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chris.beard82

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    Droitwich Spa, United Kingdom
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    Running, cooking, Kamado cooking
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    Kamado Joe

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  1. chris.beard82

    Kick Ash Basket or Kamado Joe Basket

    Sorry, I think I have allowed myself to get too dragged into this, I've just tried to answer questions from my experience with it. I actually am happy with it's functionality and I wouldn't go back to the charcoal grate, hopefully I have made that clear.
  2. chris.beard82

    Kick Ash Basket or Kamado Joe Basket

    Here we go, it has allowed me to upload them as .pdf files instead of .jpg IMG_2655.pdf IMG_2654.pdf IMG_2656.pdf
  3. chris.beard82

    Kick Ash Basket or Kamado Joe Basket

    For some reason the site is not allowing me to, I've tried on my mobile and on my desktop. They are only 1.6, 2.7 and 2.6mb files so within limit, I keep getting a pop up message saying 'There was a problem uploading the file'. I'm happy to send another way if you have a suggestion?
  4. chris.beard82

    Kick Ash Basket or Kamado Joe Basket

    Having them sit a little higher is a slight issue because it limits the space between the deflectors and the top rack making inserting a drip pan a little tight (the ones that I use are 3” high and I had to bend over the sides to fit it in the gap). The problem comes when trying to place the deflectors plates onto the top of the hooks. It is a bit fiddly when they are cold but a real challenge then they are hot and you need to move fast over hot coals. The charcoal grate is removed when using a basket because it no longer serves a purpose and restricts air flow, one of the two major selling points (for me) of using one. The point that I was making in my last post and in the post that I linked it to is that the bottom of the charcoal basket is 1.5” higher than the height that the cast iron grate sat at when it was installed so space for charcoal and chunks is reduced, I don’t imagine this to be a problem for most people because I have run the grill for 18 hours at 225 with lots remaining. I still think that a charcoal basket is a brilliant upgrade I simply think that Kamado Joe could have made it much better and for £125 it should not have any issues. Cutting off off the hooks does remedy the deflectors issue but i would note that a plus side of the KJ basket is how heavily built it is. The downside of this is that it is quite heavy so without the hooks some people might find it a challenge to lift out and shake off the ash.
  5. chris.beard82

    Kick Ash Basket or Kamado Joe Basket

    I respectfully disagree with John on this one. There are significant fitment issues with the KJ ash basket. I have posted some photos and reasons on this thread: . To summarize the hooks need to be cut off to use the heat deflectors in the low position and the base and feet are so wide that the basket base is 1.5” higher than the height of the cast iron grate so that is lost space for lump and chunks. I can post more photos if you would like them. I don’t have any experience with a Kick Ash basket in my 2018 Big Joe but I do have one in my Junior and it fits perfectly. I have the new stainless version and have had no issue with warping over a couple of dozen cooks so far.
  6. chris.beard82

    Kamado Joe Charcoal Baskets

    I found them a bit fiddly to put on when cold but they did sit ok however when changing the setup during a cook with them fully heated and working over hot coals you don’t have time to finess them into place and it becomes very difficult. Cutting them off wasn’t an issue for me. My main erk is with the dimensions that it has been manufactured too. Why is the base such a large diameter with the feet so far up the firebox walls? Would it not have been a better design if the base fit within the firebox base and the feet sat on the firebox base’s rim where the removed cast iron grate sat? That way you would retain the full useable height of the firebox increasing the volume of lump wood and chunks that can go in whilst lowering the whole assembly and avoiding the issue with the hooks.
  7. chris.beard82

    Kamado Joe Charcoal Baskets

    Kick Ash do offer a version that is reviewed well ( https://www.kickashbasket.com/store/product-detail.php?product_id=55 ). I have their basket for my Joe Junior and it fits / works great. It has easy to use, none interfering handles. I decided to go for the new Kamado Joe version for my big Joe instead of the Kick Ash offering because it is more heavily built, it comes with a divider and all the other KJ accessories I have are brilliant so thought the premium price tag worth paying. With hindsight I think the Kick Ash basket is the better choice until this is made to the correct dimensions.
  8. chris.beard82

    Kamado Joe Charcoal Baskets

    They are available from a few online retailers that I found. The one that I ended up ordering from was bbqland: https://www.bbqland.co.uk/search-by-brand/kamado-joe/kamado-big-joe.html
  9. chris.beard82

    Kamado Joe Charcoal Baskets

    I think that they have been manufactured for the old style firebox and for some reason only now come to market. I have been in correspondence with Kamado Joe about it (asking if I was installing it correctly) and they sent me pictures showing how it should be placed in the AMP fireboxes (same as I have in my 2018 Big Joe) with the same issue. They said that the X rack now has to be used in the low position with the deflector plates on top of it. Here are the picture that they sent to me. I have to admit to being disappointed, the basket is £125 here in the UK (around $165) so not a cheap accessory. The quality and function is top notch (although this issue does also mean that you loose about an inch of depth in the firebox which may be an concern for a very long cook). This morning I picked out the basket, having yesterday done a 5 hour cook with perfectly stable temperature, shook it a couple of times over a flowerbed to clean off the coals and the Joe was good to go. I think the concept is brilliant and worth the outlay, I just wish it fit properly!
  10. chris.beard82

    Kamado Joe Charcoal Baskets

    I have cut them off and I am happy with the result. It is still easy to lift out and shake off. The deflectors can now be used as before I put in the basket. I’m really pleased with it in use, the burn is more consistent, clean out is easier and so is getting it ready for the next cook. Still find it a bit of a strange design floor when the product itself is manufactured to such a high standard.
  11. chris.beard82

    Kamado Joe Charcoal Baskets

    I read a few reviews of the Kick ### basket which recommended its removal. I couldnt see any reason to leave it in as it is superfluous when the basket is used and is an additional airflow restriction. What were your thoughts when leaving it in?
  12. chris.beard82

    Kamado Joe Charcoal Baskets

    I have just received a KJ basket for my Big Joe and am wondering if i have it in place correctly. I have removed the cast iron grate and dropped it in so that the baskets feet rest on the sides of the firebox. The problem i am finding is that the hooks that allow it to hang from the D&C rack are about 3/4" above the rack so that the deflector plates can't sit on the rack in the lowest position. I can just about get them to sit on the baskets hooks but it is a bit fiddly when working fast over hot coals. Is this how it is supposed to be? If so I will cut the hooks off so that i can sit the deflectors on the lowest rack position, i can't see a reason to left out the basket with it interlocked with the D&C system.
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