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  1. Yesterday I had some starter to use up, so I went with 1-2-3 sourdough version of “pain de campagne” My version is 65% AP flour, 20% whole wheat, and 15% medium rye flour. It works out to about 68% hydration dough. 2% of the flour weight in salt. I like the flavor, but I may go back to the 70-20-10 blend I used before. Got a little “oven spread” on the Batard.;-)


  2. If I remember correctly, the Akorn Jr is only 13” in diameter. Not much wiggle room with a bigger wok. 
    J Kenji-Lopez Alt of Serious Eats recommends this one:


    Joyce Chen flat bottom carbon steel wok.

    Avoid stainless steel and

    non-stick woks. Purchase carbon steel or cast iron. 
    As fo a lid, I have found that my 12” skillet lid works really well. 

  3. On 4/18/2020 at 1:52 PM, Family_cook said:

    Primo Oval Jr. is a nice option.  If I were to add a second or had to replace my current large BGE it would be my choice.



    I love my Primo Junior. They do actually sell a cradle for it, so it can be somewhat portable. (2 people).

    A Big Green Egg Mini-Max is also pretty good. I cooked on a friend’s once, and really enjoyed the experience. 

  4. I started with the Akorn and I don't regret it at all. I have had it for 2.5 years, and I have done low 'n slow, hot and fast, and really hot for pizza.  I put a gasket around the bottom, where the ash pan clamps on. I have also replaced the cast iron grate with a stainless steel one from Amazon. The Akron does pretty well with temp stability. It is not the best, but it is great for deciding whether you want to get deeper into kamado land. :) And it is definitely the lowest price point.


  5. On 6/28/2019 at 10:25 PM, ckreef said:


    Something is loose or wallered out. There are actually 8 different pivot points and any one of those could be wallered out. 


    If it was mine I would take the spring off then figure out where the play was at. With a wallered out hole you could probably buy a slightly larger bolt to solve that problem. You might have to use a circular file to make the slightly bigger hinge bolt work. No matter what the Oval Jr is a top notch kamado so don't give up. 


    Wallered out. LOL! I guess that's a southern thing? :-D

  6. I think what was happening is the hinge was a bit sticky, so not moving all the way forward. I tapped on it with a hammer, and it loosened up a bit. I used Junior for a pork shoulder on Saturday, and had no issues with him.


    My band bolts may have been too loose also. I looked at an online manual from Primo, and it actually says to tighten the bolts until they bend a little. Who knew? I was afraid of over-tightening them and cracking the ceramic.

  7. Is it just me, or does the Primo hinge design stink?  I hadn’t used Junior in about two weeks due to a business trip. I started him up last week, and I could not get the lid to close correctly until I wrestled with it for about ten minutes. The hinge always seems to want to keep the lid pulled back.  I keep the hinge lubricated. I have tweaked and adjusted until the cows come home. Any ideas? 


    Anyone want to buy an Oval Junior cheap? 

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