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Do I need a stone to "smoke"?

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Go to YouTube and search for videos on how to start a Kamado grill. Watch a few of those. Then search around for low and slow and grilling. There are tons of videos there, many done by the folks that frequent this site. This site will be a big help as well, but starting out, you'll get information the quickest in video form on YouTube. 

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On 8/6/2017 at 11:21 AM, Sammy said:

Thanks so much for the replies.  Also, it's my understanding that this can be used a "regular" BBQ(charcoal) also?  Once again, thanks.


Your kamado is steel so unlike other ceramic kamado you could use briquettes.  All briquettes have binders and some have flammable liquids. Would be bad to use in a ceramic, but not quite as bad in steel. That said, just get lump. It's wood. It produces less ash, less nasty stink to get into your food, burns hotter, burns longer and can be reused. Plus, peeps will look at you funny if you use briquettes. Congrats on the new grill.  


Btw you said you are having trouble getting over 300.   Fill the kamado with lump. Put five alcohol soaked cotton balls buried in the lump in a star shape, or 3 lighter cubes in a triangle. Open vents wide. Light. Leave lid open a few minutes. Then shut lid. You should be screaming hot in a few minutes.     If not you have airflow issues...I.e. Maybe dust clogging the air holes.   And yes there is a little bit of a learning curve. Enjoy the process of learning.

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15 hours ago, saltair said:

I noticed some people turn the Heat Deflector (diffuser) upside down, what is the benefit?

I have Kamado Joe and Akorn.   turning the diffuser upside down doesn't really do anything, other than cleaning off the prior cooks dripping if they hit the stone/diffuser

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