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T_om last won the day on August 23 2019

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  • Birthday 02/15/1947

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  1. Sorry. Something happened when I attempted to post and multiple transmissions went out. Evidently the one with the attachments was lost, so here they are. Tom Ribs - Hot And Fast.doc
  2. When I cook I normally target a "finish" time so regular meal planning can take place. Just "cook 'til' it's ready" is fine if you want "wait 'til it's ready" to eat. SWMBO doesn't like that schedule, so here is my work-back schedule for hot and fast ribs. First some editorial comments. Low and slow is not the strong point of Kamado cooking IMHO. Does it work? Yep. Is it always the best method? Nope, not for me. A Kamado is an air-limiting cooker and the smoke profile does NOT develop the same way stick-fired smokers work. Stick-fired large capacity smokers move a TON of air. A TON. No Kamado is going to do that and also maintain low heat. If you throttle down a Kamado to get the same low heat, you aren't going to get the same quality smoke. That has been my observation, so go ahead and throw rocks if you differ. Print the attached sheet and starting from the bottom (line 5) work your way back in time to when you need to put the ribs on. I spritz mine with 50/50 apple juice and water but that is up to you. I have found that at 300°F this 3 hour schedule works like a champ, at least for me. Here's my last cook with the temperature managed by my HeaterMeter. Don't pay any attention to the Probe 1 and Probe 2 lines, I was messing about checking other stuff. The HeaterMeter ran the KJ just fine and you can see the quick recovery after the lid openings. Tom
  3. No problems yet. I am pretty anal about keeping the cover on, but so far just minor surface rust near the joints. I keep it brushed off and wiped down with a light oil. Tom
  4. Forgot to post the Dexter knife I have found the most useful over many decades. It is the Dexter 1376N https://www.katom.com/135-02070.html?gclid=CjwKCAjw_L6LBhBbEiwA4c46uvDU-sFWhaK40bZLcWIB0hGnYR9CSWMtDYE33uU8igsrS0dV-vsaKBoCCgsQAvD_BwE DO NOT get it from Amazon, they have them listed at rip-off prices. Easy to get a shaving sharp edges, yet holds it well. This is the best all-round meat knife there is IMHO. Especially for working BBQ cuts like butts, ribs, brisket, etc. Tom
  5. The filament for each part is just pennies. Maybe a buck for the entire spool but probably not even that much. A couple of bucks for the stand because you have to have 8ea. 7/16" #2 screws. 3D printing filament is inexpensive. The rolls I buy average a little less than 20 bucks for 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of filament. Then the spools take about 50 grams of plastic so you can figure the exact cost that way. 3D printers themselves come is a WIDE range of prices. Tom
  6. For those of you with a 3d printer and a Fireboard, and who need a stand. I uploaded the files to Thingiverse here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5014047 I also just uploaded some probe spoolers here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5019338 Tom
  7. I just ran across this. This probe on Amazon had a user post that it was Fireboard compatible and very inexpensive. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B097XHGP7G/ref=sspa_dk_hqp_detail_aax_0?psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyQTcxRkxBVUVaSDc0JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjI1OTIwMUYyVVNZQ09ERU9OUyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwODY1MjEzMTRYQ0JVUFpOMkxHRSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2hxcF9zaGFyZWQmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl The new Fireboards will handle several different probe types. Here is Fireboard's info regarding that: https://docs.fireboard.io/probes/index.html Look under "Probe Types". Tom
  8. I have (had) a HeaterMeter that I built and loved. Great device. My son liked it too. After I thought I broke it, it disappeared and miraculously showed up at his place on his new smoker. Well, he "borrowed" it but the "borrow" has apparently turned into an "adoption"... just like a LOT of my tools have been "adopted". But I digress. I really don't have time right now to build and 3D print the stuff again for another HeaterMeter so I am buying a Fireboard 2 Drive Pro. I liked the K-Type thermocouple on my HeaterMeter. Extremely durable and high temperature capable. And they are dirt cheap if you buy them anywhere OTHER than Fireboard or any other BBQ company. My question is about fans. A LOT of Fireboard 2 Drive people seem to use the Pit Viper fan instead of the Fireboard fan. My question is... why? Is the Pit Viper better? And last, is the Pit Viper fan plug and play with the Fireboard drive 2 Pro? Thanks for any info you can provide. Tom
  9. Yep. That is exactly what it looks like. Either a reject sold anyway or Ray Charles is their QC inspector. I would have taken it back personally. Way too much money invested in these things to accept such a poor quality finish. Tom
  10. Everything I have ever heard about the things (from uninterested sources with no connections to KamadoJoe) said they were crap. I don't necessarily believe everything I read, but when the reports that they were crap just kept on piling up, they couldn't be summarily dismissed. So I went with a HeaterMeter. Tom
  11. This one works for my son. I use paraffin blocks because I'm not in that big of a hurry. https://www.harborfreight.com/electric-start-propane-torch-91061.html Tom
  12. I have used Dexter Russel commercial knives for literally decades. About the most useful knife in their range is the 6" carbon steel boning knife... we have two that are used every single day. Over the years I have literally worn out only one previously. It got so thin it made a great fish fillet knife however. And they are very inexpensive. Commercial use for years no problem. I used to use only my Japanese waterstones to sharpen but then my son convinced me to try one of these: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018RSEMU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I never looked back. Razor sharp edges in literally seconds. Be sure to get the X15 (15° bevel grind) for the best sharpness, get the 22° bevel unit if you are hard on knives and want a steeper bevel. I treat all my knives well so the 15° bevel works for me. Tom
  13. I just got an email advertisement from kamado Joe. It is the last I will be receiving as I unsubscribed, and marked the email as spam. It was a colorful picnic with smiling faces all around and a huge block letter scrawl across the top proclaiming "Happy Memorial Day!" Here is a copy of the email I sent them in return. The language is strong but so are my feeling about crap like this. I doubt this post will last long, but maybe someone will read it and take a moment to think about what Memorial Day actually means. What the HELL are you idiots saying! Are you so ####ing stupid you don't know what Memorial Day is about? Don't know what it means? Memorial day is to honor the men and women that have given their lives in the service of this country. IT ISN'T ####ING NATIONAL BBQ DAY MORONS! Why don't you go to a family member's funeral and start wishing all those there "Happy Funeral Day Everyone!, Let's all have a BBQ out back!" Over my 26 years of service and two wars I've lost more friends than you will probably ever have and I resent companies like yours trying to make a buck on shipmates and squadronmates dead bodies. I have purchased my last Kamado product. Take me off your moronic mailing list. T. O'Meara, CWO4, USN(Ret)
  14. If you are the least bit handy, then the HeaterMeater is hard to beat. https://tvwbb.com/forums/heatermeter-diy-bbq-controller.85/ Tom
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