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  1. Spatchcocking would probably be too wide but cut into halves you might be able to arrange them to fit.
  2. HeavyG

    Mileage from 15 inch Vacuum Sealer

    You might want to buy some of the expandable (pleated) vac seal bags meant for large things like a full brisket or a turkey. Here's a link to the ones FoodSaver sells - https://www.amazon.com/Foodsaver-GameSaver-Expandable-Vacuum-2-Pack/dp/B00AL2AV2O
  3. HeavyG

    Mileage from 15 inch Vacuum Sealer

    I don't think I've seen a chamber vac large enough to deal with a full packer brisket. Wonder how much one that size might cost!
  4. HeavyG

    Wicked Edge WE-130 First Looks

    If a $40 stone isn't worthy of your pricier blades you can always buy a natural Japanese stone. Here's a link to a dealer for natural stones. Most of them are over $1000 but there might be something for a bit less. - http://www.thejapanstone.com/A_New_Hoard_Bench.html For Japanese knives fixed angle systems such as the Wicked Edge really aren't ideal. Most quality Japanese knives are originally hand sharpened and thus they don't really have an exact bevel angle. The blade makers might say that their edge bevel may be 10° or 15° or whatever but because they are sharpened by humans they can/will vary by a degree or two on the same blade and between blades. And there are actually advantages to that. One advantage is that being hand sharpened the edge bevel will have a rounded or slightly tapered shoulder. Sharpening with a fixed angle system does not allow one to do that. A system such as the Wicked Edge will also not allow one to thin a blade - to do that you'll need to freehand on a stone. Of course for thinning you don't need a $1000 dollar natural stone. All systems have their pros and cons and the Wicked Edge is pretty slick. For folks that insist on setting an exact angle for primary and secondary bevels for at least some of their knives then a system like the Wicked Edge may be the ticket. Looking forward to your experiences with it.
  5. This is a topic that has been much discussed/debated over the years. A lot of variables are involved but one thing is crystal clear - an air gap of an inch or so between the base of a kamado and the surface of a flammable material is the safest approach to lessening the chance of a wooden table catching fire. Concrete conducts heat very well. There are a lot of types of concrete and some conduct heat better than others. Over on another forum many moons ago regarding this subject one commenter said: "According to Fourier's law of heat transfer, air is substantially better at dissipating heat than concrete. there is an equation, if your interested I can share it, but when you do the math I would take about a 12" block of concrete to provide the same heat transfer rate that air gives you. So, like golf we want to see a low number in heat transfer rate. I guess I should say I assumed a 2" air gap which is about what the table nest gives us, a 12x12 paver (larger would be worse), a 70 degree day, and the bottom of the egg at 350 degrees. with all of that, heat transfers through concrete about 70 times faster than air. I know people on here love stainless steel, so for fun I ran it and heat transfers though that about 385 times faster. So to sum it up, using the table nest is the safest way to rest your egg in your table." When dealing with something like a kamado resting on a concrete "paver" the heat transfer is a case of steady state conduction, meaning the heat just keeps flowing and flowing. Given the nature of many cooks on a kamado with 10 hour+ cooks not being unusual those effects tend to add up. Again, there are a lot of variables involved - the type of concrete the "paver" is made from, the type of wood the table is made from, the type of finish that is applied to the surface of the wood, the amount of energy in the kamado, etc., etc., etc. The amount of energy in the kamado varies from a fairly low level of energy if one is smoking a butt at 225°F to a higher amount of energy if one is doing pizzas. More energy means more heat available to transfer thru air, concrete, whatever. Here's a pix of a wood surface that had a concrete patio "paver" underneath the kamado: An air gap by itself may not always be sufficient to ensure that a wood surface will not scorch and possibly ignite. I have seen pix of slight scorching from someone that was just using a BGE Table Nest (couldn't find the pix yet tho). Below is a pix of a table directly supporting an Egg and the burn thru is obvious. The middle pic is of a table sitting upon a concrete "paver" which was not the reason the table caught fire but rather was a case of an insufficient air gap around the circumference of the Egg in the tabletop opening (I have seen a few similar photos where the Egg sits snug in the opening and burns the table). The bottom pix is of a table that has been scorched a bit even tho the kamado was sitting on a concrete "paver" (tho it looks to me like the damage may just be to whatever finish the builder used to "protect" the wood from rotting). The bottom line is that wood is not the best material to use in constructing a table to hold some types of grills. The idea that a typical concrete square bought at Home Depot or the like is going to be sufficient to ensure a wooden table won't catch fire is poppycock. Yes, some folks do that and never seem to have a problem (until they do of course). Others have actually had their tables burn and most of their deck burn with it. If I were to use a table for a kamado made from wood and I was resting the kamado on a concrete "paver" I would at least periodically (once a year?) lift up the kamado and remove the "paver" to inspect the surface of the wood to see what may be going on.
  6. HeavyG

    Propane vs MAP Gas

    The real MAPP gas of yore burned at over 5500°F. MAP-Pro of today only burns at 3730°F while Propane burns at 3600°F. That extra 130°F just ain't worth more than twice the price.
  7. HeavyG

    DIY Stainless Steel Rain Cap

    Nice project! I'm too lazy for that so I just bought one of these. It's not stainless but it's not going to rust out in my lifetime.
  8. HeavyG

    Project Fire

    So cynical. I think the focus of the two shows is different enough to merit the name change.
  9. HeavyG

    Rockwood Charcoal

    Rockwood is available in just about all of the lower 48 states in Ace Hardware stores. Your local store may not routinely carry it (my local store never seems to have any on hand but a store in a neighboring city 8 miles away does) but they can pull it from their warehouse and deliver it to your store. Check their website: http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=142863556 You can see if any of your local stores have any on hand or you can order it and pick it up once it is delivered to your store. Ace Hardware stores always seems to be sending out $5 or $10 dollar off coupons so be sure to sign up to receive those.
  10. HeavyG

    Rockwood Charcoal

    I'd say that Rockwood is one of the better brands of charcoal available and about the most neutral charcoal available. Good stuff. I generally have bags of Rockwood, Royal Oak, and Kamado Joe on hand but at the moment I'm out of Royal Oak and only have 2 bags of KJ left but I do have 5 or 6 bags of Rockwood. With any lump charcoal the size of the lump in the bag really has more to do with how badly kicked around the bags were in transit. Most of the bags of Rockwood that I've used have plenty of large pieces but personally, I don't care too much for really large pieces - I tend to prefer golf ball to baseball sized pieces.
  11. HeavyG

    Really California? WTH

    Aluminum is not one of the chemicals on the Prop 65 list.
  12. HeavyG

    Really California? WTH

    "I liked it better before Prop 65 when we were all kept in the dark about which hazardous/carcinogenic chemicals might be in the products we use." he said sarcastically. Wood/charcoal is required to provide the Prop65 warning because they emit carbon monoxide which is on the list and which kills about 400 people in the US each year. Most of those deaths are not from using grills indoors or in poorly ventilated areas but they do happen.
  13. HeavyG

    LG Konro Yakatori - unboxing thread

    Those grills are readily available on ebay sold by Japanese vendors shipping directly from Japan. You'll pay quite a bit more for one since the vendors typically ship them via air freight but if you just have to have one RIGHT NOW ebay is your friend. You might also have to pay a few bucks for customs duty but that will depend on how the vendor rights up the shipping manifest. I frequently order items from Japanese vendors via ebay and have yet to have any problems at all.
  14. HeavyG

    Pork Butt Steaks

    Steaks I cut off a pork butt I vacuum pack and sous vide them for 24 hours then finish them off on the grill. Haven't done them the "hot and fast" way yet but I'll have to give that a go sometime.