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mike echo

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About mike echo

  • Birthday 01/28/1961

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    Nolensville, TN
  • Interests
    Anything innovative and simple for grilling/smoking
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    Kamado Joe

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  1. Grew up with a Hibachi grill-all cast iron. Anyone use one for fun? Anyone doing Hibachi style cooking on their Kamado? M.
  2. Okay the 100 degress was wacked. My wife fiddled and showed me up. Dome and grill temp close enough. Cokk is 140. coming off to rest.
  3. Moscow Mule 32.8F. 100 degress diff between dome temp and my temp probe @ 3 inches above the cook. Will try this again. No conclusions on my first try. M.
  4. So I finally decided that I like the KJ Firestarters. Read/tried all methods in the forum except the electrics. I used to use the Coughlins starter sticks that I could find in a few outdoor sections of sporting goods stores. Spendy. So the KJ roadshow has come and gone from my area. Before I made my final choice Before I start my search.... Any ideas from those in my preference for KJFire starters camp, on a bulk discount price somewhere? M.
  5. Reading this as I cook my go to stuffed pork loin from the pork recipes section. Add it in to that section if you like. it is so worthy looking. Gonna try it soon. M.
  6. Yes
  7. Got demands for this. Anticipating same results on KJ2 as I did on the Akorn.
  8. Drifted to this section. Glad I did. Do some mods. Many excellent posts will help. I did and got many great Akorn cooks. It's a great Kamado.
  9. Never expected crazing but probably is in my future. As long as I can cook decent cooks, I'm OK with it. No plans to "show" it at meets. Yes we spent good money and have high expectations. It's outdoor equipment with the added stress of heat fluctuations and the outdoor elements themselves. Thanks for the heads up.
  10. Noted. Thanks. Looking forward to a little experiment. I also plan to probe my Moscow Mule Temp as I experiment. LOL. M.
  11. When I first started reading Kamado Guru posts, years back, I saw words about the length of the stem on the dome thermometers and how shorter stems did not portray the temp closer to the cook (grate at the lower position-no expanders-scenario). Calibrating the thermometer, some were not real accurate etc. etc. The old days were using an Akorn, so I started with a Maverick and used the grate probe just above the grate near the middle. My heat deflector was a pizza pan. All was a success. Until I read these posts I have lived "ignorance is bliss". The dome temp was way off and disregarded for years. Now I'm using a 2017 KJII. Great dome thermometer. I understand why John uses dome temp for all his demos. He knows his stuff. I trust in his expertise. I use a Smoke setup. Am gonna experiment with dangling the grill probe a few inches above the cook to extend the length of my stock temp probe if you will. Benm3 talks about the infrared properties of Charcoal. I have seen this. Glad about it, as I posted about this phenomena a while ago, thinking it was due to going from an Akorn to a KJ. Bottom line. Trust in the actual temp of your cook. Use all other positions and indications as needed.
  12. I noticed the Akorn vs KJII, difference in cool down times. Akorn was quick but made differently. I read you "got it". Vents all the way closed. Verifying no leaks ( which sight unseen, probably unlikely, there is a post on this somewhere.) I Make sure the lid is clamped too. No tool or wires in between the upper and lower gaskets. Patience with the thick ceramic cool down was needed on my end. It takes awhile. If no air is getting to the burn, no more fire.
  13. How do you do an ultra sonic bath at home. -guessing without Googling this is an industrial application?
  14. After all I read after the top vent paint problem which I have, gonna wait until the dust settles. Fairly confident I will be taken care of. Slightly bummed but not devastated. Still able to cook just fine. Happy that I got a great product at a fair price. We all have been shorted with a product problem of any brand or sort in our past experiences, that may drive a bit of negative vibes. I surmise what my father always told me. Patience is a virtue. Not getting getting a bad vibe from KJ. That's reinforced by by the really great people on the site who have posted candid input for a long time. Hope they keep on. Keeping "the picture" big. M.
  15. I figured there might be info. to broaden my "picture". Thanks.