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  1. Mr. Maniac, Well done! You really have a flair for this video thing so I hope you can keep it up as the final product is awesome! Just great work and with so many cookers it really provides the viewer with some good perspective. Great sense of humor--i still laugh at one of your unboxing videos where you accidentally threw the box over the neighbor's fence! I know there is a ton of work behind your finished product so just wanted to say "thanks" and hope you have the time to make more! G
  2. Love your videos man! Regarding the meat source, I was considering a post on this very topic when yours popped up. I had been buying my steaks mainly from Sam's--USDA choice, black angus beef. A new costco opened here in town so i was eager to try their USDA prime, and did so a couple weeks ago. I was disappointed. The Costco prime did not compare well with the Sam's choice. I assume Sam's using black angus was the kicker--that is some good beef. Most butchers like to advertise if the beef is black angus, since Costco does not, I assume their beef is not black angus. I will stick with the Sam's USDA choice black angus. Plus for filets it's about $14 a pound, versus the $22 per pound for Costco prime.
  3. Fantastic video! You need some imagination and some style with these videos and you've got that in spades--the lighter fluid and massage segments cracked me up! Way to go--looking forward to more! Btw--how'd the brisket turn out compared to a brisket on the KK?
  4. BBM, great post and info. The Summit has me intrigued although i'm happy with my current setup. Will be interesting to see what kind of market develops for the Summit at its price point. Keep up the good work and videos! G P.S. Nerd
  5. i'm not too picky about the lump I use but I tried a bag of the Vision stuff from Sam's a couple months ago and will not buy it again. Others have noted the uneven quality and my experience confirmed it. Very, very sparky on lighting, I mean CRAZY sparky. Now I was using a MAPP torch, which exacerbates that phenomenon, but this was the worst I've experienced. I also thought it smelled funny--kind of like chemicals. Quite a bit of dust as well. YMMV of course. Let us know what you think.
  6. Congrats and nice setup. I am really enjoying my XL and with the weather improving I look forward to using it alot soon.
  7. Congrats and great pics! You can appreciate the size of these bad boys with that pic of you between them. Very nice!
  8. That must be how a local place here does it as well as their chicken in their chicken and broccoli dish has the texture your are describing. I will try it and thanks!
  9. Thanks CC et al. Yes, Jerry (the XL) is getting a bit spoiled by all the steak (as is my kid)--will have to do a low n slow very soon, or burgers! Finding the time has been the challenge lately.
  10. I hate this time of year (despite the extra hour of sleep). The clocks changed this morning and now it just gets too dark too soon. So let's do a cook in the dark! Steaks and grilled tomatoes are on the menu. Getting the Primo XL lit--sorry for the fuzziness: Everything prepped for the grill--some of the last of the cherry tomatoes from the garden and a bit of onion, plus some vino to sip: Fire up to temp: Steaks on! Steaks resting, veggies on! Finally remembered to do a plated shot--with some greens and leftover baked beans: After dinner stogie: Despite the time change it was a beautiful, crisp, still evening. Great food and great weather--I really can't complain!
  11. Congratulations ckreef! Thanks for the pics-they look great! Glad the missus is on board. That's one of the things that held me back a little from a KK. Then, we were sitting on the patio about a month ago and she saw the Primo XL in its stainless cart glistening in in the evening sun and she said something very uncharacteristic-- "that's a nice looking grill." My internal reaction was "If she likes that, she would have LOVED the cobalt blue KK!"
  12. No problem--thanks again for the recipe/pic and I hope all goes well.
  13. DerHusker--why didn't you grill the chicken?
  14. Fantastic--will definitely try in the next few weeks!
  15. Kinda sorta, I was reading Golf.com and saw this pic from the twitter account of professional golfer Justin Rose using a BGE. Enjoy!
  16. Small world Philpom--that hose reel is actually better than the first one I bought at Lowe's, but not much. I know plastic is a great material but it's not good for EVERYTHING! You are right on with the sprinkler--a few months and it's broken or locked up and time for another! I'm sure ol' Jerr will last much longer!
  17. I wish I had a good story for you CC but I don't. I don't really name my possessions but I had to give the post a title and that first pic seems like it's begging for a name. Jerry (which rhymes with my name) is short on pretension but is a hard worker and somebody low-key who's good to have a beer with. Sorta like me!
  18. Did this about 6 weeks ago but just now getting to post. Tried out the new Primo XL with an easy cook--some strip steaks. First, everything prepped--hot grill, seasoned steaks, cold beer (a tall boy--it was very hot that day). Steaks on! Lid down, smoke rising. This part is so relaxing I wish it took 45 minutes--watching the smoke rise, viewing the setting sun, enjoying the peace and quiet. Flipped. Whoops--see a little too much char on a couple of them--will watch for that in the future. Finished and plated for the family. One personal take away is that since then I have learned, for me, that flipping the grate to get closer to the flames is not necessary. It seems like a temp of 450-500, with heated grates set up at the regular level, makes some pretty good grill marks and keeps the char risk low. 3-4 minutes per side then move them over to indirect until done. That's what works for me anyway.
  19. I actually picked up this XL in August, but just now getting around to posting some pics--more to follow soon. I had been enjoying my Akorn for a year but wanted to upgrade as I believe Kamado cooking is the way to go. After looking at all the brands, weighing my wants vs. needs, it really came down to 2 choices--Primo or Komodo Kamado. I can't say that a KK won't be in my future at some point but while all of this was under consideration, I ran across a closeout deal on this XL that was almost a steal--so it was a no brainer. XL, cart, and most accessories I need all in one package. Hauling it home and getting it to my patio was an experience in creativity, finesse and some brute strength (I needed my 12 year old for that!). It is certainly different from the Akorn--its responsiveness to vent changes is controlled and fast--very pleasant. I've got several cooks under my belt and looking forward to many more. The casters on the cart are phenomenal--my patio is slightly sloped and I really have to get behind it or the momentum can take over! This thing is a brute! Made in the USA baby!
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