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BRGriller

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  1. Thanks guys! I have the KJ halfmoon soapstone coming in tomorrow and I already know I will be using it a lot for searing, fish and smashburgers. it was a no brainer. Did my first cook yesterday - something basic, wings and it turned out amazing. Getting to and keeping temp was a lot easier than I thought, would have to thank all of the suggestions and videos about working up instead of going all in and overshooting. Doing pork butt sometime this weekend. I also have that same inkbird ibt-4xs ordered and its coming in tomorrow as well @T_om haha One thing I learned but missed even though it was so obvious - the direct heat coming off from the sides of the deflectors. Need to account for that next time I do indirect. Three or so were a bit overdone but not to the point where it was inedible. Still tasted great.
  2. Thanks Frank! Looking forward to the soapstone, love the fact that almost every KJ item is on amazon. Gotta love two day shipping
  3. After much consideration I just went with KJ's halfmoon soapstone. I was going to spring for a 16" soapstone so I could do pizza too, but I'm planning on mostly reverse searing my steaks and having to move the soapstone on and off would be a hassle especially once heated up. I'll just get a pizzastone for pizzas anyways.
  4. I'm seeing a lot of different options for surfaces: reversible cast iron grate, soapstone and the little griddle kettle-q. I'm wanting to make smashburgers for sure and the kettle-q looks great especially since it has a drip tray. I'm not sure if I need a cast iron grate, is it that much better than the standard grates? Love that it's reversible too. Soapstone.. would be pretty much a two-for-one since I could also use it as a pizza stone but I'm worried about the grease just spilling off the surface What do you guys use?
  5. Thanks for the tips y'all, I'll try lighting maybe as few of the charcoals I can with the chimney first and if it doesn't work out I'll try out the starters. Still wondering which griddle/surface I should get and I think I might just get that kettle-q because the whole setup looks real convient but for the price I could pretty much go for th soapstone too.. on the other hand the reversible grate/griddle is a two in one but only half moon. Tough choices! I'm planning on getting the inkbird ibt-4xs because thatll be real convient for the low and slow cooks without having to open the lid and letting all the heat out.
  6. Thanks! I've been watching some of John's videos for the past couple days and I'm learning a lot. I think one of my first purchases that I really want to make is a griddle/grate. I'm seeing a lot of different options: reversible cast iron grate, soapstone and the little griddle kettle-q. I'm wanting to make smashburgers for sure and the kettle-q looks great especially since it has a drip tray. I'm not sure if I need a cast iron grate, is it that much better than the standard grates? Would love to get good searing on my steaks too and I've seen some people just use the standard grates and put it on the lower part closer to the direct heat to get that sear. What do you guys use?
  7. I finally went all in a upgraded from my small little weber go anywhere to a kamado. I'm finally able to do way more things with this guy and I'm excited, especially smoking. I'm fairly new to grilling in general.. only been messing around with steaks and burgers. Did some ribs before but that was a bit tough with the small weber GA. I also got a joetisserie as a free gift with the purchase. Will add more pics when I get the chance. Are there anything I should know for my first time on a kamado or the kamado joe in particular? Planning on doing a boston butt or brisket for my first cook Some questions I do have though Is the top vent supposed to just sit on top loosely? It doesn't fit snug at all and it's easy to lift it off, but it doesn't fall off when I open the lid. How important is getting a cooler to let meats rest? Could I just wrap it in foil/towels and let it sit on the counter Any accessories/tools I should get? I have the ravenna cover ordered and a $20 instant temp reader from amazon that I bought a while ago. I have a chimney that I've been using for the little weber, are chimneys alright for kamados? I've always wanted to get a grill grate since a lot of people recommends one for steaks, but is there one for the classic 2? Sorry for all of the questions, trying to get everything down as I start my journey into kamados Thanks guys! It's been awhile since I've used a forum and man do I miss it. Seems like a lot of discussions take place on things like reddit nowadays.
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