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  1. You hit the nail on the head here! I looked again when I got in this evening and that's exactly what they are. Thanks for letting me know.
  2. Thanks for the input guys. TKOBBQ, That was my assumption as well. ckreef, that makes a WHOLE lot more sense than what the CG C/S rep. told me when I called and asked this morning. She stated "that's just the way they're manufactured, but they're not there for any specific reason". I was just like "uh-really?" I didn't even know how to respond to that brilliant reply, lol! Thanks again for the info guys.
  3. I'm sure this has been answered before I but couldn't find any info. Does anyone know what these "extra" 4 holes are for on the Akorn cart model? At first I thought they might be for attaching a shelf, when the cookers are set up and sold as a shelf model, as opposed to a Cart model, but there are no matching holes on opposite side of grill for another shelf. Accessories rack maybe?
  4. Well, I was finally able to get her cranked up and seasoned today. This being my first Kamado, I also tried a few new (to me) things today which I learned while researching the Akorn. Made a Volcano with the lump around a wine bottle, and used alcohol soaked Cotton Balls for starters, had never used either before and it worked great. Had a minor set back when I realized one of my Ash Pan Latches was too loose, but I was able to bend it and snug it up some and think it will be ok now. I have to say, compared to most other cookers I've had, I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW EASY TEMP CONTROL WAS FOR A 1ST RUN, AND WHAT A FUEL MISER IT IS … I'm already lovin' this thing. I got a late start today so didn't play with temps too much as I primarily wanted to season the grate. After a good wash, dry, and slather of Sunflower oil on grate I was able to get to 400 deg. and hold +/- 15 deg. or so pretty easy for about 3 hrs. I did do just a quick, simply cook of Lamb "Kebabs", that I do as patties instead of Kebabs, mainly to test grates and was happy to have almost no sticking at all. I think Akornado Chichen Thigh or Wings will be on deck for next run … can't wait. Took a couple of pics whenever I remembered. Sorry for my poor photography skills.
  5. Hi all, I was here about 2 yrs. ago contemplating the purchase of an Akork Cart model #6520 from HD. Well, long story short, life simply got in the way and I had more pressing things to tend to so I just put it off. Anyhow, I recently got the but again and when I checked all local stores none of the HD's had any in store. Said the store inventory was all discounted last year and only available online now (around here anyway). And they bumped price up to $328 fropm $299 last yr. I was able to find a good deal on one on FB Marketplace, NIB unopened for $175. Had to make a bit of a road trip to get it, so I've got about $215 in it including gas $, so I'm quite happy with the price. Seller bought it at auction for resale so I won't be able to register it for warrantee purposes without a proper receipt. But everything seems good out of the box and I figure if I have to buy a part or 2 down the road I'll still be good given what I paid for grill. I hadn't been keeping up with the forums much in the last 1.5 yrs. or so, and was pretty disapointed to find that the warming rack is no longer included with the Akorn, and is now considered an accessory, but it's only about $15 so no biggie. I got it put together today but still need to season it and spend a day playing with temp control, etc. Still need to get a cover (just put a tarp over it for now til I order one), also a smokin' stone, warming rack and am contemplating the adjustable Fire Grate as well (but not sure as I already have a Weber charcoal Grate from my performer that I can use for high heat searing for now if I want). I'm excited to get
  6. Hi tippr01, and thanks for the welcome and info. Yes, I have a warming rack on the way from CG.
  7. Thanks GG. I was contemplating it, but thought I reacalled reading somewhere that water could enter the Ashpan area on the Akorns if left uncovered, but I may be mistaken.
  8. Appreciate the comments folks. Our weather forcast is showing rain on and off through Monday, so not sure when I'll get to play with her as I don't have a covered area to grill under . YB
  9. Hi all, I was here about 2 yrs. ago contemplating the purchase of an Akork Cart model #6520 from HD. Well, long story short, life simply got in the way and I had more pressing things to tend to so I just put it off. Anyhow, I recently got the bug again and when I checked all local stores none of the HD's had any in store. Said the store inventory was all discounted last year and only available online now (around here anyway). And they bumped price up to $328 fropm $299 last yr. I was able to find a good deal on one on FB Marketplace, NIB unopened for $175. Had to make a bit of a road trip to get it, so I've got about $215 in it including gas $, so I'm quite happy with the price. Seller bought it at auction for resale so I won't be able to register it for warrantee purposes without a proper receipt. But everything seems good out of the box and I figure if I have to buy a part or 2 down the road I'll still be good given what I paid for grill. I hadn't been keeping up with the forums much in the last 1.5 yrs. or so, and was pretty disapointed to find that the warming rack is no longer included with the Akorn, and is now considered an accessory, but it's only about $15 so no biggie. I got it put together today but still need to season it and spend a day playing with temp control, etc. Still need to get a cover (just put a tarp over it for now til I order one), also a smokin' stone, warming rack and am contemplating the adjustable Fire Grate as well (but not sure as I already have a Weber charcoal Grate from my performer that I can use for high heat searing for now if I want). Here's a couple of quick pics I took. I'm excited to get into commission! YB
  10. Yeah, that's what I figured as well, just wanted to give you a FYI. Good luck, that's a sweet cooker you've got. I know she'll turn out some great food. YB
  11. If anyone one here is from the Hampton Roads, VA. area and looking to see one, I was in the Lowe's on Battlefield Blvd. in Chesapeake this AM and they had one on display there. I was in when they just opened this AM and guess they may have set it out overnight as it didn't have a price tag on it yet, and there weren't any reps in the department at that hour. They did also have a Kiosk set up with BBQ / Grilling items on it that had a few Char-Griller Smoking Stones, and no prices on them either. YB
  12. Hi jrpace25, I saw this cooker for the first time this AM at a local Lowe's (Chesapeake, VA.). I had been reading your post about it yesterday, so I gave the exterior finish extra attention when looking it over. The one they had on display did not have any of the "cracking" as noted in your pics anywhere on the finish. The exterior finish was what one would expect it to look like on a new cooker. I just wanted to make you aware in case you felt any further action may be warranted on your part. That being said, it seems like a REALLY nice cooker. Thanks for such an informative / detailed post. Well done! I wish you the best of luck with your new cooker and am looking forward to your cook reviews. YB
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