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  1. I have had the same set of henckel four stars since 1988. I love them. The 8" cheff has sliced and diced a lot of things, including my fingers, and traveled the country with me. I keep looking at the Japanese knives though. At some point I will probably get one. Its good advice to hold the knife first to get the feel. Its also good to learn how to hold the food you are preping and pay attention. I have the scars to show for it.

    +1 on Henckel Four Stars - very reasonably priced 6 years ago. Have never re-sharpened them but I do try to "steel" them before every use - also never put them in dishwasher and only cut on wood or plastic cutting boards.

  2. Anyone have any experience with this? Pretty cool that it doubles as a IR gun. Looks tempting at 1/2 the price of thermapen, but no stats on how long it takes to get a probe reading and only 11 reviews.

    http://www.amazon.com/Mastercool-52226- ... B0014DEW10

    Interesting. If I didn't already own a Thermapen this is what I'd buy - I'm pretty sure it's a new product from Thermoworks: http://thermoworks.com/products/ir/comb ... meter.html

  3. Another vote for the ThermaPen. I've had the "splashproof' model since early 2010. Even though I'm very careful with it and store it in a drawer with the LCD face down, a couple of weeks ago I noticed a crack in the LCD. The crack even extended into the case - sort of looking like it had been dropped or mishandled - which it hasn't. I contacted ThermoWorks via email explaining the situation and requesting instructions on how to get it repaired. They replied with a RMA # and shipping instructions. Even though it's a well over a year out of warranty, I got an email earlier this week saying they were replacing the unit and that I should receive it before the end of the week. Not bad...

  4. I bought the dual mavrick thermometer:


    Worked great the first time (at low temp 500deg.

    the internal probe stopped working... (specs says it should work up to 572deg.)

    Anyone had similar problems when going to high temp?

    This is the response I received from Mavrik:

    Sounds like your probe shorted out and needs to be replaced. Unfortunately right now we are out of stock on the ET-85 probes. We do not know when we will have them back in stock yet. Your only option would be to either wait till we get the probes back in stock, or to see if the retailer can send you a replacement probe or unit.

    Very helpful thank you very much [NOT].


    I've been seeing similar complaints about this unit on this and other forums and on Amazon. I've just resolved to only use it under 400F and hope it holds up. Any hotter than that and I'm cooking steaks, hamburgers or pizza and don't need it.

  5. I think that's true for the most part but in this case the bolts provided with the Akorn have the softest and most easily rounded heads I've ever seen. I'm now wondering if the indicated (in the installation instructions) 7/16" bolts were actually 11mm - didn't think to try an 11mm nutdriver at the time.

  6. Totally agree. Being super careful during assembly, I managed to partially round-off a couple of CG's bolts. Even noticed that another couple, one on shelf bracket and one on lid hinge were partially rounded during assembly at the factory. Probably gonna get the stainless versions as replacements for ALL of them.

  7. You don't have to be a smart ___ I'm using my phone to see the pics so i can't tell for sure... As you can tell since you see everything it says it under what I'm typing, I'm using tapatalk. Plus i asked if it was held up by just that and how good its it holding. Not sure if you were being a smart ___ or not. If you weren't I'm sorry. Just they way i took it.


    Sent from my Galaxy S II using tapatalk

    Accidentally quoted you instead of SeminoleFan - was asking him a simple question.

  8. Just finished all in all this is simple to make and cheap I have about $120 in materials in it

    very nice, did you mount it to the table bolt area and if so does it hold very well thanks

    Sent from my Galaxy S II using tapatalk

    looks like it's hanging from the brackets for the shelves - correct ?

  9. Thank you K80, I went to the site and purchased one. It should arrive in 4 to 5 days, shipping is $12.13, I think the total cost is $52.07, still a little cheaper than Amazon. I imagine it should be exactly the same as the Maverick, will see.


    Ordered Smokin' Stone and Thermo earlier in the week - total charged including shipping was $90.73 - that's > $20 in shipping charges which seems excessive. Smokin' Stone only available from CG and the Thermo, even with $12 or $13 in shipping still the best deal I've seen on the ET-732.

  10. I'm wanting to do that. I'd like to know if the cooker can hang in the hole. If so and I don't have to worry with it sitting on the ash pan, I'll be starting one soon.

    Could probably jurry rig something to attach where the shelves attach to either side to hang the cooker from a table.

    Yeah - had similar thought last night - hanging from the 3x3 holes that legs are attached to - only concern is that the structure it hangs from would need to be below the table top. Not sure that the 2x2 holes for the shelves would provide enought support. Haven't figured it out yet and haven't seen any examples.

    Also, most of the pics I've seen look like the one I orignally posted - with cooker sitting on a stone or other surface. Do the other Kamado's not have removable ash pans?

  11. Anybody considered building or built a table for their CG Akorn (or the like)? First gotcha that comes to mind is how to empty ash pan on bottom. I guess you could shopvac ashes out, lift cooker out of table to access pan or have a trap door in the surface the cooker sits on to drop pan thru. Below is what I'm talking about:post-418-13756507194178_thumb.jpg

  12. Just wanted to let you all know I finally joined the Akorn club and am so excited to be here. I picked it up from lowes for 224 + tax after having them price match + 10% off from Menards. I'm gonna go back tomorrow, because I jsut found out Kroger is selling for $199. Hopefully I can get them to match that and get me another $40 back. It is all put together and out back getting all seasoned up. Got a pork shoulder and a couple racks of beef ribs in the fridge getting ready to be cooked tomorrow. Will post plenty of pics in the future. So far it will stay un-modded until I see how it performs. Enjoy the pics.. :D


    Can you point me to an ad where Kroger is selling them for $199? My Kroger has $299 price tags on the 3 or 4 in front of the store.

  13. All do respect favog, but the salesman at Lowes is probably not an expert on coatings, metal forming or preventative maintenance. He might know a little something about assembling the various grills they sell or which charcoal is their best seller. My experience with the staff at Lowes (and HD to be fair) is that if they can manage to help me locate what I am looking for it's a special experience for us both. Beyond that, if I have questions about a product I'm better off searching the net for a product-specific forum like this. Sad but true...

  14. Not even a noob yet - 2 more hours to wait before becoming one ;-) Picking my Akorn up from Lowes this evening. Have been reading this forum for a couple of weeks now - I'm guessing info I've picked up here will save me hours of experimentation and mistakes. FYI, friend's wife told me last night that she got him BGE for upcoming birthday. Will be interesting comparing our new cookers.

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