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Old 05-06-2017, 11:11 AM   #41
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And on what Med nentioned, you'll definitely need some nd of heat sinking/protection for guests' legs.
Thanks, I already addressed that earlier. I'm using some expanded metal as a surround at the bottom of the grill.
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Old 05-06-2017, 05:52 PM   #42
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What is expanded metal?
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Old 05-07-2017, 11:50 AM   #44
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We had some rain yesterday so I worked on the project under our covered patio.

Almost done, more pics...
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Really looking good...
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Really looking good...
Ditto! Can't wait to see it in use!
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Old 05-07-2017, 06:21 PM   #47
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I will fire it up tonight. I have a small ribeye roast that I will trim down to bite size slices. Some shiitake and nasubi on the grill as well.
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And a successful even was had by all!!! Wish I had been there with you. The food must have been done to perfection. Not an empty plate to be seen. Congratulations for a job well done.
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Old 05-08-2017, 11:52 AM   #51
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Thanks!

Some observations from last night's test run:

It was a calm night so the little smoke we had was never a problem. The cuts of meat I used last night were not marinated so they did not produce as much smoke. We used a dipping sauce.
The bronze paint on the collar held up well, although it got a little tacky initially, it seemed well baked and cured by morning.
It was a cool evening and we were in shorts. The heat from the bottom of the grill kept our legs nice and warm. This may be a problem on warmer nights. I might rig up some kind of a heat shield or experiment by placing an oversized steel bowl beneath the SJ.
There was not a hint of heat transfer to the table. (except for only a 1-inch perimeter around the grill which only got warm to the touch)

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Yet another great job RF!!

I wish you'd dig out all the project pictures of your many cooking masterpieces for your yard, starting with that fabulous pizza oven you made many years ago!! I know the new folks here would love to see them.
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Yet another great job RF!!

A wrought iron table with a BBQ in the middle. OK. Lean over?
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Nice work, RF. Seeing it in use is the final hurdle.
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Very cool!
The table is much larger than I pictured it.

I guess you'll really have to have manners and ask for things to be passed around rather than have a boarding house reach.

I wonder if there's room to put some kind of ring shaped turntable around the grill?
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Thanks for the comments and the safety concerns.

A patio table like that, by design, is somewhat wobbly. I wish it had legs mounted near the outer perimeter of the table which can eliminate a lot of safety issues by making it more stable and pretty much rock solid, and no chance of a tip over, should someone lean their weight on the edge of the table. Having said that, I intend to build a simple four-legged, square table frame where this tabletop can be placed on. I will get rid of the stock decorative legs.

With 4 people gathered at the table passing dishes around to one another can be a bit of a hassle, but this is also true at most any Korean BBQ restaurants if you have a bunch of people sitting around the grill. Having only 2 people at the table would be most ideal.
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Thanks for the comments and the safety concerns.

A patio table like that, by design, is somewhat wobbly. I wish it had legs mounted near the outer perimeter of the table which can eliminate a lot of safety issues by making it more stable and pretty much rock solid, and no chance of a tip over, should someone lean their weight on the edge of the table. Having said that, I intend to build a simple four-legged, square table frame where this tabletop can be placed on. I will get rid of the stock decorative legs.

With 4 people gathered at the table passing dishes around to one another can be a bit of a hassle, but this is also true at most any Korean BBQ restaurants if you have a bunch of people sitting around the grill. Having only 2 people at the table would be most ideal.
Excellent safety idea...
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I believe that with more stability built in, you could make that setup into a profitable side business. Nice job. That's quite a skill you have.

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Thank you!

But in the meantime I got a new cast iron grate for the Smokey Joe.
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