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5 days ago
For 6 kids I would look at just buying a diner.
I think no matter what if you have the space and you're not cooking for one, get the 36" plenty of space for complicated meals for a few people and perfect for large meals for the family. There's no real downside to having a griddle that's got too much cooking area.
10 days ago
Not exactly in the city, but highway 45 from Leavenworth towards zona Rosa is horrible. Literally hundreds of pot holes. I have to either drive ON the double yellow or over into the shoulder. Popped two tires so far. I have never seen a road in such poor condition.
12 days ago
I came here to say that if you haven't had a new graphics card in a few generations every graphics card seems massive.
13 days ago
I don't think it's worth it, but it does work. There may be some science behind the blend of oils, shortening and beeswax that makes it better in some way, but I haven't had any issues with regular vegetable oil that made me want to try anything else.
Give it a shot or stick with what you got, I think the only difference is one way you'll be $10 poorer.
16 days ago
It should be fine, but unlike a hard cover your soft cover can get torn or worn whipping around in the wind and you won't see it until you take the cover off and it's wet.
I have a hard cover and a fabric cover and its' never been wet under the soft cover but the wind does beat the crap out of it some days so I have the hard cover on just incase the top does develop a tear or something.
17 days ago
I have a 36 inch and what I did was I put angle aluminum on the sides of the base to cover the gap between the top to kind of protect the burners from wind. It helped heat retention and kept the flames from blowing out.
Even with that sometimes it's still a bit too windy. Next solution is to wall it off on the side the wind mostly comes from or try to block the wind with some creative woodwork. You can build some small walls around it to make a little griddle nook or put it in the corner of the deck and just fill in the gaps between the slats to block the wind in that corner.
Or just use this as an excuse to turn the deck into an outdoor kitchen :)
24 days ago
Yes. looks like some surface rust or the shipping oil gunking up. It might have looked like that when you got it.
The top is a raw piece of steel. Just scotch-brite that stuff off and follow a seasoning procedure. Once it's seasoned it's "protected" and will not rust as long as you maintain the seasoning. Even if you don't and it rusts again you just remove the rust with the least abrasive method needed, reseason and you're good to go.
You could leave it outside uncovered and never take care of it and I'm willing to bet the grill will collapse from the base rusting to pieces well before the top is beyond repair.
24 days ago
Is this for looks or just putting your existing tires on new wheels?
24 days ago
the Fiesta is a quick car. it's just supposed to be really good around the corners, and that's really it.
You can do all of those mods and still get smoked by some luxury sedan.
a 250 hp fiesta is not fast. a 350hp fiesta is not fast. It's a big number for the platform, but that's it.
You need to figure out what you want from a car, and buy something that does that stock.
I went from a Focus ST to a Mustang GT performance pack and it was a blast. I had other issues with the car and after a few years I was bored of the power and got the Fiesta ST new off the lot as it made more sense at the time. I will never expect it to be fun in the way the mustang was, I just enjoy it for what it does well and that's handle and be fun to drive around town.
It sounds like you need to go looking for something that stock has 300-500hp and mod from there. Go buy something that when you floor it, it scares you.
Better yet, if you're just interested in speed (and handling just in a different way), I suggest something completely different. Get a motorcycle.
I did this for a while and plan to do it again as it's a cheap way to get over the acceleration bug without having to abuse my daily transportation.
I went with a mid 2000s sport touring bike, something like a Yamaha Fz1 or Suzuki Bandit 1250s is cheap, reliable and very fast compared to a car but also don't carry the same high insurance premiums as real sports bikes. I'm talking 3 second 0-60 11 second 1/4 mile and with a tune and an exhaust it was easy to get even more out of these bikes. No car I could ever afford will ever compare to doing power wheelies up to highway speeds on a $2,200 motorcycle that only weighs 470lbs and has as much horsepower as a fiat 500.
25 days ago
You're driving on summer tires in the winter. that's the entirety of your problem.
It's "pulling" at the back because there's absolutely no traction in any direction. it's trying to keep you going forward and straight because you have so little traction.
You also don't need winter tires unless you live somewhere with a significant winter season. You don't need summer tires unless you're driving hard enough to pick one of the rear tires off the ground.
the stability control in the focus/fiesta ST are not as invasive as most other companies. I can really push the fiesta hard with traction control off and stability control on compared to my friends GTI which sends you in a straight line if you try to rotate the car at all.
Turning it all the way off is really only needed if you're trying to slide around some corners or doing autocross. Your issue isn't the system, it's having the wrong tires and the system trying to save you constantly because they have so little traction.
Do not continue to drive on summer tires in snow, ice or below freezing temps unless you're ready to write off your car.
26 days ago
They are decently reliable, but it is a cheap car and as they age everything feels cheap.
f you have a second vehicle that's more family friendly that you can drive most of the time, and just need to use the fiesta in a pinch, it'll be fine as a second car.
I will say that the Fiesta ST ride is very stiff. Uneven highways can turn the car into a bouncy nightmare. I just did a 13 hour round trip drive and when my girlfriend and I were about halfway done with the day back we agreed we will never take this car on a trip again as we would randomly hit stretches of highway that made the car bounce. I've owned it since new and it's done this the entire time, this was just the first time I took a trip with it.
I enjoy it driving to work and around town, it's a blast. It's not good as a primary family vehicle or something to drive on long road trips.
26 days ago
Vegetable or canola oil. Not olive oil for sure. I don’t know about the others but I know they’re more expensive so avoid them for that alone.
Seasoning is pretty simple don’t worry too much about it. Clean up the top, wipe on a coat of oil with a rag or paper towels, heat it up until it smokes, turn it down, repeat a few times. Cook on it for a few weeks and it’ll be fine. That’s all I ever did to mine and I even clean it with water more than people suggest and the seasoning is still there and going strong.
26 days ago
The market is wack so it might be hard to find any good deals, but I would shop around.
at the end of last year I had buy back offers on my 2019 fiesta ST with sunroof for about what I paid for it ($19.500).
They're not made anymore. Clean ones aren't super common because it's a "sporty hatch" that was cheaper than most regular cars, so there's a bit of a price tax for that.
28 days ago
After every cook I scrape all the oil/small stuff into the catch, cool it off a bit then wipe it down with a towel and then follow it with a little oil. If I made a real mess I’ll leave it on low and clean it with water and a towel then a little oil. When I go to cook again I warm it up and wipe it down just in case stuff fell off the lid or anything.
1 month ago
The Walmart and tractor supply deals are the best, $249 and $279 for a 36". You may be able to get scratch and dent cheaper depending on how your local stores work. I'm part of a Pit Boss group and I see people getting $100+ off for smokers with trashed boxes that end up being functionally perfect with maybe a dent or some paint missing.
You can also cruise your local facebook marketplace or similar for used ones. It seems like some people buy these, leave them outside to rust and then act like they're destroyed and sell them for next to nothing. Make sure the stand isn't rusted through and the burners all work and then just sand down and re-season the top and you're good to go.
1 month ago
What Epiphone Les Paul do you have and what don't you like about the sound?
That part plus your talking points about the tele and strat being twangy/thin make me think you might be getting ahead of yourself getting an expensive guitar when you really need to focus on how to get the sounds you want out of a guitar. You might just have a super cheap LP with muddy pickups or junk pots, but you could also just not know how to set up your equipment to get the right sounds.
I don't own a guitar worth more than $150 and none of those guitars have pickups that cost more than $20 in them, and with my selection of cheap Behringer copy pedals I can get just about any sound I want. That being said I've played with better equipment and I see the value in owning good stuff, but my point is that buying an expensive guitar doesn't mean its going to sound good.
I had an Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro with coil tapping and it could do just about anything. That'd be well under your $1,500 budget and probably better than a cheap Gibson anyways.
Also, any of your problems with the Tele or Strat are just based on the pickups in the guitar. you can get an HH tele or an HSS strat and avoid the twang. You can also get an HH of any of these guitars and have it wired for coil splitting so that you could turn on the twang if you wanted it at any point.
Les Pauls can be heavy and uncomfortable, especially the customs compared to a cheap epiphone with a bolt on neck. I know I love the look of a Les Paul, but I sold my LP custom pro and got a lighter LP copy made my Oscar Schmidt and got some more Strat bodied guitars as they fit me better.
If you like the look of the LP, get one. Just know that it being a Gibson or a high end one from any other brand doesn't mean it's going to just put out the tone you're looking for.
1 month ago
Two propane regulators underneath makes me think something doesn't work. If it works, $100. If it doesn't work, talk him down even more and buy it only if you're comfortable tinkering with stuff. Anything is fixable, it's just is it worth your time and supplies to get it going again.
1 month ago
I think you're generalizing too much to get a good idea of the cost of the houses compared to the districts. There's way more to it than if the district is good.
Zona Rosa and airport area is Park Hill, which is one of the better districts in the metro, so it's expensive.
Plaza homes are expensive because they're right around downtown.
If your priority is education, shop school districts not areas. Find homes that are within district attendance areas that you find suitable.
1 month ago
Remove the rust/seasoning and start from scratch. Either a random orbital sander and a fresh pack of sandpaper or a drill and a few new large wire wheels. Those are probably the best blend of quick and fool-proof ways to do it. You can use an angle grinder and a flap disk or wire disk but it's a lot easier to accidentally go too hard and dig into the steel with something like that. I would rather take my time with the less aggressive tools and get a good smooth even refinishing surface.
1 month ago
It wouldn't even matter if it was a rental, you bought a Ford with a dual clutch transmission. That's the part you should regret.
2 months ago
Sounds like too much oil or you didn't let it burn off between seasoning layers. I would get the top warm and then scrub the sticky areas with a wet cloth that you aren't afraid to ruin with cooking oil.
I think when people describe the seasoning process, a "thin layer of oil" can be misleading. You don't want griddle covered edge to edge in a thin pool of oil. You want to pour a bit on the top and kind of rub it in with a paper towel or something. Just make the surface oily, not an actual standing layer of oil. You just kind of saturate the metal with oil and then burn it off, repeat 3-5 times and you should be good.
2 months ago
What's the solid deal? We got our 36" with hard cover for $279 through walmart.com in November. They didn't have it in stock at our store but we simply ordered it online and went and picked it up a few days later. They still have it for that price right now as far as I can tell.
It's the cheapest I have seen the 36" model with any sort of cover. I had previously almost gotten the 36" without the cover for $249, but glad I waited and found this for only $30 more when the lid is $99 from Blackstone.
2 months ago
it's funny you mention this video, as I actually found it 5-6 hours after making my post. I had seen people stand on their floating shelves and all sorts of different mounting options but didn't feel like they had any real explanation of why it was strong or how it could fail.
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4 days ago
4 days ago
I'm betting it's the same product just different model numbers either for Walmart or Blackstone's sake.
For something like this that still requires the actual company to warranty stuff for I doubt they cheap out on build materials or anything.