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  1. Having used the Grill Gun about half a dozen time thus far, I have to admit I love this thing. It cuts down on grill heating time for high heat cooks and it sears like a mother. Probably won't be too great at lighting for low and slow but I am cool with that. Happy with the purchase. Even happier that the Kickstarter price was almost half the MSRP.
  2. KJ Classic is main cooker but I also my Akorn a great deal. The Akorn Jr is great for small cooks or when some additional space is needed. I keep a Pit Barrel for larger cooks of ribs and yardbird. Each one works well separately and in combination. Happy shopping!
  3. Turbo those things to blow right through the stall. I've cooked butts at 330F with little impact to the final product.
  4. Mike, Congrats to you. I must admit that I am concerned about making that same transition to maintenance. It has taken some time to rearrange my eating and activities that have all been geared to reduce caloric intake and expend them more efficiently. To now revise them to maintain a healthy weight seems like yet another challenge/opportunity to fail. I guess I still need to work on my mental game to view it as another opportunity to succeed, not fail. Three decades plus of bad choices doesn't just dissipate over 14 months. Thanks for the support. May need more in the future
  5. Another good week at "Fat Camp" aka WW. I am know back at the weight I went off to football camp my freshmen year at college. Hoping to get another 10-12 lbs down to get to a goal weight.
  6. It is similar to a weedburner adapter but with a more focused flame. It can take 1 lb propane canisters or be used with a hose adapter to a larger tank.
  7. I got in a Kickstarter campaign last year for a Grill Gun. Essentially it is a cross between a paintball gun and a flamethrower. It can be used to ignite charcoal, sear sous vide-cooked meats, or scare the bejesus out of your neighbors. Company claims that the torch's max output is near 400K BTU. I don't know about that but it does throw a great amount of heat. Last night I seared a chuck roast. It took about 30 seconds a side. Tonight I used the GG to ignite a bed of charcoal in my Akorn for a high heat cook. Less than a minute at full blast and I was ready to close the top of the cooker. So far, so good. Here is a little clip. Not one of those tech savvy guys so I hope this works. https://youtu.be/N4R6jmTqVK8
  8. Down 107.2. Less than a pound to realize full recovery from the holiday season. Once surpassed it will be my lightest weight since high school....many moons ago.
  9. Welcome to KG from another Metroplexer. Enjoy your new toy!
  10. A support system has helped me. It aids in keeping me focused. As much as I don't care for group meetings, there is the occasional topic that I can incorporate into my daily routine of trying to make better decisions. I think I have a better handle on what and why I used to eat the way I did. You hit the nail on the head with meal planning. It is a pain in the neck but I have to admit that it is one of the keys to my loss. We plan meals whether in the home or out at a restaurant. Also, WW converts foods into a points system based on nutritional information. The WW app is quite helpful in try to determine and the track food/points. You can take control of what you put into your body. It is one of those "simple" things but "simple" doesn't mean "easy". Good luck!
  11. A person must learn to be creative in the kitchen because the "healthy" choices are limited. Thankfully, my family is supportive and since I do most of the cooking we walk a fine line between eating what works and avoiding too much repetition. Lots of chicken breast, pork loin, and fish, with the occasional lean cut of beef and lamb. Non-starchy veggies and low-fructose fruits, leafy greens, and non-fat dairy pretty rounds out the menu. No potatoes, no rice, no sugar, no pasta.....but it isn't all bad. You get to try all sorts of recipes trying to soup-up chicken breasts for one more meal. Kidding,....sort of. Learning how to substitute recipe ingredients is essential and part of the fun. Want mashed potatoes? How about mashed cauliflower, turnip, squash (some types), daikon, or radish instead. Want breaded chicken breast? Try crushed pork rinds or whey protein powder instead. Spaghetti squash instead of pasta. Non fat greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Cauliflower is so versatile that it is almost crazy. Alfredo sauce, to rice, to pizza crusts, to tortillas....good thing my family like cauliflower. Both my wife and I joined WW last January and it works for us. This is mostly low fat foods and taking responsibility for goes into our bodies. Based on my health, I also included lower carb restriction. I was not interested in keto but I also knew that I had been eating way too many carbs so I decided to keep carbs between 25-30 grams/day, on average. Also cut out added sugars as well as limiting natural sugars. I try to not think of my new eating habits as it as making one big change (latest fad diet) as much as a bunch of little changes (better options and better decisions). If I encounter an issue with a minor change I can deal it and endeavor to make a better decision the next time.
  12. Can you post some pics? Maybe it will spark some creative ideas.
  13. Didn't take you long to put the BBQube through its paces. Nice cook and glad to see the ATQ performing so well.
  14. Nice. Perfect cook for me as my little herb garden provides me with more than I can normally use.
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