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paulleve

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  1. These Black Friday Blackstone griddles are showing up at clearance prices in some Walmarts. I've been watching mine locally, and finally pulled the trigger tonight at $99. A few other stores are currently at $124. Here's a link to Brickseek for a quick search: https://brickseek.com/p/blackstone-proseries-3-burner-28-griddle/8452752#in-store-offers
  2. Ha! I started keeping a log book when I got it because I was curious about the amount of charcoal the Akorn would go through. The book ended up being really helpful for recording temps, cook times, and go-to recipes so I've kept it up for the past almost five years. And to answer the charcoal use question that started it all, my average cook is about 1 hour at 400F and I was getting about 22 cooks per bag of Royal Oak lump. The Akorn is well worth its cost. Mine lives outside full time on a covered porch, and it's easily got another five years of use left!
  3. Tonight I celebrated the 300th fire I've lit in my Akorn! In just under five years I have cooked quite the range of meals, from 650F stir fries to apple pies. Three friends were so impressed with the Akorn's versatility they went out and got one for themselves. (Meanwhile, my Kamado Joe and Weber Genesis both sit unused except on rare occasions!) Certainly one of the best purchases I have ever made!
  4. I used to track the amount of charcoal I burned, and my Kamado Joe went through double the amount that the Akorn needed for similar cooks. The Akorn does a great job of keeping the heat inside the Kamado!
  5. I'm glad the information was helpful! It's been over two years since I repaired mine, and I've had no issues with either the new rivnuts or the originals I was able to reset.
  6. There are two possibilities: 1. The fire is not going out quickly. 2. The fire does go out quickly, but the Akorn is losing heat slowly. To determine which, open the cover after a while and see if there’s still a glow to your coals! The Akorn is insulated, so it loses heat slowly compared to a ceramic Kamado. This is great for efficiency, but also makes it difficult to dial back if you overshoot temperature.
  7. I've had my Akorn for just over four years now, and thought I'd give quick review as to how it's holding up. First some details. I picked up this Akorn for $250 at Walmart in March of '15. (It still had a clearance price tag on it from the previous fall/winter.) In the last four years I have lit the grill 270 times. If I had to describe an average cook, it would be at about 400F for around 1 hour. (Sometimes I really get the heat cranking with the pizza stones or cast iron wok, though!) During the first year I kept close track of charcoal consumption, and I was ave
  8. My Akorn fell and had a dent in the front. I removed the inner shell in order to bang the dent out from inside, and this also made it easy to remove the old rivnuts by tapping them out. A buddy of mine had a problem with the rivnuts in his, and we managed to fix it without removing the inner liner. Paul
  9. I had the same happen to my Akorn a few years ago, and replaced the pulled out rivnuts pretty easily. I picked up a rivnut tool at Harbor Freight for about $13 and made the repair in an hour or so. If you search the forum, I posted pics and all the details. Paul
  10. There's a huge difference between how the two cook! I've got a Weber Performer that takes about 1/4 bag of charcoal per cook. I still use it every once in a while, and I'm now amazed at how much smoke is given off by the charcoal chimney when compared to lighting the Akorn! At one point I figured out just how much I saved getting 20 cooks per bag of lump vs. 4 cooks per bag of briquettes. I think the Akorn paid for itself in the first year! Not to mention versatility and flavor, of course.
  11. Water is definitely a problem with these grills. The more you can keep the water away, the longer it will last. I have no doubt mine will last another 3 years easily if I keep it on the porch. 6 years from a $250 grill that I use all the time is a win in my book! (My poor Weber Genesis sits pretty much unused, and my KJ Classic gets ignored a lot of the time because I just know the Akorn better and it's easier for me to hit specific temps!)
  12. Akorns tend to show surface rust faster than a Weber kettle. As far as rust that makes a grill inoperable, the Akorn is at a disadvantage due to its more air tight nature. When water gets into a kettle, it can flow out the bottom and end up in the aluminum ash pan (If equipped) that won't rust. On an Akorn the water either collects in the ash pan and sits mixed with ashes or collects on the rim that the ash pan mates with. It's not easy for the water to evaporate out, so it sits. On badly rusted Akorns, it's this mating surface that ends up so worn through that the ash pan no longer seals
  13. I've had my Akorn for almost three years now, and thought I'd give quick review as to how it's holding up. First some details. I picked up this Akorn for $250 at Walmart in March of '15. (It still had a clearance price tag on it from the previous fall/winter.) In the last three years I have lit the grill 227 times. If I had to describe an average cook, it would be at about 400F for around 1 hour. During the first year I kept close track of charcoal consumption, and I was averaging 20-23 burns per bag of Royal Oak lump. That is efficient! I live in Massachusett
  14. They're usually with the grills. It doesn't seem like these are carried by as many stores. When the sale started, there were very few locally. I spent some time today seasoning both the Jr and the Blackstone. Looking forward to trying this one out!
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