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  1. Gas grills have their place, too! :)
  2. I have a KJ classic and like it - more for grilling than smoking, at least the longer smokes. I find it to be very good for smoking chicken, but much prefer our offset for PP, brisket, etc. The set-and-forget aspect is excellent, but the lack of airflow inherent to the design leaves a certain flavor to the food that's not present using offsets or pellet smokers. Truth is, all the types of cookers have their place (much like certain cigars are better in certain circumstances). Ceramic cookers are excellent due to their versatility and ease, but there's a trade-off in finished product (don't ge
  3. For financial and health reasons, I limit myself to 3-4 per week. Plus, my wife might kill me if I smoke more! 😁😠
  4. Looks to me that the wrapper is inside out.
  5. Use a straw to remove air if you don't have a vacuum sealer.
  6. Just had a 2019 Nudie Lancero. Excellent smoke - even better than I remembered. Though it appeared to have a hard spot that kinda concerned me, the construction proved perfect and it burned without touch up. As you might imagine, I'm going to be in on V2 - really curious to see how the blending will change. Very much enjoy the evolution in the 2019s. So now that I've offered such an incredible plug for the Nudies, does that mean I can get in on the 2020 testing "samples?"🤩😁
  7. Just curious to see if there's any update on the plans for the next iteration of Nudies. I think I recall @El Presidente mentioning something about smoking one, but may have been my imagination. Have been enjoying V1 thus far. Would love to hear what others think!
  8. I think it's cheap (free) insurance to freeze. Cigars can get "infected" after leaving the island, and I've not noticed any loss of flavor, etc. by doing so. I don't feel paranoid at all, just only see upside in doing so especially as new stock may not get smoked for a long time.
  9. I understand where you are coming from, but seems unfair to a retailer of specialty/luxury goods like cigars (in contrast to a grocer or retailer of essentials such as food or medicine) to limit the number of boxes one customer can purchase (I've never purchased more than one myself, maybe two). Why should the retailer suffer when "a dollar is a dollar." I think economists would argue the retailer, who is in business to generate a profit, is well positioned to increase prices to balance out supply and demand and maximize profits (note: I'm not actually suggesting this, and I'm also NOT an eco
  10. I'm not a flipper, but I am troubled by this stigma. Not sure how this differs from anything else in business. If there's a willing seller and a willing buyer, who loses?
  11. I agree with previous comments. If a buyer doesn't afford the seller an opportunity to inspect, it's pretty difficult to ask the seller to warrant the quality. I think the suggestion about a credit for the moldy cigars is an excellent option and generous of the retailer.
  12. I'm a big BRC fan, and completely agree with your sentiments!
  13. I have the standard Kamado Joe (18"), a BGE competitor, and a family of 5. It's certainly adequate in size. There are definitely times I've wished it were bigger, but extra size also comes with more weight, etc. In the end, I wouldn't have gone bigger. You can also get a second grate that's sits atop the first, though it's only really helpful for things that can be stacked (chicken parts, burgers, etc.). Hope that helps!

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