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  1. An oval would have been perfect for sure. I wouldn't have had to truss him up nearly as much as I did. He was tucked and tied pretty tightly.
  2. I enjoyed sourcing it, prepping it, cooking it and eating it, but I wouldn't do it again. Everything was moist and falling apart, and it was an experience for everyone involved, but it's basically pork steamed in the skin. You don't get the nice bark you'd get on a butt or ribs. We had a ton of aromatics stuffed inside, along with a broth-based injection in the hams, but it was still pretty bland tasting. Now I have to convince my wife that I need yet another, bigger BBQ so I can cook the next pig flat out, or on a rotisserie for comparison sake
  3. My kitchen counter felt pretty small with a 40-pounder on it.
  4. I restored an XL Egg, and put it to the ultimate test last weekend. I cooked a whole 40-pound pig. 250 degrees for 8 hrs and it was delicious. Hardest part was getting it to fit on the 24-inches I had available, Here's a few pics.
  5. Just got one for my birthday and it was dead right out of the box. Is it worth trying another one?
  6. I did my first real cook on the XL on the weekend, and I'm amazed at how much food it holds.
  7. So after a winter shutdown, and a busy spring, my XL Egg is finally done. I posted an ad on a local facebook group and a guy offered to make me a cooking grate complete with handles and a support ring. It is super strong and fits perfectly. I made a simple cross brace for my cordierite diffuser that sits just under the cooking grate. So, all said and done, for about $350 Canadian, I have an XL egg, which in Canada runs upwards of $3k. The first cook was a 10lb pork butt that looked comically tiny on the grill. It lit easily and held 250 like a champ. The XL will only be used for big, low-and-slow cooks, while my Vision will remain as my go-to day-to-day kamado. Considering this is what I started with: I'm pretty happy with the results.
  8. Funny you should ask @bluayeddvl. I just got back to the project last weekend. All I need now is a 24-inch grill for it. I'm looking for something inexpensive. The green egg grill is $142, which is too much. So far I can't find anything in Canada, but I'll keep looking. I did a test burn and it held temp perfectly, and easily. Other than the cooking grid, it's ready to go.
  9. I may have missed the window on my restoration attempt. It will be -9C here on Friday, and I'm not sure I'll be able to get my refractory cement repairs done on the firebox/ring in those temps. My garage isn't heated so, not sure what I'll do. If worse comes to worse, I may have to wait til spring and continue to use my Vision through the winter. :( Has anyone got any experience working with refractory cement in cold temps?
  10. My son picked up the XL nest, which was located just north of Toronto and being sold used. He delivered it to me and all it cost me was a 100 bucks for the nest and lunch for him at Wendy's...pretty good deal I'd say. I don't have the XL in the stand yet, but she'll be in there soon.
  11. Smokeware cap arrived today. She's lookin' pretty. Technically, I could cook with it right now, but I'll wait til she's all done. Dang this is fun.
  12. Strange. This was their reply to my query about shipping to Canada (some personal info removed): McMaster-Carr <cle.sales@mcmaster.com> Oct 30 Hi Brian, Due to the cost and complexity of shipping our products to Canada, we are only able to accept orders from businesses and schools. If this is not for personal use, please let us know your business or school name and we can provide a quotation. Dana Norway 330-995-5893
  13. Thanks John. I may treat myself to that some day. Or better yet, Christmas is coming..."Um honey, you know the Egg I've been preparing delicious meals for you on? Well ..."
  14. And it was invented just down the street from where I work in Ottawa Ontario. http://ottawacitizen.com/life/food/the-instant-pot-invented-in-ottawa-is-the-hottest-multi-cooker-in-kitchens
  15. Not sure, but I think I'll just get cooking with a diffuser and grill for now and check into that DNC later.
  16. Actually, I now have the firebox and ring on their way to me from an Egg guy in Florida. All I had to pay was shipping to my US address. The Smokeware cap will be here Friday. And my Son is driving to Barrie to pick up a brand new XL nest for me that was listed for quite cheap. This came together very quickly thanks to the power of social media, fellow gurus and eggheads. So for about $300, I should be cooking in no time. Not bad for an Egg that sells for over 3 grand in Canada. Can't wait.
  17. I too live in Ottawa and have never had an issue with cold temp cooking. I just start my fire as always with one or more starter cubes, and I'm good to go. Nothing like a brisket cooked at -27C. As for frozen gaskets, I place parchment paper on my gasket, and it does the trick for me.
  18. She's coming along. I made a new handle out of red cedar that I had left over from my deck. I made it a bit beefier than original so it fit my hand better. And most of the black soot is off except for a few stubborn spots that require a bit more elbow grease.
  19. Thanks John. I've got a few places here I can try first. I just haven't had a chance to get to them yet. But if I hit a dead end, I may take you up on the offer. Thanks very much.
  20. @fbov I just heard back from McMaster Carr and they don't ship to Canada, plus they'll only ship to the address associated with a credit card, so I can't even use my US address. Thanks anyway.
  21. I tried the math and came up with 2.5 inch and bought a spring that size, but it looks like I need a 3 inch. I can get some springs from Aucklands Granger here in Ottawa, but I have an email in to McMaster Carr to see if they ship to Canada.
  22. Thanks for checking John. Much appreciated.
  23. Well John, you were right about the egghead forum. I didn't get a spring, but there's a guy in Florida who is giving me his firebox that is in three pieces. All I have to do is pay the shipping, which shouldn't be too bad. I have a US address because I'm only 20 minutes from the NY border. I should be able to use refractory cement to put it back together. Thanks
  24. I did post there, but I feel so dirty and ashamed. Lol, It's definitely a different vibe over there.
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