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  1. Sorry for the late reply, been away for work. Maybe dig out a groove from the outside to about half way through the body and fill it with new mortar, wait a few days then dig out the crack from the inside till you reach the new mortar and fill the inside. It'd be worth a go.
  2. Just re read your post. When you say that it's cracked all the way around, do you mean that the base will come away from the body if you lift it? If so, it's going to be an easier fix that trying to force the refractory mortar into the crack. If it is broken right through, repair it the same way as the fire box. Clean both faces and give a good scrub with a wire brush. Trowel the mortar on and place the top back on. You want the mortar to squeeze out as the body settles. Don't worry about the fall out, it's easy to clean once it sets.
  3. The fire box itself will be an easy start. Find some refractory mortar, and basically use it like a glue. Pull the pieces out and clean the broken faces with some wax and grease remover, then a good scrub with a wire brush. trowel the mortar on, turn upside down on a flat surface and re assemble. I used some ratchet straps to pull it all together and let it sit for a couple of days before moving it. That was a lot of cooks ago and all's still great. As for the base, remove the tiles above and below so you can see how bad the break is. Is it broken right off? Or has it just separated in an area?
  4. Anything can be fixed. That's a huge job, but if you've the patients and time I'd give it a go.
  5. Looks fantastic on the outside. Post some pics of what's inside and the accessories. There's some great resto threads in here dedicated to the K7. Well worth a read. Just about finished restoring mine as well.
  6. A little bit more info? Heat, diffused, how long roughly? Never have much success with chicken and want to learn.
  7. Yes, the refractory mortar worked extremely well. Has been through quite a few cooks now with no problems. You should be able to buy Penetrene in the US. It works every bit as good as the yield. https://www.ebay.com.au/i/254702438242?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=705-139619-5960-0&mkcid=2&itemid=254702438242&targetid=919947033086&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9072230&poi=&campaignid=10101785216&mkgroupid=102311924620&rlsatarget=pla-919947033086&abcId=9300368&merchantid=116556983&gclid=CjwKCAjwwab7BRBAEiwAapqpTOvOusXrjunDRZmYI-PIjZ46ipGvyaN4Uad44J4Vg6Oozw1RPKDv4xoCT98QAvD_BwE
  8. Sure does, just make sure that you lock the springs in the closed position before removing the bands.
  9. That's magnificent. What timber did you use?
  10. Fantastic looking Kamado. Personally I'd clean it up and learn to use it. Especially since it was your grandmothers. I think you will find that it is a refractory and not ceramic. My refractory fire box was cracked as well when I picked it up. Was an easy fix. Get in touch with a refractory company that builds kilns and stuff. They'll have some refractory mortar. Here's my fix. Has held together for numerous cooks since with no sign of cracking again. I keep my cooks under 450f.
  11. I found that myself, and I haven't even used it yet!
  12. Thanks for taking those pics. I judged pretty well from your first photo regarding the height of the deflector. I set it at 110mm from the top of the grill lip. As for the extra grill plate, I might just weld the bars to the rack instead of making a removable grate, then make another that I can toss on the rack that I made for the deflector plate for searing. What's your thoughts?
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