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  1. I think it would work simply due to the weight of the lid. The latch is nice but not neccesary to get a good seal, IMHO.
  2. Hey , sorry, dont know if anyone will read this or not. Obvs I dont check this forum as often as I should :) My hinge upgrade involved simple taking it apart and drilling out the hole of the small piece of metal that goes between the two bands. The problem with it - theres three holes. Two of them are slightly larger than the third one, and the bolts used were sized for the smallest hole. This would essentially at least on mine let the unit 'wobble' when you lifted it up and down. So I took the hinge apart and drilled the smaller hole out to be the same size as the larger two holes. Then went to a hardware store and bought hardware that was exact size of the drilled out hole. The end result is the hinge bolts dont work their way out anymore and things line up better, once you get them lined up. I still plan on switching the lid gasket to either rutland or might try to use the kamado joe gasket. Hope that helps.
  3. I bought mine this summer. The only problem I've had have been relatively simple fixes. Upgraded the hinge and plan to switch to a Rutland gasket eventually. I bought mine at Costco, which means I can return it for up to a year, but I have no plans to do so. I got mine end of season clearance for $600, i couldnt being to replace it with anything even for double that price.
  4. I use mine exactly like you would expect. I usually put it legs up, and that leaves room for a water pan in between the plate setter and the bottom rack. I would like to pickup the woo ring from the CGS though, even though I've really had zero problems.
  5. Its hard to explain by typing, but if you look at the hinge assembly on the K24, there are three pieces of metal where the hinge actually pivots. YOu can see in the pic that the screw is clearly not in straight, that was because the hole sizes in the different pieces of metal were not all the same. So I took mine apart, drilled them all to the same diameter and bought new bolts that are the exact diameter. Works great. Only problem now however, is the gasket was so compressed from the weight of the lid that it doesnt seal super tight. I was looking at the Kamado Joe gasket, the fibreglass mesh one. I liked it because it looked like it was actually compressed by the weight of the lid but would pop back when lifted, always providing a tight seal. The felt on the PB , on mine at least is super compressed and doesnt spring back at all.
  6. I would trust the thermoworks smoke over the bi-metal dome thermometer any day of the week. Those thermometers that come in most cookers are not accurate, and if they are its usually an accident. (I say this because I also have a Weber smokey mountain, to which everyone will say you cant trust the dome thermometer, somehow mine is dead accurate.) The easy test is to stick the probe of your thermoworks in a pot of boiling water. It should read 212 F. If it does, its accurate. A 40 Degree difference between the grate and the dome would need to be accounted by something. Either the probe is touching meat, possibly you have moisture in the probe port, perhaps a defective probe. However, To me there's not enough information to answer this. How long did it exhibit a 30 degree difference? It wouldn't be abnormal in the first hour maybe, especially if its cold weather. But if you were running it for 5 hours and found a 30 degree discrepancy between the dome and grate I'd say one of them for sure is reading wrong. Where you place the probe can also make a difference, exhaust vs grate for example.
  7. I should have been more specific - I dont have a KJ. I have a Pitboss K24 I got for a steal at the end of the year from Costco. And like many others, it had a horrendously misaligned lid, which can be resolved by drilling the hinge - from the factory, the hing bolts go through three holes , one of which is smaller than the other two, which made keeping the bolts tight a PIA. Maybe hard to explain over a forum, but its a pretty popular thing to do.
  8. I think this is what I want to do. The Kamado Joe has the gaskets that are like "springy" (definitely just made that word up). They are like metallic mesh and when you put the base down , the two gaskets compress significantly. I feel this would likely net a better seal than what I currently have. I did the hinge mod to mine where I drilled and upgraded the bolts in the summer, ever since I have difficulty getting a 'perfect' seal. I test by having a piece of paper in between the lid and the base when closed - at the front, its super tight, but at the back I can pull it out fairly easily. It cooks just fine, my concern is it takes forever to cool down - I'm unable to 'snuff' the fire. Can I ask what everyone reccomends for a fibreglass gasket upgrade? Maybe Santa could bring me some.
  9. Dont know if its a regional thing or not, but RO lump - in the blue bag - is about the very last thing I would use. I have a collection of rocks on my deck that ive pulled out of RO bags, and the bottom 1/4 of it is always nothing but dust and pieces so small they can't be burned.
  10. Beef ribs may be one of my favorite things currently. I had never done them either, did them for my first time about 6 weeks ago. Followed a great video from aaron franklin, they turned out killer
  11. I don't see the point, personally. Just my thing. If temperature swings one way or another by 20 degrees, I'm not too worried. I've only been smoking on a ceramic for about 8 weeks but even the first time I used the kamado, it held steady temp all day long on its own. If you want something simple, check out a tip top temp, not sure if you've ever seen one or not. Ive used one on kettles and the wsm, it works astonishingly well once you figure out its little quirks, and costs 1/10th the price of a controller.
  12. I dont know if I just got lucky or what - but I shaved my felt gasket down until it was essentially just the layer of glue left. Still too tight. Ended up disassembling and removing the felt. Would you mind sharing the product specifics you used on the top? Want to order some from amazon if I can.
  13. Damn, have a couple things to try here. Now sorry if this is a stupid question, why the bbq guru blower AND the tip top temp? I also like the double felt idea on the top vent. So just so I'm clear, you're saying if I put two layers of felt on the top vent, it will be snug enough to just hold on without any hardware? I think I'll look into this. I found the PB doesnt get quite as hot as I thought it would and maybe more airflow is what I need. Is there a felt you recommend?
  14. Wondering if anyone has a decent resource, I dont think my lid is sitting right enough - the front is okay but the back is a bit more loose between the felt than I would like it. Wondering if anyone has a decent resource or youtube video maybe as the best practice for getting it to sit flat, best way to adjust the bands or whatever. Thanks in advance.
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