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OK, #1 really does have MCS and now is looking at I stapots

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  • richinlbrg
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1872
    • Leesburg, VA. (Northern, VA)
    • We have two weber kettle grills (one LARGE and one small/average), the SnS and the Weber Smokey Mountain 18" smoker. We use both natural lump charcoal and KNB for smoking and measure our temps with a Maverick 733, thermopen and MK4. Favorite beer depends on what is cooking (alt answer is yes).

    OK, #1 really does have MCS and now is looking at I stapots

    Seems to have narrowed it down to the duo and the ultra.

    Any comments or recommendations?

    We’ve still not settled on a gasser. The Insta will be a fast buy.
  • Texas Larry
    Club Member
    • May 2017
    • 1363
    • Wilson County, TX
    • Kamado Joe Bog Joe 2
      Weber 22” Premium
      Weber Jumbo Joe
      JoeTisserie
      Thermoworks Smoke
      Thermoworks 2K Thermocouple
      Thermapen
      Thermapop
      Thermoworks Dash
      Too many gadgets, accessories, and tools
      Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

    #2
    We use the Zavor Lux LCD 8qt. Works well for us. Keeps
    us off the “InstaPot” brandwagon though. Top rated by ATK. https://www.zavoramerica.com/lux-lcd-multi-cooker/

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    • Huskee
      Pit Boss
      • May 2014
      • 14901
      • central MI, USA
      • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

        Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

        Smokers / Grills
        • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
        • PBC
        • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
        • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
        • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
        • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
        • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
        • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
        • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
        • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

        Thermometers
        • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
        • (7) Maverick ET-732s
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        • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
        • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
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        • ThermoPop, yellow
        • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
        • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
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        Accessories
        • Instant Pot 6qt
        • Anova Bluetooth SV
        • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
        • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
        • BBQ Dragon
        • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
        • Weber grill topper
        • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
        • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
        • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

        Beverages
        • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
        • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
        • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
        • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
        • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
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        • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

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      #3
      I moved this to the Instant Pot and Other Pressure Cookers channel since this is not Off Topic.

      I have a 6-qt Instant Pot and love it, but I wish we'd have gotten the 8qt. It's far more than a pressure cooker with buttons like I initially thought. We love it.

      And one more thing- It's not "Insta Pot". The 2 words are actually spelled out. (Yeah, yeah, call me OCD)

      Also, I've been recommending to people lately to consider a pellet cooker instead of a gasser. Pellet cookers can do most things a gasser can do, just with smokey air, and with a thermostat which most gassers still do not have. (Turn your knob to "3" or "4", or medium-high heat? What's that?)

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      • richinlbrg
        richinlbrg commented
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        Thanks for moving it! Sadly, didn’t know the pressure cooker Chanel existed.

        #1 wants to cook without smoke flavor. (Shrugging shoulders and rolling eyes), so pellet doesn’t work for this one. I’m basically prohibited from using.
    • JCGrill
      Club Member
      • Mar 2017
      • 1729
      • Minneapolis / St Paul burbs
      • Charcoal - 22" Weber Kettle
        Gas - Saber
        Smoker - Green Mountain Daniel Boone
        Portable - Charbroil Tabletop Propane Grill

      #4
      We have an 8 quart Duo. I stay away from it, but she's turned out some tasty fair, and I've even gotten her to help me make stock with bones saved from some of my cooks.

      Huskee I can't imagine having just the pellet grill. As an oven with a precise temp control, I love it. I'll even use it when I need 450 F. But for warp 10 it's gotta be charcoal or gas.

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Yeah, touche. But some gassers don't sear well and some pellet rigs do sear. So, I guess the other half of my statement is it depends which is which that a person goes with. For general grillin' though, mmm... pellets blow gassers away in my personal opinion. If a person can swing both then by all means MCS away!
    • SmokingSteve
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 311
      • Mesa Arizona
      • SmokingSteve

      #5
      Santa brought my wife an Ultra instead of a Duo because the Ultra can do a lot more. Since it's just the two of us, Santa realized the 6 quart would work very well. Seriously, the Duo is much more limited than the Ultra! Santa and I heartily recommend the Ultra. Santa investigated and compared quite thoroughly! (SWMBO is quite happy with her Ultra)!

      Get her "The Instant Pot Bible" by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough.
      Last edited by SmokingSteve; July 19, 2020, 12:06 AM.

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      • richinlbrg
        richinlbrg commented
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        GREAT comment, @SmokiingSteve ! Thank you!

        Your comments were the last push she needed, she loved your comments. Having now searched for the best price (Kohl’s was $20 cheaper than Amazon but alas out of stock) and fastest delivery, my SWMBO has ordered the Ultra 8qt. And the bible. Wednesday delivery.

        Thank you!!
        Last edited by richinlbrg; July 19, 2020, 06:41 AM.
    • surfdog
      Club Member
      • Mar 2016
      • 1050
      • Sunny SoCal
      • Cooking gadgets
        Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center
        Weber Summit Platinum D6
        Blue Rhino Razor
        Dyna-Glo XL Premium Dual Chamber
        Camp Chef Somerset IV along with their Artisan Pizza Oven 90
        Anova WiFi

        Thermometers
        Thermapen Mk4 - ThermaQ High Temp Kit - ThermaQ Meathead Kit - ThermaQ WiFi - ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S - ThermoWorks Signals & Billows - ThermoPop -ThermoWorks ProNeedle - ThermoWorks TimeStick Trio x2 - and a Christopher Kimball timer - NO, I do not work for ThermoWorks...I just like their products.

        Other useful bits...
        KitchenAid 7-qt Pro Line stand mixer
        A Black & Decker food processor that I can't seem to murder
        A couple of immersion blenders, one a "consumer" model & the other a "high end" Italian thing. Yes, the Italian one is a bit better, but only marginally
        Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus 8-qt + accessories like egg-bite & egg holders
        All-Clad pots & pans, along with some cast iron...everything from 7" Skookie pans to 8.5qt Dutch ovens
        Weber GBS griddle, pizza stone, and wok
        Knives range from Mercer to F. Dick to "You spent how much for one knife? One knife?!" LOL

      #6
      Looked at the Ultra but decided on the 8qt Duo Evo Plus. So far, so good.

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      • klflowers
        Club Member
        • Sep 2015
        • 3126
        • Tennessee

        #7
        We have the Duo, but we hardly ever use it. Wife isn't that fond of it, and I have been cooking outside a lot. Maybe this fall I'll put it in the rotation.

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