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    #16
    This looks like a lot of fun!

    TX Larry

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    • CaptainMike
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      It is, Larry!

    #17
    That thing looks awesome! A santa maria is definitely on my list!

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    • CaptainMike
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      You are in the right neck of the woods!

    #18
    I'm really excited about your Santa Maria. I use it for most every cook. It is a fantastic finishing tool after a long smoke and for SV. I'm glad you contacted the company for accessories. If you get the charcoal raiser, put an old throw away grill on top of it. It really helps it from warping. I typically use really small splits of wood for grilling and the bigger ones for longer BBQ's. I also have an aluminum pan on hand to cover steaks or chicken. I grill, cover, remove cover and flip. You will find that not only do you have good temperature control by raising and lowering the grill, but you can set up some fantastic zones right to left with wood. Did I mention I was excited? Hahahahaha!

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    • tbob4
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      Do you mean a rain cover or a metal smoking type cover? The rain cover is really important - 2 inches of rain can be a foot of water inside. Also, as I mentioned, an ash pan underneath the charcoal riser really helps preserve the unit.

    • CaptainMike
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      I have both types of covers and I ordered a large sheet pan as you suggested. My grill has a hole in the bottom for water drainage, but it looked like an ember could just as easily slip through and cause a problem. I stuck a 3/8" bolt through it.

    • tbob4
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      Good job. Mine doesn’t have a hole and I would be scared if it did. The bolt idea is actually really good. You can drain it if you have to.

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    Here you go Big Mike. I don't have an Instagram or Twitter account. Otherwise, I would put a hashtag of some sort to show I love my Santa Maria and GrillGrates on them!

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    • CaptainMike
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      Oh HELL YEAH!!!! We SB's on CI last night but I'm sure they weren't that good!

    #20
    Top notch pics on all fronts. TThe cooker a burnin was killer, then a scrumptious layout for dinner. 👍 👍 👍

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      #21
      Very Cool...Looks Great!

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        #22
        Hell YES!!!!! Those look incredible Bro! Where'd ya get that burger making weight? Looks super handy.

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          #23
          Nice! The final cooker to add to my collection.
          Gonna hafta take the plunge one o’ these days...SMG, some red oak, and a bunch of tri-tip: heaven.

          (I say “final” but we all know the optimal number of cookers is N+1)

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          • CaptainMike
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            santamariagrills.com brother, they're in your neck of the woods. Great customer service and I can't recommend them enough.

          • surfdog
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            CaptainMike Oh yeah, I’ve been on their site more than once. ;-)
            Have even threatened to drop by sometime seeing as I sometimes work near there in Lompoc. (Vandenberg AFB) Right around the corner compared to some of my jaunts.

          • CaptainMike
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            Say hi to Kerry for me if you go!

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          Here you go Big Mike. Started with 1 min per side right above the fire. Raised grill and covered with pan. 3 min per side, rotating three times for a total of 12 minutes. Lowered to fire level again 1 minute per side and brushed with soy sauce, olive oil and blackened seasoning. Temp pulled = 135. Rested 10 minutes. No SV, no banding despited the initial hot sear.

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          • CandySueQ
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            Love how you're using the Grill Grates!

          • Troutman
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            Hey tbob4, you're killin' it man !!!!

          • tbob4
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            CandySueQ - Grillgrates was awesome about sending me exactly what I needed a year after buying the Santa Maria. Have never looked back. Troutman - thanks a ton. You are in no slump. I promise! A slump to someone who bats .400 is .350. That is no slump to someone who bats .200. You have a Ted Williams average. I'm a .250 hitter.

          #25
          Great thread. Thanks for posting.

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          • tbob4
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            You would love the Santa Maria. I use it all of the time. It is a great tool for finishing food from a long smoke to SV. It takes very little fuel to get a tip roaring fire. I got really excited when CaptainMike started this post.

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