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  1. Indeed.  I'd recommend it.  Used it a couple of times at this point.  That said, I'd recommend a cooler with wheels even more!  Just so much more versatile.  I'm keeping my Coho, but thinking about grabbing the Igloo trail mate to supplement for beach trips or larger parties.  Great reviews, larger storage (75 quarts), wheels, and retractable pull bar.  Checks all the boxes for me.  Now just gotta come up with the $275.

     

     

  2. Speaking of coolers… Has anyone purchased the 55 quart Coho cooler from Costco? They have it on sale on their website for $139 but I believe you can get it in store for 119. I have been shopping coolers nonstop for the last few days and I’m starting to get paralysis by analysis. I just figured Costco is a safe bet and the cooler is Rotomolded sooooo…that’s good right? Trying to stay away from the $300+ coolers.

  3. These things don’t hold air/smoke straight out of the factory...you gotta mod em’. Kinda sucks actually. I replaced my daisy wheel gasket with a Nomex seal and it still leaks from the thin crack between the spinning part of the daisy wheel and the base. 

  4. 1) Kick ash basket was a gift, so I can't speak to the size BUT, you should be able to source on Amazon.com.  Just type in your grill type; i.e., "Pit Boss 24" or LG 24".

     

    2) Rig is sturdy.  Thicker gauge steel than the stock grids.  Stock grids warped on me a little bit with time and now have a bit of a bend to them.  The stock grids are totally serviceable though, and have the advantage of being able to simply lift the front half up to access the lower grid.  I still have mine.  

     

    **One Kamadoguru member cut the top half of his stock grid in half so he could use the upper as more of a cooling rack or just a spot to keep the meat further away from the flames when cooking direct. I think that's a pretty cool mod.

     

    3) Here are the links to the rig (below), but I don't think you can source in the UK.  Or maybe you can!  IDK.  I really hope you can.  I like the fact that they're made here in the good ol' U-S-OF-A, but I can see your frustrations sourcing.  Good luck!

     

    https://ceramicgrillstore.com

  5. Does anyone have the adjustable rig combo from the Ceramic Grill Store?  I'm getting ready to buy it, along with a spider and two 16" half ceramic plates.  Expensive, but not in the grand scheme of things.  Let me know if you guys want me to follow up with reviews or if you have any questions.  I probably can't put anything together for at least a couple of weeks though.  Just ordered today (4/28/21).  Still gotta wait for it to ship and get to me.  Also gotta do at least a couple of cooks so that I can give proper feedback.

     

    One luv.

  6. On 5/10/2019 at 5:57 PM, Walrus said:

    When you installed the top vent, you should have noticed it fits loosely/slides around and the felt actually does nothing. A 2nd layer is needed to seal.

     

    This is absolutely correct.  I bought the replacement nomex and added it, and now the top vent doesn't feel all wobbly anymore.  That said, I didn't add a "second layer", rather I removed the factory gasket (black, thin, POC) cleaned the surface with acetone, and added the new nomex that I found on Amazon (1 1/8 wide).  I don't think there's a need to double up, in fact it seems hard to conceptualize how the new gasket would stick to the existing gasket. I'm pretty sure the adhesive is meant to go directly onto the ceramic.  

     

    Anyhoots, just my two cents.  If I find that the bugger still isn't holding temps, I'll go back in there and see if I can't add an extra layer of gasket.  I will say it was a challenge to poke through the new gasket to get the screws back through to secure the vent back on.  Anyone have tips for this?

     

    Thanks to all.

  7. Tried an overnighter on a 12 lb brisket over the weekend.  Dang thing was done in 9.5 hrs!  I was expecting closer to 17.  Turns out I probably didn't even have to go overnight.  Temps did swing a bit, but then again I haven't yet replaced the gasket on the daisy wheel yet.  From what I understand, that's one of the first mods you have to do on this grill to get steady temps.

     

  8. Ok so I tried removing the material at the high spots to even it out...still wobbled. Then put some shims at the points where I thought it was low to help even out. That helped a little, but still the firebox isn’t as solid in there as I would like.
     

    I think that it might be the bottom of the grill that’s not level but I don’t know. I see this as a design flaw. Too much space between the fire box and the grill. This allows the fire box to shift even when it’s level. I’ve seen some other Kamari’s and their fire boxes go all the way to the innermost edges of the inner part of the grill. I hope you guys can visualize this.

     

    I’m thinking about putting some wood chunks around the outside of the firebox to keep it from moving… That’s my best idea anyway.

  9. Anyone tried to go overnight on a cook with the LG24? I’ve learned the hard way that putting a big enough pork butt on at 8am can’t take you all the way to midnight to complete.  AND THAT DOESNT EVEN INCLUDE RESTING TIME!

     

    I want to do an overnight cook so that when I wake up in the morning I’m already 8 hrs or so into my cook. That way I might actually be able to eat bbq that day. 
     

    Here’s the thing...I don’t have a temp controller. Would any of you kindly share your experiences/advice? I’d like to cook at 225-250 degrees.

  10. On 5/7/2019 at 5:14 PM, Walrus said:

    @Steve325

     

    I need to save this reply I end up typing every 2 days about the Pitt Boss/Louisiana K24:

     

    1. Great all around smoker/grill for the price. Great size.

    2. Hinge nuts come loose if you mess with them/tighten them too much. If you do, you'll need to apply loctite and snug them but not too tight. Tighten until they are touching the washers, then loosen a half turn. Then let the loctite set overnight.

    3. I hate the deflector/ceramic platesetter it comes with. It leaves too much of a gap and sits too high when used legs up for smoking. It's too close to the grate, and leaves no room for a drip pan.

    4. Top vent 100% needs an extra layer of felt to seal properly.

    5. Bottom damper needs some massaging to tighten. Some people add felt, I tapped the slider channels tighter with a hammer.

    6. Combination of 4 & 5, if you don't fix them, prevents you from holding low temps, and prevents the grill from snuffing out the coals when you are done. 6 hours later with both top & bottom vents closed, open the lid and you'll see glowing coals. The next time you go to use it, open the lid and all the charcoal is gone, the only thing left is ash.

     

    All of that sounds bad but.. fix the top & bottom vents, and lastly, get a Woo ring from ceramicgrillstore, and a 16" pizza stone. This gives you the following:

    1. Seals it up for better temperature control, and when you shut it down, it shuts down in 15 minutes. Next day open the lid, and you have charcoal left to use for the next cook.

    2. Raises the grate to the felt line. Better height for flipping burgers, steaks etc, and further from the coals (but not too far)

    3. Provides a lower ring to put the 16" pizza stone for a deflector. Much better lower height, and less of a gap around it. Provides 2" distance between deflector and grate so you can use a round drip pan, or the rectangular disposable tin lasagna/steam tray pans Costco sells in 25 packs.

     

    With these fixes, I find it's a perfect grill/smoker for the price. Can be had for less than $500 as the summer goes on. Add $20 felt, $40 Woo Ring and $40 Pizza stone, and you're good to go for half the price of others.

     

     

     

    When adding the extra felt to the vent, do you remove the existing felt first or just leave it on and put the extra felt on top of it?

  11. I too have issues keeping temps consistent, or even dialing in temps at all sometimes.  Been grilling on this thing for about a year now (about 1x per week at least on average).  I figure I have enough cooks under my belt to have dialed it in by now.  Maybe I do need a temp controller!  Sux.

  12. I haven't seen them.  But a grey Kamado sounds like a beaut!  I have the red one from last year.  Got at Costco and it came with grill cover, "nest", charcoal tool, side tables, and double decker grids.  Aside from the temps being a bear to control (and that likely is user error) I have absolutely no complaints.  Wait...I can complain about one thing.  The magnetic closing mechanism.  It's awesome, but when you reach in with metal tongs it grabs you pretty good!

  13. Is anyone else having this issue? The fire box inside my Kamado is pretty wobbly and it affects the stability of the grill grates. I already pulled it out, cleaned the bottom, cleaned the inside of the main body, and repositioned it the best I could.


    Any suggestions for an easy fix or ways to rig so that it’s more stable and level?

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