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  1. KurtV

    Hurricane Advice needed!

    I think it's unlikey to rupture without storm surge and in that case it won't make a dime's worth of difference. Agree with the posts recommending high levels of chlorine.
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    Make your own charcoal Man does this look like fun.
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    True hamburgers

    Next time you make hamburgers try this. For each pound of lean to very lean ground beef between two and four ounces of ground pork; more for leaner beef and less for fattier beef. They'll still taste like hamburgers but more so. Most people don't detect a pork flavor but rave about these...
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    Brisket Rub

    3-4 Tablespoons sea salt or kosher salt (3 tablespoons if you have a heavy hand with the rub, 4 if you're reasonable) 2 Tablespoons back pepper (freshly coarsely ground is best) 2 Tablespoons brown or turbinado sugar (packed if it's brown sugar) 2 Tablespoons sweet and/or hot paprika (I like...
  5. KurtV

    Grill Dome?

    I resemble that remark about the PC pizza stone; my wife was not pleased. Terra Cotta planter saucers make great heat shields for ceramics. They can crack but usually not into pieces; more like a partial split. At 2 or 3 bucks apiece for a 16" one they're really hard to beat. You can also...
  6. KurtV

    The best way to setup the grill

    The cooking spray on the newspaper makes a big difference when using a chmney starter. I'd forgotten about MAPP torches; many serious BBQ people, especially ceramic owners, swear by those.
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    The best way to setup the grill

    If you read throuigh the Naked Whiz reviews you'll find that many brands of lump are actually rebranded Royal Oak or Cowboy. Sometimes you can find pretty good deals on those "off-brands."
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    **WIN a digital wireless, dual probe thermometer**

    That definitely does not count. Applying one of my first grade math lessons, barbecue and crock pot are mutually exclusive sets.
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    The best way to setup the grill

    I don't think lead has been used in newspaper ink in several years (though I'd probably forgo the glossy, colored pages). I've used the wood chip 'n' wax starters, the gels, the electrics, and every other type of charcoal staring method you can imagine and nothing beats a chimney and a single...
  10. KurtV

    One Darn Good Rub

    Start making your own rub and you'll soon turn up your nose at the prepared ones. Here's one I like that you can start with. Experiment from there (or someone else's homemade rub that sounds good) and you'll very quickly get better results than from any commercially prepared rub. 1 C...
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    Grill Dome?

    You can fit plenty on an 18 or 20 inch ceramic. Here's about 5 or 6 racks of ribs and a pork butt on one and I'd say you could get 2 more slabs and 2 more butts on there without a problem. I never soak my smoking wood on the ceramic. One fist-sized chunk typically lasts at least several...
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    Grill Dome?

    I'm sure you'll be happy with it (though probably not QUITE as happy as you'd have been with a Kamado). You'll have a great time learning to cook with a ceramic. Check out the Naked Whiz, Kamado's forum, and the Big Green Egg forum for a ton of information.
  13. KurtV

    Backyard Pools and Young Children

    Here's where I got those statistics. I found 2005/6 statistics on CDCs website. For the 1-4 age group in 2005 there were 493 deaths while in 2006 there were 2,376 near-drownings (2006 death statistics not available yet) Of the near drownings, 469 were treated and released (probably not too...
  14. KurtV

    Grill Dome?

    Kamado has a gas insert available. As a charcoal purist, it's not for me, but to each their own. Some of the others may have a similar option. With a Kamado (I'm sure it's the same with the other ceramics), I can be at a pretty steady 350-750+ F in 15 minutes. It takes me maybe 30 minutes...
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    Tasting Salt?

    The lower threshold for tasting salt is something like 250 ppm (though as Rangeball pointed out, not everyone or even many people can taste it at that level); it's not at all surprising that you can taste it at 2700+ ppm.
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    Grill Dome?

    I haven't had any come off after several years of sitting in the weather. I know they do sometimes pop off, but a little thinset and/or grout and about five minutes would take care of that.
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    Grill Dome?

    I have a Kamado (not Komodo Kamado) and it's great. I can't say it's better than a BGE or any of the others. My guess is the performance is very similar for all of them (Grill Dome, Kamado, Komodo Kamado, Primo, and probably another I'm forgetting). To me it came down to aesthetics. Big...
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    Backyard Pools and Young Children

    On main drains: The main issue is not so much that a piece of clothing or a finger will get stuck in the hole (though that may have been a problem before the anti-vortex covers with the small holes), but that someone on the bottom of the pool can cover the entire drain cover and thus be...
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    Jason and sks23cu have given the best answers: It's a matter of filtering the water enough to get the results you want (or to get the heating you want). I run my filter pump from 3 hours a day in the off-season up to about 6 hours a day in the summer. I also run it whenever someone is using...
  20. KurtV

    Concise comparison Sand vs DE??

    Here's a thread comparing filter types: filter-choices-t130.html.
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    Meeting Tomorrow With An SWG Guy

    I agree. I also think he's over the top on much of the environmental stuff. That said, I think he raises some important and useful issues/potential issues. Cheers.
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    Meeting Tomorrow With An SWG Guy

    I agree that, to his discredit, TPG conflates correlation and causation in that post. That of course doesn't invalidate everything he says anymore that the fact that you have a financial interest in minimizing SWG problems invalidates your views. I sincerely mean that, by the way; you fully...
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    Meeting Tomorrow With An SWG Guy

    There's a long thread here that has quite a bit of information about SWGs and corrosion; most of the corrosion stuff is towards the end but the whole thread is fairly entertaining. "The Pool Guy's" bog can be found here; he's very anti-salt and has some science and a good bit of anecdotal...
  24. KurtV

    Liquid Chlorine Banned at Texas Pool Stores?

    Home Depot and Lowes sometimes carry the 11% stuff here in Louisiana (where you also can't buy liquid chlorine for pool chlorination). It's labeled for RV use; I assume that's why they can sell it.
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    Hickory Nut stains

    I get tons of acorn stains in my negative edge trough and, as Jason and Dave have said, chlorine will take care of them sooner or later.
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    Ben Powell and his "high pH pool" theory

    The "fair use doctrine" is applicable here. You always need to attribute properly (e.g. provide a link to the source); assuming you do that, it's almost certainly permissible to post excerpts of articles and forum posts on this and other forums.
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    UAW strike on GM!!

    I knew a guy back in the early 80s who worked for Fisher Body in Ohio. When they slowed down and needed to lay people off he, who had a great deal of seniority, could pick between being laid off at about 75% salary or continuing to work at 100%. Which do you think he chose? They aren't...
  28. KurtV

    Ktdave's finally showing off the petite oasis.

    Even low voltage?
  29. KurtV

    Unusual Chlorine Demand -- Peeing in the Pool

    What's with this 5 o'clock thing? In my line of work, we say once the sun is over the yardarm you're good to go.