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  • dtresca
    Club Member
    • Jul 2020
    • 171
    • Omaha, Nebraska

    Pulled the trigger!

    My Kong is en route! I've been looking at getting a bigger (and newer) kamado to replace my Vision and I just kept coming back to this one. Love this product at this pricepoint. Now the hard part...waiting for delivery.
  • glitchy
    Club Member
    • Jul 2019
    • 1113
    • Central IA
    • MAK 2 Star General
      Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
      w/ Big Joetisserie, SnS LP, and Vortex
      Weber Traveler
      Fireboard 2 Drive
      Anova Precision Sous Vide
      All the (pellet) grills I’ve loved before:
      Traeger Junior Elite^
      GMG DB
      Traeger Texas Elite
      Memphis Pro§
      Traeger Pro 575
      CampChef SmokePro STX (ugly grills need love too)
      Weber SmokeFire EX4§
      Traeger Select
      CampChef Woodwind WiFi w/SearBox^
      Weber SmokeFire EX4§

      ^ = Favorites
      § = Love/Hate Relationships

    #2
    bbqLuv might suggest that PBR helps with the waiting. Congrats on the new grill, excited to see your posts from that one. We just need to get these grill companies up to date offering same day delivery like Amazon!

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    • dtresca
      dtresca commented
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      Agreed! Amazon has spoiled us! Now where is that PBR...?
  • tiewunon
    Club Member
    • May 2020
    • 522
    • Virginia Beach, Va

    #3
    Congrats on the new Kamado. I bet your wife hopes and prays you are home for that delivery. I did my wife wrong or maybe the Navy did her wrong one time on a grill delivery. Ears are still ringing on that one.

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    • dtresca
      dtresca commented
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      Oh yeah. This was part of the deal. I will be working from home that day!

    • tiewunon
      tiewunon commented
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      dtresca I knew your wife seen your low and outside pitch on that one. She took you yard... After my fiasco my better 90% is wise too my ways and would never let anything like that fly again. Hope the new cooker arrives unscathed...
  • Soonerpop
    Club Member
    • Jan 2020
    • 502
    • Plano, Texas
    • Cookshack Smokette 008 (2005)
      Weber 18.5” Kettle
      Weber 22.5” Performer (drop-down shelf)
      SNS Elevated Grate
      Pit Barrel Junior (PBJ)
      Freedom Grill (for tailgating, but don’t do much anymore)
      Sizzle-Q Stainless Griddle
      Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter

      Thermapen (Red, of course)
      Smoke Alarm (Likewise)

      Kingsford Professional
      Weber Briquettes (longer cooks)

      Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
      Coors Banquet (why bother with light beer?)

    #4
    That’s great. Keep us in the loop when it arrives.

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    • dtresca
      dtresca commented
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      Will do! Should be here tomorrow. I feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve!
  • jfmorris
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 3585
    • Huntsville, Alabama
    • Jim Morris

      Cookers
      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (2021)
      • Camp Chef FTG900 Flat Top Grill (2020)
      • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
      • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q & Rotisserie (2007)
      • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
      • King Kooker 94/90TKD 105K/60K dual burner patio stove
      • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
      • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
      • Anova
      Thermometers
      • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
      • Thermoworks Dot
      • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
      • Thermoworks RT600C
      Beverages
      • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

    #5
    Congrats! Let us know how you like the Kong! It certainly seems to be a lot of Kamado for the money, and with that upper expansion grate, can hold a lot of food! If I were ever buying a Kamado, it would be on my short list for sure!

    I was just on their website, and am surprised that the diffuser is not included in the base price. I think the diffuser and the cover are a definite must.
    Last edited by jfmorris; February 11, 2021, 11:05 AM.

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    • dtresca
      dtresca commented
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      Thanks! And I agree. Bought the cover and the split diffuser. Though the split diffuser is on back order.
      Last edited by dtresca; February 11, 2021, 10:40 PM.
  • Spinaker
    Moderator
    • Nov 2014
    • 10963
    • Land of Tonka
    • John "J R"
      Instagram: JRBowlsby
      Smokin' Hound Que
      Minnesota/ United States of America

      ********************************************
      Assistants
      Dexter (Beagle mix)
      Kinnick (American Foxhound)
      ************************

      Grills/Smokers/Fryers
      Big Green Egg (Large) X3
      Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

      Karubeque C-60
      Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
      Lodge L410 Hibachi
      Pit Barrel Cooker
      Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
      R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

      Weber Spirit Gasser
      ******************.
      Thermometers
      FireBoard (Base Package)
      Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
      Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)
      **************

      Accessories
      Big Green Egg Plate Setter
      Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
      Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

      Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
      Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

      Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
      Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
      Eggspander Kit X2
      Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

      Finex Cat Iron Line
      FireBoard Drive
      Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
      Grill Grates
      Joule Water Circulator
      KBQ Fire Grate

      Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
      Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
      Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
      Large Vortex
      Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
      Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
      Smithey No. 12
      Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
      Stargazer No.10, 12
      Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
      Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
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      Fuel
      FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
      Kingsford Blue and White
      Rockwood Lump Charcoal
      Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60
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      Cutlery
      Buck 119 Special
      Cuda 7' Fillet Knife

      Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
      Global
      Shun
      Wusthof
      *******
      Next Major Purchase
      Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

    #6
    Congrats on the new rig!

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    • dtresca
      dtresca commented
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      Thank you! Should be here tomorrow!
  • dtresca
    Club Member
    • Jul 2020
    • 171
    • Omaha, Nebraska

    #7
    After some delays because of the weather, it finally arrived! -32 wind chill or not, I already have it unpacked and in the garage. I'll get it put together in the next couple of days when I can get some help from a buddy to lift it.
    Attached Files

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    • tiewunon
      tiewunon commented
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      Glad to see it has arrived an no mention of damage. Definitely wait for the friend you are in the home stretch now. No use in damaging the Kong and more importantly yourself.

    • dtresca
      dtresca commented
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      Agreed! So happy I didn't find any damage. I will definitely be taking my time (with help!) to get this bad boy set up.
  • Redwng
    Charter Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 311
    • St. Cloud, FL

    #8
    Congrats on the new cooker, eager to hear your opinion on it.

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    • randy56
      Club Member
      • Aug 2017
      • 505
      • Newburgh In

      #9
      Nice score, I like it. Now some of those nice Omaha steaks

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      • Old Glory
        Club Member
        • Feb 2018
        • 1345
        • Northshore MA
        • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
          XL BGE
          DCS Gasser
          Humphrey's Cabinet Smoker
          Weber Performer

          Slow & Sear
          Vortex
          Ceramic Grill Store Reducer Ring
          Woo Rig;
          Adjustable Rig
          BGE Pizza Stone
          FireBoard
          Pit Bull Fan
          Griddle Store Griddle

        #10
        Congrats on the new cooker! Post pics and a review once she's seen some action.

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        • HawkerXP
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 6425
          • Virginia
          • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
            Thermopops
            Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
            Slo n Sear
            Cold beer

          #11
          Congrats!

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          • dtresca
            Club Member
            • Jul 2020
            • 171
            • Omaha, Nebraska

            #12
            All put together and ready to roll...smoke!
            Attached Files

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            • Soonerpop
              Soonerpop commented
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              So how’s it going after a month?
          • dtresca
            Club Member
            • Jul 2020
            • 171
            • Omaha, Nebraska

            #13
            Soonerpop

            Sorry for being gone from the forums for a bit. Life has been a little crazy between job, daughters' competition dance, and school. For some reason, I thought it a good idea for this old man to go get a graduate degree.

            But I digress!

            In short, the Kong has been awesome! I have mostly done shorter cooks but temperature management is a breeze with this thing! I have cooked a pork loin, some armadillo eggs, a pork butt, and several rounds of burgers, brats, and dogs in the past month. No issues, whatsoever.

            I did have a Vision kamado prior to owning this, so I probably have the technique down for building up temp slowly in kamados. However, I have found I prefer the adjustable intake on the Kamado to the Vision Pro Series. It is simpler and has fewer possibilities for air leakage. Additionally, this thing is pretty air-tight when I shut all of the vents after a cook. My lump lasts several cooks. I do still have some tinkering to do to get the smoke flavor profile where I want it, but that's just part of the fun.

            All in all, this has been an excellent buy. I'm looking forward to having a little more time in the near future to get more smoking in on this thing!

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            • ofelles
              ofelles commented
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              Learning new cookers is a lot of fun. Sometimes frustrating but in the long run fun. Glad you are enjoying it.
              Now get busy!! 😉

            • dtresca
              dtresca commented
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              I plan on it! Double smoked ham for Easter will probably be next.

            • Soonerpop
              Soonerpop commented
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              That’s great! My son and I went to their store here in Dallas and ogled and fondled the merchandise. My son has always wanted a Komodo, but really liked the silverbac, so he’s torn. I loved the Grilla. MCS.

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