I moved to Wilmington NC from the UK back in October 2015 (anyone else out there local?). I must say I quickly got sick of the salt air destroying the grills so I decided to take the leap and purchased the Kamado Big Joe II a couple of months ago.
I absolutely love it but there are a few things I wonder about
With just the base cart and polyethylene side tables, where do you all put anything hot. I don't have a heat proof surface to put anything on and I can't put it on the ground as the dogs would certainly be too interested. I'm thinking specifically the heat deflector plates and cooking grates when I want to switch from the grate after a long slow cook to the cast iron griddle etc.
The ceramic firebox came with a tiny corner chipped off - doesn't seem to matter but one thing I have noticed is that no matter how much I try, it never looks like the petals butt up as close to each other as they do in most pictures. How exact and close should they knit together
With the hinge, after 5 cooks it really makes a creaking sound, could be used use as backing sound in a horror movie. Anyone else had this? If so, how do you fix it
To improve my experience I purchased
Good Welding Gloves
Good high heat grilling gloves
Long handled tools
Cast iron wok
Half moon griddle
Next buys already in the amazon cart are below - Before I hit buy, any I shouldn't get (if so why), anything where you found there is an alternative that is just plain better (if so why).
Anything I haven't listed you feel is a must?
Cast Iron Trivets
Where is your go to for accessories etc. Amazon is easy, The local Ace hardware either don't have much selection or are Green Egg focused
thanks all and looking forward to interacting with you all