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Recent content by kevin james

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    Need some wood related help

    You and me both. I had never heard of it either until I was told that's what my backyard trees are LOL.
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    First packer brisket (with pics)

    Thanks for all the kind words guys! And no, I'm not beating myself up at all, as I'll take overly tender with great flavor, vs. under cooked & tough any day of the week! While it wasn't perfect, I was still really happy with it for being my very first attempt, and it will only improve from...
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    Need some wood related help

    Thanks for all the info guys, I greatly appreciate it. I'm going to check out one of the firewood places that's down the street in a little bit here and see if they have both red and white oak. I might buy a little bit just to test in my WSM (not for fuel, just one small split at a time on the...
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    First packer brisket (with pics)

    So late last week I was at Costco and saw a really nice 10 LB prime brisket for $33. I haven't attempted a brisket before because to be honest, it's just me and my GF, and I don't see too many available under 14 LB. Well, at 10 LB's and $33, I just couldn't pass this one up. I trimmed it up...
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    Need some wood related help

    So, I've decided that next year I want to by my first offset stick burner, and I'm in the research process at the moment. Aside from deciding on the smoker itself (which I think I already have... a Kat Smokers 36x20 or 48x20 reverse flow, which is built just down the road from me in Modesto, CA...
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    1st & 2nd smoke on the new WSM 22.5

    Thanks for the kind words guys, and yes, learning a new smoker is fun!!!
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    1st & 2nd smoke on the new WSM 22.5

    Fired up the new WSM for the first time Saturday morning. I bought a 3 pack of ST Luis Cut spare ribs and also a pork tenderloin Friday night and got everything rubbed down and prepped first thing Saturday morning while the smoker was coming up to temp. Unfortunately, the temp way overshot my...
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    New smoker on the way!

    Well, the replacement lid arrived, and while the finish is perfect, it is still slightly out of round, measuring 23: from back to front (seam side to door side) and 22 3/4" the other way. The lid fits, but needs to be gently nudged into position. I am beginning to wonder if that is just how they...
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    New smoker on the way!

    Northern CA Gathering? Yeah, that definitely sounds like something I'm interested in :emoji_thumbsup:
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    New smoker on the way!

    Update - I just got the email notification that the new mid section has shipped, and I have to say I am blown away. Scheduled delivery is Friday Oct 18th by 8:00PM. That's tomorrow! Not only did they take care of it and agree to ship a replacement, they shipped it out before the end of the same...
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    New smoker on the way!

    I'm honestly not sure what I'm going to do with the damaged one yet. Ultimately, time will tell, but at least for now it will sit in my garage.
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    New smoker on the way!

    So I heard back from Weber and I'm happy to say that they stepped up and are sending me a new mid section so I won't have to deal with Amazon. Now I'm just hoping it gets here quickly and that the replacement is not damaged in shipping. They did not mention anything about needing to return the...
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    New smoker on the way!

    That's a good point. I still need to wait for Weber's response, but If they force me to go back to Amazon, I will try doing it that way.
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    New smoker on the way!

    Who knows. I had this happen several years ago when I ordered my MES 30 and it came damaged. They sent me an RMA number, I had to ship it back, then once they got it back they sent the replacement, which was also damaged and I had to go through it all again. I'm assuming I will have to deal with...
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    New smoker on the way!

    Well the smoker came and was assembled last night. I am super annoyed and disappointed as there is damage to the top of the mid section in the porcelain finish and it is out of round causing the lid to not fit correctly. I called Weber this morning and they wanted pictures of the damaged...
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