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    robertyb got a reaction from Rex Kramer in Akorn Mods & Fixes   
    About any type felt will do. I put maybe a 3/4" piece at the end of my slider on my Akorn Jr against the end where the screw is. None was needed on my full size Akorn.
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    robertyb got a reaction from KismetKamado in 2017 Solar Eclipse - Should I be more excited?   
    I forgot to get glasses so sat on my deck and used binoculars sitting propped up on a table instead. This was the best we got. I did have three hummingbirds fighting constantly at the darkest it got.
     

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    robertyb got a reaction from bel4_20 in Fill it Grill it basket and wings   
    I have a few times using a flat basket. I usually just do them direct on the CI grate though as it is an easier clean up.
    No dishwasher here,  :(
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    robertyb reacted to ckreef in How long can you hold temp before it starts creeping up?   
    Generally don't worry about it. The creeping up on an Akorn has more to do with the meat coming up to temp. If you started out at 235* and it creeps all the way up to 300* by the end of your low-n-slow it won't hurt anything. 
     
    A few things to keep in mind once at a stable temperature:
     
    1) when you put that cold hunk of meat on your temperature will drop for a while. Don't adjust your vents, the temperature will recover. 
     
    2) when it goes into the stall your temperature will drop for a while. Don't adjust your vents the temperature will recover. 
     
    The less you worry about it and the less you play with the vents the less stressful your cook will be. 
     
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    robertyb got a reaction from Thunder77 in Akorn Newbie Question   
    When installing turn the left handle to about 7-8 o'clock position and lift it into place. When you feel it slide into the slot turn it back to the position to latch it. Takes a few seconds the first couple of tries but becomes second nature after doing it a few times. Do the same turn when removing it too.
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    robertyb got a reaction from CajunCanuck in Cheap Vision rotisserie   
    Try e-mailing Onlyfire about it.
     
    E-mail:sales@onlyfireoutdoor.com
     
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    robertyb reacted to moloch16 in Akorn Accessories   
    Tip Top Temp is a great gadget, I have one and like it.  You can do fine without it by adjusting the vents, so it's definitely optional.  It gives me a warm cozy feeling when I do 12 hour overnight smokes, I know the TTT is there to keep an eye on things.
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    robertyb reacted to ckreef in Akorn Jr Low-n-slow Vent Settings   
    I mainly use my Akorn Jr for searing but on occasion I want it low temperature. Last night was one such occasion. With all the Akorn Jr's being bought recently I'm sure some of you are going to use it for low-n-slow cooks. Thought I would post pictures of my final vent settings from last night. Very minute openings to maintain 250*.
     
    @Baby Back Maniac  thought you might be interested in this. 
     




     
     
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    robertyb got a reaction from Marty in Pictures not found   
    I agree with you but by the time I change again the threads and pictures will be history for the most part and very very few people would ever see them anyway if at all.
    What Photobucket is doing effects us now by blocking what we posted with their blessings. It is one thing to cut you off from future postings but they should be sued for blocking posts previously made.
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    robertyb got a reaction from ckreef in Pictures not found   
    I agree with you but by the time I change again the threads and pictures will be history for the most part and very very few people would ever see them anyway if at all.
    What Photobucket is doing effects us now by blocking what we posted with their blessings. It is one thing to cut you off from future postings but they should be sued for blocking posts previously made.
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    robertyb got a reaction from JeffieBoy in Do I need a stone to "smoke"?   
    I do recommend a heat deflector be used when doing a low and slow cook. 
    This site has plenty of recipes available.
    Definitely use lump charcoal.
    No need to soak your wood chunks in a kamado.
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    robertyb reacted to John Setzler in It only took 10 years...   
    Why not just close the lid?  Having the lid open is not a requirement... it just helps speed it along in the beginning...
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    robertyb got a reaction from ckreef in Tube Lighting Method   
    I do the same thing except for the tube part. I just grab a longer straight piece of lump and build around it and then pull it out and throw it on the pile and light the cotton ball.
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    robertyb reacted to ckreef in Tube Lighting Method   
    Volcano, ring of fire, snake - all those words need to be left to the Lord of the Rings/Harry Potter fans. Although those methods can work they leave you with less than a full load of lump which is generally not a good idea. 
     
    I use to be a big fan of the MAPP torch. Then last Thanksgiving I left my torch at my sister's house in FL (second time I've left it there). Since then I've been doing the tube lighting method. It has two advantages 1) you start with a full load of lump 2) there is a clear spot where air can get up from the lower vent in the event your lump grate starts to clog as the cook progresses. 
     
    Here is the leftover lump from the previous cook. 

     
    I stir that around and leave a hole down to the grate. 

     
     
    I put a paper towel tube down in there and push the used lump around it so it stands on its own. 

     
     
    I then dump (straight from the bag) some fresh lump all around. Fill your firebox full. 

     
     
    I carefully remove the tube and drop a 91% alcohol cotton ball down in the hole left by the paper towel tube. 

     
     
    Using a long camping lighter I fire up the cotton ball and put a piece of lump over the hole. 

     
     
    Now sit back pop open and drink a cold one. (I did say drink the beer not nurse it - LOL) When the beer is done you'll have a nice glowing hole of lit lump. Add your diffiser/grates/whatever then close your dome and set your vents. 
     
    These pictures were done for a high heat cook. For a low-n-slow you might want to guzzle the beer and close things up a little earlier so you don't lit to much lump. 

     
     
    Anyway that's how I do it - YMMV
     
     
     
     
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    robertyb reacted to ckreef in Like a hole in my head....   
    I think you're probably use to bigger grills. You're probably starting to big of a fire and not closing the vents down soon enough. The Akorn Jr really needs a very tiny fire maintain a low-n-slow temperature. 
     
    The right size low-n-slow fire in a larger kamado would probably give you 500*+ in the Akorn Jr. 
     
    There is a bit of a learning curve with the Akorn Jr but once you figure it out it works like a charm. 
     
     
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    robertyb reacted to ckreef in Grill Temp Drifting Up and Down   
    There are hundreds of low-n-slow Akorn cooks on this forum where the grill ran for hours and hours without any vent adjustments. I've posted my fair share of those cooks. 
     
    Akorns want to run at whatever temperature they settle at. Some days it's going to be 230* and some days it might be 255*. Don't be stuck on some magic BBQ temperature that has no magic to it. Let the Akorn settle where it wants to and go with that temperature. You won't be able to tell the difference in the final outcome. 
     
    Those fine adjustments you talk about is what's causing you to make even more fine adjustments. The Akorn temperature is going to bounce around a bit the trick is to resist the urge to play with the vents. 
     
     
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    robertyb reacted to ckreef in Like a hole in my head....   
    With the vents set at 1, 380* sounds about right to me. To cruise at 250* the final vent setting are only going to be a small crack top and bottom, maybe the width of a credit card. 
     
    The lower vent nomex mod is really all that is needed. It's not really necessary but it does help a little. 
     
     
     
    Low-n-slow on the Jr is just like low-n-slow on the big Akorn. Once you have vent settings mastered it'll cruise for hours on end unattended. 
     
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    robertyb got a reaction from riverfish in Like a hole in my head....   
    You can't always trust the number shown on the inventory checker. I have seen it show none in stock and then been in the store and seen them on the shelf. It is worth a phone call to check. It is showing none in the stores around me right now but one say -0- but it says Limited Stock.
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    robertyb got a reaction from Rip in Like a hole in my head....   
    You can't always trust the number shown on the inventory checker. I have seen it show none in stock and then been in the store and seen them on the shelf. It is worth a phone call to check. It is showing none in the stores around me right now but one say -0- but it says Limited Stock.
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    robertyb got a reaction from bluayeddvl in Unboxing $74 Akorn Jr from Walmart   
    Click on this link and put in your zip code and sku# 52497353 and it will show you prices around your area for the Jr.
     
    http://brickseek.com/walmart-inventory-checker
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    robertyb reacted to ckreef in Akorn Jr   
    I think I'd call chargriller and tell them what happened with the handle and receipt. Just be extra nice to whomever answers your questions. Can't hurt that's for sure. 
     
    In life I've found if you're extra nice to the custom support person you can usually get what you are after. 
     
     
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    robertyb got a reaction from moloch16 in Two-Factor Authentication / Credit Card Security   
    I was a Revenue Agent for 34 years. I have never had nor will I ever have a debit card. My banks send them to me and they immediately get cut up. I am a credit card only man.  
    I have had my credit cards compromised two times over the years and in both cases it did not cost me a single cent and I had new cards in hand within two days. 
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    robertyb reacted to moloch16 in Two-Factor Authentication / Credit Card Security   
    Cut up your debit card and use credit cards only.  Credit cards are protected from fraud by federal law, so when credit card fraud happens it's the bank's problem and not yours.  Not so with debit cards.  I never use debit cards for this reason.  When I've had credit card fraud happen and I contact the bank they jump on it like a pack of hyenas on a dead zebra cuz it's their pocket book that's in jeopardy not mine
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    robertyb reacted to Woodman in The random pictures thread...   
    This was in Rocky Mountain National Park. We saw some awesome wildlife there this spring. I think he ate something that wasn't from a Kamado:0

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    robertyb reacted to 12vman in Akorn Jr. grid options   
    Ive kind of never understood this either...............What is wrong with the cast iron original equipment?
    Seems to me and Ive had my Akorn for years and my Akorn Jr for two years now that the cast iron grate is rock solid and after a high heat clean look pretty damn good after years of use. Personally I like the center insert so I can add whatever during the cook like wood chunks or lump or maybe even stir the lump around after it gets going.
    And yes I can get great grill marks on my steaks....
    the  beauty of the Akorn is that it is cheap and does everything a BGE can do but more efficiently.....you start adding expensive parts to it and it doesn't make any sense anymore
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