Jump to content


Members Plus
  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Tarnation last won the day on November 24 2019

Tarnation had the most liked content!

About Tarnation

  • Birthday 10/17/1986

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location:
    Jacksonville, FL
  • Interests
    UF Football/Basketball/Baseball Go Gators
    Saints Who Dat
    Atlanta Braves
    Grilling/Smoking (obviously)
  • Grill
    Big Green Egg

Recent Profile Visitors

806 profile views

Tarnation's Achievements

  1. Definitely go check that out. You'll find some gnarled old veterans of kamado cooking who claim they can control temps on their cookers for 3 days without touching the vents. I find some of that highly suspect, but for the rest of us who like to sleep without having to go check on temps get a temp controller. They might seem pricey, but 100s of long cooks later you'll be glad you got one.
  2. You could try some oven gasket and some high heat silicone, same same as the KJ gasket. I've thought about that myself since the felt gasket on my Egg won't last forever.
  3. Even if it does leak around the probe wires, it isn't going to be enough to cause a problem. You would have to create a pretty decent gap since Kamados are already so well insulated.
  4. That's exactly what he means, temp controllers usually have a probe at grate level that runs back to a box that controls or has a fan attached that blows air into you bottom vent. It's basically a smart bellows system for you grill. Some even have wifi and bluetooth for remote monitoring or even remote temperature control. John lists a few in his really right stuff list at the top of the forums. I have a BBQube controller, worth every penny for a good nights sleep on those long cooks.
  5. I've used probably half a dozen or more different brands of lump charcoal and the only negative thing I have for any of those is I got some rocks in a bag of BGE lump, at least I'm about 90% sure they were from the BGE bag. Maybe KJ XL had bigger chunks and maybe Cowboy produced a bit more smoke at first light, but once the pit was settled at temp and the smoke ran clean everything I've cooked has come out delicious. From what I can tell lump isn't anywhere near like briquettes, I won't let a generic bag of grocery store brand briquettes near my Weber Kettle ever again. Some briquette brands just put off harsh smoke and won't ever get really good and hot. I buy whatever lump I can get a good deal on.
  6. Most grocery stores around me carry lump charcoal and chunks of smoking wood. Usually Cherry, Apple, Hickory, Oak, Pecan, and Mesquite. I also get them from Ace Hardware and Walmart.
  7. Mexico for the former China the latter. Plenty of the cheeper Chinese Auplex based models have some interesting options and look really nice.
  8. That's a bit much for an original Kamado Joe. Costco was selling brand new 24" Louisiana Grills for $599. I wouldn't offer more than $400. Keep in mind used means you don't get a warranty. If you do go all the way to Kenner to buy that I would do some serious disassembly and padded transporting of that thing. Louisiana roads and highways were garbage when I lived out there. Pretty sure Home Depot was selling a brand new Vision for close to that too. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Vision-Grills-HD-Series-Charcoal-Kamado-Grill-in-Red-B-R2C2AX-S/306899776
  9. I did a run of 3 racks of baby back ribs for my sister's birthday tonight. These turned out fantastic. I smoked them @ 225 -240 for 5hrs over B&B Oak lump and Best of the West 100% Mesquite lump and cherry wood chunks. Rack 1, see the toothpicks, was rubbed with Bad Byron's Butt rub and Weber Spicy Cocoa rub. Rack 2 was again rubbed with Bad Byron's and Fire & Smoke Society Pork Perfect. Rack 3 was different, it was rubbed with Fresh Jax Ghost Pepper Sea Salt, Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Ranch, and Fire & Smoke Society Wicked Wynona. Far and away rack 3 was the favorite. Those are gone, the other 2 also turned out awesome, I really can't pick a winner between those 2. I finished them with a 50/50 Duke's Hickory Moonshine sauce and Cranberry Grape juice. I definitely recommend using some juice to cut your sauce when basting. I might do a cut shot later everyone was hungry and tired of waiting for me to finish cutting. Smoke ring was on point.
  10. Love my Qube, even with my XL egg it can still support a low and slow for a long cook.
  11. Honestly I would go with the Louisiana mainly because of size. I had an Akorn which actually has a bit more cooking surface than a classic Joe and while I loved that grill I always wanted a bit bigger of a cooking surface and a little more dome clearance. I was all set to go buy the Louisiana in the US at Costco, when my Dad brokered the deal I got on my XL BGE. The Louisiana I think comes with 2 levels of cooking grates, something I didn't get with my Egg and will one day remedy. My Egg however came with modular nest and it's got the BGE warranty which is fantastic, so that's what made my decision. Akorn is technically a 20 or 22" grill I think, the classic Joe and Joe II are both 18" which s fine, but you'll struggle to get more than one or two big spare rib racks on there even with a rib rack it's a tight fit.
  12. Take everything out leaving only your firebox, put or leave just enough charcoal in there to get it hot. Light it up and get it to I would say around 500, then shut it down. Once the fire is out and it's still hot say 300 see if you can get it to budge, by either pushing with your ash tool or if you have a good set of welding gloves try moving it a little. Hopefully if you can get it to shift some once it cools down it will come out. Otherwise enjoy your permanent firebox.
  13. 1st thing would be to read https://www.kamadoguru.com/announcement/57-johns-really-right-stuff-list/ which is also linked at the top of the forums. My only problem with the iKamand is it doesn't have manual controls in case your wifi craps out on you that and I have a BGE. I have a BBQ Guru Tempmaster Pro, but it doesn't really work with my XL Egg for higher temperature control, it'll probably be fine for low and slow (need to try it, but it was struggling to get to 450), but I can't recommend it for the XL or the Big Joe I think it needs a higher CFM fan. It was really designed with the Akorn in mind and works fantastically with that. BBQGuru has some new stuff that looks cool. My friend has the older Cyber Q and loves it. The FlameBoss stuff looks pretty good too. I don't think you would go wrong with either the BBQGuru, FlameBoss, or the Fireboard.
  14. 100% Correct, they along with Vision and a bunch of others are re-branded Auplex Kamados from China. This isn't a bad thing its a fine grill, but if you start looking at them you'll notice the similarities. The easiest way to tell is to look at the vent cap. Most of your Auplex rebrands have very similar vent caps. Where as companies like BGE, Kamado Joe, Primo, and some of the others have a different design or tried to come up with something new. Although if you look at stuff like the Slow & Sear Kamado from S&S Grills formerly Adrenaline BBQ and Monolith Grills there are customization's you can have done to make your stuff more unique to your brand, but they all come out of the same factories.
  • Create New...