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Family_cook last won the day on October 9 2019

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    Del Mar, California
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    Japanese knives, audio, choppers, electric vehicles.
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    Big Green Egg

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  1. My 1st Snake River Farms brisket. End product looks different than a choice or prime brisket, but the flavor was intense. Large BGE extra full load of large and small pieces. Put it on at 2:00 pm @200deg and around 10:00 pm I thought things were going too fast so I closed it down to @185. Got up the next morning and it was holding @185 - thank you - Tip Top Temp. Brought it back to @200 and eventually @225. Wrapped it in butcher paper at 165 internal. Pulled at 2:00 pm, ate it at 6:30. As you can see my heat deflector sits directly on top of the coals. I think i
  2. Barkeepers Friend definitely works but requires effort. You can also put a couple of automatic dishwashing pods in a sink full of water and soak overnight and in the morning wipe clean with a sponge. Amazing to watch it work.
  3. I have seen a resurgence of enthusiasm for carbon pans. Once upon a time they were the standard. Today they have been replaced with 3 layer clad stainless steel, teflon and titanium coating and aluminum pans. I suggest that all of those options pale in comparison to the capability and versatility of carbon steel. Properly seasoned carbon pans are extremely non-stick. They can sear as well or better than cast iron and they heat up faster and more evenly than cast iron. They are also much lighter than cast iron or clad stainless and therefore more easily one handed. If something goes awry
  4. Wow! You don't see this often from a manufacturer with a hot new product. Maybe Covid supply chain issues or localized Covid worker issues.
  5. After considerable research and consideration, I decided to follow John Setzler’s advice and got the Avid Armor instead of the Adcraft VS-300 which is 95% the same as the VacMaster VP215 for less money. Avid Armor was $150 cheaper than that and is much lighter. I have had the unit for 2 weeks now and have a few comments on chamber vacuums in general and some specifics on the Avid Armor. Regarding the Avid Armor – this is a very well-designed machine with an intuitive and flexible control panel. It is so simple to use. During the vacuum cycle you can simply hit the seal button
  6. Just put a loose foil tent over the daisy wheel.
  7. The best sear is going to come from a cast iron pan basting in clarified butter. You can do that on the Kamado or on the stove.
  8. Nice. Not doubting that you might have the tools to get it done, but smoothing cast iron which has a Rockwell surface of 75+ is hard to do.
  9. Not diagnosed, I know a couple diseased. This is the real deal. Not the flu, not a hoax, not like something the planet went through 100-1000 years ago before modern medicine. This is modern time and this thing moves at amazing speed and impacts young and old - and currently other than social distancing we have no means to stop or retard it . Not only will Chloroquine not help, it will have a negative impact and likely kill you; and no it won't just miraculously disappear. This winter could be worse. It is sad that the news channel or radio show you adhere impacts your knowledge and unders
  10. The VP210 and smaller one are but not the VP215 and up.
  11. I think all of them. Definitely the Vacmaster VP215, the copy of Adcraft VS300 and Vak-pack-it. Vacmaster has a seriously industrial looking dry pump. https://www.webstaurantstore.com/ary-vacmaster-978377-replacement-oil-free-vacuum-pump-for-vp210-vacuum-sealers/120978377.html The oil pump is cheaper to replace. https://www.webstaurantstore.com/ary-vacmaster-979216-oil-pump-motor-for-vp215-vacuum-packaging-machines/120979216.html
  12. I've lost count of the dry pump compressors that have failed me. Rotary oil pumps work for decades as long as you regularly change the oil. Dry pumps are dependent on teflon seals which start to break down as contaminants enter the system with no mechanism to remove them. With oil pumps the contaminants are expelled with oil changes as John showed with the oil change on his old unit. I wish I trusted this unit to last, but when I listen to it ,it is so loud I feel like I can hear the teflon seals suffering. I hope I am wrong and folks get 10+ years out of their Avid Armor or Vacmaster dry
  13. I think your plan makes sense. The biggest issue on a less expensive ceramic would be high heat and rapid cooling. If you only used it for low and slow and your current Akorn for high heat you would mitigate its' weakness and take advantage of the strength of ceramic's low and slow ability.
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