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Dark Sky - New & Improved

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I’m going to take a break from writing about the Big Green Egg to write a follow-up blog entry about a great iPhone/iPad app called Dark Skies. It is now at Version 2 and has added a great new feature. When I first wrote about this app I had only owned it for a short time. Now that I’ve used it throughout the summer, I can tell you how it has performed over time. If you haven’t heard about the app I suggest you read my first blog entry DARK SKIES - A COOL WEATHER APP and then come back here and read this article. Read More...
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EZ-Up, EZ-Down - Don't Try at Home

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Earlier this year in my blog entry: EZ-Up Version 2, I talked about how I had replaced my 6 year old Ez-Up shelter with a new model this past spring. Back then I noted they had changed the roof support system, I thought it might be done for value engineering purposes (a nice name for making the product less costly that sounds better than cheapening). I was wondering if the roof would hold up as long as the last one. It didn’t. I got 5 years out of the first shelter and I had to take down the second shelter after 3 months, before it came down itself and took my grills with it.

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Dark Sky - A COOL Weather App

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This blog post is about an amazing weather app for the iPhone, iPod + and iPad called Dark Sky. This amazing app was a Kickstarter project where normal people like you and me pledge money via a web site to help fund interesting projects. At first blush what this app does seems truly amazing, but when you think about it a little bit more it all makes sense. Dark Sky attempts to predict rain or snow for the next hour down to the minute. It is not a general purpose weather app with temperature, relative humidity, wind direction and all the other bells and whistles. Dark Sky is intended to supplement these full fledged weather apps and provide highly accurate information about what to expect in terms of precipitation in the next hour. Where our hobby involves cooking outdoors I think you’ll realize right away the value of knowing if and when it is going to rain or snow in the next hour. Read More...
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EZ-Up Version 2

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In October 2006, I bought my first EZ-Up portable shelter. It was a 10' x 10' (3m x 3m) model with a white roof and open sides. I did buy some side covers for it which I never ended up using. Each year the EZ-Up gets set up in April and comes down in early November. With this type of usage it lasted through the fall of 2011. When I took it down in the fall of 2011 one of the scissoring roof truss members broke at the joint and also tore a long hole in the tent material. This marked the end of the six year lifespan of my first EZ-Up. I spent the winter trying to decide what to do about a shelter for my grills. This blog is about my first EZ-Up and its replacement which is another EZ-Up which I just erected this weekend. I'll also discuss some of the other options that were available to me, and why I chose to stick with another EZ-Up.

At the time this was written, I expressed some concerns that the new design of this shelter, which omitted the trusses at the 4 roof ridges might not hold up as well as the older shelter that it was replacing. Sadly these fears were realized and the shelter didn’t last the summer. If you were considering following my lead here and using an EZ_UP shelter 24/7: DON”T. Please refer to my 08-18-12 blog entry: EZ_Up, EZ-Down-Don’t Try this at Home for further details.

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Welder's Blankets - Must Have Mod

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Most folks would agree the CG smoker is pretty dialed in to 225 degrees (110 C). They would also tell you that the cold weather makes you burn through a lot more fuel. Lastly they would all agree that the wind is the mortal enemy of the CG. A cold windy day can prevent you from reaching 225 (110 C) and it can knock your temps down 20 plus degrees (11 C) when the big wind gusts come. Yesterday I finally got to try out a potential solution to the wind and cold, and it worked amazingly well. That solution-a Welder’s Blanket is the subject of this blog entry. Read More...
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