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  1. Lately I've been using Shapton glass stones and have been having real good luck with how my knives turn out. I have a 500,2000 and a 6000 . Tend to use the 2000 and the 6000 all the time . No need to use leather strop after the 6000 . They come out shaving sharp and will hold their edge . My knives are not expensive knives . Between sharpening I use a ceramic rod from Worksharp to clean up burr .My most expensive knife cost me around $70 . The Shapton stones were a totally different story but to me they were worth it. I find Splash and go stones work better for me ,just my opinion. Also easy to use with a sink bridge and universal stone holder . Angle guides also make the job a no brainer. Got it all at Chef Knives To Go. Lot's of good info and videos on that site. I had been using wet stones,Worksharp Ken Onion sharpener with blade grinder attachment(more freehand sharpening) and a water bath grinding wheel with leather strop wheel (similar to Tormak set up). The Shapton glass stones is all I use now unless I get a knife from someone that is really beat up.
  2. Replaced CI grate in my Acorn Jr with stainless from a small Weber . Like it much better for cleaning and just all around cooking. Only issue is it won't go down to the lower level like the CI did.
  3. Panchango: Snow melted pretty fast by you. We have at least 30 inches from Friday and Wednesday still on ground and going nowhere up here in North West NJ . Top of tree my mother smuggled across Canadian border that I planted in 1973 had top snapped of in round 1 Fridays storm . Fell in road and was in bedded in snow, could not move it . Luckily town came around and got it out and gone . My 20 inch Echo would not start .OLD bought it in late seventies and it is tired. Cut a lot of Fire wood .
  4. Got our P38's in every box of C-Rats . My P38 from 1969 is still hanging on my dog tag chain with the original RVN dirt. Good opener ,worked every time.
  5. Before you buy charcoal buy a KAB . That's all I can say ,got two and it was best investment for my cookers other that my cheap (but works great) TipTop temperature controllers $19.95 specials .
  6. What do you do if it rains ?? There's a lot going on up on top of your cooker with the Smobot . How do you keep water from the electronics up top and also out of cooker .
  7. Got mine 7/31 $74 in Rockaway NJ Walmart . Took it home and made a couple of mods . Uglied it up but it holds temps great and is now my every day go to cooker . Haven't used large Acorn or Large Egg since getting JR . It's all about function over form . Extra TipTop and extra Smokeware got new home . Really ugly but you can park that little guy at any temp you want and it will stay there just by dialing it in with TipTop . It is sitting on old Parrot perch . Uses hardly any charcoal .
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    Hottop puts out a lot of smoke at end of roast when dumping beans . Many people use Hottop outside or in garage .I love roasting with the Hottop but it was pricey $1600, big difference from my Behmor and my Fresh Roast SR500 . Behmor with Plus panel will go into second crack with a pound if you keep pressing that button the "C" button which you can use as the Rosetta Stone for second crack . You can keep pressing it to get extra time,just watch that you don't set your house on fire and you will see a good amount of smoke . Ideal weight I found in Behmor is 12 oz . Another trick is putting something under the front legs on Behmor so beans are back more toward heat source . I am lucky I have that window in my kitchen that I set roaster in front of . With the fan I have sucking air out I generally have no problem . You can smell it in house when I roast (no smoke) even out on the road out front but I live alone so there is no one to complain except for my three birds . Might want to look here if you haven't already http://www.home-barista.com/home-roasting/ https://forum.homeroasters.org/news.php
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    I have a Behmor 1600 did the plus panel upgrade few years ago . Was still looking for more control and bought a Hottop 2K+ . Now have tons of control over roast and the ability to use the Artisan software and graph your roast for duplication is amazing .Best part is when you dump beans at end of roast and there is no carryover during cool down same principal as a commercial roaster . Only draw back with Hottop compared to Behmor is Hottop can only do a 300g roast and that is stretching it ,normally I do 250g or less . Behmor you can do a pound . I roast in kitchen next to a window with a fan ,Hottop roasting can be pretty smokey . Have not bought roasted coffee in many years . Also brew my coffee with a Behmor Brazen Plus ,great control (temperature adjust ,pre-soak time etc.). Essentially does pour over without you nursing it .
  10. Three big things about a chamber sealer is #1 you can seal wet stuff . That comes in handy for doing sous vide and most important left overs . #2 you get a lot more vacuum in whatever your sealing . #3 you can use it for doing an instant marinade . Works great for that . Put your whatever in an open container in chamber and start it up . I do mine with two cycles and it takes only a couple minutes .Between Vacmaster suction sealer pro350 and vacmaster vp120 they are in use at least 5 times a day . They both live on one corner of counter ,best used space in the kitchen .
  11. Before buying a vacuum sealer you should consider how you are going to use it .If you are doing canisters and basic vacuum packing a foodsaver will be fine . If you are going to do wet packaging you need to consider a chamber sealer like the Vacmaster VP215 that was mentioned earlier in this thread .Vacmaster also has a VP120 chamber sealer that is a little cheaper but has same pump as VP215 . The main thing is think how you will use it before buying .If you are going to use it for Marinating nothing beats marinading in a chamber sealer . I have used a vacuum canister marinater and I use a chamber sealer for marinading there is no comparison . I have a Vacmaster PRO350 suction machine that I use for canisters(everyday), light vacuum packing etc .The VP120 chamber sealer does the heavy duty wet stuff ,marinading etc .
  12. I use it on my Acorn ,attaches with a plate holder .I also use it on my Large Egg slides into bottom portion of my Smokeware cap and that is an absolute no brainer to use .Easier than the Acorn setup . Tip Top works GREAT !!! Just bought another one for backup from Yard And Pool ,thanks rich_I .At 19.99 everyone should get one especially if you have an Egg and smokeware cap .
  13. Love my smokeware cap .Never cook without it . As far as looks ,it is a BBQ. It does not have to be pretty .If it is nice and shiny you are not using it .
  14. Pic 1 Me and my bike 1992 FLHTC .Rest stop off I80 Delaware Water Gap The good old days . Pic 2 At her new home up the road, Highland Lakes NJ
  15. I can relate to the sadness .When I sold my Honda 750 Super Sport in the mid 80's I was ok because I knew there was a Harley out there waiting for me . When I traded in my Soft Tail Custom to get my Electra Glide Classic in 92 it was no big deal because I was stepping up and still riding . Did mods like added Lower Fairings ,changed pipes, changed windshield etc . Then I started having problem with my hands locking up ,hard to explain, so I put it up for sale .The day the guy who bought it (and he was the first person to look at it) said to me he will take it ,when those words came out it was like a very surreal moment . Hard to explain but it felt unreal .Only good thing was the guy who bought it was a real nice guy and he was married to a very nice lady who's back wouldn't allow her to ride with him unless he had that style bike ,cumfy rear seat ,lots of support .They live 5 miles up the road and I see him and the bike from time to time .Couldn't have sold it to nicer people and it got a good home .There can be a bright side .
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