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Hello,

I just received a Pit Boss Kamado grill/smoker as a gift.

I don't know the first thing about how to properly use it.

I've been reading and viewing  a lot of info available on line, but I'm not seeing much for a novice like me.

I will be firing it up tomorrow and start cooking.

Does anyone have advice for a beginner?

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Welcome to the forum! There is a lot of info for new users here, if you just do a search. Will you be doing a low temp smoke or grilling with your first cook? If you are planning to do low temp, just remember to start a small section in the center of your pile of lump charcoal. The larger fire you start, the harder it is to controal your temps. If you are going to just grill then it works like most regualr grills, just just remember to burp the lid before you open it.

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Sounds like you got a nice gift and you have come to a great site to learn how to use it.  I'd suggest you start by roasting a chicken, there are plenty of recopies out there to choose from.  Watch some videos on how to start the fire and  adjust the vents on your new grill to get to the desired temperature.  Next go buy a bag of charcoal, fire your Pit Boss up and enjoy the experience of doing something new.  Best of luck on the first cook!

 

P.S. Get a digital thermometer to check the temperature of the meat.  

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Welcome. There are a lot of great resources on YouTube. The Kamado Joe YouTube channel is an outstanding resource. 

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Welcome to the club. One word of safety advice: when opening your kamado, burp it. You can accomplish burping by opening the lid just an inch or so, holding it there for 2 seconds, then opening the lid fully. This will prevent a dangerous thing called blowback...in which you'll burn your arms and maybe your face.

 

Just burp it each time and you'll be A-OK. Again, welcome to the kamado club!

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@Tiki Joe

Hi I have the same Kamado as you have a look in the threads for the Pitt Boss about some possible minor mods you may like to make. Also keep the spanners handy and check all the nuts and bolts on the hinge regularly, as they can work loose and cause issues with the lid closing. 

 

It's a great Kamado and you will produce some wonderful food on it. 

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