Hark Tri Fire - First test

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Narmnaleg
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Hark Tri Fire - First test

Post by Narmnaleg » Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:52 am

I recently added a Hark Tri Fire to the fleet. Yesterday it was tested for the first time (well, I actually cooked chicken on it after it was seasoned on Tuesday, but that doesn't count).

In the morning I arranged a test baffle/tuning setup in trying to spread the heat evenly. Not sure how even it is because I need to get more thermometers in there and I didn't have time or patience to do the toast test, but it seemed to do a reasonable job.

The setup is (left to right) a large paver as a baffle (resting on half a brick), followed by a grill tray I had lying around, followed by another paver.
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The idea was to try and get the heat moving toward the middle of the Q, and the last paver was just to create a heat sink to normalise the temp a bit on the far side of the Q.

This picture taken from the firebox is easier to see (paver on brick, followed by grill tray, and paver on the Q floor to absorb heat):
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I forgot to take pics of the food when it went in. I used 3 beef short ribs and 3 asian style (triangular) pork ribs. All I did was spread montreal steak seasoning on both and in they went at 1pm.

These photos were taken around 1.5 hours later:
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After approximately 2.5 hours:
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I foiled them after 3 hours (4pm). When foiling I added a splash of balsamic vinegar to the beef shorts and a splash of Stubbs signature sauce to the pork ribs.

I opened the foils and served the food at 6.30pm.

This was the finished result on the pork:
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This was the finished result on the beef:
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The beef shorts were some of the best I've ever done. The bones would slide out freely, but the meat texture and consistency were just the way my family and I like them.

The pork tasted great, but in hind sight I would not have foiled it for so long. It was a bit too "pulled pork" for ribs. They were falling apart and extremely tender... too tender for my liking. Ate too much of it anyway ;)

The Hark tri fire was fun to drive. Needs to be fed sticks regularly, but other than that was more straightforward than I thought. The temps stayed fairly consistent between 100c and 125c.


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Re: Hark Tri Fire - First test

Post by urbangriller » Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:55 am

Fab! Nice work.......stick burners are a heap of fun!

Chris
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Narmnaleg
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Re: Hark Tri Fire - First test

Post by Narmnaleg » Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:59 am

Thanks Chris, absolutely right. I had a heap of fun with it. I felt like I was feeding a small locomotive :lol: Chooo Chooooo! :lol:

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Re: Hark Tri Fire - First test

Post by titch » Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:18 am

Narmnaleg wrote:Thanks Chris, absolutely right. I had a heap of fun with it. I felt like I was feeding a small locomotive :lol: Chooo Chooooo! :lol:

That was my ex girlfriends nickname :shock:
Cheers
Titch

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Re: Hark Tri Fire - First test

Post by Narmnaleg » Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:39 am

titch wrote:
Narmnaleg wrote:Thanks Chris, absolutely right. I had a heap of fun with it. I felt like I was feeding a small locomotive :lol: Chooo Chooooo! :lol:

That was my ex girlfriends nickname :shock:
Locomotive or Chooo Chooooo? :o


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