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  1. I can tell you from experience that if you leave that deflector on running high heat in the Jr.... either by accident or otherwise, it will melt like solder. I did the ssme thing... More holes though and it melted. I decided to spend a few bucks and bought this one :BBQube Heat Deflector/Drip pan for Akorn Kamado Jr. Charcoal Grill https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071FPJCL3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_taa_xMXwCb24S46K8
  2. Good post. Was about to post it here and see you beat me by 40 minutes!
  3. I agree. I paid $280 for my full size Akorn. I would be all in at $130 for a Jr. though.
  4. Agreed. I bought a pizza pan at the Dollar Tree...for....you guessed it, a dollar. Burned off the alleged non-stick coating and it's the perfect size.
  5. I agree with this summary entirely. Indeed the original post is inflammatory and self-serving. Not the first time the same guy tries to stir the pot in the CGK forum. The guy can't allow others to enjoy their past time without his condescending remarks and innuendo. It's beyond me that he is a moderator but not my decision to make. The CGK serves different needs for different people. It's a "gateway" Kamado for many. It allows many to take the next step in outdoor cooking without a huge cash outlay. It evidently cooks well sometimes with minor mods often without. I'm going on four years with mine and beyond staining the shelves and spraying the dome hinge with Pam, mine is holding up just fine under it's faded cover. It performs flawlessly every time I fire it up and any shortcomings with the food have been a direct result of the cook and not the CGK. I find it to be the perfect compliment to my gasser and although I could go out now and buy any Kamado I dam well please, I see no logical reason to do so. That's just me though.
  6. I read that Target is now selling them at $299. Target,HD, Menards, Lowes... these things aren't going away anytime soon. I saw BJs is not carrying them this season but is carrying a Brinkmann ceramic with a metal cart. It's smaller than the Akorn...didn't note the price but I have to go back today so I'll check it out.
  7. Really nice. It's almost impossible to find cedar 4x4s in PA, DE and NJ...that's a fact. 5/4 x 6" is available at Home Depot though.
  8. Cart model is exclusive to HD, they say. Honestly, I don't care for the cart, and I plan to pull the cooker out of it, build a cart with bare-minimal sides to roll it around, and a dedicated "cook" cart that I can use with any of my grills - similar to having a storage cabinet in your outdoor kitchen, but I don't have an outdoor kitchen, it all gets rolled out of the garage when I cook.. It is YOUR outdoor kitchen and that's all that counts!
  9. I know Maverick has a good reputation among many in the BBQ world but I had bad luck with one of their products which honestly was a POS...an ET-73 model so I'm a bit reluctant to go go back to them. I hear yeah cropduster, and I agree with Freddy, the Thermapen is a good product. I just prefer the Maverick, I use both. An ET-732 is a whole different creature than a folding pen Instant read thermometer, and has a far greater chance of failing. That being said I had to return a faulty Thermapen and my son just had one fail, so #### happens to everything. I would never rate any battery operated electronic product on one bad experience. My point is when you look at the Maverick and the Thermapen side by side, and use them both, I feel the Maverick is a nicer unit. Add to the fact that it costs about 40% less than a Thermapen makes the choice a "no brainer" IMO. Many times I will a lot pay more for a product vs. one of it's competitors if I feel it is a better product and a better value. I just don' see that in a Thermapen vs. the PT-100, in fact I see just the opposite: I can pay less and get a product with nicer features. In the end, I get the same results with both. I know Maverick has a good reputation among many in the BBQ world but I had bad luck with one of their products which honestly was a POS...an ET-73 model so I'm a bit reluctant to go go back to them. I hear yeah cropduster, and I agree with Freddy, the Thermapen is a good product. I just prefer the Maverick, I use both. An ET-732 is a whole different creature than a folding pen Instant read thermometer, and has a far greater chance of failing. That being said I had to return a faulty Thermapen and my son just had one fail, so #### happens to everything. I would never rate any battery operated electronic product on one bad experience. My point is when you look at the Maverick and the Thermapen side by side, and use them both, I feel the Maverick is a nicer unit. Add to the fact that it costs about 40% less than a Thermapen makes the choice a "no brainer" IMO. Many times I will a lot pay more for a product vs. one of it's competitors if I feel it is a better product and a better value. I just don' see that in a Thermapen vs. the PT-100, in fact I see just the opposite: I can pay less and get a product with nicer features. In the end, I get the same results with both. I have an Admetior that I bought for $8-$9 and it works very well. I bought it and use it in our beach house. Reads fast and is accurate. Just don't know how long it will last nor what to do if/when the battery goes. http://www.amazon.com/Admetior-Digital-Instant-Thermometer-Black/dp/B001G5ZBKM
  10. I know Maverick has a good reputation among many in the BBQ world but I had bad luck with one of their products which honestly was a POS...an ET-73 model so I'm a bit reluctant to go go back to them.
  11. You can snag a Thermapen for $77 delivered here: http://www.thermoworks.com/products/thermapen/splashproof_thermapen_open_box_sale_jan_2014.html It's the single best accessory I have purchased.
  12. I have had mine a bit longer. Just checked. Got it just before Christmas 2011. I have only replaced the ashpan handles and CG was good enough to send me the heavier duty top damper and "O" ring. I keep it covered on our deck. It's not the shiny new penny it once was but it shows zero signs of rust and everything works as it should. I did notice one small crack in the CI grate. I only brush thr grate and give it a spray of Pam when it cools. I do think the cover is essential.
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