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  1. You were amongst the best.. Sure wish you'd stop in sometime. mikey

  2. takeahike66

    Masterbuilt Smoker Modification

    If I do the mod, the vent pipe, It's not because of the flame blowing out, I have the electric. It is to raise the smoke exhast a little higher above my head and to put a tent cap on to prevent rain from entering the smoker. I would leave the MES vent adjustment where it is and make allowance for it when building the pipe mount. Hike
  3. That is the difficult part. How did you fill the old orifices with brass?? With a hand touch and a brass rod????? HIke
  4. Hike is without a doubt one of the most valuable, loyal and dedicated members of these forums, and I attribute much of the popularity of the Source to his level of skill and expertise!

  5. It is more difficult, unless that particular grill has a conversion kit specifically made for it. Main reason is that you have to reduce all the orificies, and it is very difficult to find blank or lp orificies that will fit all your valves. The difficulty is in identifying the thread size of the original orifical in order to order replacement orifices. Vendor CS sales replacement valves not replacement orificices. Sometimes the valves may have to be replaced also. which makes it an expensive conversion. Also one mistake in drilling a hole too large is that you cannot reduce it. Hike
  6. EricD has been truely missed on this forum. I hope things are going well with him and his family.

  7. One of the best writers on the forum, His willingness to try new things and expose us to his new adventures on the grill.

  8. a source of infinite knowledge on some of the most asoteric aspects of grilling LOL. An invaluable members with a willingness to help

  9. A great teacher on how to improve our grilling skills and enhance the flavor of our creations. I really enjoy your photos and posts

  10. takeahike66

    osmosis with steaks

    I like the added link to the shoe-string potatoes to go with the Steak. I will try this with my next steak. I do salt heavy with salt and pepper for about 30 minutes prior to grilling, I 've never trying rinsing them off and patting them dry first. So it worth a try. Thanks, Hike
  11. Great person and asset to the BBQ Source Forum! Top Notch!

  12. takeahike66

    Important points on how to grill better

    you are absolute right, Cleaning and protecting the grill is important for the next grilling session. The good women needs the exercise, why sleep, when you have the opportunity to take a midnight walk and cover the grill. Doesn't she want it to look shinny for the next outing with good friends.
  13. Since we have a lot of Newbie asking advice on grilling, I thought I leave this little tibit about how to grill, get your wife involve, and learn to do things together. Also at the end, It warn about the danger of grilling. After the long months of cold and winter, we will soon be coming up to summer and BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking as it's the only type of cooking a real man will do, probably because there is an element of danger involved. When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion: Routine... 1) The woman buys the food. 2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert. 3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - beer in hand. Here comes the important part: 4) THE MAN PLACES THE MEAT ON THE GRILL. More routine.... 5) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery. 6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation. Important again: 7) THE MAN TAKES THE MEAT OFF THE GRILL AND HANDS IT TO THE WOMAN. More routine..... 8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces and brings them to the table. 9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes. And most important of all: 10) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts. 11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed "her night off." And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women.... WATCH OUt FOR POINT NUMBER 11 - Don't press the issue!!!!!
  14. Thanks for being a great West Coast grilling helper!

  15. takeahike66

    Sear Burner Drop-in Ready to Go!

    These are the best price I've seen so far. Remember these sear burners are totally enclosed and just need to be hook up to the gas. Here is a link to the manual for the NG model, It shows that it is a "True" sear burner. http://www.brinkmann.net/Docs/Pdf/814-6805-N.pdf These can be special order at HD. I searched HD and it pops up as an item you can purchase from them.