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    afingerhut got a reaction from David5 in Bootleg Joetisserie   
    Another cook on the Bootleg Joetisserie tonight. Was able to seal well enough to snuff out my charcoal and had excellent temp control across the range

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    afingerhut got a reaction from LargeRedJoe in KAB divider   
    I expect it well before next year. The iKAMAND and basket will be at the JOEnation Atlanta Block Party on 8/26. There may still be some tweaking to do, but most if not all of that will be in the software side. 
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    afingerhut got a reaction from LargeRedJoe in KAB divider   
    A gentleman named Bobby Brennan
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    afingerhut got a reaction from Gunnergoose in KAB divider   
    I would prefer to see a solid divider panel because I use my divider to isolate a second zone for some cooks. Won't be hard to fashion one to fit those built in slots
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    afingerhut got a reaction from Gunnergoose in KAB divider   
    I think there will be a lot of that going on in the months ahead
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    afingerhut got a reaction from Gunnergoose in KAB divider   
    I also don't have much to fabricate metal parts with. I just used a jigsaw and a bench vise. If I had better stuff, I'd have made something beefier and a little more stable. For the $10 I spent I've been very happy with the function. 
     
    Reality is, I will never wear it out because I'll have the KJ version well before this quits. 
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    afingerhut got a reaction from Gunnergoose in KAB divider   
    KJs will be very heavy duty stainless. I believe the bottom bars are 10mm rod.
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    afingerhut reacted to Bachman 5 in KAB divider   
    here is a thread started by @afingerhut who made one out of some thin sheet metal which seemed to work out for him
    there might be some others on here just might have to do a search
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    afingerhut got a reaction from m-fine in New BBQ Wizzard   
    I could see an advantage to a Pit probe going to the 600 range if you wanted to use a controller for pizza cooks.

    In the past I've only really used my partyQ on long cooks, but with the rapid start feature I'd be inclined to use it when cooking at higher temps as well
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    afingerhut got a reaction from adam319 in New BBQ Wizzard   
    It's actually superior manure due to the larger lumps of poop
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    afingerhut reacted to John Setzler in New BBQ Wizzard   
    I'm sure there will be limitations on how hot you can run with this device.  The temperature probes will most likely hit a failure point before the fan and control unit itself runs into any issues.  You have to keep in mind what the uses are for this type of device.  If you just want to use it to stoke a hot fire then it should be able to that with no problem.  If you want to use the temperature probes, I would EXPECT that you need to keep the ambient temperature inside the grill at or below 500 degrees.  
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    afingerhut reacted to Charcoal Addict in New BBQ Wizzard   
    The iPhone wasn't the first Smartphone either.  They were the first to innovate the OS into something truly usable.  KJ isn't reinventing the wheel either.  Reinventing the wheel is much harder these days.  KJ is making a better wheel.  
     
    There isn't a Kamado company you can compare them with.  They've evolved dramatically over the years.  The new Firebox, Hinge and Kontrol Tower vent are all very unique innovations.  The new KJ hinge exceeds the design of the KK hinge. 
     
    The iKamand is the very first ultra compact, weatherproof Wifi multi probe controller into such a tiny little unit.  All the competing multi probe units on the market are not weather proof, they have you running multiple wires all over the place and cannot run above 450F- 500 F.  
     
    The iKamand overcomes a huge number of short comings of many current temp controllers.   The iKamand is a serious leap forward in temp controller design.  
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    afingerhut got a reaction from freddyjbbq in New BBQ Wizzard   
    It's actually superior manure due to the larger lumps of poop
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    afingerhut reacted to freddyjbbq in New BBQ Wizzard   
    What great news!!
    My daughter just put in a box of wildflowers and we were thinking of adding some manure to the soil.  Any idea price point?
     
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    afingerhut reacted to dianlonyc2 in New BBQ Wizzard   
    List?  I love lists.....I would love to get on this list too! lol   I agree -- the Esp start is a great feature.  PLUS if my wife can dial in a temp and make it even EASIER -- that is even better!   (Plus I think adding this package to new grills would open up the Kamado market to people who would not have considered it before)
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    afingerhut got a reaction from KamadoKarma in New BBQ Wizzard   
    KJ (and most kamados) have fantastic temperature control and are easy enough to get stable with a little know how and experience. That said, there are enough added features that it's worth buying even if you don't want the temp controller.

    It's a kick ### 3 probe wifi/BT remote thermometer, and cost the same as similar remote thermometers that don't have a blower. It also will replace my BBQ dragon for rapid starting. Now I have a hands free way to bring my temp quickly to exactly where I want it, not just get it blazing then figure out the vents.
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    afingerhut reacted to Charcoal Addict in New BBQ Wizzard   
    I use the BGE adapter on the Big Joe.  The vents are the same size on the Eggs and Joe's plus or minus 1/8 of an inch.  Not enough to throw off the fit of the iKamand.  
     
    The iKamand will fit the Eggs too.
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    afingerhut got a reaction from SamHarrisKJ in New BBQ Wizzard   
    Since this seems to be the only thread on the iKamand I thought I'd give it a bump and fill in some details y'all might not have seen if you aren't active in the FB group.
     
    1. $$$ this thing is going to be $149. That is crazy stupid cheap when you compare to everything else on the market, and consider this is a better, more feature rich design.
     
    2. Availability- first run is scheduled to be released next month. No 12-24 months for this thing to be in the wild
     
    3. Start up mode - this thing has a 30 cfm blower crammed into that little housing. Bobby posted a video of it raising temp from 600 to 850 in 45 seconds. https://www.dropbox.com/s/lirkm3cfiro49z3/20170524_143803.mp4?dl=0
     
    Maybe you won't be rock steady at 225 in 2 minutes or grilling in 5, but it's damn sure faster than anything I've seen. That kills a lot of excuses for people who stay clear of charcoal or even those who generally only cook on the weekend. The more often it's practical to use your cooker, the easier it is to justify the price tag.
     
    4. Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity with 3 meat probes
     
    5. Not just for KJ. It will fit several major brands out of the box, and they plan to have adapters in the future.
     
    6. This can live on your cooker. No need to mount and dismount for each use. If you want to use it, plug it in. If you don't, adjust your lower vent as normal with the unit attached.
     
    7. Did I mention the price? I have no idea what their strategy is here, because they developed the best game in town, by far, and it's selling for little more than a Thermoworks Smoke (less if you add the gateway).
     
    Y'all gripe all you want about sucking the soul out of kamado cooking, or whatever, but these innovations open up the market for so many to step into this passion of ours. I think everyone should embrace that whether you need this particular product or not. Innovation breeds innovation and there will come an innovation that does matter to you because KJ decided to blow the roof off the status quo.
     
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    afingerhut got a reaction from Aceof89 in New BBQ Wizzard   
    Since this seems to be the only thread on the iKamand I thought I'd give it a bump and fill in some details y'all might not have seen if you aren't active in the FB group.
     
    1. $$$ this thing is going to be $149. That is crazy stupid cheap when you compare to everything else on the market, and consider this is a better, more feature rich design.
     
    2. Availability- first run is scheduled to be released next month. No 12-24 months for this thing to be in the wild
     
    3. Start up mode - this thing has a 30 cfm blower crammed into that little housing. Bobby posted a video of it raising temp from 600 to 850 in 45 seconds. https://www.dropbox.com/s/lirkm3cfiro49z3/20170524_143803.mp4?dl=0
     
    Maybe you won't be rock steady at 225 in 2 minutes or grilling in 5, but it's damn sure faster than anything I've seen. That kills a lot of excuses for people who stay clear of charcoal or even those who generally only cook on the weekend. The more often it's practical to use your cooker, the easier it is to justify the price tag.
     
    4. Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity with 3 meat probes
     
    5. Not just for KJ. It will fit several major brands out of the box, and they plan to have adapters in the future.
     
    6. This can live on your cooker. No need to mount and dismount for each use. If you want to use it, plug it in. If you don't, adjust your lower vent as normal with the unit attached.
     
    7. Did I mention the price? I have no idea what their strategy is here, because they developed the best game in town, by far, and it's selling for little more than a Thermoworks Smoke (less if you add the gateway).
     
    Y'all gripe all you want about sucking the soul out of kamado cooking, or whatever, but these innovations open up the market for so many to step into this passion of ours. I think everyone should embrace that whether you need this particular product or not. Innovation breeds innovation and there will come an innovation that does matter to you because KJ decided to blow the roof off the status quo.
     
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    afingerhut got a reaction from cschaaf in New BBQ Wizzard   
    Since this seems to be the only thread on the iKamand I thought I'd give it a bump and fill in some details y'all might not have seen if you aren't active in the FB group.
     
    1. $$$ this thing is going to be $149. That is crazy stupid cheap when you compare to everything else on the market, and consider this is a better, more feature rich design.
     
    2. Availability- first run is scheduled to be released next month. No 12-24 months for this thing to be in the wild
     
    3. Start up mode - this thing has a 30 cfm blower crammed into that little housing. Bobby posted a video of it raising temp from 600 to 850 in 45 seconds. https://www.dropbox.com/s/lirkm3cfiro49z3/20170524_143803.mp4?dl=0
     
    Maybe you won't be rock steady at 225 in 2 minutes or grilling in 5, but it's damn sure faster than anything I've seen. That kills a lot of excuses for people who stay clear of charcoal or even those who generally only cook on the weekend. The more often it's practical to use your cooker, the easier it is to justify the price tag.
     
    4. Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity with 3 meat probes
     
    5. Not just for KJ. It will fit several major brands out of the box, and they plan to have adapters in the future.
     
    6. This can live on your cooker. No need to mount and dismount for each use. If you want to use it, plug it in. If you don't, adjust your lower vent as normal with the unit attached.
     
    7. Did I mention the price? I have no idea what their strategy is here, because they developed the best game in town, by far, and it's selling for little more than a Thermoworks Smoke (less if you add the gateway).
     
    Y'all gripe all you want about sucking the soul out of kamado cooking, or whatever, but these innovations open up the market for so many to step into this passion of ours. I think everyone should embrace that whether you need this particular product or not. Innovation breeds innovation and there will come an innovation that does matter to you because KJ decided to blow the roof off the status quo.
     
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    afingerhut reacted to bel4_20 in New BBQ Wizzard   
    Bravo!! well put! So looking forward to buying one!
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    afingerhut got a reaction from bel4_20 in New BBQ Wizzard   
    Since this seems to be the only thread on the iKamand I thought I'd give it a bump and fill in some details y'all might not have seen if you aren't active in the FB group.
     
    1. $$$ this thing is going to be $149. That is crazy stupid cheap when you compare to everything else on the market, and consider this is a better, more feature rich design.
     
    2. Availability- first run is scheduled to be released next month. No 12-24 months for this thing to be in the wild
     
    3. Start up mode - this thing has a 30 cfm blower crammed into that little housing. Bobby posted a video of it raising temp from 600 to 850 in 45 seconds. https://www.dropbox.com/s/lirkm3cfiro49z3/20170524_143803.mp4?dl=0
     
    Maybe you won't be rock steady at 225 in 2 minutes or grilling in 5, but it's damn sure faster than anything I've seen. That kills a lot of excuses for people who stay clear of charcoal or even those who generally only cook on the weekend. The more often it's practical to use your cooker, the easier it is to justify the price tag.
     
    4. Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity with 3 meat probes
     
    5. Not just for KJ. It will fit several major brands out of the box, and they plan to have adapters in the future.
     
    6. This can live on your cooker. No need to mount and dismount for each use. If you want to use it, plug it in. If you don't, adjust your lower vent as normal with the unit attached.
     
    7. Did I mention the price? I have no idea what their strategy is here, because they developed the best game in town, by far, and it's selling for little more than a Thermoworks Smoke (less if you add the gateway).
     
    Y'all gripe all you want about sucking the soul out of kamado cooking, or whatever, but these innovations open up the market for so many to step into this passion of ours. I think everyone should embrace that whether you need this particular product or not. Innovation breeds innovation and there will come an innovation that does matter to you because KJ decided to blow the roof off the status quo.
     
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    afingerhut reacted to m-fine in New BBQ Wizzard   
    I wonder how many of the anti-controller people use an oven without a thermostat like their great great grandma did?  I get the zen of running a cooker, and I have a stick burner that fills that role, but there are a lot of grillers out there that wouldn't mind a helping hand every once in a while.    
     
    I use a Heatermeter controller and Rotodamper on most of my kamado cooks because it IS faster, easier, and more precise.  With a 6.7 CFM fan the 21" or so PB can get to 400 STABLE in about 8 minutes.  Is the ceramic heat soaked that fast?  Heck no, but the controller takes care of keeping the temp stable until it is.  White startup smoke is not an issue either, a fanned fire spreads faster and burns hotter so you get past any smoke faster.  Once the base of the charcoal is lit, I could see 30 cfm being significantly faster, but I also see ash blowing plus sparks and burning embers shooting out of the top vent, or worse when the lid is open.  That is already a borderline issue at less than 7 cfm.  Once temp has stbilized and the ceramic heat soaks, my fan doesn't run at all below 500 degrees.  The temp is managed by a servo limiting airflow just like you would manually control the damper, just with more frequent and better informed adjustments.    
     
    KJ's solution looks pretty slick and is priced right.  30 CFM seems like too much for a kamado except for rapid start so they will need to be able to have fine control at very low fan speeds and or also be able to physically block airflow with a servo controlled damper.  It will come down to the software and how well it actually controls the grill, but the people behind it aren't stupid so I expect they will get it right or not ship it.  If the product works well and the software hits the balance between usability and features, I think it will be a success.            
     
    If they want to make a simple start grill, add a propane igniter to light the charcoal at the bottom of the KAB and then kick on the fan.  You could digitize the startup sequence to make it a simple load charcoal and hit a single "Start" button startup.  I see no reason that this couldn't evolve into a push to start grill with digital temp setting that is as easy to light as a gas grill and faster to pre-heat, more stable and as simple to control as your kitchen oven.  Heck, I am almost there now but with a push button torch, semi-DIY controller, and a bunch of wires.  KJ's engineering could put it all together and simplify it from a tinkerers toy to clean solution ready for the masses.  Why root against them?      
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    afingerhut reacted to Mr Cue in New BBQ Wizzard   
    Well said! I will be getting one of these when it comes out, it's the best value and does all the things I want a controller to do. 
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    afingerhut got a reaction from Mr Cue in New BBQ Wizzard   
    Since this seems to be the only thread on the iKamand I thought I'd give it a bump and fill in some details y'all might not have seen if you aren't active in the FB group.
     
    1. $$$ this thing is going to be $149. That is crazy stupid cheap when you compare to everything else on the market, and consider this is a better, more feature rich design.
     
    2. Availability- first run is scheduled to be released next month. No 12-24 months for this thing to be in the wild
     
    3. Start up mode - this thing has a 30 cfm blower crammed into that little housing. Bobby posted a video of it raising temp from 600 to 850 in 45 seconds. https://www.dropbox.com/s/lirkm3cfiro49z3/20170524_143803.mp4?dl=0
     
    Maybe you won't be rock steady at 225 in 2 minutes or grilling in 5, but it's damn sure faster than anything I've seen. That kills a lot of excuses for people who stay clear of charcoal or even those who generally only cook on the weekend. The more often it's practical to use your cooker, the easier it is to justify the price tag.
     
    4. Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity with 3 meat probes
     
    5. Not just for KJ. It will fit several major brands out of the box, and they plan to have adapters in the future.
     
    6. This can live on your cooker. No need to mount and dismount for each use. If you want to use it, plug it in. If you don't, adjust your lower vent as normal with the unit attached.
     
    7. Did I mention the price? I have no idea what their strategy is here, because they developed the best game in town, by far, and it's selling for little more than a Thermoworks Smoke (less if you add the gateway).
     
    Y'all gripe all you want about sucking the soul out of kamado cooking, or whatever, but these innovations open up the market for so many to step into this passion of ours. I think everyone should embrace that whether you need this particular product or not. Innovation breeds innovation and there will come an innovation that does matter to you because KJ decided to blow the roof off the status quo.
     
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