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Joetisserie - Better thumb screws?


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Those are similar to the forks and thumbscrews we originally had on the JOEtissertie prototype. They will work, but they are machined for a much bigger spit rod (½" rod). They fit kind of sloppy and tended to work loose after time on longer spins.

 

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I have in the vicinity of 150 spins between the KamadoMate and the JOEtisserie and have never had an issue with the thumb screws. You don't have to torque them down super tight. If they are hot and I need to adjust them due to the shrinkage of the meat during a cook, I find that a long needle nose pliers works better than a regular pliers. I hated those things John was talking about a couple threads up. We had those in an early prototype JOEtisserie out in Las Vegas last Spring. I vetoed them! They were for a 1" spitrod.

 

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The new forks are the Onlyfire 6008 (I got them from Amazon).  I haven't tried them yet but they claim they'll work on a 5/16 spit. I will try a couple of spins and post my results.  

 

Here's the link to schek's forks; http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012Z3IDFI?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

 

They are dedicated to a 5/16" spit rod with large screw wings. The collar was made longer to set the wings further away from the meat. They should work fine, but I have still have never found an issue with the smaller standard thumbscrews. You don't have to tighten the fork screws down real tight. They will not slide sideways, BUT one issue you will find is that as the meat cooks, it shrinks, so on long cooks you may have to slide the forks closer to the meat during the cook, but this is rarely an issue. I have only had it happen a couple times on spins that last for hours, such as with a Pork Butt. 

 

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Problem resolved.  I purchased a set of forks with larger collars and thumb screw.

Those look great!  I think I like the larger thumb screws, I can imagine them feeling better on the old fingers, maybe great if you have joint issues also.

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The new forks are the Onlyfire 6008 (I got them from Amazon).  I haven't tried them yet but they claim they'll work on a 5/16 spit. I will try a couple of spins and post my results.  

 

Here's the link to schek's forks; http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012Z3IDFI?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

 

They are dedicated to a 5/16" spit rod with large screw wings. The collar was made longer to set the wings further away from the meat. They should work fine, but I have still have never found an issue with the smaller standard thumbscrews. You don't have to tighten the fork screws down real tight. They will not slide sideways, BUT one issue you will find is that as the meat cooks, it shrinks, so on long cooks you may have to slide the forks closer to the meat during the cook, but this is rarely an issue. I have only had it happen a couple times on spins that last for hours, such as with a Pork Butt. 

 

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Andy, I agree, no problem using the smaller standard thumbscrews when you first put your meat on the spit and tighten it down.  BUT, once you need to remove the meat or tighten up the forks, I'd rather not have to resort to pliers.  I have my heat/grease resistant gloves on, and I should be able to manipulate the forks much more easily. 

 

Philporn, you're right on the joint issues making things tougher.

 
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Hello,

 

  I have a Joetissiere on order and ordered the Onlyfire 6008 holders- the box says "Onlyfire 6008 Food Grade 5/16" Square Split Rods" but when I look at them the ends the rod goes in and exits is round - is this correct or did they box and send the wrong ones?

 

Thanks,

 

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I ordered 2 sets of the spit forks (link is in an above post) to see how they look. The plus side is they have huge wing nut screws and are realtively inexpensive. The downside is they are not stainless steel (which I knew when I ordered them) and they are really large, in fact larger than I prefer. My gut feeling is that I would rather deal with the smaller thumbscrews than the large tines on the new forks. That being said, I'm sure they will work OK.

 

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Here is one in comparison to the original JOEtisserie spit fork. The forks are really HUGE which is OK for HUGE chunks of meat, but I like the smaller ones better. These will pierce the meat rather aggressively.  I will use them for a while to see how they perform.

 

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