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Jarett

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  1. You could ask Vision Grills to replace it. The bracket has a 5 year warranty. I have had mine replaced under warranty after it rusted and sagged. Alternatively, I've noticed that the Ceramic Grill Store makes a "spider" for Vision Grills.
  2. I got my Fogo Quebracho yesterday as well! Lots of big chunks. I'd say on average each piece was only a bit smaller than my fist. I found it easy to light and it came up to temperature really quickly. It also burned clear/blue almost immediately, although it still put off a distinct "charcoal starting smell" while it was coming up to temp (almost just as if it was producing white smoke, yet it wasn't). Anyway, I roasted chicken quarters indirectly last night and I didn't detect any unpleasant smoke taste in my meal. Overall, this is a great first impression and I can't wait to fire it up again! Thanks for the recommendation Charcoal Addict!
  3. I'll do my part. Just ordered two bags of Quebracho! Find out if it's Canada Post or UPS shipping. The cry baby storm UPS threw about lump being a harzdous good killed Amazon lump deliveries last year. I almost cried. You'll likely be waiting 4-weeks to get your lump. I chose free shipping and my UPS tracking states delivery of my first bag will be this week. I guess they changed their policy.
  4. I've stopped buying Maple Leaf because my last few bags were full of small pieces/dust. I might give Maple Leaf another shot sometime. It's definitely the best smelling charcoal!
  5. Le Gourmet is great stuff. I've been happily using it for about a year. I love the nice sized pieces as pictured in danielc's post. I think the only minor drawback is it seems to take a while to start burning cleanly.
  6. I see Canadian Tire is carrying the Louisiana Kamado. Looks very similar to the Vision Classic. I also note Costco is not showing the Vision on their website and while they are selling charcoal there is no Kamado in the local store. I saw the Louisiana Kamado in store the other day. It's pretty lame. The handle comes in 3 pieces and was barely held together by small screws. And the lid doesn't even open all the way back. The rest looked ok, but for $800 this is a ripoff compared to Vision Grills. It's certainly a step down from the Vision Classic Costco carried. Well, it is the same Chinese manufacturer that makes the Visions now. they do allow for some customization, but most major parts are the same. All you need is some capital and a cool name and you can have your own Kamado company! http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Outdoor-Ceramic-charcoal-high-capacity-sheave_60229952806.html I wouldn't doubt it all come from the same manufacturing plant. However, most of the hardware on the Louisiana Kamado is clearly different than the Vision. The entire ceramic shell, fire bowl (looked thinner), hinge, top vent, and grates are different. The only parts that looked similar to the Vision were the cart and side-tables.
  7. I see Canadian Tire is carrying the Louisiana Kamado. Looks very similar to the Vision Classic. I also note Costco is not showing the Vision on their website and while they are selling charcoal there is no Kamado in the local store. I saw the Louisiana Kamado in store the other day. It's pretty lame. The handle comes in 3 pieces and was barely held together by small screws. And the lid doesn't even open all the way back. The rest looked ok, but for $800 this is a ripoff compared to Vision Grills.
  8. keeperofdeflame has good advice and sound reasoning. However, I personally I haven't seen any hard proof that using a hanging deflector can overheat and damage the firefox. I have done it many times. While I did get a crack in my firebox after 2 years, I don't know if using the hanging stone was the cause. I think many people who have never cooked pizza also got cracks too. I would use the tools that you currently have and don't sweat it. Give each stone a try as a deflector. With high heat you will find it easier to reach your target temp with the smaller stone and it could prolong the life of your firebox. So yeah, it's worth trying. Good luck! BTW: The stones only have a 90 day warranty, but your firebox has a 25 year warranty.
  9. The larger 14" lava stone is meant to be the deflector. I have a Pro S (same size kamado) and it came with the 14" stone. That said, there are no strict rules -- so if you find a different configuration works for certain applications, go for it!
  10. I have the powdered steel top vent. When it's stuck closed I just yank the plastic tab straight up (while holding the rest of the vent to the lid) before turning it to the side as usual.
  11. Normally, you would place the heat deflector (in this case your aluminum pan) on the lower grill grate, while the stone remains up top. But the feet of the Vision top rack will likely prevent you from fitting your pan in there -- maybe an old cookie pan will work? Not sure if this setup will prevent the gasket from burning, but give it a try. Alternatively, you could hang a heat diffuser stone in the firebowl, Vision sells one called the lava stone. CeramicGrillStore sells the "spider" and stone. Be aware that some folks on this forum claim that using a hanging stone in the fire bowl for high-heat cooks will cause the fire bowl to retain too much heat and could lead to cracks. I have the Vision lava stone (14" diameter) and I can either hang it or just barely squeeze it on the main grate when the top grate is in place. I have recently replaced the gasket on my Vision. My advice: unless it's within warranty, just keep using it until pieces are literally falling off and preventing you from properly cooking. Then order the upgraded Nomex gasket direct from Vision.
  12. Mine has is completely cracked through almost half the diameter, but has still held together like that for the last year. By the way, Vision only offers a 90 day warranty on the stone.
  13. My current favourite is Le Gourmet which I buy from a local importer in Halifax -- huge chunks are the norm with this brand! Unless otherwise noted, I've tried many bags of the following: Canadian Royal Oak: Burns fine, but I frequently found foreign objects like concrete and fiberglass. No thanks. Nature's Own (Basque's): Smells sweet and heavenly. Hit or miss whether you will get a bag with a lot of tiny pieces. Natures Grilling: Good charcoal, but I have only found it in small bags which translates to small pieces. Great as a backup bag in your cupboard! Fogo: I could only get my hands on one bag from Amazon.ca, but believe the hype! Performed flawlessly and noticeably low ash production. Maple Leaf: Only tried one bag. Good but expensive. Sweet flavour like Basque's (maple wood).
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