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  • Re: Mozzarella: What's the good stuff?

    I used this the first time I made fresh moz now I just buy the rennet and citric acid as needed
    I went ahead and purchased this to learn the ropes. Then I'll buy the raw materials independently after this is used up and I know what I'm doing just like you did. 
  • Re: Mozzarella: What's the good stuff?

    Good stuff Ron. It's a lot of fun too and you can make ricotta out of the remaining whey if you are in to that kind of thing. And if you make your own cheese, you clearly are :)

    Holy cow. I am definitely into that kind of thing. My wife swears by raw whole milk, non pasteurized, non homogenized. So we always have a gallon on hand. I'm definitely going to get into homemade mozzarella now! 
  • Re: Original XL cast fire grate finally bit the dust. Here's the new SS one

    Photo Egg said:
    Be careful with this design. When the firebox expands the grate will drop. When it cools, the ends of the round bar has a tendency to dig in and not slide back up. This can crack the firebox, even with the single relief split from the factory. Once it breaks in half, you are good.
    It looks like your firebox has a little "lip" and your grate might have some free movement. If you do then ignore this as it should not an issue.
    I popped 2 fireboxes in 2 cooks with a similar design.
    There are 3 "lips" around the perimeter that the old fire grate rested on. This rests on them too. But I do like the legs idea. I did keep thermal expansion in mind. However only of the grate. I didn't think about the ceramic expanding. I ground a boat tail bevel to the ends of the flat bar so that the bar has a taper that matches the taper of the fire box. But with 10 lbs of charcoal pushing down on it plus its own weight it may not slide up and down like I was figuring on. I've got plenty more of that bar stock left. I'll go ahead and add legs so it sits 1/8" proud of the 3 resting points. That should be plenty. Agree??  
  • Original XL cast fire grate finally bit the dust. Here's the new SS one

    We all expect this to happen sooner or later...

    It finally happened to me on my XL after almost 7 years. When I burnt out my original Nomex gasket I replaced it with a Cotronix gasket and it has performed excellently ever since. In that same vein I wanted a permanent replacement for the original fire grate. In researching options I came across a company called Fishbone and wanted to buy their Stainless offering. Alas, they don't make one for the XL. So with that inspiration I fabricated something similar for myself made of all 304 Stainless. 5/16" round stock with a half inch spacing between each. 17" diameter grate. I thought the dual 3/4" flat bar would give me adequate rigidity. Here's the result. 

  • Re: My XL is getting a play mate.

    Wow Tinyfish, what a sweet investment! I hadn't heard of that company till this post (yeah I've been away for a couple years). Your XL is going to have some great company out on your patio for sure. 
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