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  1. I know that's awful, but from a certain perspective that's amazing too. Only in Cuba could you do that and not lose your job.
  2. Hell of a race. Too bad Bottas retired due to a grenaded cylinder. Nice to see Alonso made it to q3 and finished the race. Feel so bad for MAgnusson, he should have scored points.
  3. I've been meaning to write about this for awhile but I wanted to get a few cooks under my built before ranting about how awesome this piece of tech is. The Flame Boss 300 is a temperature controller for a smoker. Basically it comes with a fan that you hook up to the lower vent and 2 thermometers. One of which clips to the grate and the other gets shoved into the meat (you can buy y adapters and monitor up to 3 meat temps at the same time). The main controller is the brains and based on the temperature it's getting at the grate tells the fan to blow in air to maintain the temperature you want. It isn't cheap ($330US), but the plus side is you can maintain a set temperature throughout the life of the cook. There is less likelihood of major temperature swings. This is advantageous because when you drop big money on lamb or brisket you want to be able to cook the meat consistently and not end up with waste time, money and food. So the picture below shows the brains of this operation. You can cycle through the menus and do this or that to it, but I've found that it's just easier to control everything through their web page. It does need to be connected to AC power so eventually I'm going to have to MacGuyver a weather proof container for this thing. For now I'm only using it when it's not going to rain. The fan is held in place by gravity through an adapter you slide around the bottom vent. Unlike several other temperature controllers, this is a variable speed fan. So when the brain tells it to blow air in at 37%, it can do just that. Other controllers' fans are basically on or off, so they can at times blow more air into the fire pit than is needed. This is one of the reasons why I wound up choosing this product as it's much more precise than others. They do have adapters for other types of smokers as well. Since I have a kamado this is the one i needed. And here are a couple pictures of the full setup. Hooking it up to my wifi network at home took about 3 minutes, something other controllers isn't nearly as easy, and then it takes another minute to register your controller at their website. If i wanted too I could get a fire started before work, control it on my phone through their website and then have something tasty when I get home. I won't be doing that because I'd rather be at home when there's a fire (controlled as it may be). But you can manage the controller anywhere you have internet access. This is another benefit that this controller has over the others, you don't need to setup port forwarding (which isn't hard but can be tricky). And this is the screen you get when you log in. I'm an analyst by trade so I geeked out so much over seeing this lol. The blue line is my set temperature, red line is the bit temp, green line is the % the fan is running and orange is the meat temp. I learned that I let the pit get up to 150 or so before hooking this stuff up. I believe this is an image from one of my first cooks using it. Once it gets to temp it stays +/- 1 degree. It can also detect when the lid is open. When that happens you can set a delay on it to not blow air in for a period of x minutes (my setup is 3 minutes). THis prevents the fire pit from getting to hot. But I love this thing. It's sped up my beer can chicken cook by over an hour, probably speed up the pork butt cook time by 2 hours (testing that now as we speak) and all told the meat I'm smoking and grilling has come off the grill more moist and flavorful. Here's the pork butt I'm doing today.
  4. I always wait 3-4 weeks minimum before trying one. Ideally I wait 3+ months, though to be fair they should fully acclimated to your humidor by the 8 week mark. Let them acclimate to your humidor before trying one. I'd rather enjoy the cigar then rush to have one and let down by its performance/flavors.
  5. I'll echo John's statement with the 2015 LEs. The RACA was amazingly powerful and flavorful. Not at all ready to smoke yet but so much potential. The Magnum 56, and I remain that it is a stupid stupid cigar, is fantastic.
  6. Daft punk or something from the 80s. Just got home from guardians of the Galaxy 2 so that soundtrack put me in the mood for something classic lol.
  7. Siglo 3 Monte 1 Fonseca 1 Vegueros entretiempos or Quintero Favorito (don't judge, they may be cheap but I like them lol)
  8. SCDH El Morro 58 RG x 5.5" Cohiba. Priced at starting at $675 US dollars bc reasons.
  9. Sauber might have gotten a better financial deal with the engines too. Plus with 2 teams (assuming McLaren doesn't jump to Mercedes--something I'd do in a heartbeat) and a year of development this year you have to assume the engine is better and more reliable next year. Ultimately I think Honda only powering the one team is what set them behind the 8 ball compared to their peers. But man o man is that one woeful engine this year.
  10. Great race. Well done to Valtteri. If Alonso's car didn't give up it's ghost at the start of the race, I think Vettel wins because I don't think he could have held off Vettel for one more lap.
  11. Vikings have done well so far. Just hope we can have a decent o line, which was god awful last year
  12. After work tomorrow I'm going to break in my new Flame Boss 300 for my kamado. Figured it was high time to get a temperature controller for the smoker, should make for more consistent smokes and make me more comfortable shelling out chunks of change for briskets this summer. Saturday is gun therapy in the morning then relaxing. Hopefully the temp warms up Sunday so I can enjoy a few cigars.
  13. Fonseca #1 and mag46 come to mind
  14. Oh hell, I wouldn't want to get hit with a 22 lol. My big boomers are some 357s. Fun guns. The rat bastard (brother) goes out and shoots 3 under today. Ah well, gorgeous day to golf. Now to have lunch, drive home and do nothing lol.

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