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Alphonse

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  1. I am a fan of PK grills and personally have a PK 360. I am quite pleased with the grill and use it fairly often. For the RV, I have also considered an Original PK that folds up. It is not heavy and easy to haul. I am not keen on a hitch mounted grill. I would store this one and pull it out when needed. PK sells a stand for their Original that allows you to put the grill on a flat surface like a hitch mounted table. In fact, PK often offers an incentive of including the small stand as part of the grill package. If you or someone close is a real DIYer, you could fabricate a hitch mount for the PK360. It is easily removed from its pedestal stand. (There is a knob for removing it from the pedestal - circled in red in photo below.) The side tables on the PK360 are easily removed as well.
  2. This is fact. My son confirmed his Signals/Billows system runs away when you open the lid! I am blown away and quite disappointed by that. That is a show stopper in my opinion. Why ThermoWorks would release such a system for sale is beyond me. My old and crusty BBQ Guru has open lid detection in it!
  3. Wow, beautiful pie and outcome is motivating. Thanks for sharing.
  4. OK, I will be hunting the connector. I have a Billows fan I bought for testing and may use it on my other systems. Otherwise I will give it to my son since he has an application that may require two fans. Not to derail thread, but have you looked into the FireBoard system? It appears to work quite well and it uses a barrel connector for the fan power feed. They seem to be happy for you to use whatever fan you'd like. The fan they sell is a repackaged Auber Instruments fan and the blower itself is a Delta Electronics. Yes, I have tested it as well and their claim of 20 cfm appears to be plausible. The FireBoard system works on cloud based software and/or Bluetooth app.
  5. Could not agree with you more on the capacity of the Billows fan. I tested it for current draw recently and with that data to compared to other similar fans, it is likely the Billows will pump in the 15 to 18 CFM range. Their claim of 46 CFM is comical at best. BTW, the Billows uses a male/male USB cord. There is a female USB socket on the fan itself. My son has a Signals/Billows system and the fan is 12V on/off in its operation. It is interesting that ThermoWorks didn't use a barrel connector for the fan like most. Is ThermoWorks struggling to find ways to differentiate their fan from the others? I suspect that is the case. They are taking a risk by overstating the fan capacity by 2.5 times. Their credibility is now questionable.
  6. Agree with you! The KK has a port and it is there for a reason! I have been tinkering with a solution for an adapter for both Billows and a Fireboard/Auber Instruments fans. As you know, the Guru fan is the simplest plug and play solution but it would be nice to be able to adapt the other fans/systems if you want. I am wondering if ThermoWorks will ever really develop an adapter for the KK. The volume of demand likely does not stimulate their interest.
  7. You are definitely a Lump Whisperer for sure. Thanks for the insights on Marabu here and in other threads as well. To your credit, I have two bags in my stash. Just waiting on my Konro to show up now!
  8. Charles, thanks for your view here. It really is about energy content isn't it? I have watched your tests with interest and look forward to the others you are planning. I am with you, I am only buying high energy content charcoal now. It is readily available via online and the Ace. I burned some Fogo Quebracho this week and took note on how dense it is and began to ponder how to measure density. So I spent a little effort in researching a practical way to measure density of various lump but have not come up with an easy way to do so. Naturally, there could be a broad spectrum in a particular bag but it is quickly evident that these lumps from South America are more dense and have more energy content than what one gets from North America. Thank you for all your charcoal observations, tests, and your posts on the topic.
  9. Wow, huge amount of work but a nice store of sausages. The photos are great!
  10. Thanks for the beautiful photos and the progress reports! Look forward to eating report too. Curious, why did you wrap it in butcher paper in the foil? BTW, love the color of your KK. It is a beautiful grill.
  11. MacKenzie - thanks for posting! My Konro is on order and I am hoping to get it sometime next month. Can you or @ckreef tell me more about the grates?
  12. Congratulations! I am looking forward to seeing it out of the box. That is one of my favorites.
  13. Fun video - thanks. Made me want to take a trip to Brownsville, TN to see it first hand!
  14. Yep, I just use "hot" lump in a basket on the PK. Using wood in it would be too much trouble and time for someone as lazy as me! Meanwhile, wishing Pequod the best in sorting his future with his KK's.
  15. I have a PK360 and it is a fun grill. My dad had an ol' school PK and it is still alive after 45+ years of use and in the hands of a cousin . I use mine mostly for high heat quick cooks - grilling steaks, chops and the like. I am thinking of adding a KK now to round out my collection including the PK and several other grills. Wish I were closer to you and I might take one of yours off your hands.
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