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Review of 24 Inch Pit Boss Kamado


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I made an impulse buy on one of these last night. I usually do some research first, but in this case I did not. I found this forum after assembly. It looks like I have a few mods to make, but still think the PB Kamado is a bargain at Costco.

Especially if you purchased it for the discounted $400 price, you won't really find a better deal on any ceramic this size. I bought mine 3 weeks ago, but got a price adjustment so it's like I paid $400, but got 3 extra weeks to play around with it. I replaced the dome thermometer today, but even without modding it otherwise it's been better than the other smokers and grills I've had.

I bought the spider and heat deflectors from the ceramicgrillstore and those have been working wonderfully. I'd say one thing that's really helped me is getting a probe thermometer so I can measure the inside temp without having to open the lid.

My stock thermo was off by 100-200 degrees depending on the situation, and when doing some of the lower temp fish I've been doing, opening the lid just lets in way too much air.

Which thermometer did you go with? I just picked mine up a couple of days ago at the $400 price and want to get all the accessories I need. So far I am getting the spider, two half moons, felt gaskets (going to seal up just to be safe), drip pan, possibly another grate fro searing. Anything else? What is the recommended method of starting coals?

I think you are good to go. Do those mods with the felt, and keep in mind that the more cooks you do on the grill, the better it is going to be controlling temps, as the layers of soot are going to add to its airtightness...

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Before replacing the thermometer, keep in mind, it takes a real long time for such a large Kamado to become heat soaked to a point where the temperature to that top area of the dome matches the grate. Even with my Vision, for the first 30-45 minutes, it can be off 50° or better, and the Vision is much smaller than the Pitboss. I would pull it out and test it before replacing it. I just account for the difference. If I don't have time to let my K heat soak for 35-60 minutes before doing a Butt, I just get the temp to about 225°, knowing its probably actually more like 260°, and I also know from past experience using a Maverick that after an hour or so the grate temp and thermometer temps are in a similar range... I don't even get the Maverick out anymore.

Yeah, it can take a long time for the Pitboss to heatsoak. I ended up up replacing the dome thermo and checking things out again with my laser temps and the new thermo is more accurate at measuring the temperature in the dome, not just the temperature of the ceramic dome itself which is what it seems my stock thermometer was measuring.

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I made an impulse buy on one of these last night. I usually do some research first, but in this case I did not. I found this forum after assembly. It looks like I have a few mods to make, but still think the PB Kamado is a bargain at Costco.

Especially if you purchased it for the discounted $400 price, you won't really find a better deal on any ceramic this size. I bought mine 3 weeks ago, but got a price adjustment so it's like I paid $400, but got 3 extra weeks to play around with it. I replaced the dome thermometer today, but even without modding it otherwise it's been better than the other smokers and grills I've had.

I bought the spider and heat deflectors from the ceramicgrillstore and those have been working wonderfully. I'd say one thing that's really helped me is getting a probe thermometer so I can measure the inside temp without having to open the lid.

My stock thermo was off by 100-200 degrees depending on the situation, and when doing some of the lower temp fish I've been doing, opening the lid just lets in way too much air.

Which thermometer did you go with? I just picked mine up a couple of days ago at the $400 price and want to get all the accessories I need. So far I am getting the spider, two half moons, felt gaskets (going to seal up just to be safe), drip pan, possibly another grate fro searing. Anything else? What is the recommended method of starting coals?

 

I ended up getting https://www.amazon.com/Teika-Temperature-Thermometer-Fahrenheit-Barbecue/dp/B016VZRMXK

I think you're definitely all set to start using your kamado. I usually just use a lighter cube for starting the coals, but in general I think most solutions which don't involve lighter fluid will work. Just make sure if you're going for low and slow you don't get too much coal going to start with or you'll overshoot your temperature.

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Has anyone else had issues with thermometers? Is this isolated or consistent with the Pit Boss. haven't fired my new one up yet.

Bimetallic thermometers as a class are horribly inaccurate. The Tel-Tru brand are the best of the breed but not perfect.

Dome thermometers are a poor indications of grate temperature on most grill designs.

Put those two together and virtually all grill dome thermometers are not very good.

Consider that the Pit Boss thermometer is a super cheap Chinese one, and you can expect significant variation from unit to unit.

I would suggest you get a unit that uses K type thermocouples and get a probe wire rated to at least 500* C. I buy 5 packs on eBay that are rated to 700* C for less than $10 shipped.

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Has anyone else had issues with thermometers? Is this isolated or consistent with the Pit Boss. haven't fired my new one up yet.

My thermometer basically just told me the temperature of the dome itself, rather than anything useful. (It was pretty accurate with dome temp according to my laser thermo.) At times it was off around 200 degrees from grate temperature even with a heat deflector in. I replaced the dome thermometer with one recommended around here and it's much better at measuring the temperature inside the dome, but I still got probe thermometers to measure the grate temperature.

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Just picked mine up from Costco - best $399 I ever spent.  Even the Kamado Joe rep there said you couldn't beat the price.  No cracks or issues and it's all assembled.  I just need to get come gasket felt to fix the bottom vent.

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So, I bought my Pit Boss on 6/15. I've used it several times since then and I love it. I was in Costco today and noticed they had them on sale for $399. That is $200 less then I paid for it a couple weeks ago. So, I went to the customer service counter and asked if they price adjust and they did. They refunded me the $200 difference. I'm very happy with the grill and now I'm even happier.

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Just purchased Pit Boss from COSTCO for $399. My friend recommended it.. he has Big Green Egg and is a bit irritated with the price and product I got.

 

Curing this weekend and maybe try a pizza too.

Welcome Djosmers! I did pizzas as one of my first cooks with my pit boss too. One piece of advice I'd have is don't trust the OEM dome thermometer to try and get up to pizza temps. My dome thermometer was somewhere in the 500's while my pizza stone was well past 600 (my laser thermo and oven thermo only went that high). So everything else was plenty hot, but I was still concerned with trying to get it hotter because I trusted the dome ( I was trying to get it to 700). Eventually I gave up and just cooked the pizzas and they came out great!

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Just picked one of these up at my local Costco on sale sale for 399. I am having the hardest time getting the temp to stabilize less than 290. I have had both dampers shut for well over an hour and still no drop. Maybe not sealed enough on bottom and/or top vent? Anyone else experiencing this?

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Just picked one of these up at my local Costco on sale sale for 399. I am having the hardest time getting the temp to stabilize less than 290. I have had both dampers shut for well over an hour and still no drop. Maybe not sealed enough on bottom and/or top vent? Anyone else experiencing this?

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I bought one and before I ever fired it up I added gasket felt around the vent door and around the base of the upper hole for the top vent.  It's airtight and holds temp great.  Look at the early posts on this thread.

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Just picked one of these up at my local Costco on sale sale for 399. I am having the hardest time getting the temp to stabilize less than 290. I have had both dampers shut for well over an hour and still no drop. Maybe not sealed enough on bottom and/or top vent? Anyone else experiencing this?

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I bought one and before I ever fired it up I added gasket felt around the vent door and around the base of the upper hole for the top vent. It's airtight and holds temp great. Look at the early posts on this thread.

Thanks there is quite a bit on here about it actually!

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