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  1. I don't know as much about kamado cooking as John Setzler, so I do what he does. In most of his low/slow videos he lights a rather large pile of charcoal with one Kamado Joe fire starter cube "down here in a hole in the middle of my charcoal" for 250°. See: https://www.kamadojoe.com/getting-started/videos-recipes/. Go to <Pork> <Spare Ribs>.
  2. Yeah, a lot of the money I've earned in my lifetime went to fast cars, booze and women. The rest was spent foolishly. But, sorry, there’s something wrong with my old brain and I don’t watch those 1-second flashing images, interesting though they be. So, I quit watching at the Buick Grand National which is a super-interesting car. The 1986-87 models were turbocharged, intercooled, sequential fuel injected V-6s that were faster than the same vintage Corvette, something that created internal friction at General Motors. That’s pretty unique.
  3. I buy them, freeze them and cook them every couple of months. I just grill them on my gasser cause they're so spiced that smoke or charcoal doesn't add enough flavor to warrant the extra work. BTW, Costco sells the rub if you want to make your own. I can't recall the name.
  4. No offense taken. You may not be aware that many pits relight themselves when falling below a certain threshold. Human intervention isn't always required. Right, I don't but I look out onto the deck or patio every few minutes. People will do whatever they want to do with their pits and homes. I simply point out what I think to be dangerous operations. You'll see periodic fire reports if you peruse pellet pit forums. Most are grease fires.
  5. I periodically read about hopper fires. It makes me wonder why owners are willing to leave their pellet pits unattended for hours. Maybe it’s because the manufacturers advertise Internet connectivity and “Set It and Forget It.” I suppose that’s marginally advisable if the pit is well away from anything else flammable. Otherwise, it seems to me that the catchphrase is, “Set It and Forget It and Set Your Deck on Fire.”
  6. Not Amazon but worth a look. https://sharpegourmet.com
  7. Storing accessories? I do such a poor job of that. I run from my KJ on the deck into the garage for the charcoal, back to the KJ, then into the kitchen for tongs ... down to a cabinet in the basement ... back upstairs to the garage ... I'm the worst!
  8. You're probably right. I'll continue to try to duct tape the filter bag.
  9. Even better! I have an additional use for it. I periodically clean my Kamado Joe, Big Joe charcoal basket by shaking it. Then I vacuum the ash and small charcoal pieces into a wet/dry vac with a drywall filter. The small charcoal pieces quickly pound a hole in the filter. Hopefully, the Dust Deputy will capture the charcoal pieces and extend the filter life.
  10. Earl, did you try this? Did you collect an appreciable amount of pellet dust? It would be an easier pellet-cleaning job if you found that you can vacuum pellets into something like a Home Depot Buckethead while the Dust Deputy collects the pellet fines. Or vice-versa, if you collected the fines in the vacuum cleaner and the pellets fell into the Dust Deputy.
  11. I may try a chimney (or less) of lump, dump it on top of the old lump and put fresh lump on top. Like many of you, I'm usually not in a hurry.
  12. It would be cool if they would stock all of their locations. There's one near me in Omaha. BTW, I sold Fred B. Scheel a Corvette when I was a kid. That was when Scheel's Sporting Goods was just a corner of Scheel's Hardware on Broadway, in Fargo, and he was running it after Fred M.
  13. China has more than half of the world’s hogs. They’re the primary livestock there. (Think about that—they have more hogs than the rest of the world combined.) African swine fever recently killed half of China’s hogs, ¼th of the world’s supply. Diseases move rapidly around the globe. North American pork producers are trying to prepare for the swine fever’s arrival. Let’s hope that the spread is stopped. BTW, China is flooded with counterfeit African swine fever vaccine. Some people don’t care about the consequences.
  14. I'm usually not in a fire-starting rush. I swipe a few of Marcia's cotton balls, soak them in alcohol and store them in a small jar. A couple get the fire going at negligible cost.
  15. Interesting arguments. Thanks for taking the time to compose your reply. My reaction is mixed. I’ll give you some points—but not all. Nevertheless, we might have fun in a peer review.
  16. pmillen

    Pellet Joe

    I guess that it could be sold as a grill with a wood fire and not have a smoker intent. That might explain the simple controller.
  17. pmillen

    Pellet Joe

    Kamados are extremely efficient once the heavy ceramic is at temperature. As a result, the Pellet Joe may not burn many pellets. That may reduce the smoke taste even lower than do some pellet pits and it might even create a problem with flame-outs if the controller drops very few pellets in an attempt to stay at the set temperature. Pellet pits need to have a few pellets dropped periodically to keep a small fire going, like a pilot light. Neither the Black Olive nor the Icon seemed to be highly regarded by either pellet grill or kamado owners.
  18. Please tell me why would he would want a water pan in his Kamado Joe. Water never gets above 100°C so it seems to me that he'd have a cold spot that would be sucking up heat energy for no good reason. It would only cause the controller to call for more heat. What am I missing?
  19. I did my test cook last night. Your suggestions payed off. I think I learned enough to get me through. The 375° fire was controlled by a stoker with a 5CFM blower. It was spread as wide as possible to make the temperature consistent across the 24-inch grate. I preheated the Big Joe for a half hour and the grates for about 15-minutes. The hot ceramic made for rapid temperature recovery when opening the lid to flip and add cheese. Four minutes per side cooked them through (no pink) with nice grill marks (not important on a burger). The cheese didn’t melt quite enough at 1½ minutes. I’ll try 1¾ minutes for the actual cook. Thanks for the help. I won’t need the Prozac.
  20. The cold food drops the reading from the pit probe because the heat energy in the air next to the food has moved to the food. It's that air, the air next to the food, that cooks the food. So I think the controller kicks the heat up a bit, and rightfully so. People have made strong arguments on other subjects that have caused me to change my mind. In this instance, your argument on this subject, didn't. But I've read plenty of your posts and have come to respect your opinions. I'll listen politely and attentively if you offer additional thoughts. You may, yet, convince me. Huh? Standard Operating Procedure comes to mind, but that doesn't seem to fit.
  21. I normally grill one hamburger each for Marcia and me on a small hibachi. They’re ¼-pounders, ½-inch thick and 4¼-inches across. On that little grill they’re done at four minutes per side. I don’t bother to take any fire or meat internal temperatures. But I’ll have to use my Kamado Joe Big Joe to cook the same burgers for 14 people. This will be my first attempt at cooking that many hamburgers and none of my experience applies. So…what are your recommendations? ● How large should the fire be? ● How should I set up the Big Joe? (I’d prefer to not use the heat deflectors, but I’ll listen to your advice.) ● Lid open or closed? ● When should I put the cheese on top to melt it a bit? ● Anything else I should consider? Thanks for the help. I know it’s a page one cook, but I’m not comfortable. I’ll probably do a test run before the big day. BTW, they’d be smashburgers if I had a griddle. I can cook them.
  22. It’s the hot air in my Kamado that cooks my food. So, in most circumstances, I want to know the temperature of the air that is doing the cooking—the air closest to the food. I’m not interested in the air below the food, roiling off of the coals. Nor am I interested in the temperature of the air that’s about to go out the chimney. Consequently, I place my pit temperature probes as close to the food as possible. Sure, that air is cooled somewhat by the cooler food, but it’s that air that’s doing the cooking—The air's cooled by the food because the heat is transferring from the air to the cooler food. The two are moving toward the same temperature (thermal equilibrium). But when John Setzler, in his video, tells me to cook a Boston Butt at 300°, I see that he’s using the Kamado Joe dome thermometer. It makes sense, then, for me to measure the air temperature at the same location, in the dome. I’m not very bright, so I’m probably overlooking something, but I don’t see why anyone would do anything differently.
  23. The weight of the kamado, the table, the accessories stored inside, the charcoal bags, the other furniture and a few 175 lb. guests ... are you approaching the tipping point?
  24. Seems to me that they'll fit any kamado or kettle with a little work with a cut-off wheel.
  25. I only use it on beef, any cut, roast, brisket, steaks… But I know that many others love it on fish, chicken, pork,, venison, shrimp, and pheasant. Marty and Tanya Owens can tell you more.
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