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  1. Thanks all for the thoughts and ideas! So thankful for this forum and the BB forum as well. I feel I have much to learn, yet have learned so much already! Enjoy those moink balls Pop!
  2. After making extra charcoal out of two racks of ribs last weekend... I felt the need to redeem myself. I picked up some ribs from RD Friday and trimmed them up ( another first for me ). Trimmed and vac sealed two other racks from the pack and seasoned these up. Fire up the Acorn and set to work. Went 3-2-1 this time and man-o-man... Some moinkballs too! :D Much better this time around. I may try 3-1-1 next time though.
  3. Thanks guys! Beerbeque... still learning and feeling my way actually. I didn't post up pics of the two racks of ribs that looked like I pulled them from the bag of Royal Oak instead of the Acorn...
  4. Just some nice chicken breasts on the CGK Acorn yesterday. A little seasoned rub and let them roast. About an hour at 350- 375* with the Smokin stone in place. These were absolutely awesome. So simple, so easy and oh, so good. We are really enjoying this grill! 8-)
  5. Thanks for the thoughts here guys. My better half ordered the smokin stone Monday and it arrived today. Box was hammered- but packed well and was in perfect condition. Now that I have it- I also feel it's worth the money- even just as a diffuser. As the others have said- it just looks and feels "real". So I'll pick up a dedicated pizza stone- no biggie.
  6. Well, look at that! Thanks for the tip John! It's not a bad cover for the price either- looks like I need to swing by Lowe's again.
  7. Ouch, sorry to hear this. Please let us know what- if any- damage was done. Good luck, I hope all turns out to be OK. :/
  8. Was able to get through- to hear Monday-Friday hours only.
  9. I have been trying to call this morning, but it seems they are having phone troubles In the Owners Manual it says -Smoking' Stone can be a Pizza Stone or Pizza Stone can be a Smokin' Stone That pushed me over the fence if in fact the Smokin' Stone can pull double duty. Hopefully I'll get through soon... :( I also intend to mention this forum and the fact that JMS and his you-tube reviews gave me the final nudge to try this wonderful kooker- the least they can do is send him a Stone to review ...Geez. lol
  10. I did my first cook last night. Fresh bag RO lump. Built a nice pyramid with a Weber cube in the center. Both vents wide open and I was aver 500 deg in about 10 minutes. Actually probably closer to 600 as I later found out my dome thermo reads about 50* to the low side ... anyway- I was shocked how hot it got and how quickly it got there. HTH I hope you get it figured out soon. I'd be leaning towards damp fuel also.
  11. Hmmm, interesting. Being VERY new to smoking I cannot comment other than to say I would think it more a matter of how much smoking wood is used. Curious to see how much of an effect the upper vent does have.
  12. Seasoned the grate on our new CGA and decided to toss a few burgers on after. Used some Royal Oak - hands down some of the best burgers I've made. Oh the flavor I have deprived myself- and family of by using gas all these years... The old Weber gasser will still have its place in the yard, but I have a new favorite cooker for certain. UDS gets it's first seasoning tonight.
  13. Brewing my own here! I'm sure many other folks would too once they found out how easy it is- and relatively inexpensively you can get started.
  14. Oh, and a butt on the UDS Friday / Saturday. Ribs and pork loins on the Acorn Sunday.
  15. I needed this chuckle today- Thanks BBQ Bob! Be careful out there- get home safe.
  16. Great looking drums guys! 8-) Well, a nasty cold kept me out of action the last week or so. Hope to fire up my new toys this weekend. A new Maverick ET732 should arrive tomorrow. With luck ( and a good cook ) I can bring Mom a nice pulled pork sammy or three on Sunday. :D
  17. Finally decided to take the jump here as well. Hope to have it for the weekend.
  18. Pie looks great! I must confess... of all the things the Kamado can do- I look forward to this most of all. Fresh home made pizza in July / August without having to heat the house by firing up the oven.
  19. Bowling and golf before Arthur-itis and rotator surgery took over lol. Home brewing and reef keeping lately. Other than that I love hanging out at home with my girls or sitting on the beach with a brew or two watching the waves roll in. Oh, and cooking...
  20. Welcome and congrats on the new cooker! Enjoy!
  21. I recently stepped up myself. Got in on a group buy and picked up two 15g stainless pots. Added SS ball valves, thermometers and sight glasses to both. I wanted bigger pots to do full boil 5g batches and figured I may as well go 10 g capable while I'm at it... You know how it goes.
  22. Still need to seal around the aluminum band here and cut those mounting screws flush- but I'm close! A couple additions in mind- probably add a lower rack for a diffuser. Also extend the ball valve handle higher with some threaded rod and couplers- to save the old guys back, know what I mean? I can only imagine the pride felt. Hope to know soon!
  23. Does sound like fun- doesn't it? I need to high temp RTV the drum lip ( aluminum strip mod ) as well as the Akorn fire box and air vent. Than need to hit Walmart for a couple pizza pans and I'm set. Thinking about a Honey Wheat on the beer side ( need to refill my supply lol )
  24. If all goes well, it looks like I should be ready to season my new Akorn, as well as my newly ( hopefully) completed UDS this weekend. Maybe I can fire up the home brew pot as well to celebrate Home Brew Day Saturday lol So, the question is- which one does the butt get fired up in??
  25. I did grab one last night, and I agree- pretty nice cover for the $$. Like the cooker itself, I guess we shall see how long it holds up.
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