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  1. Two-Factor Authentication / Credit Card Security

    2factor authentication (2FA) by SMS is better than nothing else, but it is not durable. FYI your phone number is not securely in your possession by default. There are many extreme examples of number-porting from high-value targets, that essentially steal your phone number to receive your 2FA texts It's been too easy to do, up to this point, and phone companies have been slow to recognize this threat to their customers. As long as you have a smartphone, tablet or PC then you can generate a durable second-factor (TOTP based) that cannot be easily ported away. I suggest Authy (android, iphone, Chrome extension and app) for this approach but there are several others. Google Authenticator is the standard, but it's barebones with no backup - it is more work when you get a new phone and you'd better have a good record. The phone app/TOTP code generator on the phone, replaces the one-purpose hardware gadget you had. Very convenient. There are techniques to prevent number porting orders, but phone companies can still screw it up. As for the debit card, you can get one that is normally locked until you need to ring out, then unlock it with the smartphone, and relock every time. Some banks do it, some don't. I agree credit cards are still hard to secure. An automatic one-time-use card# would be best - that is essentially what you get with Android Pay, or Apple Pay, or Samsung (whateverPay), but not many stores that I use, will do those.
  2. Temporary Stand

    that looks perfect. Locking casters and it won't go anywhere.
  3. 4th of July Brisket

    in case of a failure (TTT sticking open, it will get thick and greasy), I'd like a slightly greater chance of limiting the runaway-grill/jet-engine effect, so that I might catch it before it consumes the grill and maybe the wooden deck. So I set the intake and exhaust dampers to the maximum amount I have ever needed for smoking, which is an inch or less open, on both. Then the TTT goes on the exhaust vent where it belongs. Then the likely-worst problem is that the grill burn might go out - and TTT will probably work to keep it going. That is the safest arrangement I can think of, for active temperature control. I am trying to not be the guy that had the smoker go nuclear and it burned down the house. The TTT does not actually have to control 100% of the exhaust air to control the smoker temperature, and it can't anyway. There is always leakage in some amount, at the vent, at the lid seal. My guess is the TTT will still be able to maintain temperature control, if leakage is "low enough" that TTT has control of say 50% of the "total" exhaust flow including leakage, and the vents are throttled to reduce the max possible flow so that the grill/smoker temperature cannot runaway above 400, 500, 600F. anyroad.
  4. 4th of July Brisket

    Brisket is just not as forgiving as pork shoulder. You can do "everything right" and still be punished by a bad piece. Instead of taking the grate off, you might have rekindled it with a hair dryer, forcing air into the inlet vent, since you still had a coal. But if ash choked it in the first place then you could wind up losing the fire again, anyway. I use and like the TTT also, bottom vent 1inch, top vent 0.5 - 0.75 inch at the edge, for smoking. Like shuley said maybe your vents are a little too closed. I wouldn't trust that iGrill anymore. The Maverick ET732 is used a lot - if it loses signal then it beeps and doesn't go quiet. What I tend to do, is dig a hole to the fuel grate ("volcano", ha!) just to insure that air and exhaust has a free path. If the hole collapses during the burn, then the fire can go out. An expanded metal mesh tube might help ensure that the hole cannot be collapsed so easily in a long cook. A hand torch make it easy to start as much or as little coals as you want.
  5. Cracked kamado top

    you could leave it, or try to glue with epoxy or fireplace mastic. It'll probably crack some more, maybe it won't just fall apart. Supposedly drilling a hole at the end of the crack, is a technique to stop it - I would not. The true end may not be perceptible.
  6. Akorn Cover?

    I think I'm using the CG branded cover for the last 2-3 year - it kinda sucks. Thin, nylon strings tend to come out of the bottom hem. The vinyl coating tends to crack at the bottom hem. It might be ok for 4-5 years. I treated it with a waterproofing and UV-resistant wipe. Better than nothing, the grill must be covered to maximize its life, it's a rust collector. I expect both types are the same construction.
  7. Charcoal Ash Disposal - Suggestions

    on the mulch pile. Just make sure no cinders.
  8. Stone just broke

    I don't think the mass of the deflector matters. I typically use an empty foil pan, and wrap a sheet of foil on top of that. Even one layer is enough for an indirect heat deflector, but two layers don't hurt. The top layer collects the grease, toss the top layer for easy cleanup. I definitely don't want it burning up, seems like a foul smoke. As cheap as it gets, and nothing to break.
  9. Akorn Rotisserie

    nuts. I wish I had not seen this. $100 is at once too much and not enough. Hmmm If'n I spin it then I cannot monitor the temperature remotely by my existing sensors - problem solved.
  10. TipTopTemp and digging a hole down to the grate for air, will prevent losing the fire, and will throttle the exhaust as necessary. Wireless thermometer alarming is good too, but actual control will let you sleep.
  11. I hit the top damper inside with a propane torch every time - loosens the grease up. Otherwise the handle can break off.
  12. Tip Top Temp device?

    cleaning it by hand was awful. I got an ultrasonic cleaner (a used Harbor Freight model), not really big enough for TTT, but I could clean half the TTT at a time. Much better than hand cleaning.
  13. What to do with my chips?

    wrap them in foil to slow down the burn, they might smoke a little longer but it won't make much difference anyway.
  14. excellent documentation. THANKS! fiberglass insulation is what makes this kamado lightweight, efficient and less expensive.
  15. Tiptoptemp (unpowered exhaust temperature controller) will probably eliminate any problem with keeping the fire going. As long as you knock the ashes out of the fuel before you start smoking. For $25-30 it is well worth the cost. The most important 2 things in my overnight cooks is #1 set the wireless temperature alarm levels and #2. maximize the chances that the alarms do not sound-out and interrupt my sleep. TTT helps ensure that temperatures stay in the desired range.
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