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  • Birthday 12/04/1954

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  1. Thanksgiving is opening day of the New Orleans fairground racing season. Everyone dresses up wears hats drinks a lot ( it’s NOLA) We will be there from 11:00-3:00 the family wants to eat at 6:00. cooking on Vision with tip-top temperature control suggestions
  2. Thanks for the help! Easy conversation of my The TipTopTemp I had for my AKORN to the Vision. Didn't even need the high temperature silicone sealer I had bought. Looks a little funny but works great & easily removable for storage.
  3. 14 in cast iron pizza pan , coat hanger $15 & 10 minutes
  4. The Vision Has a bigger ash area than most cookers Ive been using briquettes for some time. I actually like Kingsford applewood seems to give a great mild smoky flavor when low & slow smoking
  5. My 6 y/o chargriller AKORN has finally rusted out. I now have a Vision classic. For the last 3-4 years have used a tip-top-temp & it’s amazing how well it works with the AKORN! can you convert to use with the Vision or is their another inexpensive temperature control anyone suggests
  6. Just didn’t like the cost or fragility of the standard spider and ceramic plate heat shield on a Komodo. Decided I would fashion my own . Found a camp chef to 14 inch cast-iron pizza pan ,fashioned a hanger out of some baling wire I had and now have a combination heat shield and drip pan for less than $20 ! Sofar seems to work well, used it as a heatshield for pizza last night and now I’m using it as a combination heat shield , drip pan for cooking butts, found a freezer package with two 8-9 pound butts. I cut them in half as I don’t like cooking them that big. I believe cooking them smaller gives you more surface area for both Smoke and rub. https://imgur.com/a/9LPll9n https://imgur.com/a/Azg291M
  7. I’d gotten used to a cast iron deflector with my Akorn. the Academy griddle & Weber grate From the Akorn didnt work? looked at a lot of options, here is my solution. A Camp Chef 14 in pizza pan ( about $18 .supported with bailing wire ( about $2 if you don’t already have ) Fits perfect, no drilling, no cutting off handles, just a little bending with pliers. https://imgur.com/a/eFDApyG
  8. First cook on my new Vision from Sam’s. Cook a chicken that I had simply brined in salt water and sugar. Seasoned with a store-bought poultry seasoning. Smoke/roasted at about 300° with Applewood. Had forgot to bring the meat thermometer but got lucky and pulled it before it was over done. Was really juicy and tasty with a good light to medium smoke flavor. https://imgur.com/a/IgYXCb4 https://imgur.com/gallery/Coiv3Pz
  9. After my acorn started burning out after six years I found a Vision Komodo at Sam’s on clearance for 399 delivered. Does not come with any accessories what do you recommend as a heatshield for smoking.
  10. My Vision B from Sams ( $399 including shipping) is due for delivery tomorrow. in my AKORN I use a round cast iron griddle from Academy Sports for my shield, can I use the same on the vision?
  11. I got my AKORN April of 2012, its been a good cooker with minimal issues. the support for ash pan has rusted out& while the two clamp supports work for now the bottom has other rust damage. anyone else with this problem
  12. The professional model on sale $594 delivered till 11/30/17 good deal ? My older chargrill AKORN is rusting out on bottom, support for ash pan gone held up by clamps only. It’s made it almost 6 years
  13. The advantage of the cub cadet, with the steering wheel you can still hold a beer
  14. Not under a covered patio. Actually might be less moisture in cooker uncovered.
  15. I use the 14 inch diameter griddle from Academy sports as a heatshield. It's weighs about 12 pounds it's very heavy cast-iron it should last forever. It does have a small lip That tends to pool Grease so I have always covered it in aluminum for oil for easy cleaning. Well I was out of aluminum foil the other day when I cook two butts. The cook went fine but I forgot to clean the griddle and it had a good bit of pool grease on it when I fired up for the next cook. The smoke came out black when I started the fire and put the heat shield it smelled terrible didn't even get to do the cook. When I hadn't burned off all the grease On the heat shield but that killed enough time so I had to go to plan B for the cook .
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