I just ordered a KJ Classic II over the weekend, and I am beyond excited to start learning and cooking on it when it arrives! I have heard that one should do a few "dry runs" where you heat the grill up without any food before cooking on it. When I was looking at different kamado brands in person, one sales rep told me it was necessary to "set" the ceramic or something like that by heating it up to a few hundred degrees for at least 30 minutes before trying to cook anything on it. I'm honestly a bit skeptical of that claim, but I'm also new to this style of grill, and since it's a significant investment, I obviously want to treat it well and take care of it so that I can enjoy cooking with it for years to come. Anyway, sorry for rambling. I'm looking forward to any advice and suggestions on getting my grill set up and cooking once it arrives! Suggestions on what to cook first also welcome! My wife and I were talking about it the other day and were a bit undecided. Thanks in advance!
So, I am very much interested in buying a kamado grill since it has such great features and versatility, but I have a few logistical hurdles to clear first, the primary one of which is securing it against theft. I live in a city with a lot of theft from cars, in person (cell phones, wallets, etc.), and even from homes. It's also a city of row homes, which means my house touches the houses of either side and the closest things I have to a yard are a rooftop deck, a parking pad in the back, and a large public park a block away. That's all to say my options for where to house my grill are:
1. Rooftop deck - probably a bad idea
2. Parking pad - better but need a way to secure it so that it cannot "wander off"
My tentative plan has been to buy a bike rack that I can bolt into the concrete near the back of the house and then chain the grill to the bike rack through the nest/legs and the lid handle. My questions about this are:
1. How likely do folks think this is to be secure?
2. My parking pad is at a 1/12 slope (just under 5 degrees), which should be fine for storage based on my tipping point estimations, but if anyone has some solid numbers, I'd appreciate input. The specific grill I'm eyeing is the Kamado Joe Classic II.
3. The bike rack I'm looking at is 36" high and 24" wide. Will that fit under the grill cover with the grill?
I have a large number of DeWalt cordless tools (all 18v) that I have had and used for many years. All the tools still work great as they have only been used in a "home" environment and I use them properly etc. I've purchased a few extra 18v batteries as well to supplement or picked up the odd new battery with a tool deal etc.
Anyways, they have all pretty well simultaneously decided to form a union and go on strike at the same time. The oldest ones barely hold a charge and are ready for the recycle depot, and the newest are now just starting to piss me off by dying at the exact wrong time (usually while standing on top of the 30' ladder or stuck in the crawl-space etc).
Looking at all the newest battery models, I was thinking of actually purchasing 20v batteries and an adaptor (which would also require me to purchase a 20v charger) and try do some future-proofing (as I see numerous tools are 20v). Not too cheap though. Then I started looking at some knock-off 18v batteries (they ARE pretty cheap), and now I'm really not sure what the ideal solution is (if there is one).
Anyone gone this path? Anyone using the 20v to 18v converter - if so, how do you like it? Anyone using knock-off batteries and have comments?
I really don't plan on making too many new tool purchases....maybe an impact driver and possibly an oscillating tool, but these would probably be 20v....I really watch for the sales on these.