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About dalaw

  • Birthday 07/27/1978

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    Edmonton, AB (Canada)
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    Doing real BBQ since July 2013. Still a rookie but cooking on the kamado about 2 - 3 times a week. Since I got the kamado, all I can think about is "what am I going to smoke next?"

    I'm a husband, father, entrepreneur and fitness enthusiast. The Kamado has helped me add flavour and make my meals very enjoyable while maintaining my fitness workout goals.

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  1. Congrats on the vision classic! I've had one for a year now and loving it. CGS has endless configuration possibilities Something else I got that makes things a lot easier is the BBQ guru pit / meat monitor. That thing is incredible.
  2. @rowdytj yes temperature control does seem better with the cast iron. But my skills have gotten better at the same time so it might be a combination of both It seems to hold the low temps a very well. When I first started using it, I noticed that it was not completely airtight and smoke did leak out between the top and the base of the vent but it reduced over time as the cast iron it worn in and grease started building up. The cast iron top definitely gives it a different look. More badass.
  3. I love this forum too smokedogg. I've learnt so much on here! If you need some tips on replacing the gasket, I posted a thread with my experience with it on this forum. There's also a few other threads on how to do it. My biggest tip: no need to remove the top lid to apply the gasket. Just keep the vision whole.
  4. Way to go. Those ribs look perfect. I've stopped foiling too. I did in the beginning because I learnt a lot of tips from the BBQ competition shows like Pitmasters. After cooking with the kamado for a while, I prefer the meat not foiled.
  5. Yes I did I just emailed them. Their website has a customer service email but I just email Laurie usually. Just let them know what model you have and specify that you're looking for the Nomex gasket. They also have the regular felt one but the Nomex is better. I have the classic B so I also ordered a cast iron top vent and a lava stone heat deflector directly from them. When I first got my grill, my temperature probe kept fogging up so they sent me a few replacements. They also gave me a repair kit because I had a small chip on the exterior. Their customer service has been amazing.
  6. Hey smokedogg, I just emailed vision and they sent one to me... I think it was around $35 Try this email lcopeland@visiongrills.com If that takes too long, maybe a big green egg dealer will have some Nomex gaskets that might fit too. That was going to be my second option if I couldn't get the Nomex from Vision. I'm in Edmonton so I go BBQ accessory hunting all the time
  7. Russruss, I'm sorry you feel that way about vision. I have a vision and I've looked at a lot of other grills. The reason ceramic grill store is around is because they are filling a need. They make accessories for more than just Vision. They even make it for the Big Green Egg and others. If you look around in the kamado guru forums, there are a lot of people, not just with Visions but with other brands who have created their own solutions with accessories from other companies. My buddy has a BGE and he ordered a complete set up from the CGS. I love the extended racks from the CGS but I've learnt to create a set up that works fine for me. It saved me $300 and my grilling experience is amazing. Also, something else I noticed is they a lot of accessories are compatible across all the companies. What I use for my Vision is: - vision heat deflector - vision grate - vision extended rack - vision cast iron top vent (ordered from vision) - BBQ guru (pit and food monitor) - MAPP Torch - to start the fire - for food, I make my own rubs The experience is ultimately what you make of it Russruss. I know you are a little frustrated, but maybe give it a chance. I hope you don't live in Canada because the definition of BBQ for most people is hamburger and hot dogs... Not many people know what a kamado is so it's real hard to find accessories, different charcoal, etc at a good price up here. Figure out what you need and maybe we can help give you some suggestions?
  8. What kind of accessories are you looking for?
  9. That's a good looking ham. It's so shiny, I can almost taste it on my phone! That's also a mean looking carving knife you got there.
  10. Up here in canada, it's hard finding kamado supplies so I McGuyver all the time. I think that's part of the fun of this addictive pastime. But not everyone likes to McGuyver it and that's ok too.
  11. Welcome Tombsy! Another Canadian! It might be a little harder in Winnipeg... I order a lot of my supplies on amazon.ca and from the US.
  12. Simply put - NO - but it would still light lump. I agree with ckreef: NO. I have tried the smaller butane torches and they take a long time + lots of butane. Propane works but the MAPP torches are around the same price for a good one. Spend a little more for the MAPP. You won't regret it!
  13. I am a MAPP convert. Used to have a loof. Still do but now it sits in the bottom of my BBQ bin. MAPP is so much more efficient and so fun.
  14. Great work on your first cook. I remember my first brisket, I was so paranoid. It ended up turning out pretty good What kind of wood did you use for the smoke? Maybe you didn't use enough to get the smoke ring?
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