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  1. If you have the BJ3 just use the coal divider to concentrate coals. You can buy it for the BJ2. Or push them in a pile to one side (or even in the middle). What are you cooking? Like John’s awesome pics above you can vary grate or cooking surface height, add or remove deflectors, etc. The biggest hurdle I find to doing mid-week cooks is the time to get the coals going. Even if I use a fire starter or torch, it still takes time to get the fire right. Both my wife and I work, and kids have after school activities so it’s a time thing. If I do a mid-week cook right now I us
  2. Sounds great. I've designed and lived with a few in my own backyard. First read this good article here: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/yards/21017981/read-this-before-you-put-in-an-outdoor-kitchen Check the Designer's Cheat Sheet for understanding counter space needed in various areas. The section after that goes through each of the layouts. The rest of the article is an interesting read. Are you doing a flat countertop or one with a bar ledge behind it? You really need to understand the clearance you need at the height you put your kamado at. Those vary and I never
  3. Awesome and congrats! Mine has been a joy learning how to use and expand my cooking horizons/abilities - I hope yours does the same for you! I haven't used a stick burner yet. I have one from the junk that I will use this summer for sure.
  4. So first con is really just an opinion. Both my Meater+ probes are within a couple degrees of instant read thermo, but your experience may differ. If it's way off just return it. I clean mine with my fingers and a bit of hand soap in my bar sink. If you do it while it's still warm, not hot, it cleans in about 20 seconds. If the black builds up on it, I use my fingernails to clean it. Might take a minute that way. It's no different than cleaning wired probes - except the Meater+ is dishwasher safe! Not sure about the WiFi comment. All meater probes use blueto
  5. Yeah I was leaning to having a gas grill. I had a side burner installed at my old house and only used it a few times, so I like your idea of the gas grill doing that and other things. I’ve got a cast iron pan but haven’t used it on yet. Good ideas all around. Thanks!
  6. I have a KJ BJ3. Bought it about 3 months ago and use it every weekend multiple times. Have the soapstone and DoJoe for it. I also have a Weber Performer Premium and an old Kitchen Aid gas grill (5 main burners, rotisserie, and side sear). The Kitchen Aid is on the deck above the walk out area - so good in good weather only. I ran a propane line to it while building the house. We are finishing the area under a screened in porch above the walk out basement. Nice area, 14x20. I want to put in an outdoor kitchen area because I had one at my previous house. I used the outdoor grill at
  7. I ran into this same problem and figured it out. If the ceramic bowl is not exactly level, when using the 3 tier rack on top of the SLO Roller it can bump or scrape. I took the rack and SLO Roller out and wiggled the ceramic bowl pieces into a better position. Works fine after you do that.
  8. Or start replacing your probes with a wireless solution.
  9. The MEATER probe has readings for inside the meat and ambient grill temp. It’s Bluetooth and/or WiFi depending on how you set it up. NO wires so you can use it anywhere on anything even a rotisserie. I love mine.
  10. The soapstone is awesome and my favorite searing surface. However it’s not the best option for veggies or small seafood. A laser cut surface, a grill basket, or copper surface work better for veggies. If you get a top you can fling them around for more even cooking.
  11. What height are the accessories for the Kamado Joe Classic III, or what height is the tallest accessory? Asking because I'm building an outdoor kitchen with brick to match the house and granite countertops. For the kamado section (dropped down from normal counter height), I am going to get the countertop to the same height as the base of the cart (see attached image). This leaves me a little over 15 inches from ground to countertop. I could put in a built-in kitchen drawer - but it's only 8 inches high. If the Sloroller or 3-tier rack is taller than that, then I might
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