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Roasted Veg and Impossible Burgers w/Green Chili


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 Had the day off and spent most of the afternoon playing with the new Akorn Jr.

  Started the day with attempting a low temp burn. Went with a half load of Fogo Black and a 1/8 piece of a Weber parafin starter basically laid on top on the outer edge. That quickly fizzled out and attempt #2 was in the same location but with a 1/4 piece of starter. That seemed to be enough to get it done. Placed the stone and a temp probe on a grate and shut the lid. After that t I pretty much followed the directions from the "Starting a Fire, Low and Slow - Definitive" by Philpom as far as vent adjustments and sure enough I ended up with a fire that held.between 200-250 on the dome temp. I even left for 40 minutes to deal with a car issue and came back to a dome temp of 210ish. Super awesome to really see how a temp can be controlled like this. 

  Around 4 hours later it was time to get things ready for dinner. Plan was to roast potatoes and broccoli. Got the grilled tuned up to 350-400ish and chopped up the goods put them on a 12" perforated pizza pan with parchment and put it in for what I hoped to be a 30 minute cook. I must have had the thing open for too long as it seemed like the temp didn't really recover at all. After about 20 minutes I opened up the vents and finally saw saw the temp coming up. After another 10-15 minutes no sampled a potato and found it to be ready. Took the tray off and dumped everything into foil while I got the impossible burgers and green chili grilled up. 

 

  Learned some good stuff today and cooked a nice meal for the wife. All in all a great day with the new grill.

 

 

 

 

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Something I've been wondering on since this cook. How much of an air gap is needed around a pan or stone? 

 

The Akorn Jr has a 14" diameter. The pan I used was 12" diameter. This left basically a <1" gap all around for air to move. Is that too little? 

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8 hours ago, sdyeti said:

Something I've been wondering on since this cook. How much of an air gap is needed around a pan or stone? 

 

The Akorn Jr has a 14" diameter. The pan I used was 12" diameter. This left basically a <1" gap all around for air to move. Is that too little? 

That's more than plenty. A one inch gap along the perimeter of the grill is approximately 40 sq in for airflow. I'm guessing from mine that  the top vent is 4 inch diameter or so and is 1/2 blocked when the vents are wide open. That provides only a little over 6 sq in of airflow which is a fraction of what you have around your pan.

 

Enjoy the jr. It really is a great little grill.

 

 

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