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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from lnarngr in Shameless plug for my new Youtube channel   
    Congratulations, and great job on the video.  Can't wait to see more cooks heading into spring.
     
    My unsolicited advice / learning if you don't mind my $0.02.... consider making a channel for the cooking videos if you plan to do more.  if someone subscribes for pork butt and cooking and then your next video is cub cadet mower repair part 2 they are not likely to click on it, especially early on which causes the algorithm to throttle showing it to people (people who perhaps might be really interested in part 2 on the cub cadet) and visa versa.
     
    So long as you're having fun doesn't really matter what you do, but thought i'd share what i've learned on trial and error (mostly error) 
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from mliebs in Shameless plug for my new Youtube channel   
    Congratulations, and great job on the video.  Can't wait to see more cooks heading into spring.
     
    My unsolicited advice / learning if you don't mind my $0.02.... consider making a channel for the cooking videos if you plan to do more.  if someone subscribes for pork butt and cooking and then your next video is cub cadet mower repair part 2 they are not likely to click on it, especially early on which causes the algorithm to throttle showing it to people (people who perhaps might be really interested in part 2 on the cub cadet) and visa versa.
     
    So long as you're having fun doesn't really matter what you do, but thought i'd share what i've learned on trial and error (mostly error) 
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from Boater in Shameless plug for my new Youtube channel   
    Congratulations, and great job on the video.  Can't wait to see more cooks heading into spring.
     
    My unsolicited advice / learning if you don't mind my $0.02.... consider making a channel for the cooking videos if you plan to do more.  if someone subscribes for pork butt and cooking and then your next video is cub cadet mower repair part 2 they are not likely to click on it, especially early on which causes the algorithm to throttle showing it to people (people who perhaps might be really interested in part 2 on the cub cadet) and visa versa.
     
    So long as you're having fun doesn't really matter what you do, but thought i'd share what i've learned on trial and error (mostly error) 
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from PHEAD in Shameless plug for my new Youtube channel   
    Congratulations, and great job on the video.  Can't wait to see more cooks heading into spring.
     
    My unsolicited advice / learning if you don't mind my $0.02.... consider making a channel for the cooking videos if you plan to do more.  if someone subscribes for pork butt and cooking and then your next video is cub cadet mower repair part 2 they are not likely to click on it, especially early on which causes the algorithm to throttle showing it to people (people who perhaps might be really interested in part 2 on the cub cadet) and visa versa.
     
    So long as you're having fun doesn't really matter what you do, but thought i'd share what i've learned on trial and error (mostly error) 
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from JLP in How to light a fire and get HOT QUICKLY in a Ceramic Kamado   
    I do have several shirts/jackets with holes burnt in them from an airborne spark flying out of the grill so I definitely agree that in any circumstance where the surrounding environment / property is at risk of catching fire that a chimney in the kamado or the method in the video with the starter cubes significantly reduces the risk of creating a fire outside of your intended location inside the grill 
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    Smokingdadbbq reacted to John Setzler in KJ dome alignment, latch, smoke leaks & over/underbite: How to video   
    Pinning to top... thanks for posting this!
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from Boater in KJ dome alignment, latch, smoke leaks & over/underbite: How to video   
    Been in a few of these discussions as of late and there is not much in the way of video support on how to tackle simple to the full monty of dome adjustments so i put together this KJ dome alignment 101 as a resource to help show the adjustments and process.
     
     
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from John Setzler in KJ dome alignment, latch, smoke leaks & over/underbite: How to video   
    Been in a few of these discussions as of late and there is not much in the way of video support on how to tackle simple to the full monty of dome adjustments so i put together this KJ dome alignment 101 as a resource to help show the adjustments and process.
     
     
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from DanSchlim in Vent cap showdown: Daisy vs. Smokeware vs. rEGGulator, which is best? My winner is…   
    I think the number one question I get when hosting a fellow Egghead over and they see my array of vent caps is which one I like best and why so I thought I would share my thoughts now that I have all of the above and have been using the (1) original equipment daisy wheel, (2) the Smokeware chimney cap and (3) the new Egg rEGGulator by giving you a review of what I like/dislike most about each of the three options.  This is my first product review thread so let me know if you like/dislike these types of posts, hope it helps you find the right cap for your needs.
     
    The daisy wheel
    I’ve purchased two large eggs, a minimax and I was gifted a mini so to say that I have a soft spot in my heart for the daisy wheel is an understatement.  I read somewhere that a reviewer should state their basis upfront so I thought I’d lead off with my long standing relationship with the daisy wheel.  I think most of the gripes about the daisy wheel are slightly exaggerated once you learn how to position it properly so that it doesn’t slide to a different setting when you open and close the lid but despite how simple this seems now I struggled as new Kamado user to get my temps dialled in and was often frustrated by rocketing temps or snuffing out my fire or any combination in between so it is worth pointing out this limitation.  
     
    Pro’s
    - Easy to remove without burning your fingers
    - Resistant to gumming up after cooking greasy foods
     
    Con’s
    - Can be tricky for new users to not have your settings reset every time you open the grill 
    - Doesn’t complexly snuff the fire great on its own, requires separate ceramic cap
    - Limiting airflow, you’ll want to remove it completely for Pizza or searing steaks as it limits max temp or slows down the lighting process 
    - Rusts (although very easy to fix and re-season) 
    - Rain can get into the egg (although you’d need the type of rain I wouldn’t want to be outside in for this to happen its possible) 
     
     
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    The Smokeware Chimney Cap
    I’ve now purchased three Smokeware Chimney caps, a grate stacker and two 3” temp dials and have been really impressed with the customer service and quality of product from the Smokeware team.  Up until this spring, my home based Eggs (large and minimax) both rocked a Smokeware cap while the daisy wheels and ceramic caps got relegated to storage.  Before I built a pergola with rain protection the added shelter of the Smokeware cap was killer when grilling 365 days a year in Canada; add in the fact that Stainless steel is easy to clean, doesn’t rust, doesn’t move positions when opening/closing the egg and looks more modern than the traditional daisy wheel vintage look I found lots to love about the SS cap.  That being said there are draw backs, after a few cooks it can become very attached to the egg which makes removing it regularly not practical and while its sufficient at snuffing out the fire it's not comparable to the ceramic cap in terms of efficiency.  Not only is the stickiness a deterrent to removing the SS cap, the temp itself can burn through all but the most industrial of gloves.  Speaking of stickiness the deterioration of the sliding movement after cooking fatty foods like pork belly, ribs etc. quickly gums up the operation and while its possible to clean its frustrating to be back to all gummed up after a single big cook (my minimax doesn’t get as sticky since I don’t cook as many pork shoulders, ribs etc. in it as my large and it operates like new for months at a time).
     
    Pro’s
    - Rain protection superior to daisy wheel 
    - Stability for settings when opening/closing the dome 
    - Looks good, for a while I preferred the daisy wheel but it grew on me over time 
    - Supports local / small business 
    - Low maintenance (Dishwasher safe, no re-seasoning of cast iron, doesn’t rust)
     
    Con’s
    - For some (not me) the look goes against the OEM Egg feel 
    - Warranty concerns for using non OEM accessories, doesn’t seem strictly enforced but it is in the policy.  (I haven’t had an issue)
    - Quickly becomes sticky and difficult to adjust the dial as it seizes into place (on my large only where I do most of my pork shoulders, ribs, burnt ends etc.) 
    - Doesn’t extinguish the fire as well as the ceramic cap 
    - Limiting airflow, you’ll want to remove it completely for Pizza or searing steaks as it limits max temp or slows down the lighting process a little (better than the daisy wheel) but do it before it gets to hot to touch 
    - Rubber heat protector can still burn fingers, wears out over time and easy to lose if you’re not careful.  
     
     
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    The rEGGulator 
    By the way, this reviewing thing only works out if you all don’t point out to my wife that I own multiple solutions to a single problem :) The most recent addition to the Egg family of accessories is the new cap from BGE released a few months back; the rEGGulator fits XXL, XL, Large, Medium size Big Green EGG sizes and I also got the rain cap to play with.  I’ve been happy with my SS caps for the past few seasons despite its shortcomings so I doubt that I am the true target market for BGE vs people looking to upgrade their original daisy wheel but nonetheless I have now cooked pork belly burnt ends, pork shoulders, ribs and steaks with the new cap to form my opinion for this review. 
     
    It might be petty but I like the look of it; but as this isn’t high school, let me share some of the real reasons I really like this cap.  The amount of greasy large meats I’ve cooked thus far would have me scrubbing my SS caps trying to unglue them back to normal easy to use operation; the fact I haven’t had to do this yet nor does it seem remotely imminent is a big win for me.  I also really like the airflow options, I don’t have the equipment to measure flow rates between the three but this thing allows a lot more air than either the daisy or the SS cap.  I also think BGE did a much better job on the rubber finger burn protection for adjusting temps mid cook than the SS cap or original daisy wheel.  
     
    Adjusting the temperature is definitely more deliberate effort wise than the daisy wheel or a brand new / just cleaned SS cap but it has a mechanical satisfaction to it that I appreciate let alone this is in part how getting no setting misalignment when opening or closing the doom is achieved.  I like being able to add and remove the rain cap, I haven’t fully decided if I like the look of it the most with or without it but having the option and the added protection is nice to have.  Finally, and again without the equipment to scientifically prove it, outside of the ceramic cap this is hands down the best cap at getting the fire out quickly and keeping the most amount of lump for future cooks.
     
     
    Pro’s
    - Best of daisy wheel, ceramic cap and Smokeware cap products combined into one…. like a mix tape of your favourite songs but in this case the tape helps make magical smoked food.
    - Weather protection with the cap
    - More air = more heat than daisy or SS cap; there’s no need to remove this cap at any point I’ve found so far
    - Temp control feels very precise, doesn’t move once set
    - Hands down the best design for fingers to adjust mid cook 
    - Best at shutting down the egg
    - Time will tell, but the new coating seems like it will hold up to the elements better than the original daisy wheel seasoned cast iron.
     
    Con’s
    - It feels like a premium product and its priced accordingly 
    - Time will tell, but the new coating seems like it will hold up to the elements better than the original daisy wheel seasoned cast iron.
    - While it fits medium to XXL, my Minimax and Mini can’t use the same cap like a gasket on the SS allows you to do so you’re going to want more than one
     
     
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    Conclusions & Recommendations 
    When I bought my Smokeware Cap the rEGGulator didn’t exist and it was significantly better in almost every way to the daisy wheel.  At times I was frustrated seeing new product innovations come out year after year on other Kamado brands while the Egg that you could buy at that point was a lot like the Egg 5 years before that and BGE wasn’t innovating on the accessories either to help get more enjoyment out of the product.  Small businesses like Smokeware recognized this gap and helped create some great products I’m proud to have purchased along the way.
     
    Perhaps it was competitors, perhaps it was small businesses innovating… in either case competition makes things better for the end user customer and BGE showed up to play with this product.  Hands down, in my opinion the rEGGulator is the best mouse trap on the market today and I give it a thumbs up recommendation to anyone looking to upgrade their Egg.




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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from DanSchlim in Joe Jr. Kontrol Tower   
    yep, that or the BGE MiniMax slider version are your options if not wanting the stock daisy 
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    Smokingdadbbq reacted to Andrey in Kamado Joe Classic III Owner from Down Under   
    Welcome! Love the Smoking Dad videos too, I think he is a member)
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from PHEAD in KJ2 vs KJ3   
    The series 3" is 4" taller which gives space for the new SloRoller (included) and 3 tier divide and conquer rack.  So you get two indirect options, a new cart with storage under and metal side shelves that don't melt with hot stuff on them.
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from GrillnBrew in DIY Kamado pumpkin (aka PumpkinJoe) how to step by step for halloween   
    Here is how to make a DIY Pumpkin Kamado. This is my test pumpkin Kamado ahead of Halloween this weekend where the game plan is to do something like pumpkin seeds as a treat for guests    1) Split the pumpkin into 1/3 dome, 2/3 base to allow space for charcoal, air gaps, cooking grids etc. and hollow out the pumpkin
      2) I didn't find a shape that would accept the charcoal basket so I used the OEM KJ Jr charcoal plate propped up on two crushed pop cans to keep the hot coals off the flesh of the pumpkin.  The minimax fire grate is about the same size

        3) cut out draft door cubes. I did three, two I put back with toothpicks so that I could adjust how much air was available since we don't have a sliding door option
      4) For the dome, you can do the same as the base and leave the stem as a handle to open the dome which makes it easier, or you can trace the daisy wheel and cut it out. The daisy looked more like a Kamado style grill so I chose that option

        5) install a temp gauge and cooking grid after adding some small pieces of charcoal onto the grate below. Light it up and let it come to temp.  


    Everything you need to know is above, but for more detail on the build and how it cooked enclosed is the supporting video i released today on YouTube - https://youtu.be/txQ4yQOrvg4
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    Smokingdadbbq reacted to SmallBBQr in DIY Kamado pumpkin (aka PumpkinJoe) how to step by step for halloween   
    That is absolutely the stupidest thing I have ever seen in a kamado community forum...
     
    ...I can't WAIT to get home and try it!
     
     
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from Boater in DIY Kamado pumpkin (aka PumpkinJoe) how to step by step for halloween   
    Here is how to make a DIY Pumpkin Kamado. This is my test pumpkin Kamado ahead of Halloween this weekend where the game plan is to do something like pumpkin seeds as a treat for guests    1) Split the pumpkin into 1/3 dome, 2/3 base to allow space for charcoal, air gaps, cooking grids etc. and hollow out the pumpkin
      2) I didn't find a shape that would accept the charcoal basket so I used the OEM KJ Jr charcoal plate propped up on two crushed pop cans to keep the hot coals off the flesh of the pumpkin.  The minimax fire grate is about the same size

        3) cut out draft door cubes. I did three, two I put back with toothpicks so that I could adjust how much air was available since we don't have a sliding door option
      4) For the dome, you can do the same as the base and leave the stem as a handle to open the dome which makes it easier, or you can trace the daisy wheel and cut it out. The daisy looked more like a Kamado style grill so I chose that option

        5) install a temp gauge and cooking grid after adding some small pieces of charcoal onto the grate below. Light it up and let it come to temp.  


    Everything you need to know is above, but for more detail on the build and how it cooked enclosed is the supporting video i released today on YouTube - https://youtu.be/txQ4yQOrvg4
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from PHEAD in DIY Kamado pumpkin (aka PumpkinJoe) how to step by step for halloween   
    Here is how to make a DIY Pumpkin Kamado. This is my test pumpkin Kamado ahead of Halloween this weekend where the game plan is to do something like pumpkin seeds as a treat for guests    1) Split the pumpkin into 1/3 dome, 2/3 base to allow space for charcoal, air gaps, cooking grids etc. and hollow out the pumpkin
      2) I didn't find a shape that would accept the charcoal basket so I used the OEM KJ Jr charcoal plate propped up on two crushed pop cans to keep the hot coals off the flesh of the pumpkin.  The minimax fire grate is about the same size

        3) cut out draft door cubes. I did three, two I put back with toothpicks so that I could adjust how much air was available since we don't have a sliding door option
      4) For the dome, you can do the same as the base and leave the stem as a handle to open the dome which makes it easier, or you can trace the daisy wheel and cut it out. The daisy looked more like a Kamado style grill so I chose that option

        5) install a temp gauge and cooking grid after adding some small pieces of charcoal onto the grate below. Light it up and let it come to temp.  


    Everything you need to know is above, but for more detail on the build and how it cooked enclosed is the supporting video i released today on YouTube - https://youtu.be/txQ4yQOrvg4
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    Smokingdadbbq reacted to adm in DIY Kamado pumpkin (aka PumpkinJoe) how to step by step for halloween   
    Wow! Just, wow!
     
    You are insane and that is awesome.
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from PHEAD in Big Joe 3 Table plan - any input on these dimensions/plans?   
    ended up going 30 across instead of 29 to be safe and allow for the granite counter top to have an overhang.  the distance between the granite openings is 28.5 which allows just over 1/2" or more on either side of the big joe. 
     
    here is the video with the reveal - 
     
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from TKOBBQ in Best vent settings for overnight cooks (changes in wind)   
    Ever had your grill stable for an overnight cook and then woke up with the fire out?  The wind can play a deceiving role when dialling in your vents, I replicate some wind with a leaf blower to test the two most common approaches to stabilizing your grill to find out which is the best at maintaining temps  
     
    https://youtu.be/E-URQmawckk
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from Marshall Law in Plans I sketched for my table build   
    Sharing the plans I sketched out for my cedar & concrete table build to help answer questions I often get on DM.  Starting a clean thread with all the info in one spot
     
    If you are building a table for a series 1 or 2 you want to raise the platform by about 3" as the Classic III is taller.
     
    From an assembly perspective, I took a short video outlining the process to help you out.
     
     
     



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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from Webber_Grills in Is the Kamado Joe DoJoe worth it? Head to head review   
    I am in the same camp. If you’re the person who was tempted to add a pizza oven even though you already have a Joe this is the most economical way to get the pizza experience leveraging more of what you already have. 
     
    I really like mine... but the pizza doesn’t taste 300 better. 
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from Keithshoo in Taking delivery today!   
    welcome and congrats 
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    Smokingdadbbq got a reaction from PHEAD in Big Joe 3 Table plan - any input on these dimensions/plans?   
    As some remember, I built my table for my Kamado Joe classic but am getting some help with cabinets from an outdoor kitchen cabinet company this go around.
     
    I haven't decided if the second spot on the right will be a big joe, a classic or something else so for now the boxes are spaced for a Big Joe series 3.
     
    I want to confirm the:
    1) width of the box at 29"
    2) depth so that the joe can open against a wall at 36.5" 
    3) the depth from the counter down to the platform that will allow the JoeTisserie to protrude out without hitting / sitting on the counter top at 21"  i haven't included the feet so likely 20"
     
    Anyone with a cut out table like this have some dimensions handy you could validate what I am thinking here before deposits are made and construction starts lol?  Much appreciated 



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    Smokingdadbbq reacted to Team PCBeach in Super Bowl dual cook advice   
    No drip pan because I had to put the cooking level on the lower spot to fit the extender rack in.  No place for the drip pan to go.
     
     Don’t know that I will do that again.  The sloroller is a pain the the butt to clean without a drip pan.  The sloroller is limited to 400 deg so you can just crank up the heat to burn everything off.  This is only my third cook with the sloroller and the paint is already coming off in places where large amount  of grease stuck to it.  I soaked the entire thing 30 minutes with Dawn, but still had to use a plastic scraper to chip big globs of charred grease off.
     
    Based on a tip I saw from @Smokingdadbbq I bought a 10” and 14” drip pan from Smokeware and will use that when using the sloroller.  The 10” is the same size as the lid of the sloroller so should not affect the smoke flow.  The 14” is bigger than the lid so not sure how that will affect the smoke pattern created by the sloroller.  Not sure I care on cooks like ribs as the edge to edge even temperature is more important.  @Smokingdadbbq did a test that showed only a 1 difference from center to edge when using the sloroller.
     
    I had planned to wrap the ribs, but they looked so moist at the 2 hour mark that I just let them go at 270.  They came out great!  With the sloroller giving edge to edge even temp and the KJ keeping moisture like it does, I am not sure I will bother with wrapping any longer.
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    Smokingdadbbq reacted to Struja in Spatchcock Turkey on my KJ   
    As some of you might know, Thanksgiving is just around the corner up here in the frozen tundra, known as Canada.  It's on October 12 and I was planning on exiting my igloo and doing a spatchcock turkey on my KJ Classic III (amongst a host of other things).  Here are my questions...
     
    1.  I was hoping to do a 15lb Turkey (or smaller - but not much smaller).  Does anyone have any experience with a bird of that size on classic?  Will it fit?  I know I've seen @Smokingdadbbqdo one on his but I didn't know the size of his bird and he also used a rib rack to gain a bit more space.  I don't have a rib rack and really didn't want to buy one either.  I have done a 12lb Capon on my KJ, so I am not sure an extra 3lbs will make a difference so I am hoping some of you can share your experiences.
     
    I really don't want to go bigger than 15lbs, but if you've done an 18 pounder or a 20 pounder or bigger, that is great because I will know my 15 pounder will fit.  Any insight is appreciated.  
     
    2.  I will be using the sloroller.  Any suggestions on temp?  I was thinking 375F.
     
    3.  My expectations is about 2 hours of cook time.  Any thoughts on this?
     
    Thanks in advance folks!
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