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  1. Let me even ask this, i only have brand recognition, if anyone happens to be versed in other manufacturers about that price point (only reason i am considering right now) i would appreciate it.
  2. ifican

    2018 Costco Pit Boss

    thats a great question, instinctivly i want to say yes because i find i tap it with a knuckle to slightly open and close once up to temp but would have to touch it with a sense of determination to tell for sure as its not something i think about. Just figure if i am doing it via knuckle method must be for a reason
  3. https://www.amazon.com/Traeger-Grills-TFB38TCA-Renegade-Pellet/dp/B075V2J4HS/ref=sr_1_1?s=prime-day&psr=PDAY&ie=UTF8&qid=1531857031&sr=1-1&keywords=traeger&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER found this today while looking at prime day deals, it will be a secondary (probably turn into primary for most small smoking duties), but wants ya'll opinion as i have never owned one but that price is at least 200 off anywhere else and feeling to good to pass up.
  4. High temp is all about airflow. 2 things come to mind, 1)are you sure your onboard thermometer is accurate? 2) what does the base plate on your fire bowl look like? Yes i know it has a name but its not coming to mind at the moment. I am leaning towards you not getting enough air to really push the temp up. I dont recall how easy / hard it was for me in the beginning but once changing out the fire grate (that name still doesnt feel right). No issue any longer quickly jumping temp up. You can do that via the kick ash basket or a small 9" or so grate that fits the bottom nicely.
  5. ifican

    Air leak

    It will completely depend on the gasket that is on their now. Dry fit the the new one and see if it will fit around the old and then if the cap will go back on. If so, that is the path i would take. Some gaskets are thin some are thick and others are very dense. Remember the object is to remediate that particular air leak. So you can then move on to your next one ;-p.
  6. There is no right or wrong way just the way you like it. For me it varies based on several factors but the biggest is, is there sufficient salt in the rub? If the rub i am using is already salty i will do it all at once before (timing anywhere from a few hours to day before). If the rub is for bark and outer flavor only (think more brisket here) i will salt and or pepper at least a few hours up to one day before adding flavor rub. Test, play and enjoy. Over time you will find new ways of doing something you thought could never get any better.
  7. ifican

    Weber Kettle question

    You can use lump anyplace you would use traditional briquettes and vice versa. Many years ago and long before buying a kamado i moved to strictly lump.
  8. My takeaway was the descriptions of adjusting "vents". You should have a good idea of about where one or the other should be. If your grill is airtight you can leave one wide open and work the other. Now not to many are that air tight but if so it could be done. Most have a general idea of where one or both need to be. The idea is get close to where you want to be drop vents to where you think they need to be then give it time. Can take an hour or more to get up to a stable temp, When you get really good at your grill you will learn to build a bigger fire bring temp up quickly then slam vents shut to where you need them and with a very few minor tweaks be on point. And for clarity cold dense air is harder to move so minor adjustments will be needed. I am no where near as cold as you but i can tell you when the sun goes down and outside and the temp drops i have to allow more air or the grill temp will plummet. And conversely on very early morning ones when its quite chilly out i have to creep vent closed or temp with run away as the dary warms up.
  9. ifican


    As long as your happy thats all that matters :-).
  10. There isnt much i wont eat, heck i will cook pork that smells a bit sour with a good rinse and right temp you kill everything anyways. No different for left overs, if it smells really bad ill usually toss it, if it doesnt smell to bad its hit or miss depending on how it tastes. If it tastes ok ill eat it, if it tastes a lil off i might nuke it then eat it (depends if i have any other left overs). If it tastes really bad ill toss it, so i have either shortened my life considerably or hardened myself for the zombie apocalypse. But then again ive been known to find mm's or skittles on the floor from who knows when and enjoy them when no ones looking :-).
  11. ifican


    Well low cost and quality dont generally go hand in hand, though value is also a perspective right. Several things you need to think about before purchasing. Are you looking for simple instant read or looking for remote? Bluetooth or wireless? online tracking or dont care? Personally i am partial to thermoworks but there are lots out there that function weil. I just picked up an instant read for i think it was 19 on sale for a buddy so he could start to learn. And PP is usually on point for things recommended.
  12. ifican


    Welcome, if its your thing its alot of fun and quite pleasurable. Get good at heat control, after that the sky is the limit. Though there is plenty i have not done smoked, there is nothing i wont try :-).
  13. ifican

    Kamado Konfused

    If i got the one i really wanted it would have ment no vacation for the wife that year and that sir i surely would have regretted later...... :-)
  14. ifican

    Kamado Konfused

    I am much like you, i would smoke something everyday if life let me but it doesnt. I average perhaps 2 cooks a week with many month of nothing and many month of alot more. I had been looking at all you mention then some. then found pit boss at costco on chance. At 1/3 of the cost of the others i said, wth its costco if i hate it i can take it back. Well turned out i love it, and having the option to do it again i would. Call it my frugal nature but it cooks as good any any other and thats all that matters to me. Now if you want all these accessories and other things only available per said manufacturer keep that in mind. But honestly you cannot go wrong with any full ceramic kamado.
  15. Since i dont have the fireboard and can only speculate, could it be the weight coupled with the resistance to the elements that comes standard on the smoke and needs the case for the fireboard? Granted heavier weight doesnt inherently mean stronger but...... For those fireboard owners, is battery life living up to expectations?