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Found 5 results

  1. New life for Classic

    To make a long story short, I had gotten a new classic about a year ago that had some serious alignment problems between the lid and the bottom part. I had sent some pics to KJ, thinking that perhaps all I needed was a new hinge, and maybe some bands. When they saw the pics, they promptly called and said - "Can't be fixed, new grill on the way". Meanwhile, the problem had gotten to the point I was getting concerned about even putting the lid up and down. New grill came, now what to do with the old one??? Parted it out, and came up with the idea of using the bottom for a fire pit. I was thinking something along the lines of digging out a small area in the lawn and just setting it in. Well, when I brought the idea up to the Mrs, the project just started growing. Here is what we came up with. Digging out the area: Leveling the stone... Compacting the stone... Pavers going down... Finished product, new grass already starting to grow... We fired it up Monday nite for the first. It made some spectacular S'mores, I think because the heat radiates in so evenly from the ceramic sides. I even have an old grate that fits over the top if we want to do burgers over live fire. It was a LOT of work, even for such a small area. Fortunately, we had all the equipment and tools we needed from out business, and were able to do it all ourselves. Not sure if I would have tackled this if we would have had to hire an excavator. We are very pleased, and the Mrs. is ecstactic, which is all that matters!!
  2. I finally decided to buy this beast because I think it will make fantastic pizzas based on what I have seen from others on this forum and elsewhere... So it arrived this week and I got it put together this morning and fired it up.... Oh yea! Screamin' hot in no time flat. This kind of oven has a ton of possibilities for pizza. At this point, I'm super stoked about cooking on it tonight... I have a batch of scratch sourdough ready to go! So I turned the oven off and shut off the gas to let it cool... I came back to it an hour or so later to check on it.... The stone is seriously cracked and buckled up. I sent a photo to Blackstone's customer service and got a response within an hour... they are sending me a new stone. I sorta figured I had just gotten it too hot and maybe let it cool too fast causing this to break. After some deeper investigation, I don't think that's the case... If it was just a crack from thermal shock, it shouldn't really be buckled up like this... I pulled the pieces out and was able to fit them back together.... Here is where I see a design or spec problem with the stone. The stone doesnt' fit nicely into the pan where it sits.... I try to show this in these two photos... In the first of these two photos, the stone is not sitting down as far into the pan as it is in the second photo. When this oven is fired up, the pan expands and allows the stone to sit down flush all the way around. Everything goes great until the oven and pan start to cool. When the pan cools, it compresses the stone and breaks and buckles it as shown in these photos. In order to test this idea, I heated the oven back up with the broken pieces in place as flush and flat as I could get them. I just heated it up until the stone was 650°F. At that point, I reduced the flame and let the oven cool slowly over a one hour period. I also left the rotisserie motor on to help even out the cooling process. This slow cooling process still caused the stone to buckle and rise back up in the middle again. That being said, I feel comfortable cooking on this tonight but I expect it will buckle again when it cools.... I have a new stone on the way so when it gets here I'll see how well (or not) that it fits in the pan. If it doesn't fit any better than this one I may try to sand it down a little because I truly believe that if it has a little bit of slack in that pan when the pan is cool that it won't break like this again.... This review will be ongoing... I will post photos of my pizza cook later tonight or tomorrow and I'll report back on the replacement stone when it arrives... I am happy with this so far despite the issue with the broken stone....
  3. It has Begun

    Due to our flooding we are having some reconstruction done. We figured it was a good time to put in some of the electrical I'll need for my future patio kitchen cabinets. The bottom outlet will be for a dehumidifier inside the cabinet for my C.I. ware. top outlet is for miscellaneous appliances we may want to plug in. The two switches are for the future under cabinet lighting and some better patio lighting. My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.
  4. Deck vs. Patio

    This is probably a project that will be at least 6 months away, but right now I have a back deck that's falling apart. As in, can't put the chair legs in certain spots because it could go through the existing hole, or form a new one. I've replaced a few boards that have rotted out, but now even the railing is going south. It was the existing deck with the house, so I imagine its a few decades old. Painted brown . It's about 3 feet off of the ground, and you step out right on to the deck. This thing is coming down, and I want to know from those of you that have had them built, which is more enjoyable/cost friendly/rewarding a deck or a patio? If a deck, would you keep it elevated, or build steps that come down to a deck that doesn't need railing? If a patio, should it be cement, or gravel and pavers? At this point I think rock would be too expensive, so that's not an option. I see a patio being a little bit more versatile (partly covered, water-friendly), and you can add on to it little by little (light fixtures, fans, appliances, etc), and the surface wouldn't need the maintenance that a deck does. I'd also have more privacy from the fence since we'd be at ground level. When it comes down to it, I'd like something that looks nice, but won't make me bleed green. I don't care to have a screened-in anything either. What do yall think?
  5. Talavera

    While we were in Sedona we only dined out 4 times. (1 dinner, 1 lunch and 2 breakfasts) One of the reasons was to save some money . Those of you who've been about a while have seen pictures of my patio and you know I collect Talavera pottery or more specifically fish. Well with the money we saved not eating out we were able to add to my collection with this nice shark. Here it is placed on my wall. Thanks for looking.