It wasn't without a struggle that it's finally resting where I can admire ti from inside the house or on the deck. I scheduled delivery for 11AM, so that I might be able to convince the driver to give my partner and I a hand. The driver called around 10AM and was promptly here 10 min later. When I went to talk to the driver he stated "I have been driving around as if I had goldfish in the front seat". He was definitely being cautious and was truly concerned about damaging my KK (let me say that I appreciated his caution). As he was getting onto the lift gate he also made mention of the fact that once he got it onto the pavement his part of the delivery was over (I guess we weren't getting any extra help this morning).
Here's the catch... I live in a brownstone style condo that has the main floor and deck are 11 steps up from ground level. UGH!!!! (The PIC of our treacherous ascent are below)
Thank goodness he agreed to take the pallet of coco char around back to the garage. Walking all of those boxes around the building would have taking me to the breaking point after finally getting the KK up those D*!# stairs.
After getting the crate top off we just stared in amazement!! Dennis truly makes an AMAZING product! Web pics don't do the KKs justice. Soon the stare of amazement turned to a star of disbelief on how we were going to get it up the stairs. So, we began to disassemble it. We loosened the spring, removed the top, and carried the top up the stairs. That wasn't too bad. I figured maybe we were in luck and moving the bottom half wouldn't be as difficult as anticipated. BOY WAS I WRONG!!!!!
With the use of the ropes we were able to get it from the street, over the curb, and onto the sidewalk. From there we did the same to get it up the 2 steps and onto the first landing. OK, where and how do we proceed from here??? Let's try the same thing up the stairs... or not... We were stumped for a short bit and tried to think of the best way to proceed from here. We decided to use a stair dolly, loaded the front end onto the dolly with good padding and leaned it into position. We dragged that monster up the stairs and finally got it into place. I never thought the 2 of us were going to be able to do it alone, but with some determination we did. YAY!!!!
I unpacked the rest of the parts and put the KK together. Oh what fun!!! Better than XMass morning.
Without hesitation I filled the basket with Coco char and started my KK up for it's initial burn in... Mind you I had already made pizza crust this morning and was ready to make use of the burn in. It took about 30 minutes to get the KK up to temp, but it cooked the pizza perfectly... The only downside was that it had a slight off flavor, I think from the burn in. Otherwise, the pizzas were perfect.
Here are the pics of the arrival of my KK and it sitting comfortably at it's destination.
I am so excited that my KK and pallet of coco char has finally arrived. It was a long wait, but it is great to have it home.
“PETA doesn't want stressed animals to be cruelly crowded into sheds, ankle-deep in their own crap, because they don't want any animals to die-ever-and basically think chickens should, in time, gain the right to vote. I don't want animals stressed or crowded or treated cruelly or inhumanely because that makes them probably less delicious.”
― Anthony Bourdain