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Follow Up II RE: Foul Up

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Back in April, yes I did say April, I reported issues with my Maverick ET-733 where are the indoor receiver unit was blowing through batteries in under 1 to 2 weeks. At the time Maverick sent me a replacement receiver which exhibited the same problem. Then they sent me a new transmitter unit, which seems counterintuitive, and did not solve the problem. At that point I sent this unit back and asked him not to send me another replacement until he had time to adequately test said replacement in house to make sure was working. I followed up in July and there was still no solution. Where I have to other Maverick thermometers I was able to get by. About two weeks ago I spoke to the folks at Maverick and they finally had a solution to this mystery. This blog entry will be a quick follow-up attempting to explain what was going on and the solution. Read More...
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Follow Up aka Foul Up

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Earlier this year I wrote blog entries on two different grilling related accessory products and gave them good reviews. These are not Big Green Egg specific products, but general grilling/smoking related products. Since that time both products have suffered problems and the book is out on whether these products will work out in the long run. The two products are the Looftlighter for lighting your charcoal and the newest version of the Maverick ET-73 series, the ET 733. I figured folks who may read the original reviews would be interested to know this additional information. Read More...
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The Island of Misfit Grill Toys

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I am taking a break from my 4 part blog entry entitled Getting Better All the Time to write this somewhat timely blog entry. It was prompted by a spring cleaning session out at my exterior grill cabinets & in my indoor grill closet. I was trying to make room for some of my newest Eggcessories and I decided to go through every drawer in both storage areas and get rid of items I no longer use. Some of these are items that do not fit or work with my Big Green Eggs. Others are items I bought and ended up not using, or I later found a better solution. I figured a blog entry where I listed these items and described why I no longer needed them or no longer could use them might be helpful to new or potential Big Green Egg owner’s. You can read my reasons and see if they make sense in your use case. It may also help you with a budget for the Eggcessories you want. BTW for those of you who did not get the reference in the title, it was from the 1964 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, an animated cartoon I saw as a youth. The Island of Misfit Toys was where you sent toys you no longer wanted or used. Read More...
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Getting Better All The Time - Pt. 1

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Recently I have been on quite the roll, and I don't mean the larger than normal amount of rolls that I have been baking. What I am referring to is I have been on a streak where I am turning out some of the best foods I've grilled smoked or baked. It isn't just me saying this. The folks I have been serving this food too are the ones who keep saying this too, and it is nearly unanimous. My Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years & Easter dinners have gotten rave reviews. Same with many of the normal meals in between the holidays. I have begun to feel embarrassed as I post the picture entries here and keep saying: "My guests felt this was the best ______ I've ever made." Don't worry I have not become a legend in my own mind. But the food really has been getting better, despite some technical issues I was fighting for 3 months or so. I am my toughest critic most days, and even I have noticed a difference. This multi-part blog is my attempt to look at what has been going right and wrong, and share some of my thoughts in the hope of helping others. This entry will cover how to get started in this hobby and how to get yourself pointed in the right direction. Part 2 will cover Grills & Grilling and Part 3 will discuss Smokers & Smoking. The Final Part will cover some things I’ve learned about Baking on the Big Green Egg. Read More...
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FireWire Flexible Skewers - First Look

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I just tried out some new skewers, called FireWire skewers, on my Big Green Egg. To say I love them, would be an understatement. I can't believe it took me this long to get around to trying them. I really like kebabs and up until this point I hadn't been able to do many kebabs on my Big Green Egg. This dry spell ended last Friday night when I made my first batch of kebabs on the FireWire skewers. This entry will describe my initial experience and tell you a little more about these great skewers, if they've been off your radar screen too. Read More...
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