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pit boss ceramic grill from Costco

 
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jbelson
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12 17 12:50 pm    Post subject: pit boss ceramic grill from Costco Reply with quote

Anyone have this model? got at costco in the spring (good value at $599 for the 24" with all accessories).

I'm making the switch from a Traeger, but have been having a tough time with keeping the temp steady. Haven't been able to hit 250 and keep it, but have done 275 fish or 200.

I have friends with a BGE that say they set the cooker and it'll run all night at temp.

anyone have any tips? how do you build the fire? How do you manage heat mostly? Lower screen or top vents?

Anyone try a BBQ guru with it? Ash basket?

Thanks for any tips.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12 17 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't have the Pit Boss, but I do have a Kamado Joe Big Joe.

With a ceramic kamado grill both top and bottom vents are going to be almost closed to get below 250.

My typical setup for a smoke goes like this:

Empty the grill of all accessories (deflectors, grates, etc)
Fill with charcoal
Open top and bottom vent wide
Light in one spot with a propane torch, about one minute
Leave grill open for ~ 10 minutes to let fire get going
Install needed accessories (deflectors, grates, etc)
Close grill but leave vents wide open
Wait for temp to hit ~ 150F, move both vents to ~ 1/4 open

At this point you need to start dialing things in slowly, over the next 30-60 minutes.

I have been able to hold ~ 180F for several hours this way to "hot" smoke bacon.

You can try a temp controller like the guru (I have an Auber), but it's not really needed if you are careful and bring it up to temperature slowly.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13 17 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. Gonna do some more practice. Just got the komodo lump charcoal and the pieces are huge.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13 17 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jbelson wrote:
Thanks. Gonna do some more practice. Just got the komodo lump charcoal and the pieces are huge.


That's not always good for low and slow either.

A couple bigger pieces at the bottom to be sure your air flow stays good is helpful, but a firebox full of huge chunks is harder to keep lit as a small fire.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14 17 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that was the problem with my last smoke
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