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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. hmmm, sounds like a cookbook may be in the outing.
  11. Great find BigCaddy. The finish on those old Diem grills was amazing. One of the few glossy ceramic finishes which kept their looks without significant crazing. One of these days I will trip over one of those old diems, and it will become mine.
  12. Sharon, I couldn't agree more. If it is still mostly intact at this point, it is one of the good ones. Most of the bad ones are currently sitting in landfills. I got super lucky with mine; even the firebox was fully intact.
  13. This is good news. My original hinge is reaching the limits of it's adjustment. This may actually save some warranty claims from hard closures.
  14. I strongly agree with Ckreef's assertion on the second Kamado, but then, even the old Richard Johnson grills did not have Ceramic rings, they were refractory cement. For the second add, a picture would remove all doubt to the paternity of the grill.
  15. Yes, that is a Richard Johnson Kamado K7 model. Missing or damaged elements on it: Lid handle, in this year it was made of black glazed ceramic, with the word "Kamado" on it with raised letters. Lower damper knob is broken in half, same construction method as the handle. Framework for the right table. Both tables are missing their teak wood inserts. Expect the helper springs which lift the lids to have lost some of their spring, a 1 inch wood block placed in the tubes should fix this. On the plus side, the tiles are in unusually good condition, which indicates a previous owner may have repaired the tiles. It also had the optional stainless band set, which rusts less. Things to check, should you go see it: Does the upper damper screw up and down smoothly Does the lower damper slide in and out easily. Cracks Is the firebox intact without serious cracks Do the wheels on the castors roll without binding Myself and Marauder are two of the old K7 pros around here, we know a thing or two about this model
  16. John, Were those done on coconut charcoal?
  17. Hurray, and Hurry... taps foot... been waiting patiently for one of these. It has been painful to watch all of these great spun cooks by people who had the classic.
  18. I got lucky on the WSM... bought it on summer close-out at Walmart for 99 bucks, then sold it to a buddy for the same price. No financial loss, and I got to play with it for free.
  19. Yep, I built a couple of Mini-WSM smokers prior to getting into Kamado Grills. I realized I was just trying to achieve the long burn time a Kamado naturally gives, by modifying a small grill. They were great little smokers though. Here is a picture of one of the electronically controlled Mini-WSM builds with a 40 quart pot, next to an actual 14.5 WSM.
  20. Burping is important on all Kamado grills when the temps are high. Open about 3 inches, leave it in that position for about 6 seconds, then slowly open the rest of the way. Also some cheap welding/grilling gloves eliminates the risk/problem. You are coming up on Fall, grilling goodies will be going on sale soon. Look for a bargain.
  21. For keeping up with new postings: Tapatalk Android. For creating longer posts: Desktop PC. A phone really does not make sense for actions which require a lot of typing.
  22. Could work really well, you might want to keep a wood wedge handy on the bigger Kamado, to keep the lid lightly propped open to keep the temperature down low enough the cheese stays within its ideal temperature. The mod shown is very similar to the classical "mailbox mod" which has been used with other smokers.
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