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Ok - to start off - I am very fond of all you guys and your posts.  You're all part of the reason why I love this forum so much!  I'm not upset at all, just finding this thread a bit comical. 

 

The whole soccer mom thing is hilarious to me.  Being one of those few women on this site, I just find this ridiculous... changing clothes and freshening up after lighting the grill, really?  Wresting with a bag of lump?  Lol.  There are days I tell the guys at work that I am hoping to get home in time to clean up and cover my grill before the next storm rolls in and they just chuckle at how crazy that sounds - especially coming from a woman.  Guess I'm not a stereotypical woman in this regard...

 

As far as the controller goes, gender aside, convenience is convenience and if that's what a person wants, then there is value in that product to that individual. 

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6 hours ago, prowe said:

You must work for a home improvement retail giant. No time for nothin. Words I live by. 

 

Not home improvement retail but.... I do take my work truck home at night. I leave the house at 5:00 am and get back usually at 6:00 pm. 13 hour days, 5 days a week and sometimes Saturday.

 

No time for nothing. 

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I only stir the old lump some of the time and I always dump straight from the bag. That's not the dirty part. I do change my shirt before cooking but that's because I'm a sort of messy cook and get tired of ruining decent shirts from grease drippings - LOL 

 

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If I'm grilling, I get home from work and get the grill ready. I shake out the lump basket, and clean out the ash if needed. Go across the yard and get the lump out of the shed, dump some in the grill and carry the bag back, then light thing up. Then I wash my hands and change out of my work clothes. Not hard to do that without getting dirty. I've never done it, but I've thought about putting on a pair of latex gloves and that would keep my hands clean, too.

 

CC - your description sounds like the 'fail' part of an infomercial lol ;) 

 

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2 hours ago, cschaaf said:

CC - your description sounds like the 'fail' part of an infomercial lol

 

Ha, ditto. I don't think I've ever changed my clothes, and the dirtiest I get is the palms of my hands when I move the charcoal around to build my pile.

 

That said, my wife doesn't often start the grill and she would be interested in a device that makes it a little easier (if only in her mind) to start it.

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3 hours ago, Logan said:

 

Ha, ditto. I don't think I've ever changed my clothes, and the dirtiest I get is the palms of my hands when I move the charcoal around to build my pile.

 

That said, my wife doesn't often start the grill and she would be interested in a device that makes it a little easier (if only in her mind) to start it.

Agreed. My wife will not load or start the kamados even though I've tried to get her to. She used to cook on a kettle and had no issues loading that and arranging the briquettes, but she wants no part of the kamados for some reason. I think she knows the price of them and doesn't want to mess something up. 

 

Adding a blower on the bottom would probably only intimidate her more lol

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5 hours ago, cschaaf said:

If I'm grilling, I get home from work and get the grill ready. I shake out the lump basket, and clean out the ash if needed. Go across the yard and get the lump out of the shed, dump some in the grill and carry the bag back, then light thing up. Then I wash my hands and change out of my work clothes. Not hard to do that without getting dirty. I've never done it, but I've thought about putting on a pair of latex gloves and that would keep my hands clean, too.

 

CC - your description sounds like the 'fail' part of an infomercial lol ;) 

 

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Those arent infomercials...thats video of my wife trying to prepare and serve a meal

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20 hours ago, Mewantkj said:

Ok CC. I am a stay at home dad... I make the joe work when I can, but if I could be stabilized at cooking temps in 5 minutes...it would make life easier, much much easier. 

Oh my word...5 minutes to temp would be lifechanging for me. Kamado kooking should be fun. Often it is. But depending on my turnaround time to get back to work, or if the wife is hangry it could be a great stress reliever. If this works as advertised i will be waiting in line at kitchens and co. Im with ya Ben.

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9 hours ago, CeramicChef said:

@Charcoal Addict - look, if 2 minutes makes thqt much difference in your life, good for you.  Go for it.  

 

The Ceramic or Refactoy cement, realistically you can't heat soak the grill in two minutes.  Most gas grills can't stabilize at 400 in less than 10-15 minutes depending on the quality of the gas grill and it's burners. 

 

Nothing is that fast with the exception of induction.  Even that takes 2:30 seconds to bring water to a boil. 

 

Honesty, I don't understand all the drama over a cool but "nice to have accessory".  

 

The iKamand is the most innovative control design ever released.  KJ found a way to condense a fully featured controller into a extremely single and versatile unit. 

 

Whether you like controllers or not, you can't knock the engineering and design thay went into the iKamand. 

 

 

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You'll never get stable cooking temps in 5 minutes no matter what device you have. It might be possible to get to grilling status in 5 minutes but never stable cooking temps. It just takes longer to heat soak ceramics then 5 minutes. And you really need  some amount of heat soaking in order for the lump to stop smoking and settle down. 

 

With that said a controller with startup mode would make life a little easier but not 5 minutes fast. Unless the wife has everything prepared and ready to go the moment you walk in the house you'll need more time to get get food prepped anyway. Heck takes me 5 minutes to empty my pockets, kick off my work boots and wash my hands and I haven't even looked at food yet. 

 

This discussion is really all for nothing. Buy it or not KJ doesn't care, they're going to sell to some people, other people not. Weather you like the idea of controllers or not it seems like a kewl device to me. Definitely the best looking controller out there. 

 

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14 hours ago, Charcoal Addict said:

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The iKamand is the most innovative control design ever released.... 

 

 

Well let's not get ahead of ourselves here :) It's not actually released yet, if I'm not mistaken.

For all we know, development/finalization/etc. could take another 1-2 years and who knows what innovations might be out on the market by then.

 

;) 

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4 hours ago, jrakutt said:

Well let's not get ahead of ourselves here :) It's not actually released yet, if I'm not mistaken.

For all we know, development/finalization/etc. could take another 1-2 years and who knows what innovations might be out on the market by then.

 

;) 

 

This looks like a nearly finished product that's ready for a public beta test.  Usually something like this would be released in 12 months. 

 

There's nothing experimental here.  It's really a miniaturization of existing designs. As the long as the testers are happy, it will probably make it out to the shelves by next spring.   

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