss from $599 to $499. By end of the season it should be able to be had for $399.
  11. Agreed. I guess with my Akorn purchase recently I don't really have a need, but will be keeping an eye for end of season if they blow them out like they did last year (I think I read) and drop them down to $399 from the current $599. Will be tough to hold off on that.
  12. Wow, yeah, glad I held off a bit then. Only time will tell if you had 2 flukes, or it is really a bad design/manufacturing process. And I totally agree, what a PITA bringing a used ceramic grill of that weight back to the store. Costco just throws it in the garbage too, what a shame.
  13. In your profile pic that looks like a prior model Pit boss. Just asking because my Costco has the Pit Boss but the handle is a black composite material. Wondering if they might have changed the design on the newer models and don't have that issue anymore.
  14. Thanks for that advice. I think for me, on this one, I was uncertain to follow my digital probe (which was the holding fingers about an inch above the cast iron grate, about 2" from the outer edge) or the dome temp. I think this taught me to follow the digital probe that's hovering above the grate, versus the unreliable dome temp. I had a 50F degree delta between my probe and dome, and had the grate temp up close to 400F most of the time, which should've been closer to 325F as I now learned. As in homebrewing, need to take good notes and keep a log until it's all second nature. Thanks again for the feedback.
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