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  • jfmorris
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 2943
    • Huntsville, Alabama
    • Jim Morris

      Cookers
      • 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 (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!

    #16
    Welcome to the Pit from Alabama! Glad to have you onboard.

    I had 7 cookers in the back yard a year ago, now I have 4 (4 left, and 1 new one came in!). My wife cooks more than 0.5% of the time, but she does not enjoy cooking like I do, so is willing to let me cook when I feel like it. Thankfully she is fine with smoked stuff like brisket, butts and ribs. Right now she is on a chicken and fish kick, and those tend to be done hot and fast, which is fine this time of year.

    Anyway, glad to have you onboard, and I look forward to seeing what you are cooking.

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    • Henrik
      Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
      • Jul 2014
      • 4246
      • Stockholm, Sweden

      #17
      Welcome to the pit! And congrats on your new cookers, pretty awesome lineup! Thanks for joining!

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      • LA Pork Butt
        Charter Member
        • Dec 2014
        • 5292
        • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

        #18
        Welcome to the Pit from Dallas!

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        • BabelBBQ
          Club Member
          • Jan 2020
          • 49
          • Homer Glen, IL

          #19
          Welcome. This pandemic has been interesting on my wallet (although I've tried to offset all purchases with selling someting), deck and patio. As recommended above, I added a Steelmade flattop, it has been a lot of fun to cook on it. I added a 26" kettle (Facebook Marketplace but brand new never used), multiple curb/garbage day finds of two triple daisy wheel kettles and a gas grill. Rehabbed and sold the gasser and one of the kettles, the other one might become a fire pit. Bought two jumbo Joes, cleaned them up kept the better and sold the other. Sold my Smokey Joe as well. So basically upgraded from 14" to 18" and left a couple of bucks in my pocket. Now I just picked up a Blue 22 with side table that was is bad shape. When I said I wasn't interested at $60 he said I could take it all for $20, I wasn't even looking to negotiate him down, just wasn't going to buy it. So how do I pass that up right? Honestly it will cook just fine. Just has flaking porcelain at all the weld points for the charcoal and cooking grates.

          And to your point of much more time for the low and slow, this pandemic has been a struggle with 5 kids, and concern for grandparents and great grandparents that we have been home so much. Having an at home hobby like cooking has been a great distraction.

          Checking in on this page has been educational and does contributed to the purchasing...

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          • Donw
            Club Member
            • Jul 2017
            • 2976

            #20
            Welcome from Maryland

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            • zzdocxx
              Club Member
              • Jun 2020
              • 143

              #21
              Yeah me too, had a little down time at beginning of pandemic and became moderately obsessed with grilling on my smoker grill. Also bought the bigger model after a while.

              Having a little more downtime now and have started in grilling more again.

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              • JGo37
                Club Member
                • Apr 2018
                • 1558
                • the LOU
                • Cookers:

                  22" Blackstone Griddle, with stand & hood
                  CharGriller Portable Firebox - so modified you'll BLOL
                  Kitchenaid #810 Charcoal Grill - highly modified
                  Weber BI-code Black Performer w/Igniter
                  Weber DE-code Red Limited - 'Lucille'

                  Accessories:

                  Ancient heavy CI Propane Turkey Fryer, for lighting chimneys
                  BBQ Dragon kettle shelves - 2
                  Fyre Dragon Kettle Drippin' Ring, Burnin' Cone & Drippin' Pan - 2 sets
                  Fyre Dragon Kettle Ribbin' Ring
                  Fyre Dragon Kettle 2-Zone Smokin' Sheet
                  OneGrill Rotisserie for the Kitchenaid
                  Smokenator
                  Smoking Tubes: 2x12" & 1x6"
                  SnS
                  Weber Gourmet Grill w/Griddle, Pizza Stone & Wok

                  My Helpers:

                  Anova 900W Sous Vide Cooker w/Radios
                  Instant Pot 6Q Duo
                  Nesco Tabletop Roaster
                  & the PIT!

                #22
                Welcome to the PIT from the LOU! As someone above mentioned the Vortex - here's a pic...

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                Putting foil on the lower grate channels all the airflow into the cone. Use it this way, or inverted.

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                I liked it so much I got two 19" pizza pans and cut them to fit the lower grate - better than always redoing the foil.

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