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Hi, I've been a keen griller for many, many years, and have owned various gas and charcoal BBqs. I've currently got a Weber MasterTouch and Spirit gas grill,  but I've been thinking about a Kamado for a good while now. After a lot of research I took the plunge this week and finally  brought a Kamado !    I ending up going for a Monolith Classic (my shortlist was the Monolith or Kamado Joe), and picked it up Wednesday (it was an ex display model).


Today I fired it up for the first time as the weather was kind (well for February in the UK anyway!) and did my first cook (just a spatchcock chicken and some corn). I was amazed how easy it was to light (much easier than using a chimney starter), but I was even more amazed by how easy it was to control the temperature and how stable it was.


The results were very, very impressive. Lovely most chicken (I used a semi dry rub of Lemon, Onion, Garlic, Pepper, Salt, Cayenne...) and nice corn (although that was a tad overcooked for my taste). All done indirect, and I never opened the lid once during the cook.


Overall I think this grill is going to get as much use as the weather here will permit, and I look forward to learning much as well as contributing to this forum !

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On ‎2‎/‎17‎/‎2017 at 3:28 PM, PeteHr said:

Overall I think this grill is going to get as much use as the weather here will permit

First off Welcome to the Guru, and as you good thru the Guru you will find people cook in all kinds of weather with their Kamado's don't let the English weather be a determining factor to when you cook.



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Thanks for the welcome guys !


I've now done 2 further cooks - yesterday I did Guinea Fowl supremes with orange and ginger glaze, some baked potatoes and mixed roast veg (carrots, parsnips, turnips etc). Guinea Fowl was amazing - really moist (I was worried about it going dry as can happen with Guinea Fowl). Veg was a bit burnt (I'll nail it next time I hope !)


Today I did a roast Loin of pork (on the bone) with roast potatoes. Decided to do the veg on the hob this time..  All would have been fine if my brand new BBQ thermometer wouldn't have packed up in only 30 minutes. Not good....   So I guessed the time and while I wasn't far out but maybe a bit over for my taste.


I'm certainly going to enjoy this way of cooking !


Any recommendations for a good (reasonably priced) meat thermometer ? (Not fussed about wireless/Bluetooth but I would prefer not to use an instant read as I don't want to keep opening up the lid !


The Maverick seems well liked although a bit pricey for what I want.


Thanks again !



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