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  1. i used "greased lightning"
  2. costco is awesome. i am sure they will take care of you. but i know returning it will be a pain in the ###, kamado joe might be able to help also. but if they ship you a new unit it will definitely take longer than doing it yourself and getting a new one from costco.
  3. if you can, check the bottom of the cooker for the serial number. might be hard to do on your own, maybe you can stack it on something high enough to slide your phone underneath and snap a few pictures
  4. PHEAD

    Got a KJ

    congrats! not sure if you need a cover, but i have one of these and it works well for me. but it doesnt snow in san diego lol. so hopefully it would work just as well for you in the snow as it does for me in the rain. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00R4J5A9Q
  5. sometimes i dont feel like setting up my whole fireboard and fan, so i have 1 meater+ probe. its neat. i like that it can read the ambient temperature from the end of the probe that doesnt go into the meat. 1 probe is ~$100. i found a discount code when i was looking around so it was a little bit cheaper than that.
  6. https://www.fireboard.com/spark/ FireBoard Spark FireBoardĀ® Spark is a highly accurate and fast instant-read thermometer, combined with a leave-in probe port for longer term temperature tracking. Pairing your Spark with the FireBoard Mobile App keeps your temperature data available remotely everywhere you go. WiFi, Bluetooth, and FireBoard Cloud Connected. SyncModeTM is a powerful mode to track other FireBoard devices using Spark as a display. This powerful feature uses the FireBoard Cloud to transform Spark into a beautiful countertop device, making all your FireBoard temperatures available at a glance. i didnt catch the part about it having a port for a probe at first glance. thats kind of neat. if you didnt have a fireboard or a thermapen, it could do a little bit of both for you. but its not a full on pit controller like the fireboard can be. so i guess i can see why they didnt price it closer to the thermapen
  7. they kind of blew it with that pricing. the thermapen is ~$100 i dont see why i would spend $50 more on the spark? pairing it with the fireboard and the app is neat, but for me it wouldnt be $50 neat lol
  8. i like the fireboard, not sure why it wouldnt work on an akorn.
  9. they are heavy, but its not undoable. im no hercules, but i was able to carry my KJ2 by myself. just make sure to take out everything you can to lighten it. i held it by the bottom the the hinge and a gloved hand in the ash door. but there are also "pot mover" straps you can use. might be easier depending on where you have to move it. and the strength of your back. https://www.amazon.com/PotLifter-Gardening-Lifting-Equipment-Ultimate/dp/B002ECFFJ8
  10. this thread makes me not want to post pics of how i set up my fan for some reason i always set mine up, i guess, laying down? with the fan pointing up toward the sky. no idea why i do it that way, but it still works fine. its just after seeing several of these pics i realized my set up is oddball. lol
  11. not exactly sure what model i have, but its very similar. i think it was around $20 at one of the tool stores, HD or Lowes. ive gone through several of the micros, i like weaving things with paracord and i use the micro torch to melt the ends, but i like a small/strong/precise flame for that. so the ones i didnt like became bbq tools lol. i like the cheapo eagle torch, but they break easily. the iroda micro jet was worth the $30 for my uses. would take for ever to light a fire cube though
  12. i light my cubes with a refillable butane micro torch https://www.bernzomatic.com/Products/Hand-Torches/Trigger-Start/ST2200T https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B082HWV2FL I wont buy them from amazon again though, ill find something else. I also have one of these torches, but i like the micro torch http://blazerproducts.com/the-big-shot-industrial-torch.html
  13. i missed out on the kickstarter, and didnt want to pay full price so when i saw something similar pop up i backed it. Called the RocketFire. I wont have it until January or February though. but a few people in that thread said they use weed burners lol, so there are definitely cheaper options out there available right now.
  14. mine has gaps on the sides, where the kamado curves. i was debating getting some of the gasket from the vent top and adding it to the bracket, and then shave it down to fit in the gaps. not sure where i read about doing that, but im pretty sure it was a thread on this site some where.
  15. yeah i just bent mine a bit to make it fit better. between the tight fit and sliding the vent door behind it, its pretty sung and holds in place well.
  16. before i got my KJ, i had a weber kettle for 8+ years. the only thing that ever rusted on it were the grill grates, had to replace them a couple times, and the ash catcher was fairly rusty at the end of its life. and like you i hardly maintained it. i was all set to get a weber master touch kettle to replace it, but the wife gave me the ok to spend 4x as much, for my birthday lol
  17. yeah maybe that comparison was a little harsh. as long as youre happy with it and youre able to make some good food, is all that matters in the end.
  18. who wants an over priced akorn? if im spending over $1000 on a kamado its going to be ceramic, not cheap metal that will rust out in a few years.
  19. i have the fireboard 2, my 2 meat probes and 2 ambient probes going strong for a year and half now. the meat probes have got fairly wet when I wash them off, but Ive never let them get soaked/submerged i dont let the actual wires hang out over open flame or anything dumb like that, but i havent had a problem with the cables getting too hot when they are left in the dome.
  20. why cant i edit the first post? this has sold
  21. https://www.snakeriverfarms.com/ ive had wagyu tritip and picanha, they also have korobuta pork. ive done ribs and collar, i wont buy collar again, similar to shoulder for pulled pork but i didnt like it.
  22. if you want full pit control, with a fan and everything, its hard to beat Fireboard. if you just want to monitor the temps so you dont have to keep opening the dome, I say go with Meater+
  23. yeah sorry, no experience with the ikamand. Joetisserie is on my list of things I need to buy. I guess it all depends what you like to cook but I think it would definitely be worth it, especially if you can get a good deal for it.
  24. I switched over to Meater+ probes. i like that there are no wires and they can be used with a rotisserie. I also have the fireboard 2 but it gets annoying untangling the wires for all the probes. the fan on the fireboard works really well, but its kind of overkill.
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