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    A.O. got a reaction from robertyb in The random pictures thread...   
    Some people have more money than brains!
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    A.O. reacted to len440 in Setzler's Charcoal Comparison   
    Your correct about only sparking on start up I just don't use that brand. What I was trying to convey is if you don't like a brand don't buy it, don't know if there is a perfect brand nor size of lump for everyone, and what I like and use may not be what your happy with .  The main thing here is we are grilling with charcoal 
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    A.O. reacted to John Setzler in Setzler's Charcoal Comparison   
    @A.O. pizza is baking but in a lot of cases it doesn't matter which coal you use when you are doing pizza if you are cooking really hot.  Even the coals that are not fully carbonized like the KJ, fogo, and JD will be cooking hot enough that the volatiles will be completely combusted and won't provide a recognizable flavor element to the cook.  Even if it does, its light enough that it's not a problem.  If you are baking at 300-375F, coals like KJ can leave horrible flavors on something like a pie, cobbler, or pound cake.  I realize that most people don't use their grills for stuff like that but I do.. lol
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    A.O. reacted to len440 in Setzler's Charcoal Comparison   
    This is why I'm a big pusher of clear plastic bag for charcoal
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    A.O. reacted to Beermachine in Setzler's Charcoal Comparison   
    You must have a very understanding partner.
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    A.O. reacted to JeffieBoy in The Grand Grill, Kamado Guru Tribute   
    Here goes.  At 07:30 yesterday I was pulling the pork (literally, not figuratively) and suddenly thought - not enough!   I immediately pulled out a (spare) 5 pound roast that I had in the freezer and defrosted it in the “Amana Radar Range”.  Got the Akorn lit again, spiced up the roast and tossed it on (again, literally).   

    At 11:00, my son-in-law showed up with 48 assorted cans of beers and seltzers from his distillery along with 50 pounds of ice and a $100 gift card to give-away.  What a treasure! 
     
    First guest showed at exactly 4pm, before I could even hit the showers.  A stream of people started to flow up the driveway almost immediately afterwards and overall 36 people came.  We had enough food for all and one woman showed up with 40 strawberry creme cupcakes!  Sorry, I was running and never did do photos of the food!
     
    In the end, the extra roast wasn’t really needed and without using it, we even sent a few friends home with takeout boxes for later.  That said, my wife started to shred the last roast and was eating it for second breakfast this morning.  
     
    We raised another another chunk of money raffling off the gift card and ended up $3 shy of a G note raised.  We each dropped $5 into the cup this money and did a final donation that brings the total to $1007.  Five times or original goal.
     
    Everyone had a great time and we ended the evening laughing with the neighbours and drinking the extra beers.  Today is a bit of final cleanup and catching our breath as it’s a full day of volunteering tomorrow at the Covid Rapid Screening centre.
     

    Your hosts,  Jeffieboy, sister Wendy and wife Ellen.
     

    A view from the back fence.
     

    A pano of the setup before the insanity hit.
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    A.O. reacted to JeffieBoy in Setzler's Charcoal Comparison   
    That looks like a bin of hot asphalt, not charcoal!  I can see how a lot of that would end up in the lower bin instead of burning.  I recently opened my first bag of Xylo and experienced a similar situation.  I will dispose of that ultra fine chunks rather than wrestle with it.  I have a bag of KJ Big Block to use then I think it will be back to the Fogo Premium for me.
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    A.O. reacted to len440 in Setzler's Charcoal Comparison   
    Don't understand what the complaining is all about If you don't like the charcoal don't buy it. I've had good bags of Royal Oak and not so good ,same with rockwood and b&b. Never had a bag I couldn't use. Best way to get the attention of the makers is with your wallet. 
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    A.O. got a reaction from JeffieBoy in Setzler's Charcoal Comparison   
    Here again is what I am talking about. Kingsford Briquets looks like lump in comparison!!

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    A.O. got a reaction from JeffieBoy in The Grand Grill, Kamado Guru Tribute   
    Any finished pictures there JeffieBoy? Sounds like a great time, good job!
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    A.O. reacted to John Setzler in Smoking etiquette/smoke drifting from one house to the next   
    I could not decide whether or not to approve the previous post here or not in light of its nature.  I decided to approve it and then lock the thread.  There are two sides to any issue and I fully understand that.  But I also understand exactly what would happen in this thread after approving this post.  
     
    It's obvious to me that the previous poster is not here to participate in our forum so I figured it was best to just stop it here.
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    A.O. reacted to jrow17 in Chicken wings--best recipe??   
    I have good results at 400 indirect for around 45 minutes. I like using vegetable oil to rub my wings and then a good rub. I get crispy results all the time.
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    A.O. reacted to MtbChip in Chicken wings--best recipe??   
    Lightly Breaded.  Cooked for hour and a half at 350° cooked indirect on the UPPER grill.
     
    Yum!
     
     
     

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    A.O. reacted to JeffieBoy in The Grand Grill, Kamado Guru Tribute   
    Let me start by saying that I haven’t been using the Akorn too often this summer.  The lockdown has really affected my interest in a lot of things including cooking for friends and family.  That is also why the following didn’t get done in time for the summer challenge.
     
    Earlier this summer our local cancer centre and now covid ICU announced a fund raising effort called the Grand Grill.  The idea being that you would invite friends or family for dinner and they would donate to the event directly through the hospital website.  Kinda like running a 10k fundraiser race except with food.  I set up an account and named it “The Kamado Guru Tribute”.  I want you all to know that I appreciate all that you've taught me these last 10 years and thusly named it in YOUR honour.  I have asked that all donations to my page be used for immediate needs in either the cancer or covid areas.  
     
    I asked my sister to assist me and she sent the link out to her high falooting friends.  Within hours it was sold out and we exceeded our goal four-fold.  We had planned on serving pulled pork on a bun with some slaw and another salad.  We have now added fresh Corn and field Tomatoes, beer from my S-I-L’s brewery and I have had to buy extra of everything since we have been overloaded with requests to attend.  Ontario is now in level 3 and we are allowed to have open groups.  Turns out that all of these seniors have been hiding away for 18 months and are chomping at the bit to get out of the house and tomorrows the day!
     
    So I have the Akorn going now and just put four pork shoulder roasts on with another to go in the morning.  These four will come off at 11pm and go into slow cookers to finish overnight.  The Akorn is making groaning sounds from the weight of the meat! LOL
     
    I think this is going to work!   More to follow.

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    A.O. got a reaction from PHEAD in Setzler's Charcoal Comparison   
    Well when you pour it in the charcoal basket and a lot of it ends up in the cleanout tray, I'd say that's a problem.
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    A.O. got a reaction from Gebo in Setzler's Charcoal Comparison   
    Well lets see, you pay for a bag of LUMP charcoal and at least half the bag is bits and pieces and powder that is basically unusable.. seems like a problem to me, if you like it... you buy it, I will not again!
    Oh yeah, and the mess of sorting through it to find the few useable pieces.
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    A.O. reacted to len440 in The random pictures thread...   
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    A.O. reacted to Gebo in Setzler's Charcoal Comparison   
    Or if I need to wear a mask to prevent black nasal passages.   
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    A.O. got a reaction from Gebo in Setzler's Charcoal Comparison   
    Well when you pour it in the charcoal basket and a lot of it ends up in the cleanout tray, I'd say that's a problem.
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    A.O. reacted to ryan141 in Setzler's Charcoal Comparison   
    I have bought RO on occasion from my local Home Depot.  Every single time over the past 10 years that I have purchased it I am disappointed.  So much so that I drove 40 mins to buy a few bags of KJ big block.  
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    A.O. got a reaction from daninpd in The random pictures thread...   
    "Participation award" What a joke!! I would not let my kids have one!
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    A.O. reacted to SmokerInSeattle in homemade bacon flavor suggestions/ideas?   
    For this time I was using a costco pork belly for the first time after seeing mention of them here and other sites. My first smoke I used a pork belly from my local butcher. I just got back from there actually and picked up a ham to try making my own deli ham. They said it was a "heritage" pig today not sure about other times. I need to look up what that means. :D
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    A.O. reacted to Heuer in The random pictures thread...   
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    A.O. got a reaction from Ginger Ale in The random pictures thread...   
    "Participation award" What a joke!! I would not let my kids have one!
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    A.O. reacted to len440 in The random pictures thread...   
    These were the good old days Thanks for the good reminders Phil
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