Recent content by jark87

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    Considering SWG -- Horror Stories-- Advice?

    While I understand the cost comparison, the convenience factor is the biggest advantage, at least for me. I check chlorine levels frequently during the summer, but they’re almost always the same. I love being able to leave on a multi-week trip and not worry about coming home to an algae...
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    Southern Snow

    Lowest temp was -4° and we didn’t get to 20° for several days. Power cycled off and on roughly every hour for 3 days, but no extended outages. Somehow, everything seems to have survived. I covered my equipment with 2 tarp layers, hoping to trap some heat generated by the pump motor. I haven’t...
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    Official 2021 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    Ah, Gibson’s, one of my favorite Chicago eateries, along with the Cherry Circle Room, where they make the best table side Old Fashioneds! Glad to see that you got the SnS fired up even during winter!
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    Frozen Pool Pics 🥶

    Since we don’t normally have a need to winterize our pool, I put 2 tarps over all of my equipment to hopefully trap whatever heat the motor generates. So far, all plumbing is intact. Temp was -2° this morning and hasn’t hit 20° in a couple of days. Power has been cycling off/on ever 30 minutes...
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    Frozen Pool Pics 🥶

    Not sure what to make of these...
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    Please help: Building a Spa any suggestions for a better spa experience?

    While we enjoy our spa when we use it, the reality is that usage is rare for us. As someone noted above, our built-in spa isn’t the most comfortable thing to lounge around in. Not that it’s horrible - I just grow tired of it after about 15 or 20 minutes and it takes that long just to heat it up...
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    Official 2021 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    I keep recipes for rubs and bastes/spritzers, but no logs about the cooks themselves. I think most of the “pros” do, though. I’ve had the same thing occur as you mentioned above, where I used the same recipe, but had significant difference in the result. There are so many variables, including...
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    Official 2021 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    Pretty interesting dish. Your pics look better than the ones from Thermoworks. 😀
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    Pool Landscaping Forum

    Good idea! We’ve been through a few different landscaping re-dos, so I suspect you’ll find interest in the topic. One thing I’ll add, which is a little off-topic but related, is the use of misters to cool down pool water. Lots of people try them and some have success. I was able to cool my water...
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    New Pool in Austin!

    Congrats - all looks great! We don’t have a step in our spa, so I don’t know if it would helpful or not. Our “half in, half out” people just sit on the edge of the spa. They do the same thing around the pool, even though there is a tanning ledge. 🙂
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    Official 2021 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    Check out Meathead’s Memphis Dust on amazing ribs.com. I add jalapeño powder for an extra kick and it’s by far the best baby back rib rub I’ve ever tried!
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    Official 2021 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    I wish I had discovered the SnS earlier. With it, the Kettle has become my favorite smoker! It’s also really useful for isolating separate zones - way better than just piling coals at one end of the grill. And I can get 700° on my pizza stone/oven accessory!
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    Just got a pellet grill - looking for grilling and smoking suggestions

    I have a stick burner but rarely use it. Ribs and poultry go on the Pit Barrel and everything else goes on the Kettle/SnS. The only time I fire up the stick burner these days is when I’m cooking several briskets or turkeys and need the space. Otherwise, it’s just too much work with no...
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    Just got a pellet grill - looking for grilling and smoking suggestions

    I always start brisket early in the a.m., usually by 6. It can rest for several hours in a cooler, so I’d rather it come off the smoker early than late. Harry Soo also has several YouTube videos on cooking brisket fast. I’ve never tried his techniques, although my Pit Barrel Cooker does the job...
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    Just got a pellet grill - looking for grilling and smoking suggestions

    Do you have the COVID? I had it and also had my taste buds deactivated for a few days. If you do have it, I hope it’s mild and you get your taste back soon!