Took the plunge last weekend and the Primo XL400 was delivered on Wednesday. On Monday/Tuesday I had to figure out something to sit it on, get materials and install. Check the pics.
I used HEBEL (low density concrete) block to build a low plinth then covered with a Dulux sand/paste-like coating. Looks acceptable. With some stone sheets on top the Primo sits regally on its little throne.
Grilled a couple of steaks on Wednesday night - very good result, but today (Friday) I put the Primo to more of a test - a five-hour slow cook of (St Louis style) pork ribs from Costco.
These were really thick and meaty ribs and deserved suitably attentive cooking. Picture is at the pre-baste stage - they ended up deep red-brown and sticky.....very moist and delicious.
The ribs were a household winner but the thing which was most impressive was the temperature control. I took plenty of time with the setting of temps, but the Primo excelled. I started off with an hour at 225degF (107degC) which helped me figure out the sensitivity of the control. I then moved it to 250degF (took 15-20mins to achieve) which held rock solid for 3 hours without adjustment, based on my digital probe.
Here are the settings for the super-steady 250degF cook.
Note: I was using Qld hardwood charcoal.
I followed the cooking mode of the Primo guy on YouTube. No foil-wrap, just a slosh of sauce/baste for the last hour when all vents are closed. After 45 mins the temp had only declined to 215degF, but I pulled the ribs off anyway to keep the hoard at bay.
A major success and a real confidence build concerning controllability for the planned 8-12hour brisket smoke.