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Addertooth last won the day on May 18 2015

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  1. Looks like you are missing the top damper. I am not sure, but you used to be able to order them from the BBQ place in Las Vegas which sold the "rocket" Kamado grill. (GalaxyOutdoors.com) At one time they used the same size thread. It looks like you got the desirable Stainless bands, and the unusual Black Tile. It looks like one of the models made in California, which is a good thing. Once they moved production to Indonesia, the quality control slipped markedly.
  2. A special welcome to Jennifer Simmie, who will be visiting this thread to restore her new grill. It is one of the later models which had the large custom shaped "plate tiles", as versus the small single tiles (or stucco) normally seen on an RJ grill.
  3. I would separate the halves, drill holes on both sides which are aligned, set in some metal pins on one side, and then refractory cement the two halves together. You will find the repair will be much stronger with a combination of pins AND refractory cement (or even better, the DAP product which is mentioned throughout the 28 pages which currently make up this thread). It has Fluoric acid in the DAP mix, which enhances binding.
  4. I believe this is one of the later Kamado Grills. The earlier ones did not have the logo on the dome, they had the ceramic handle which had the word "kamado" spelled out on the handle. As I recall the company that made the Kamado logo for the dome ended up suing him for not being fully compensated for their work on the dome logo pieces.
  5. Good work RaymondL87 on getting those gaskets replaced. Your tile looks to be in uncommonly good condition. Your bands were the version which supported a side table; do you still have them?
  6. A picture of your firebox would help us out, Posting your info in the big mega Kamado K7 thread would also be a winning move, as that thread has more eyes on it.
  7. Yes, that is a k7 with the optional gas burner attachment, and the extended grill surface. It looks in surprisingly good condition, even though it is a later Sacramento model (identified by the stainless bands with the attachments for the side tables and the black ceramic Kamado logo on the dome. The inside of the grill will tell the tale. If it does not have any brutal cracks, and if the tiles are mostly intact you may have one of the ones which was well produced. It may in turn give you many years of service. Take a look at the Kamado K7 repair thread (26 pages long) to see some of the common problems these grills have. If this example is not suffering from any of the major defects, then buy it.... but 500 bucks may be a bit high. I picked mine up for about $350.
  8. I would say that anyone who services outside grills and fire pits should be able to hook you up with the right fitting. And yes, I do drop into this thread from time to time.... I entirely applaud those who continue to add to this resource. Although these types of Kamado grills tend to have the same kinds of problems (cracks, frozen dome spiders, falling off tiles, etc), it is almost reassuring to see someone come up with something new and different from time to time. It makes this thread a better resource when something new is introduced.
  9. This Kamado was made at the same place as the Japanese Sakura Kamado in the late 70's. Your model came after they eliminated the "ears" which were on earlier versions of the dome. A great find. I am including a reference photo for your benefit. They no longer put the Kanji script in the dome when your model came out. I am guessing around 1977.
  10. I used the standard high temp tape which is used to seal the dome to body on most kamados. It is known as: Lavalock® Nomex Gasket w/ Self adhesive
  11. When a ceramic part cracks, it indicates there was stress introduced when it was fired (ceramic typically shrinks when fired). The key to a good patch on a crack is simply prepping the cracked faces, and then using whatever your patching agent is while the ceramic part is in a "relaxed state". If you wire it tight as you are patching it, then the stress will remain and you will end up fixing the crack again.
  12. The juniors of various brands are not to be dismissed. They are fully fledged Kamado grills. Like CKreef, I have done very long cooks in the Junior as well. It is also my go to sear and saut├ę station when I cook. The number one caution when doing large hunks of meat for a low and slow cook is... Be aware of the probe on the dome thermometer. I have seen several people close the lid and have problems with this. They think the temperature in their Junior has fallen, open the vents and burn their food (due to direct contact between the probe and the meat, they thought their grill temperature had dropped).
  13. K_sqrd showed the actual factory rack. I attached a photo which shows the original X-Rack for the diffuser as well. I have the old wire basket insert which has the flat topped handles, which give an even lower location to rest the diffuser stone. A new rack can be purchased from the company which makes the "rocket" in Las Vegas (Galaxyoutdoor.com). I got my stone from Californiapizzastones.com It is made from a material more durable than a standard pizza stone. It is chemically closer to a kiln stone in terms of it's composition.
  14. My K7 was disassembled, with the dome removed for transport. The three bolts which secure the band were removed first. Before removing the dome, it was lifted a couple of inches with boards between the body and the dome to wedge it open, and then the dogs (locking nuts) on the springs locked. Then the bolt which cinched the band together was removed. The dome was carefully lifted away and set aside on wooden blocks (so you can get your fingers under it to lift it). After transport, the process was reversed. The three bolts which hold the lower and upper band should be replaced with good quality stainless 3/8 inch bolts.
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