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Sweet and Spicy Wings

Sweet and Spicy Wings

When it comes to dinner sweet and spicy wings are usually requested; however, I prefer to make these every so often. Anytime I host an party or attend one these wings are always a party hit. I do love my weber!

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New Stainless Steel Chimney Cap from EggWare

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I received my new Stainless Steel chimney from Matt at EggWare.net the other day. If you own a Primo Oval XL and have fallen victim to the factory chimney closing on you when you lift open the lid, then this replacement chimney from EggWare is the answer! It came with a felt gasket to help it fit nice and snug on kamado smokers and grills like the Big Green Egg and Primo. EggWare also sells replacement gaskets should you need one. The fact that the top of the chimney comes off with ease is a major plus as it helps the temperature rise very quickly. Plus the shape of the chimney lid helps prevent water and/or snow from entering the grill when it rains or snows and that’s another win! I live in Arizona so I won’t have to worry about snow but we do get some showers and now I no longer have to worry about that.

020066163563The first thing I did was run over to Lowe’s and picked up one 12 oz can of Rust-Oleum Specialty Semi-Gloss High Heat Ultra paint for $7.29, which will provide a great sheen and protection for my new investment. Here’s the label information in case you’re interested. Before I got to painting I washed and dried my new chimney. Then I tossed on some latex gloves to prevent from transferring any oils from my fingers on to the surface of the chimney. Then I applied the first coat. Since the paint was freshly applied I had to let it dry for an hour before I could apply a second coat. Once the second coat dries I will let it sit for a few days before I attach it to the XL and cure it. I am extremely excited and cannot wait to start using this new chimney. My days of having to re-adjust after every lid opening are now a thing of the past! I’ll post a follow up once I get this new awesomeness attached and cooking (literally!).

Happy Grilling!

Updated 2013-07-14

Well it looks like I don’t have to let it sit for a few days according to the label information.

7-14-2013 8-59-10 AM

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Hickory Smoked Chicken

Hickory Smoked Chicken

I decided to brine some chicken and test the smoking capability of my weber kettle and I was impressed. The end results: beautifully colored, crispy skin, juicy, tender and flavorful.

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Project: Wood Table For My Primo

Well I have been using my steel frame table for over a year now and since we have moved into our new home I feel it is time to construct my very own custom table. I need something practical, sturdy, movable and offer just a enough table top surface for my trays while grilling and some storage for my grill accessories. So I had been working on design concepts for sometime now and I completed one which offers all of the above. I still need to add the caster wheels to the left side legs which will make it easy to move. Here is my concept which you can download from Google Sketchup and add your own customization’s.

Primo Table Version 2-001

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Project Drum Smoker or Barrel Grill

Many topics and subjects have crossed my mind in regards to starting a new project over the recent weeks. One in particular is learning how to weld. I did some research (not extensive) about welding and MIG or TIG Welding appear ideal for relatively thin metals. In addition I stumbled upon a post or ad on CraigsList.org that was selling 55ga (open head seamless) drums for $15 a piece.

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As you can tell by the photo above I purchased four drums. In addition I did some research on drum smokers and barrel grills and ended up purchasing a 4-1/2″ 6amp angle grinder which I will be using to cut these. I’ve been drawing up designs, making adjustments, designing the charcoal baskets and working on a wok concept. Since I don’t have any welding skills or welding equipment my designs are completely nuts and bolt based.

A few of my ideas will require trips to the scrap yard but I will refrain from cutting up the barrels until I am completely confident in my concept which includes a frame with locking casters. Hopefully in the weeks to come I will write posts on my progress followed up with a complete start to finish summation.

In the event you need specs I found the following chart on (UnitechOfAlaska.com)

I called around to get pricing on sandblasting and most charge by total area. So here is my quick calc of what a 55ga Drum that is 22.5″ by 33″.

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Steel Frame Table for Primo Oval XL

I was fortunate enough to pick up a Primo Oval XL at a bargain of a price. Like many product specific accessories things can get pricy very quickly and purchasing a grill table specific for the Primo Oval XL was no different. Seeing that I was somewhat successful at piecing together a quick grill I figured I could brain storm a bit and design something myself.

Like before I had several concepts and decided to scout around to get further ideas for an all wood setup. Definitely glad that I did. Wondering through the isles of Lowe’s I stumble upon some steel frames (72″ H x 0″ W x 30″ D) and beams (48″ L). So I purchased two of the steel frames and six of the steel beams. They must have been on sale because at check-out the total cost for eight pieces was $40.79

I did notice that the steel frame looks slightly different from the photo they have on their website, not exactly sure but the part number matches.

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