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  1. Haha, getting there buddy! Only two cooks so far. Regarding the air intake situation, I only use this thing to slow cook stuff or smoke. I don't do pizzas or grill steaks or whatever. The oven and the stove does the rest. It'll take a while to get running up to temp but once it does, holy smokes, it is hot as hell!
  2. What year? I was 09-10 for Grad school at UTK.
  3. Already posted on the DIY for current Mods.
  4. Could I do separation with my double colander setup and just have the wood chips sit outside of the colanders?
  5. Ebolamonkey's Mods: Tip Top Temp Colander Coal Dust Catcher Terra Cotta Clay Pot Lavarock Gasket Link to post (click me) with all of the above mods and more!
  6. Current Mods: Tip Top Temp This mod is fairly straight forward. I used the plate hangers that are found at either Homedepot or Lowes to mount the Tip Top Temp (TTT) on the top of the vent. Double Colander for Coal Dust I double up on colanders of two different sizes so that I can put my coal inside the colander and then the colander allows the coals to breathe but also catches all the dust. My first cook I used a single colander and then I shook it by accident when removing the remains and coal dust went everywhere. Lesson learned and I doubled up on the second attempt! Makes my life easier and I don't have to hassle with cleaning the darn thing. Not original idea as I got it from this guy on YouTube. He also cut his Pizza tray but I think that is a little too much. Terra Cotta Clay Pot Diamond 4.5" Blade and a Mini Angle Grinder were used to cut the Terra Cotta Clay Pot ($19.98 @ Lowes) to fit it up in side the bottom pit. This particular one from Lowes fits perfectly BUT you have to cut your shims that hold the stone deflector! How I cut the three-piece steel shims for stone deflector: Cut the two edges and then bend the living hell out of the shim until the four welds give out. Use a Dremel to clean the rough edges Welds do not interfere with the above Terra Cotta Clay Pot from Lowes How I shaved off the top of the Terra Cotta Pot: Initial cuts were done around the diagonal pattern design but I need to redo it to make it a bit lower so that my pizza tray deflector doesn't choke the fire. However, my initial suspicions of the fire being choked have subsided because the grill is holding steady at 220*F. Might have taken a bit longer to get there though. The top grate does not sit flush and is being held up by my pizza tray and all the weight of the terra cotta clay pot is resting on the three sheet metal legs that supports the entire core at the bottom. Need to fix it after I am done with my initial cook on the pork baby back ribs. Lava Rock Gasket Plenty of information on this forum as to how this is done. I did the upper and bottom rims of the main lid, ash tray bottom pan to body area, as well as the air intake at the bottom to a very good seal. Judging by the smoke that comes out it is doing a fine job. Future Mods: Top hat to cover the TTT Deflector Drip Pan Mod (Make the Pizza pan a little more versatile and can hold some liquids) Might add a deeper dish in there to catch more items Could run a stainless steel line to the bottom as a permanent grease trapping solution into a grease keg More to follow and happy grillin'!
  7. Hey all. I'm relatively new here and have been a passive reader on and off for a couple of months now. Finally overcame my laziness and put together the Akorn and regret not doing it sooner! Very first item was a Pork Butt done for about 12hours or so with Tip Top Temp mod and a few other things. Finished some mods today and will share the appropriate pictures with the community in the right spots. Mods so far: Tip Top Temp (TTT) Lavarock Gasket BBQ Painted (Satin Black) the lower ashtray pan on the outside Noticed rust from member photos Terracotta Pot modded the bottom pit area Check Google: "Terracotta BBQ" Varied the design, chopped with angle grinder, fit it inside the grill Beta testing it right now with some baby back ribs. More mods to follow and I will keep it all on one thread in right subforum. Happy Holidays and look forward to many more days of using this little funny device.
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