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About Bunz

  • Birthday January 22

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    Marynook, Chicago, Illinois
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    Smoking and Grilling, Whiskey, Motorcycles, Jeeps, Travel, Cigars, suits et cetera....
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    Kamado Joe

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  1. Sucks to hear about your experience in Cabela's as they are not only one of my favorite stores, but my grandmother sold them a piece of land in Arkansas and their Corporate Real Estate Team is top notch, but it's always great to hear stories about companies taking care of customers and it seems as if KJ, KK and Weber are a big part of what makes this hobby so enjoyable.
  2. Depends upon how much of a cheapskate you are; I paid less than that for my NIB KJ Classic....[emoji12]
  3. Based upon the chimney, the Pit Boss appears to be made by the same factory that makes the Vision.
  4. Having opposable thumbs and all, do raccoons steal? I have an old 30-quart aluminum stock pot that I use for my ash bin and When I can home today, there were raccoon tracks in the snow leading up to the pot and back to a tree and the lid was missing. I know the lid was on this morning when I left as I made a mental note to put it in the garage this morning AND there was less snow in the pot than on the patio meaning it was covered for at least part of the day. I get why a raccoon would go into the pot as the ashes are often saturated with meat drippings, but would they take the lid? Even if a buzzard, as my dad and his police buddies used call opportunistic thieves, had come into my yard looking for scrap, wouldn't they have taken the whole pot? Or perhaps more importantly, why is this perplexing me so? The wind could've just blown it off and then the snow covered it....
  5. I'm legitimately shocked to hear that; would've assumed real grits were everywhere in Richmond. I'm from Chicago, but my family is from Mississippi and St. Louis/Kansas City via Arkansas and originally South Carolina and one of the best things about visiting family is that while some places are always better than others, as a rule you can find GREAT breakfast, fried chicken, grits and BBQ pig anywhere.
  6. Should go together pretty quick, only sticky part is lifting the Joe into the stand. I lifted mine while my wife held the stand in place and my 6-year old had my phone to call my cousin who lives 4-blocks away, just in case things went to hell....[emoji23][emoji23][emoji23][emoji23] Enjoy!
  7. Before my KJ Classic, I was a Weber and UDS guy, so I even with my 3 kettles, I was only spending $100 or so every couple of years. It wasn't until my 26"er that I bought specifically to turn into a Mini-Ranch Kettle that I spent what I'd call, significant money i.e. over $300. I say that to say, while it often comes across as being petty or a "hater", even with an Akorn or a Bubba/Big Steel/Broil King Keg, these cookers represent fairly substantial investments for the most of us and as such, they've garnered a big of loyalty from us as owners.
  8. If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say 15-16" at the most.
  9. Charcoal grate and ash bucket: Charcoal grate is about the same as the stock grate on all cookers outside of a KK; perfectly serviceable no need for immediate upgrade. The ash bucket lifts out with the attached handle, so cleanup should be easy-peasy. Me likey. The entire cooker is double-walled and there is another sleeve for lack of a better term that lifts out for cleaning as well: Nice design; if you unscrew the cap on the bottom, you can scrub down and hose out cooker. Could say that this is a benefit only found in a steel cooker. Side table: This is obviously an off the shelf Char-broil part, repurposed from a gasser. Nice touch as it looks upscale and probably cost them pennies to modify for use on their Kamado. As I said initially, I don't know about $300, but at the right price, I'd give this a try. Take that with a grain of salt though because I'm also the guy that thought $599 + shipping was too much to pay for a NIB KJ Classic and waited until I got it for $479 + $100 shipping.
  10. Lid and grates: The grate is porcelain enameled cast iron; feels a little thin and brittle. If you're like me and family, the grate will almost certainly be dropped or knocked off the hook at least once. I'd replace with something from KJ, BGE or CGS, depending upon who had the best deal at the moment. Gasket: I like the material, but not the manner in which it's attached to the lid. I don't know if this is Char-broil design, or the laziness/incompetence of the overnight assembly crew; seems as if there should be some sort of high heat adhesive or RTV between the rivets(?). Spider, drop pan and hangars: Feels a little flimsy, especially the pan; would absolutely replace with a KJ, BGE or CGS setup. to be continued....
  11. I got lots of pics; will post shortly when I get home and am on wi-fi.
  12. Need to run to the store tomorrow for more guacamole fixins; I'll take pics of the cooker's guts and post them when I get home....
  13. I was in Meijer this morning and spotted this Char-Broil Kamado. It appears to be at least as well built S the Akorn and the bottom vent control looks intriguing. If I can one at $150 or so, I'll give it a try....
  14. I'm a hair under 6'5" so I actually like the height as it will save my back on long cook days. The design is not at all what I was expecting and I love it, only thing I would change would be to make the counter the same depth as the cooker.
  15. I've seen these online and am curious as to shelf height and whether it would work with a Joe. At $699, it's kinda pricey but if it's a good fit, with gift cards and promotions at HD and Lowe's, hopefully it'll get down to around $500 or so and considering that I only paid $500 and some change for my NIB Joe, I'd still be in the black, or at least back to even money.