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Re: Summer break?

Postby bbok » Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:26 pm

sugarcreek wrote:New picket fence. Start of my outdoor kitchen:

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Bit of gardening, not enough lounging / relaxing.


Is that a green egg I see? :8) Love mine
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Re: Summer break?

Postby dutchmancreek » Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:55 am

I've got two friends who have Big Green Eggs. They keep trying to talk me into buying one.
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Re: Summer break?

Postby just sayin' » Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:03 pm

Glad to see everyone living life to the fullest! Thanks for all the responses.
Is the big green egg worth the cost? That could buy a nice sheet or three of copper...
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Re: Summer break?

Postby sugarcreek » Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:47 am

I really do love my egg.. however, I will say I bought it right after the 2008 from a pool company that had expanded into an "outdoor living" company -- talk about bad timing. I paid $350 for it new. I'm not sure I'd shell out $850 for it. That being said, it really is an all-purpose grill. I've done regular grilling (fish, burgers, brats, dogs, steaks) but it really shines as a smoker. I've also smoked turkeys, ribs, brisket, pork shoulder, you name it. Once you get the temp stable you can let it go until fuel is depleted. I think the longest smoke I've done was for two pork shoulders -- about 15 hours.
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Re: Summer break?

Postby just sayin' » Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:03 am

Thanks, Sugar. I have read that they are something else, but at $$$!
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Re: Summer break?

Postby Wooday » Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:09 am

Mostly I've been puttering around making plates for the column but I also came out of retirement for a couple days to do some tree work.
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Re: Summer break?

Postby okie » Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:21 am

I have a grill with a side box for smoking. I also have a friend with an egg. The meat that comes out of either are great it's just that I'll use more wood than the egg but I can do more with the meat as it's cooking. For example on ribs I dry rub and smoke, then after 4 hours I soak in sauce then,wrap them in foil and let that cook for 30 min, then open so the sauce can caramelize. The meat literally falls off the bone and can't be beat.

I can buy two of my grilles with the gas and charcoal side with side box with a cover and not be as much as the egg. I will say, the friend with the egg absolutely loves his so I think it's whatever you prefer and how you cook.
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Re: Summer break?

Postby just sayin' » Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:28 pm

Is there an "Egg Hack"? I have thought about starting with big clay pots to try a home build. We are basically a "Do It Yourself" community with a great number of brilliant minds.
Is anyone running a Big Green Egg clone?
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Re: Summer break?

Postby zedzedtop » Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:19 pm

I have a ceramic egg smoker but it isn't a BGE. Works well enough and had it 10years or so. I fried the gasket doing a neo pizza and never got around to replacing it. Don't use clay pots. The trick with these types of things is having them totally air tight except for bottom inlet and top outlet. If I was to do one myself I might use firebrick and refractory mortar. Not sure how I'd do a lid. Have fantasies of having an egg clone made out of cast iron, preferably cast from old engine blocks. Something tells me I'm going to die with that dream.
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Re: Summer break?

Postby just sayin' » Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:08 pm

Zed, thanks! You have gotten me thinking, i have a big old cast iron soap kettle that is currently holding a over sized potted Boston fern. I'm would love to put it to a more productive use.
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Re: Summer break?

Postby Azframer » Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:52 pm

I have been racking my brain on trying to learn a new program called Blender so I can create some parts for the simulator I can't make with CAD software I run. It is either learn Blender or Gmax. I can't find any really good tutorials for Gmax. Found some for Blender but none do cockpit work like I have out in front of me now. I have a PDF for Gmax for building models for FS 2004 but I have FSX. A lot more work to be done.
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Re: Summer break?

Postby just sayin' » Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:41 pm

Rick,
When I was a kid I heard you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Now that I am an old dog I am forced to believe it. Lost two dear friends and survived the widow makers clot last year. Changed my world view and I am going to yield my desk to a younger buck this fall.
I am going to try to keep my brain functioning by trying to master those disciplines that defeated me. 4th course of engineering calculus. My brain still works, just not as fast.
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Good luck mastering your challenge! I was once able to do amazing thing with a bamboo slide rule. I give away my vintage.
To all, enjoy your summer (except those down under, but the bright side is your days are getting longer).
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Re: Summer break?

Postby Tracker » Sun Jun 26, 2016 12:34 am

I am into my third week of a 3 month holiday trip in the north part of Queensland. Avoiding the cool winter of the south.


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Re: Summer break?

Postby sugarcreek » Sun Jun 26, 2016 1:32 pm

zedzedtop wrote:I fried the gasket doing a neo pizza and never got around to replacing it.


Happened about the first month I had it -- opened the lid to burp it a bit, raised it all the way and the felt gasket was on fire. Replaced with nomex and not a problem since. Use it at least weekly, often moreso.
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Re: Summer break?

Postby just sayin' » Sun Jun 26, 2016 4:33 pm

Sugar, I am amazed that a top self/high end product like the EGG that is a vessel with an engineered mission to contain fire would be marketed with a flammable gasket!!! That is kind of like buying a respected manufacturers backpack designed to transport all the gear required to survive a trek into the wilderness/backcountry that requires a separate pack cover because it didn't dawn on them that it would be sensible to make the bloody thing waterproof. I own the pack and the cover, but as Bill Bryson said in an all time favorite book, "A Walk in the Woods", "Are you shitting me!!!"
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I still have EGG envy, never thought I would have to seal it with flour paste.
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