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  1. Update (in case it isn't clear...) KJ sent a new hinge. I installed it and now the dome fits the tub perfectly. No more issues with latching or misalignment. The old hinge, as you can see from my previous post, was not formed correctly. All is well now and am enjoying the cooker immensely. From the time I opened a ticket at KJ to receiving the hinge and installing it, was less than 10 days. Most was spent waiting for the hinge to arrive. KJ responded to my ticket withing hours. BBQ Guys were involved too. They were also great. Good customer service from both companies.
  2. Inagngr, Thank you for your interest. I have the pix and you can clearly see that the hinge was badly misaligned on one side. The new hinge was perfect and solved the problem with the misaligned dome.
  3. UPDATE April 2, 2021. KJ is sending a new hinge and hardware. I have to install it.
  4. Thanks for the tip. I guess I thought I was on the KJ forum... I reposted there. Wondered why I didn't have a thunderous response. Thanks again. Tom
  5. Hello. New user to the KJ forum but not this site. I graduated from an Akorn to a KJ 3 Classic. I did a lot of work on the Akorn to get it running like a clock but my son-in-law decided that I needed a new kamado. Hence, the arrival of a new KJ3 Classic on my 75th birthday. I was overjoyed! I listed my Akorn for free, on NextDoor and a guy roared over to get it. Glad it went to a good home. So, within a week and three cooks, the KJ has developed a problem. I cooked a pizza last night which got the temp close to 500 deg by the end. When I pulled the pizza off, I noticed that the latch wouldn't work. The top just bangs down because the dome is too far forward. Further inspection today shows that the dome is not aligned correctly. The left rear near the hinge is over 1/2" off. So,why did this happen and what is the fix? I called BBQ Guys where is was purchased. They sent the receipt and told me to register it. I did. They also asked me for pix of the issue. I sent them. Waiting for a response. Weird that the issue showed up after the highest temp cook. After it cooled, it still has the problem. Wondered if moving the grill a few feet caused the issue. That should not be a problem as it is on a KJ 3 Classic stock stand. Another thing I noted, my "Design Plaque" says 457. Classics on the KJ website show Design 609. Much newer? I checked all of the bolts for tightness. All seems correct. Thanks, Tom
  6. Hello. New user to the KJ forum but not this site. I graduated from an Akorn to a KJ 3 Classic. I did a lot of work on the Akorn to get it running like a clock but my son-in-law decided that I needed a new kamado. Hence, the arrival of a new KJ3 Classic on my 75th birthday. I was overjoyed! I listed my Akorn for free, on NextDoor and a guy roared over to get it. Glad it went to a good home. So, within a week and three cooks, the KJ has developed a problem. I cooked a pizza last night which got the temp close to 500 deg by the end. When I pulled the pizza off, I noticed that the latch wouldn't work. The top just bangs down because the dome is too far forward. Further inspection today shows that the dome is not aligned correctly. The left rear near the hinge is over 1/2" off. So,why did this happen and what is the fix? I called BBQ Guys where is was purchased. They sent the receipt and told me to register it. I did. They also asked me for pix of the issue. I sent them. Waiting for a response. Weird that the issue showed up after the highest temp cook. After it cooled, it still has the problem. Wondered if moving the grill a few feet caused the issue. That should not be a problem as it is on a KJ 3 Classic stock stand. I checked all of the bolts for tightness. All seems correct. Thanks, Tom
  7. I made Harry Soo's chicken thighs on it and it held 275 degrees perfectly for two hours. Phew! is right on. Big relief. There's a ole boy about 100 miles from me that has the Akorn King Griller on a cart. He wants $150 for it. It looks like a rusted mess but the tub and dome seem nice and round. I offered him $50 for it, but he didn't respond. Sure would like that cart. I have a Weber Performer with cart and love it but would like the same convenience for the Akorn. Guess I'll keep lookin'.
  8. "The report on the death of my Akorn has been grossly exaggerated." I was very upset about the crash of the grill, breaking the stone and denting the front so that the lid wouldn't even latch. The tub was about 3/4" out of round. I thought about it for a couple of days and hit upon an idea that might be worth passing on to the group. I used a car scissors jack and a couple of short 2X4 spacers to make the tub round again. The lid latches and the seal seems good. I put a bright battery light inside and couldn't see any light leakage around the lid seals when closed. I did a hack on the broken stone. It is in 3 equal pieces. I found that a Weber 22" kettle uses a 17" grate on the bottom for charcoal. It fits perfectly over the tabs for the stone. So, I just laid the stone on top of the Weber charcoal grate and I think I'm back in business. I'll try a slow cook on it to see if there are any leaks but I'm feeling really good about it. The Akorn won't have to go to the curb for trash tomorrow after all. Instead, it is going back to the patio for cookin'! Thanks for listening. Tom
  9. It is with great sadness that I report the death of my Akorn. I was just getting to know it. I have two shallow steps to let the grill down to the main patio area used for cooking. I tilted the Akorn back to let it down gently but failed to look to see if the lid was locked. It was not. First step caused the Akorn to dump on its front and the world went dark for the Akorn. The stone fell out and broke, the front of the barrel hit the step and dented. The round tub is now oblong. The cast iron grates didn't break. Anyone living in the Jacksonville, Florida area is welcome to the remaining parts. Otherwise it is going out in the trash on Tuesday morning, December 6, 2020. I'll have to rely on my trusty Weber kettle for all future cooks. Thanks to all that commented and advised me through the initial restoration of the grill. Until and if I get another Kamado style grill/smoker, it is adios for me. Thanks again. Tom Bauer
  10. Hi Guys (and gals), Happiness abounds at our house since I installed all new gaskets on my Akorn. The grill has a damage history as it went off a 4' patio ledge at my son-in-law's house in a storm. He gave it to me and bought a KJ3. I wrenched the little Akorn back into shape and used it on several cooks but was getting frustrated with having to chase the temps constantly and deal with runaway temps once I popped the lid for a peek. I installed RTV on the top and bottom vents. The RTV on the bottom caught fire and burned, dripping hot silicon on my painted patio deck. I fixed that with Nomex but was still chasing the temps. Finally, I installed Nomex gaskets on the lid too. Here's a link to the item i used: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SWXLBTQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I did a cook yesterday and was amazed at the results. I wanted around 300 or less for my cook for about 2 hours (chili). The temp held a rock solid 276. deg for the cook. I had a TTT on it and took it off half way through the cook because it was sticking shut (dirty). That's when I realized how well the Nomex was working. So wanted to pass on two things: 1. If your cooker is unable to hold steady temp, it has air leaks. Plug the air leaks with Nomex. For $10.99 it is a no brainer. 2. Don't use RTV. It is a fire hazard in spite of the labels and claims. "Chillin n Grillin" tb
  11. During my last St Louis rib cook, I was constantly chasing the temp, trying to keep it around 225. Compared to other cooks, it just wouldn't settle down. Planed a spatchcocked turkey cook and everything went well until I started the Akorn. I left the lid open and went to cut up some veggies to put under the bird. After a few minutes, I looked out to see three foot high flames coming out of the cooker, lid open. Assume it was a combination of some old grease drippings and open air. I used B&B Texas Style lump. I closed the lid, shut the top vent, then noticed that that the RTV caulking I used to seal the bottom vent was burning and there were flames visible in the ash pan. I doused those with a water spray bottle and closed the bottom vent. The dome temp gauge pegged and man did it stink! I'm relaying this story of stupidity to tell you how I repaired the Akorn. I bought some "1/2' x 1/8' Nomex High Temp BBQ gasket smoker pit seal, self stick" from Amazon. I installed this stuff, which was really easy to work with, under the vent and on the ash pan. Fired up the Akorn with settings at about .5 bottom and .75 top vent. The Akorn slowly edged up to 230 deg and stayed there for about an hour. Then I opened the vents a little more. Temp jumped up to 325 and stayed steady there for about an hour. I bumped the vents a bit more and let the Akorn heat up to 450 for about another hour. (All temp reading were done with a ThermoPro T20 using both probes.) I wanted to get all the stinky sooty smell out of it. It was rock solid on all temp settings, as desired. I believe this Nomex gasket material has restored my faith in this cooker. Pretty sure it was the ash pan gasket that was giving me air leaks. I have RTV on the top vent too and it didn't melt or burn. Guess once a flame touches that stuff, it catches fire. Won't be using that around any flames again. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND RTV FOR GASKET REPAIRS ON THE AKORN. Thought I'd pass it along. The Nomex is white so you can see it in the pic attached. Sorry for the long winded story. PS. I had enough Nomex gasket in that roll to do my 22" Weber Kettle lid too.
  12. I had good luck with Simple Green on the outside and inside. There were streaks of stains from grease-smoke-high heat cooks on the outside and the side trays looked worse. Simple Green took them all off. First attempt at the hull left streaks because I wasn't paying attention to how well it was cleaning. After another wash in rinse, it looks great. I have the gray charcoal finish too. The Akorn is pretty much done but i am bugged by a little rust showing where the legs bolt to the hull. After a few cooks and my confidence improves, I'll think about taking it apart and doing a right fine paint job on the bottom tray and the legs. Today I removed and sealed the lower and upper vents with RTV. Letting that cure now. I may do some ribs tomorrow. I'm anxious to see how many leaks I plugged. The upper vent o-ring was melted. I looked at ordering a new one from CG but that $1.99 part costs $10.15 to ship. I'll try Lowes or Home Depot but just as a backup to the RTV which I'm sure will be fine unless I go nuclear by accident.
  13. I'd hang it from the shelf brackets. Thinking about doing the same thing using an old Weber Performer table.
  14. Found on Amazon: "Food Contact" 4500 RTV. $7 delivered. "Silicone RTV 4500 Food Contact Safe High Strength Silicone Sealant, Clear (2.8 FL. Ounce)"
  15. Thanks, GG. I found it. Did an empty blast to 600 deg yesterday. Dried everything out and did a "grate" job on the cast iron. First cook will be next week with St Louis style ribs. Used my ProTemp digital to monitor pit temp. Hood gauge is 45 deg off on the cold side. Its no wonder my son-in-law was getting dried out meat cooks (doesn't own a digital thermometer...). He bought a KJ3 and gave me the Akorn. WE are cooking on the KJ3 this weekend. After studying the construction of the Akorn, it appears that annual maintenance will make the thing last many years. I was getting rust in the classic ash pan area. Sanded and painted it. Took 10 minutes. Like any device, blowing and going without a little TLC now and then will result in early failure. My Weber Performer is 5 years old and looks like the day I bought it. I live 2 miles from the Atlantic and have a chlorine pool 10 feet from cooking island. That combo requires a lot of extra TLC here. Thanks again for your comments and pointing me to the right forum.
  16. Thanks for your comments. The ceramic smoke deflector is being cooked as we speak. Seasoning that and the grates as a last step. So, where is that Akorn forum? I don't see it. Another site? My son-in-law replaced the Akorn with a KJ3 so I'm authorized, once removed! Ha. I put it together for him and got the iKamand working. Smoking a Boston Butt on it tomorrow. Sweet rig to be sure. Will be interesting to see that Harvard smoke system in action. If he runs into any issues, I'll surely be back seeing advice here. Great resource. So glad I found it. Best, Tom
  17. Thanks for your reply. OK, where is the Akorn forum? Is that on another site? I worked on the Akorn for about 8 hours last night and this morning. I'm doing a burn on it right now to season the grates. It cleaned up very nicely with Simple Green and a power washer. I found rust developing on the edge of the ash bin so sanded that all down and painted it. Was able to "pinch" the gasket all around to fatten it up. Seals up very nicely now. I found some silicon high heat caulk that I had for whatever reason and used that to reseal both vents. Here are a couple of pics of some of what I've done.
  18. Too late. My Dodge is almost done. I'm doing a burn in now so I can season the grates. Last step. See ash bin pics b4 and after.
  19. New to the group today. I got a hand me down Char-Griller Akorn from my son-in-law this week. It is about two years old and was abused. It was in the weather at times, got knocked off the Lanai and tumbled about three feet to the ground once and was never cleaned. It's a basket case but I'm making a project of it. Here are the primary issues: The top vent o-ring has melted. Need best cheapest fix for that. I have a Tip Top Temp that I use on my Weber kettle. Toying with putting that on. The top vent is almost frozen apparently from grease. Need the right solvent to free that up. Did I mention that I don't want to spend much money on this grill? The cover doesn't mate just right with the bottom tub. The hinge bolts haven't torn loose but one side is dented in at the rivets. I shimmed that side with washers and got a much better lid fit but still not perfect. The lid mates perfectly at the hinge but the front has an overbite of about 3/16". Thinking of adding a felt gasket to the bottom tub lip. Worth it? Add more shims and split the difference front to back? Am I splitting hairs? The lid gasket seems pretty flat. When latched, I see no compression of the gasket in the front. Normal? Leak potential? After scraping everything clean inside with a plastic putty knife, I found that the inner tub liner was bent over the ash can at the bottom on one side. I gently pulled and prodded that into submission. So I'm left with esthetics. The lid is stained from water and smoke I guess. I tried Windex and 409 but that didn't touch it. Is there a way to get stains off? Repainting doesn't appear to be an option. Is the finish enamel or powder coating? The side trays are also stained. Can they be cleaned or painted? Type of paint? Prep? The ash tray has some rust developing on top of the air vent slide. Planning on sanding that and repainting. The bottom air vent and screws are rusting so plan on taking that apart and buffing the parts. One of the three tabs that hold the smoke stone heat deflector is bent. Hoping I can bend that back without breaking it. The fire chamber has charcoal welded to the sides. Will continue to work on that but don't anticipate any lingering issues. I know the unit was over heated pegging the lid temp gauge on more than one occasion but the interior still seems to have the factory finish intact. The grates were caked with crud but no rust and not broken. The smoke stone had over an inch of carbonized food drippings on it and is black as coal. Assume some moderate heat will fix that and restore some white color. So, I've cleaned it as best I can and plan on doing a slow burn at about 500 degrees for at least an hour after I get the top air vent issuePhotos.zip solved. Otherwise I may not be able to control the thing. Seeking advice from those who have been there to do a fully functioning, attractive restoration on this grill. I've wanted a smoker for a long time so this is probably going to be my only shot at having one. It needs to look presentable to make it past the wifey and onto my Lanai.
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