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  • Re: AR or Woo...need a little help

    I initially purchased the platesetter when I bought my XL. I would have been money ahead to buy the Woo/AR in the first place and not had to throw away a bunch of cobbled together junk to do what this combo does with elegance. Next to my Thermapen the best accessory I bought for my Egg. The combination allows you to do any combination of cooks that the Egg is capable from wok to low level sear and to raised grid and multiple racks or anything you might dream up. It's a little pricy but worth every penny in my estimation.
  • Re: Dutch ovens: BGE vs Lodge

    I also have the Lodge Double Dutch 5 qt. L8DD3. Versatile as you get three combinations with the 2 parts. The lid id a skillet, the base is an open deep pot and together they are a Dutch oven. Also not much more expensive than a conventional DO. 
  • Re: IR Thermometers

    Be aware that certain surface types can be very misleading on IR temperatures. Generally dark, matte surfaces give fairly accurate readings but highly polished light colored ones can be quite a way off. Most of our grill stuff will be close enough if it has been used a while but a brand new white pizza stone might be off a little. Shiny metallic objects  are an issue, think one of those highly finished All Clad stainless steel frying pans. I recently purchased a new espresso machine and the copper boiler is giving false readings on the IR. Better quality guns have a correction factor that can be plugged in as emissivity to compensate for these factors but most times it is not a big deal unless you put your fingers on the frying pan that reads much cooler than it actually is.
  • Re: Xlarge assories

    I've only been Egging for about 5 years. The BEST thing I ever bought for my XL was the AR/Woo2 combo about a year ago. I gave/threw away about 30 pounds of assorted junk that marginally worked for different types of cooks. I wish I had known about CGS before cobble jockeying all that stuff. The Thermapen had much effect on the quality of my cooks but I was getting by with conventional thermometers.
  • Re: Is it possible to adjust temp from the lower vent alone?

    I know Mickey never uses the daisy wheel and he cooks at 300+ Darby also makes a good analogy but my particular setup does not seem to be conducive to no wheel, Smokeware or tip top controller. I think it has to do with where my Eggs are located on my deck and the maybe slope of the roof or orientation of my house in relation to local breezes. I have always had problems with temperature fluctuations even with the DW in position on the vent. This did not happen at my previous property so it is something that happens here only. If I use the tip top controller I can easily hold temps and I can definitely see the flapper working during the cooks so something is affecting the airflow around or through the Egg. If I would try to shut down by only closing the bottom vent, the Egg will often consume all the charcoal. I suspicion the effect is something like when you blow across the mouth of a bottle to make a musical tone. When the DW/Smokeware is on and I close the them and the lower vent the fire dies as it should. Last winter, I moved the Medium to the covered front porch on the West side of the house and the temps acted like everyone else generally reports so there is definitely some anomaly regarding the deck on the East side of the house.  Perhaps moving the Eggs to a different area of the East deck might help but they are presently in the most convenient place for my usage.
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