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  1. OK cool. The ash cup sealing seemed a little under-designed on casual inspection, but the rest of the grill looked good. Right now in PNW we have a fire ban in parks etc (including charcoal) so I'll hold off see if any closeout sales later. If I'm at home I'll use my Vision of course, but having a second one gives me ideas....
  2. I was walking in a Safeway and saw a JR on a mock-up grill display. It got my attention as I have a full size Vision and love it, and I have a Weber camping size, but not really happy with the airflow and slow cooking after being used to my Vision Kamado. Having the grill be both capable and not breakable ceramic appeals to me. Anyway, I was looking at the Jr and Amazon has them for like $120 (not sure if I can find one of those < $100 deals) I wasn't super impressed with the sealing at the bottom vents, but the lid and grates looked sweet. I instantly could imagine myself camping and making some great BBQ on it. I didn't buy there as only a display left and we were on a camping trip with completely packed car anyway, but it did get me thinking / dreaming.... Can you get these grills to perform well and shut down completely like my Vision does? I looked for a FAQ on it but didn't see one. I'll check Youtube as well. Thanks in advance
  3. I searched and found this thread. I had been looking for meat for some Fajita's (don't laugh) and a top round was on sale for $1.99 lb! I got two huge slabs 2" thick for $10.50. I cut the top with score cuts both ways, spiced with rub, then used a vacuum marinade from my sealer with off the shelf Stubb's beef stuff. I got the grill hot but not steak hot, laid it on there, flipped was still wiggly after cooking. Was pretty rare inside, how the wife likes it. Flavor was good and it was decent, a bit chewy. Kids ate the heck out of it and not much left. Since going on a road trip was suggested I cook the second cut as the grill was going. I just couldn't fit both of these massive bits in the vacuum marinade container at the same time or I would have cooked them together. After trying to duplicate the first one but cook a tad bit more (first was a bit too rare for my taste) I cooked 2nd but grill not quite as hot. The result was OK but the meat was twice as tough and will need to be cut thin to make it good to eat. I guess these are a bit temperamental and so lean you aren't going to get great results, and rare better than medium rare.
  4. uh what did you order and what kinda price did you get with shipping? Just curious.
  5. Dirkdaddy


    Wow, that infection sounds really bad, quite a trial for your life glad you have come out of it with spirit and good luck on riding. I sympathize on your significant impacts to your life as well. Take it easy. That sort of bike is a good choice its laid back and doesn't temp you to over-do speed, easy to ride. See you're in OR, I'm near Hillsboro OR. I have a ear disease myself that interferes with hearing in that ear, but pretty lucky it gives just a touch of balance issues and occasional - very occasional - vertigo and I can't take riding virtual reality rides and stuff like that anymore. I still snowboard mountain bike and just got a used motorcycle this year (experienced from teens to 40 but took a break). Motor on and BBQ!
  6. So instead of low and slow like for whole shoulder, this is cooked like a steak hot and fast?
  7. Maybe use a spacer on bottom grate like I did for airflow Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
  8. I got entire upper vent for same issue from them free! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
  9. Thanks folks you know I'm thinking they used the wrong grout, an water got into thinset just needs to be regrouted with polymer sanded grout - after it dries. Also I have some stuff plumber buddy gave me it's like a liquid shower pan. Need to read instructions on it. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
  10. In Portland area we were one of three beds over asking on our house within the last couple years. So yes some are cats are pretty crazy. One of my friends used to be a general contractor was saying that high dollar per square foot you could build a brand new house like what you did. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
  11. Well I figure with all these gear heads on this forum does outside chance somebody might know something about this shower tile installation. I chipped up the floor tile about six or seven hours after the kids showered and it dried out. Then when I came back later on in the evening I noticed coming out of the around the wall tile it was seeping some water on to the mortar bed. The tile job on the walls looks great there's 3 maybe rice grain holes in grout and tiles are set with a narrow grout line. Is this water seeping from wall something really bad or normal? I figure I'm just going to seal the grout an tiles on walls after installing new floor tiles. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
  12. Man I need your kids! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
  13. I'm on third lid gauge and none in long-run are very accurate. I do get repeatability so I know where a reading is hot or medium but ignore numbers. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
  14. I made some minor adjustment to mine by 1. Removing the shock plate on lid so it's not interfering, loosening an then retightening bands to adjust the fit. Also I have found 1" kiln spacers on amazon great for elevating charcoal grate allowing much more airflow. Nomex replacement for felt after it aged sealed it up nicely an no problems since it snuffed flames every time. Also seal bottom vent outside edge if needs it. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
  15. You can't see it very well but that is the CGS spider under the tile in picture . [emoji40] I may do that and maybe the whole rack system [emoji43] Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
  16. Anyone have other ideas besides a steel plate which I may try. I'm using 14" cast iron skillet with handle cut off...but it has a lot of room around the outside. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
  17. Well I thought I could use a ceramic floor tile as a heat deflector for the spider on my vision and I cut it with a diamond blade in my cut off tool and it looked perfectly round, I was excited. Then fire test and it worked great for a couple minutes and then. ..pow! it cracked. I guess I should have known better but for a dollar and a half tile ftom restore I figured I'd give it a try. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
  18. I saw for about 800 bucks Costco KitchenAid fully stainless stainless grill convertible to Natural Gas. I understand from researching it it's the same company that makes the next gen Grill which is a China Grill it hasn't been all that well reviewed. My parents aren't interested in charcoal they want convenience and quality cooking and without trust since they live along the Gulf Coast and the last girl that got it was rusted to pieces although it looked like it was stainless. The little bit of research I've done shows that maybe that's not the greatest Grill but didn't know if anybody had any feedback on it. I'm leaning towards just giving them like a DCS. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
  19. Looking at this topic. I have the 14" cast iron pan on a CGW spider, it leave a lot of room around the edge, radiates a TON of heat to the food, hangs below spider onto the lump. Just wondering...I was moving and everything had shipped to new house, but was left to repaint etc. I had pizza left and hardly anything left to warm it up with or cook with but a gasser on a outdoor kitchen, and my wife had some floor tiles on my deck from a project.... I had an idea...Use the ceramic tiles on my gasser to warm the pizza up with. Its obviously going to be take the heat and readily available...cheap as heck. It worked perfectly. I cooked bacon on it, other stuff. Granted they are square, but that's changeable and a larger tile could be cut down and edges of the square off and put it on my spider for a diverter, and heck you could even cook on the thing, like whatever, bacon, bread, etc. A smooth surface tile could be pretty flexible...pancakes, french toast, etc. Yea, I could use a pan for it too, but the handle would get in the way and it might get smoke damaged, these are so cheap, if I get a year out of one...for like $2-3 a tile.... Anyone else ever try this? I'm back at new house but have a pile of tiles back at the old home, so I'll report back after I experiment with it.
  20. I have vision classic too, that looks like a really sweet looking table for it. I'd be afraid of it getting wet, I guess you have a cover or wheel it under a roof? I'm thinking of making one out of more rustic looking stuff, but yours is looking really nice. Hmm.... Nice job, and I hadn't heard of those feet before but looks like it worked out for you. Are you using the stock bottom coal grate? Mine is sort of a PITA. I did a mod to prop it up 1/2" or so from the bottom on non-combustible spacers which allows air to flow to the outside holes and around the edge. But thinking of going to thick expanded metal instead to add more air and hold small coals better. DD
  21. Thanks! It's a good sign when everyone at the table is really quiet because they're all stuffing their mouths. Does anyone have any tips for fitting them on the grate better? With those spare rib sized ribs it was a tight fit for those 3 full slabs. I haven't used a vertical rack, but am wondering how they work. I also must confess that my costco has a Pit Boss 24" ceramic Kamado for $599 that was trying to seduce me away from my Akorn today, but I'm trying to be faithful... I was just in costco admiring that grill yesterday, its pretty solid looking, must be same source as the Vision with the same side table setup, same two level grill, same shock adsorber, similar vents, just less stainless steel and BIGGER. Yea, tempting! I have a bit of a hard time doing large cooks indirect on the classic its 18" and more size would be handy....
  22. Do people foil theirs? I was reading trying to do my first rib cook - I don't do a lot of ribs, hardly ever in fact - and the recipe called for foil, then cook, but on a kamado indirect, seems overkill.
  23. I have switched to a phone case that has a leather back and cover with magnetic latch. It has a rubber phone case inside. It holds license and a credit card, and you can slide a few bills under the card carrying slot leather from inner open slot, but not too much or it won't close. This minimal approach works great 99% of the time, in fact I misplaced my real wallet for 2 weeks and functioned fine, although I missed the ATM card. It was like $14 on line. Previously I had a big wallet and a big phone in my pockets, this cuts it half.
  24. I have found that putting some cut bits of ceramic tile (or just buy a tile and break it up) under the bottom charcoal grate improves airflow a good deal, especially around the edges. When I get more time I'm going to weld up a new grate out of heavy mesh as the 3/4" holes or whatever they are fill up with ash and cuts airflow. The big racks are interesting.
  25. Holy cow! I pick a few upsets but with WVU and M State out, I'm done for. Ouch.
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