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Now Look What You Made Me Do Charles!

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Made deeply jealous by one of @ckreef's purchases, I hatched a plan.  I asked The Husband if he would like a new toy, just like Charles'?  He said yes.  So I bought him one.  The only trouble is that I now need to wait for him to get home before I can unwrap it!!!

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BTW don't leave us hanging too long. I'm going to be checking the forum every 30 minutes until I see what's under the wrapping. 

 

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The Husband has been out of the country all week and only arrived after dark today.  To make sure darkness wasn't an impediment to him opening his new present, I got a friend to help me carry the 70kg of grill into the house in readiness for The Husband's arrival.  

Here it is waiting.  I was waiting too.

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Here it is unwrapped.  I don't know what a Santa Maria grill is but I am guessing this is similar, looking at the pictures on the net.  In the UK it is described as an Argentinian grill.  We went with the no fire basket option - the makers said it would be fine to build the fire in the bed.

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This purchase has triggered the ODK design that we needed but were not motivated to achieve.  Now we must.  It is nothing like others have created for their homes. No diggers, no contractors.  Just one builder and his mate and he should get it done in max 3 weeks.  I am hoping we will be able to use the new grill by mid October at the latest.  In the meantime it is sitting on the piece of teak furniture that our 80 year old ex-shop fitter built to The Husband's design.  I am thrilled with it because it will house all my KK grates and bits.  The Welsh slate that will top the furniture is still at the quarry.

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This kit is beautifully built.  Sinbad the cat knows what I have done.  I just have to make sure that The Husband gets to use his present once in a while so he doesn't suspect that I really bought it for me.  Thanks for the push Charles.  We are going to end up with a practical ODK, garden AND new grill, thanks to your "bad" influence.  

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2 minutes ago, Pequod said:

The cat seems to be calling your bluff regarding whose grill this is.

That's a real compliment coming from you Pequod.  I know how much you dislike cats and am pleased that you recognise Sinbad's extrasensory powers.  

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That is totally awesome, you're going to love it. That would be considered a Santa Maria style Argentine  grill. The "v" grates and large turn wheel. I've heard mine called a "groucho" (sic?) style Argentine grill. Same basic grill but a different setup. 

 

You won't miss the firebox. I mostly build the fire direct under the grates and only use the side firebox on certain occasions. 

 

To be honest I totally love mine. Kamados do a good job on basically every type of cook. Argentine style grills (burning logs) do an exceptional job on certain cooks. I doubt I'll ever cook a big steak on anything but my NuKe Delta grill from here out. 

If I would have known how much I love Argentine style grills I would have spent a bit more money on a better one. Like one with that awesome rotisserie option B)

 

Can't wait to see the ODK come together and that new grill fired up. 

 

 

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Has all the bells and whistles and some custom cabinetry ta boot. Your husband is a luck fellow, don't be so sure the spatula and tongs come back your way. A  little birdy told me that Konro was getting old and you just had to super size.

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I want one Tekobo.

I'd call that a parrilla grill and was planning something like this in my back yard reno.

That design looks similar to the Kalamazoo. 

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It's going to be ages before I/we can try out the grill but I can't sleep.  Too excited.  

1 hour ago, ckreef said:

That is totally awesome, you're going to love it

Yes it is awesome and I love it already.  I was playing with the wheel earlier and the cog system for locking and unlocking the chain is just so robust and elegant.  It would be impossible to be as over the top engineered as a KK but it comes a satisfying second.  

1 hour ago, ckreef said:

You won't miss the firebox. I mostly build the fire direct under the grates and only use the side firebox on certain occasions. 

Glad to hear it.  I wondered about not having a firebox.  We are not planning to use wood. Is that sacrilege?  The Husband thinks charcoal will be fine and I have bought a range of interesting "single varietal" charcoals to try out in this grill.  

1 hour ago, ckreef said:

If I would have known how much I love Argentine style grills I would have spent a bit more money on a better one. Like one with that awesome rotisserie option B)

Our first Argentinian grill was a rust bucket but it did teach us that we like this style of grilling.  That made this purchase a no-brainer and I'm guessing you may well upgrade sometime in the future.  

These guys sell some really high end grills for restaurants.  We went for their absolutely basic off the peg standard grill, the classic ox: https://www.oxgrills.co.uk/bespoke-grills.  We then went to their instagram feed and picked out some features that we liked.  The rack over the top creates opportunities for hanging food over the fire, the legs that raise the grill off the deck helped solve our problem about potentially overheating the work surface and raising the grill above the deck means we can warm plates and store platters directly under the grill.  The rotisserie option means I can try cooking a suckling pig sometime soon.   I am very happy with the "bells and whistles".

50 minutes ago, Tyrus said:

A  little birdy told me that Konro was getting old and you just had to super size.

Naaa.  I still love the Konro and have a place for in the new ODK.  

50 minutes ago, Basher said:

I want one Tekobo.

Drool over these: https://www.oxgrills.co.uk/copy-of-about.  

I should probably go to bed now but I think I might just sneak downstairs to play with The Husband's new grill.  

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It is sitting on gorgeous piece of furniture befitting the grill’s quality. Your 80 year old is doing great work. I love the pinned mortis and tenon joints.

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6 minutes ago, jonj said:

It is sitting on gorgeous piece of furniture befitting the grill’s quality. Your 80 year old is doing great work. I love the pinned mortis and tenon joints.

Yeah, John the carpenter is great.  He does it for a hobby and is always super excited when we have a new project for him.  We learned not to mention anything casually to him because, literally, ten minutes later he would be at the door waiting to measure up!

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tekobo, the whole setup is stunning and it is going to be a huge amount of fun to cook on it and just the thoughts of a cook is making my mouth water. :smt060:wynar:

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Charcoal will work fine. What you miss with charcoal is that campfire wood smoked flavor. It is definitely a different flavor profile compared to charcoal and even charcoal with wood chunks. 

 

In the states they sell bags of mini hardwood splits. Lots of different varieties to choose from. If you can find something similar buy it so you can compare flavor profiles. 

 

 

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Looks awesome I miss my asado getting my butcher to cut the ribs winding up and down it is a raw fun way to cook

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8 hours ago, ckreef said:

In the states they sell bags of mini hardwood splits. Lots of different varieties to choose from. If you can find something similar buy it so you can compare flavor profiles. 

Now, there's an idea.  I could probably buy some hardwood mini logs to match the charcoal and use the wood as an extra layer of the same flavour without relying on the wood to do the heating.  

2 hours ago, Aussie Ora said:

Looks awesome I miss my asado getting my butcher to cut the ribs winding up and down it is a raw fun way to cook

I am not a fan of massive beef ribs but you have reminded me of the asado de tira cut that the Brazilians have.  Nice.  Will have to see how/if I can get hold of some to try out on the grill.

6 hours ago, MacKenzie said:

and Sinbad knows you are talking about him. :) 

He is easily bribed with dried chicken chunks.  We call it kitty crack around here.  

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