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Tongmaster

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  1. The one with wood beams is at a friend's house, and the other one is from B&Q: https://www.diy.com/departments/palram-canopia-sierra-grey-non-retractable-awning-l-4-34m-h-3-05m-w-2-99m/7290108130270_BQ.prd?ds_rl=1272379&gclid=Cj0KCQjw1tGUBhDXARIsAIJx01mOh9bLmoELmIA5wvnAkxEgK9zlrRYBlwXiHdSy9fpX5NgmBikhNlUaAvliEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&storeId=
  2. @sidius 100% you need a cover on your patio to enable year round grilling in the UK. How about something like this:
  3. Try it with a full basket with mixture of small, medium and large chunks, it may need smaller ones to maintain ignition properly. Also, has the humidity in the place you store the charcoal changed recently? If it is damp for any reason it may be why it's not keeping temp for you?
  4. So I bent the rack side inwards slightly to hold the racks in place better. The front section bent (only very slightly) absolutely fine and holds the top rack much better now. The other other at the back..ping, one of the welds at the bottom broke, it's looser than ever now. Anyway it was a cheaper imitation of d&c rack from Amazon... I have got some silver 55 rod for brazing the stainless steel back together again and will give it a go tomorrow
  5. If I grilled under a 7' roof the main problem would be the smoke in my eyes! Way too low to cook under I feel. 8 or 9" would be fine, I grilled under a sloping BBQ shelter with wood roof for a few years without any issues.
  6. https://www.kamadoguru.com/topic/11485-grape-vine-wood/ AO, some information here. It's good wood to use for smoking, just very mild
  7. What adm says. Big K Dura all the way for serious UK BBQ users
  8. In my kamado, no more than 2 fist size chunks per cook usually. It's personal preference but as the discussions on smoke on this forum often point up - in kamados, less is more.
  9. So @Snoozeboy did you give the vine wood a try? How did you like it?
  10. https://theonlinegrill.com/kamado-joe-classic-vs-classic-ii/
  11. This is a great idea, will have to try that. Not sure how happy the X rack would be after a while though
  12. Good news that the CPL sizes seem to be improved based on your sifting, I bought a 3 pack once and there were a lot of tiny bits. Only use Big K Dura 15kg bags now and am happy with them, no smoke flavour from them really, and very little smoke when lighting is my experience. According to their website it's 100% white quebracho. I'm fortunate to be able to get them from a local restaurant supply company at a good price.
  13. This is just how I cook that cut with good results each time, except I don't rest the meat that long. Also on bigger pieces I don't bother to remove it from the kamado, just wrap it in foil for a short period while opening the vents, and then remove the foil once it's hot, for a nice sear all over the outside.
  14. Opening the dome and putting food in always results in the temperature dropping a bit and it doesn't always recover fast, usually not as fast as your cook time of 7-8 mins, so you're not doing anything wrong, it's quite normal and if the pizza was cooked ok at 500 degrees F I wouldn't worry about it at all. Having more charcoal and pre heating it for a bit longer may mean it doesn't drop so much
  15. Very interesting, thanks. I've been using the Big K Dura restaurant charcoal for the last few years and it's also excellent. It's 100% natural White Quebracho according to their website.
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