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  1. Got a bottle of Woodford Double Oaked for Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed it....
  2. As a kettle-head myself and with being lifelong friends with an devout Egghead, I can attEst to the the fact that the camaraderie amongst the Weber Kettle and BGE communities is very strong. They do a lot of meet-ups and get-together fairly regularly, does the same exist in any formal or organized way in the KJ community? Don't kill me because I'm not a beer guy, but I'm starting to get into wine and I love whiskey/scotch/bourbon, cigars and any variety of smoked/grilled/barbecued animal and it seems as if it'd be awesome to put faces and people to names, so if anyone is planning or would like to plan something, I'm in!
  3. How big/strong are you? While not a Big Joe, I've lifted a BGE XL by myself and set it into a table. I just squatted and bear-hugged it; granted I'm 6'4.5", 325-ish lbs. and have been lifting for 30 years....it's the size in addition to the weight that makes it unwieldy more so than the weight because it's only 250 lbs and if you put the weight on a bar, most of us could lift that all day long.
  4. Any concern about the pressure treated around your food? Although considering my parents deck and picnic table was/is PT and the arsenic didn't kill me after 22 years in their house, I should be fine....[emoji23][emoji23][emoji23]
  5. Or who just keep your gear outside on a deck or patios.... Do you have a problem with critters? My plan for this summer was to extend my 9'x17' paver patio by 32" to 11'8"x17' and once my wife got on board, it quickly grew to expanding 96" to 18'x17' with a pergola/gazebo and Outdoor Kitchen. We're past the planning stage and are picking materials and finishes, but as we live near a park, we get rabbits, raccoons, opossums, grey squirrels and field mice in our yard. Outside of the raccoon stealing my ashcan lid, I seem to have an understanding with all the critters, that is, all but the tree rats....they'd chewed holes on the supposed tamper-proof city trash carts so I would hate invest all this time and money only to have my kitchen and furniture destroyed within a week. For those of you with critter concerns, outside of a dog(next year when my son is 8 and a little more responsible), what are you guys doing to protect your gear?
  6. Check for any hairline cracks first so that it doesn't explode with the heat....
  7. 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.
  8. Depends upon how much of a cheapskate you are; I paid less than that for my NIB KJ Classic....[emoji12]
  9. Based upon the chimney, the Pit Boss appears to be made by the same factory that makes the Vision.
  10. 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....
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say 15-16" at the most.
  15. 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.
  16. 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....
  17. I got lots of pics; will post shortly when I get home and am on wi-fi.
  18. 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....
  19. 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....
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Bunz

    Quick question

    Thanks; that's it. Makes a helluva lot more sense than gravity, friction and the weight of the cooker holding the stand together as I initially assumed. Looks like I have one bad hole, but I can make it work with 3 screws as the only time this thing is gonna move is if I buy a new house!
  23. Bunz

    Quick question

    What are the the 4 screws in the grill gripper box to be used for?
  24. Every year I say I'm going to get a Kamado and somehow end up talking myself into another kettle; this year, I ended up with the 26" Kettle. A couple of years back, I went to Costco with the a tarp in the back of my Pilot to buy a Vision at the end of the season for $299 and missed the last one by a couple of days. A few weeks ago, I happened across the Fingerhut site and came across this: I thought it was good deal at $599 and the $100 shipping charge was a smidge high, but not completely out of line given the weight of a regular Joe...but my inner frugal, FINE, cheap bastard wouldn't let me pull the trigger, but my, My, MY was it on my mind. I went back a week or so later and they had a 20% of ENTIRE site coupon which brought the price down to $479, $579 with shipping. I HAD TO DO IT.
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