Every time he talks about gadgets and why such and such type is better than the others, I have to go out and buy it. I feel like such a tool, but it is very frustrating, because he is always fucking right.
Then, I'm like..God damn, I can't believe I was using that piece of crap for all these years. throws old gadget in the trash
Some of the things I've bought solely because of AB:
extra wide skewers
extra wide meat mallet
toaster with double length slots
cast iron dutch oven
various disposable pans and items from the hardware store to create homemade devices
..there's other things I'm forgetting, but you get the point. Does anyone else have this sickness?
I've found that amazon.com has most of the shit I need. Regular housewares stores often don't have the stuff I'm looking for.
As a side note, my coworker is going to make the terra cotta smoker this weekend.
CW, since I know you're reading this, I remember, once before, you saying that the electric burner gets fucked up from all the residue. However, I found a website with the solution. This guy basically cracked open the burner, removed all the electronics, ran high temp wires from the burner assembly to outside the pot and mounted the electronics in a plastic project box (RadioShack, so the thermistor, potentiometer, etc., are external to the smoker. Seems to me that would work pretty well, though you might have to clean the burner itself from time to time.
He's going to try that too, so we'll see how it goes. He lives in an apartment, so we're trying to figure out the most covert way possible to do this, lol. He has a fireplace too, so we may try to run some dryer hose or something from the exhaust vent to the chimney.