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  1. That wood shelf is just sitting on top of one of the metal adjustable shelves.
  2. Basic Joe Jr. table build. I basically purchased a steel utility cart and wood counterop top from Home Depot. The cart was $75 and the wood countertop was $230: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Seville-Classics-Industrial-All-Purpose-Utility-Cart-NSF-Listed-SHE18304BZ/203668363 https://www.homedepot.com/p/Interbuild-Acacia-6-ft-L-x-40-in-D-x-1-in-T-Butcher-Block-Island-Countertop-in-Golden-Teak-Stain-669261/309409311 I used the same wood countertop manufacturer/finish as I used in my outdoor kitchen build so things would match, and the countertop was the expensive part of this build, so you can certainly utilize more cost effective options. The utility cart measures 34” wide x 18” deep x 33.5” tall. These are great as you can easily adjust the height of each shelf. In researching these types of tables for kamados, you really need to think about fire safety. There was a really helpful resource online discussing the various aspects of installing kamados safely in these types of table builds, and the biggest lesson seemed to be that it’s best to have some space between the bottom of the kamado and the shelf as air is a great insulator. Simply putting a tile or brick directly on top of the shelf and under the kamado (so the kamado was in direct contact with the tile which was in direct contact with the shelf) wasn’t ideal as that tile/brick would absorb the heat from the kamado over time and transmit that heat to the shelf, potentially resulting in a fire. In the case of the Joe Jr, it already comes with a handy stand, so I simply used the included stand to put the cooker into the table and put a few fire bricks on top of the shelf and below the kamado for extra protection of the shelf (still leaving a good amount of space between the fire brick and the bottom of the kamado). The additional benefit of this little set up is that I can safely place the hot deflector plate on top of these fire bricks under the kamado when necessary. For the table top – I simply attached 1” rubber cups (like the ones you find on the end of a walking cane, etc.) to the bottom of the table top and used those to settle on top of the utility cart legs. My original thinking was to simply put the kamado stand onto the wire utility cart shelf. The problem with this was that the utility cart shelf is only 18” wide, but the bottom base of the kamado stand is 20” in diameter. So I had to create a shelf that went wider than the utility cart shelf to safely put the kamado stand on. For the shelf holding the kamado – I used a 1.25” diameter hole saw drill attachment to drill 4 holes for the utility cart legs. The legs of the utility cart are 1” in diameter. I did have a 1” diameter hole saw, but as you might notice by the 2 small holes on this shelf, it was really difficult to drill the holes in the precise location so the legs would perfectly fit through, so after failing on that attempt I just used a larger diameter hole saw which made it much easier to position the holes so the legs would easily go through. This build isn’t the fanciest or cleanest, but I think it’s really functional, and provides opportunity for a little customization to match my outdoor kitchen without having any crazy woodworking/building skills or tools. (Admittedly, I did have someone help me with cutting the large table top into smaller pieces and also cut the large hole into the top shelf). I think there are table kits available for about the same price, but I did have a little sense of design and DIY pride in doing this build.
  3. I also just got my jr last week from Walmart ($299 Black Friday!). It looked pretty good overall, though there looks to be a slight black smoke looking spot on the exterior. Doesn’t bother me at all. fedex left it in my doorstep, one of the top wood frame pieces was cracked but inside packaged well and no damage. getting the wrap off the base was such a pain!!! There must be a better solution lol
  4. Cooked chicken legs/baked potatoes in the Jr and then afterwards made pizza using the dough recipe in the kamado guide. I was really impressed with the results (my 4 year old rolled out her first pizza dough!) overall. I cooked the pizza at around 550 for 8 minutes but realized I didn’t have the ideal deflector plate set up to get the cooker up over 600, but the pizza came out great. Doing ribs and brisket this weekend on the 26” kettle, but will also try those cooks in the Jr in due time. You can see my table build half done. Family needs to eat regardless of the status of the table! I’m cutting a hole in the table top, but it’s basically a stock countertop and utility cart from Home Depot put together.
  5. Thanks Everyone. Been going through the Book of Knowledge, lot of great info in there. Definitely excited about the pizza/bread/baking capabilities of the Jr. I'll definitely post pics/info on the table build. Should be done this weekend.
  6. Hi Everyone - excited to join this group and learn more about kamado cooking. I've been cooking since I was a kid. It's incredible over the past 30 years how cooking skills and tools have evolved with forums like this, food network, youtube, etc. I've loved grilling/bbqing since the beginning. I was looking at a big green egg 15 years ago. Life happens and never got around to actually getting one. Then 3 years ago I was set on getting a Kamado Joe, but got distracted by life. Admittedly, with the covid lock downs this year, I've spent a lot more time cooking outdoors and learning about all these different cooking styles. I finally got a Joe Jr during black friday (walmart for $299, no brainer!). It came a couple of days ago, and just did the burn in and first cook, which was simple burgers (which I rarely make) and I'm just super impressed what it can do, especially given its price. Next project is to complete my grill table (basically marrying a utility cart and butcher block from Home Depot) and get to making all the stuff we love to eat. I'm also really interested in live fire cooking and try to do that as much as I can when camping. You definitely need a lot of time, but I'm hoping that I'll also be able to cook with wood in the Jr.
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