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  1. yes it should slide completely open. undo the screw on the right and lift it off and clean, it might just be stuck with gunk. Or just give it a tap with a soft mallet.
  2. Well had my KJ basket a couple of months now, brilliant addition, so much easier to manage charcoal. I haven't cut anything off it and all is working well
  3. Mine is quite tight, I positioned it and knocked it down with a Hyde Hammer (gently tapped it down) But its not loose that you can just pull it off.
  4. My gasket was also damaged on my KJ Classic, looked similar to yours. Got a new gasket from KJ, but haven't changed it yet. The damaged one works fine, so a job for later
  5. First cook with the basket and very pleased. Lifted the basket out and gave it a good shake to get all the ash out. Now last question I promise Do you guys who use a basket take all the charcoal out and put new on the bottom before you light it again, or do you just put new on top and light, so older charcoal on the bottom. Before I got the basket, I was taking all the charcoal out after each cook, cleaning all the ask out and then putting new on the bottom and then putting the burnt stuff on the top. Or doesn't it make a difference?
  6. Ok I went ahead a bought a basket for my KJ Classic II. First thing I noticed was the basket is a tight fit on the DC rack, I had to wriggle it to get it to sit right, so it looks like the hooks are bent inwards slightly. But it all went together ok. Having read about the heat deflectors not sitting very well on the top of the hooks, I found mine seem to be fine. So maybe the hooks are now being made bent in more. But in any case, very pleased with the basket.
  7. Having had moisture in gauges in a open top sports car and on an old motorcycle. I drilled a small hole in the case, which allowed air into the gauges and the issue went away. But I have no experience at all with this method on thermometers, so don't take this as a solution as I haven't tried it, but seems to make sense. If I get this problem I may try and let you know
  8. Thanks, but did you find any difference in temp control with the basket as opposed to without and just a grate. That is the bit I'm struggling with, I get the bit about its easier to manage the charcoal.
  9. Nearly at the point of pulling the trigger on a KJ basket. I get the points John made about charcoal management. But does the basket help at all with temp management, on slow cooks I use a fan and temp controller unit to maintain temp and that seems to keep the temp within 8 degs pretty well, but will having a basket mean more stable temps. I am not dissatisfied with the performance of my KJ at the moment, but always open for things that can enhance the performance. I also saw a video John did reviewing the Kick Ash basket and he lit the charcoal from underneath the basket, is that the way to light the charcoal in a basket, or do you just light as normal from the top
  10. Newbie question - I can see how the basket works, but my question is, what are the advantages of a basket, I get the air flow bit. Do people use the basket all the time, or are there cooks where the grate works better. if the basket is an improvement for everything, why is a basket not standard instead of the cast grate. Just trying to decide whether I need one
  11. Good advice, but for slow cooks, think the bbq guru is brilliant, but it can't work wonders, if you have the fan damper closed Lesson learnt, onwards and upwards
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