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triangle172
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« on: January 15, 2012, 04:48:08 AM »

OK, so I have owned this Char-Griller King Griller acorn for about a month now and am finally starting to get it dialed in...I think.This is identical to the Big Red that some of you guys in the mid-West bought at Menards except for the color.
 I have not cooked low temp. slow cook yet but I have cooked a few things and so far excellent results. I needed to find a decent source of lump and I did. The Cowboy crapola from Lowes at $7.50/bag for a skimpy 8.8lb bag was annoying. Who came up with the 8.8lb idea anyway?

I found Royal Oak sold as Wegmans brand in 10lb. bags for $6.00/bag. I bought eight bags.
I have now done almost all mods. to this thing. I sealed the top and bottom dampers with high-temp. silicone. Added a more robust spring and washer to better seal the daisy wheel damper. My most recent mod. was an attempt to "portion control" the lump. It was successful too! I bought a galvanized steel duct reducer for a hot air furnace system at Home Depot for about $8.00. I'll post a pic later. I then used about 4 handfuls of lump with a few paper towels soaked in canola oil to light it. This worked and it was a windy day too. Cooked my first spatchcocked chicken last night. Simple rub of Montreal Chicken seasoning. Took about an hour. Basically just followed the recipe from Naked Whiz. It was outstanding...the best chicken I ever cooked anyway.
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2012, 05:09:40 AM »

triangle welcome sound like you are well on the way - you are absolutly right about cowboy lump it is crap

8.8 lb = 4 Kilograms

Again welcome
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2012, 06:56:22 AM »

OK, so I have owned this Char-Griller King Griller acorn for about a month now and am finally starting to get it dialed in...I think.This is identical to the Big Red that some of you guys in the mid-West bought at Menards except for the color.
 I have not cooked low temp. slow cook yet but I have cooked a few things and so far excellent results. I needed to find a decent source of lump and I did. The Cowboy crapola from Lowes at $7.50/bag for a skimpy 8.8lb bag was annoying. Who came up with the 8.8lb idea anyway?

I found Royal Oak sold as Wegmans brand in 10lb. bags for $6.00/bag. I bought eight bags.
I have now done almost all mods. to this thing. I sealed the top and bottom dampers with high-temp. silicone. Added a more robust spring and washer to better seal the daisy wheel damper. My most recent mod. was an attempt to "portion control" the lump. It was successful too! I bought a galvanized steel duct reducer for a hot air furnace system at Home Depot for about $8.00. I'll post a pic later. I then used about 4 handfuls of lump with a few paper towels soaked in canola oil to light it. This worked and it was a windy day too. Cooked my first spatchcocked chicken last night. Simple rub of Montreal Chicken seasoning. Took about an hour. Basically just followed the recipe from Naked Whiz. It was outstanding...the best chicken I ever cooked anyway.

Now you can start buying all the goodies that go with your cooker. Go get ya a 17" Weber grill grate to make a lower grate in your cooker. Then you will have three different heights to cook on. Your going to need temp control instruments along with something like the IQ Pitmaster the list goes on. You'll really enjoy your cooker and Welcome!!
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2012, 07:13:12 AM »

You aren't using that galvanized piece during your cooks are you?Huh  Shocked
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2012, 07:37:13 AM »

You aren't using that galvanized piece during your cooks are you?Huh  Shocked


Good catch Elrik that is a big no no
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2012, 08:16:37 AM »

Now you can start buying all the goodies that go with your cooker. Go get ya a 17" Weber grill grate to make a lower grate in your cooker. Then you will have three different heights to cook on. Your going to need temp control instruments along with something like the IQ Pitmaster the list goes on. You'll really enjoy your cooker and Welcome!!

Got one already.Forgot to mention it. I still need some sort of plate setter. Been contemplating firebrick splits.
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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2012, 08:17:31 AM »

Good catch Elrik that is a big no no
Because of the zinc content?

I could see if it were the cooking grate, but to hold the lump? I see little to zero exposure there.
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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2012, 12:14:35 PM »

Because of the zinc content?

I could see if it were the cooking grate, but to hold the lump? I see little to zero exposure there.


It is the zinc fumes which most assuredly would be present if it is touching the hot coals
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2012, 05:34:22 PM »

Welcome!
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2012, 10:23:32 PM »

Good times ahead triangle.
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« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2012, 04:55:27 PM »

New to this "Big Steel Keg" Forum. I am interested in purchasing the Kamado from Lowe's here in Canada. It is in my price range $350.00! So hoping to hear some good comments about this, the websites I had visited offered no user reviews because of how new this product is.
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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2012, 07:11:03 AM »

Welcome!
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« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2012, 10:15:59 AM »

New to this "Big Steel Keg" Forum. I am interested in purchasing the Kamado from Lowe's here in Canada. It is in my price range $350.00! So hoping to hear some good comments about this, the websites I had visited offered no user reviews because of how new this product is.
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The Char-Griller Kamado is well liked by those here who have one. It's a great deal for the money. You won't be disappointed.
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« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2012, 11:20:27 AM »

Yeah, I hear you. When you finally get finished with all of the mods and add ons it will look like this.



Sorry mine's a little dirty.  Good luck.
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