Just wanted to share the story of my Vision Grill. Like so many outdoor cooks, I could never justify to myself the expense of a BGE or any kamado for that matter. I found myself an accidental kamado owner when I purchased a Char Griller AKORN on clearance ($115) at a nearby Walmart, less than a year ago. I figured I could not go wrong at that price. It gave me an opportunity to learn what I had already suspected would be the case, that I thoroughly enjoy the kamado experience. After the very short learning curve, I was producing outstanding food of all kinds, from 225deg low and slow, to 700deg Steaks, and the best pizzas I have ever made.
After a couple of months I started to look for a Ceramic Grill to enhance my experience. This lead to me acquiring my first Ceramic kamado, a Vision Classic B model. I got it used, so I do not know the exact vintage, but it was purchased from Costco a few years ago. I have continued to produce outstanding meals with the Vision, but I did have an issue with it. Nothing major, it just looked a little tired, and dull, but what is one to do, on a bargain acquisition? (The AKORN, has found a home with my father, and he is now enjoying the kamado style of charcoal cooking)
About a month ago I was replacing the gaskets and cleaning the rims prior to the placement of the new felt, and I noticed that the finish on the outside of the dome, was causing my wiping cloth to blacken. This lead to a couple of experiments. While I realize that most of the kamados have a “Glaze” for the finish, this was clearly not the case for this one, as I could soften and remove the finish with lacquer thinner. So I decided to freshen up my grill with a paint job. I had some paint that I thought would stand up to the temperatures on the outside of the cooker, so I prepped and painted half of the dome to give it a go. I did a couple of 700+ degree pizza cooks, and no issues noted. This past weekend, I did the entire grill, and it really came out looking much better than it was. I will freshen up the woodwork and bright work, and it will be good for years to come. (I may build a table for it, but time will tell)
I have attached a few photos,
Here is a before picture. Nothing major, just dull.
Here is one in the experiment phase
Here is the outcome. (Woodwork and bright work to come.)
this is a close up of the finish that was there. (Paint??) You can see how dull it was