Hello all, I stumbled onto what I think is a k7. I traded a little work for one that a customer of mine had collecting dust. It seems to be in great shape compared to some I have seen people take on. Did I get lucky or are these cursed?
I read the almost 30 page restoration by adder last weekend and have read everyday about kamado style grills, lump charcoal, lighter cubes and the rest. I love to learn new stuff. I have an offset smoker and several webers and am really liking this new "Taj MahGrill" as my wife has dubbed the K7. I replaced the gaskets, the thermometer and got the top damper moving after 5 days
of soaking and grunting. I took the springs out and added a 3/4" piece of metal conduit to give it a little help and greased the springs to quiet things down. It really won"t stay perfectly open or perfectly closed - at least not with ease or reliablity. It has no cracks, all original tiles, firebowl and the approx 1 3/4" thick disk with holes that sits in the firebowl.
Is this a K7? Is it from Sacramento? Any tips on keeping her low and slow for 8 hours? Anyone use a kick ash basket? I have done two cooks and it seems to run a little warmer than I prefer (280). Fine for pork butt but not a brisket.
maybe it's too much fuel, I am new to lump. Messed with the dampers every 30 mins or so and it slowly goes up too high or down too low and goes out. Yes I have a maveric remote thermometer to accurately monitor temps. I used a pizza stone as a deflector.
Thanks everyone, I love the forum. I am looking forward to seeing any comments. I know I have asked a lot and will be more specific in future posts.