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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from chrisco in Akorn replacement bolt   
    The only thing the Akorn uses is 1/4-20 bolts of mostly 3/4 inch lengths, including shoulder bolts.  Go to hardware area of Lowes or Home Depot and tell the guy there what you're looking for, they should be able to help.  It's a shelf hinge so no worries about cooking off nickel or anything.  Whatever's cheap and weather resistant will work.
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from lnarngr in Akorn replacement bolt   
    The only thing the Akorn uses is 1/4-20 bolts of mostly 3/4 inch lengths, including shoulder bolts.  Go to hardware area of Lowes or Home Depot and tell the guy there what you're looking for, they should be able to help.  It's a shelf hinge so no worries about cooking off nickel or anything.  Whatever's cheap and weather resistant will work.
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from Daz in KAMADO JOE- CERAMIC GRILL MYTH?   
    I could totally survive on the Jr alone.  As for the Summit, they did overshoot their mark on that one.  I wanted it before I saw pricing then I just thought why not a ceramic then?  If the price dropped significantly enough I might consider it still.
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from Daz in KAMADO JOE- CERAMIC GRILL MYTH?   
    Different strokes.  I love my KJ and wouldn't trade it for anything.  With the Akorn Jr. I feel like I have all my grilling and smoking needs answered.  But everybody ain't me and if you aren't satisfied then make a change.
     
    Any of the downsides to a ceramic are negligible to me.  Yes, if you overshoot it can be tough to bring the temp back down.  So don't overshoot, take your time and enjoy the day.  And a lot of meats (not brisket!) can tolerate some high temps for a bit while you cool it back down.  
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from itskrod00 in KAMADO JOE- CERAMIC GRILL MYTH?   
    Different strokes.  I love my KJ and wouldn't trade it for anything.  With the Akorn Jr. I feel like I have all my grilling and smoking needs answered.  But everybody ain't me and if you aren't satisfied then make a change.
     
    Any of the downsides to a ceramic are negligible to me.  Yes, if you overshoot it can be tough to bring the temp back down.  So don't overshoot, take your time and enjoy the day.  And a lot of meats (not brisket!) can tolerate some high temps for a bit while you cool it back down.  
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    Likes Big Butts reacted to ebterrier in Costco 2019 Road Show Schedule   
    Atlanta grill company has the same prices with $99 dollar shipping. 
    -Tim
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from JeffieBoy in Akorn Jr. Alternative to the Smokin Stone   
    I should get paid to sell the Jr, I practically force it on my friends who are interested but don't want to spend a fortune ($300 Akorn being a fortune) to try it out.  I've found recently that the stone is kinda hard to find so something like this would come in handy.
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from TKOBBQ in Acorn vs The Others   
    A little science justification.  The Akorn, a fine product that I've owned myself, is metal so it will rust and you will have to replace it eventually.  Also, it's steel, which reflects heat back to the inside.  While this makes it more efficient at burning it also allows the actual fire to burn cooler.  At the wrong temps, this can be a problem.  Ceramics will radiate heat, making them less efficient but also allowing the fire to burn more consistently.  Low temp cooks can occasionally result in a bitter taste to your food due to the fire not burning properly.  This is not routine but it can happen, happened to me.  Ribs turned out tasting really bitter for no reason.  If you burn a little hotter you can get around it, it's just something to think about.
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from TKOBBQ in New to me Akorn 6520 for $40   
    As luck would have it I have at least 2 of those.  I'd love to get one of them to you but am traveling at the moment and won't be back home til the 14th.  If you want to figure something out between now and then I'd be happy to e-mail you.  I don't need anything for it, it's literally sitting on a shelf at home.
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from KismetKamado in New to me Akorn 6520 for $40   
    As luck would have it I have at least 2 of those.  I'd love to get one of them to you but am traveling at the moment and won't be back home til the 14th.  If you want to figure something out between now and then I'd be happy to e-mail you.  I don't need anything for it, it's literally sitting on a shelf at home.
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from Jdc in Looftlighter $40 at Ace Hardware   
    It shows up in the cart with coupon applied. 
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from Ben Murphy in To buy or not to Buy?   
    It's like you're asking the converts why they converted.  Look a kamado will do you good whether you want to grill up steaks or smoke a brisket for hours.  The versatility is unmatched among grills and the Akorn is no exception.  There is a learning curve but you can get it.  Happy grilling!
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from Marty in Anybody know what this is?   
    Also, it probably hasn't been promoted yet because "grilling season" won't start for a few more months.  We all of course know there is no grilling season with kamados but there is in grill sales.
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    Likes Big Butts reacted to prowe in Big Joe or Classic   
    If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice
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    Likes Big Butts reacted to DaddioWA in The Lowe’s fairy delivered a day early!!!   
    My father inlaw is coming to visit us in 2 weeks and he's huge on grilling but he is like how I used to be. We just used weber's 22" that we bought for 20$ at the end of season when target marked them down. They do fine job and all but holy hell I am in love with the akorn. Using no lighter fluid is a huge thing for starters. Not having that taste appear by wild accident is great. But then just the sear you get with the akorn .. that's a thing in it's own right. I grilled a #### ton before.. my steaks were good god delicious but with this akorn? 10x better easily. Much juicier than i could have ever hoped to get.. and on top of that if I want I can give the steaks a nice like charring sear while keeping it red and bloody? Yes pls, no one ever cooks it like that but it's how I prefer my own steak.
     
    I fully plan to convert him when he comes up here. Taking him to costco so we can get a huge selection of meats, as they will be here for a week and it will be 8-9 of us in total so plenty of people to cook for. By the time he goes back to florida im going to have him getting either the entry metal model or just splurge and get the ceramic they just released, or a vision depending on how the reviews for the new akorn pan out.
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from DaddioWA in The Lowe’s fairy delivered a day early!!!   
    Interesting they changed up the grate, it's the same size surface so you could buy that one for the metal too if that's your thing.  Thanks again for the pics and review, I find this to be a very interesting development.  I've preached the gospel to all my coworkers about the Akorn and this just makes options even better.
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from jrpace25 in The Lowe’s fairy delivered a day early!!!   
    Interesting they changed up the grate, it's the same size surface so you could buy that one for the metal too if that's your thing.  Thanks again for the pics and review, I find this to be a very interesting development.  I've preached the gospel to all my coworkers about the Akorn and this just makes options even better.
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    Likes Big Butts reacted to jrpace25 in The Lowe’s fairy delivered a day early!!!   
    @7MKsuper:
     
    @JDEaston:

     
    @Likes Big Butts:

     
    And a random one of the 1 piece firebox

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    Likes Big Butts reacted to jrpace25 in The Lowe’s fairy delivered a day early!!!   
    It was getting dark and I was in a hurry and forgot to add a completed pic.
     

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    Likes Big Butts reacted to jrpace25 in The Lowe’s fairy delivered a day early!!!   
    Today I got an email from Lowe's stating that my order had arrived and was ready to be picked up.  A day early?!?! Excellent.  I headed over after work, and after a few minor delays (it is a brand new store that just opened on Friday), my new ceramic Akorn grill was loaded up and on its way home!  My plan was to build and do an initial burn-in tonight.  I was going to do a video for the unboxing and assembly, but too much to accomplish for that to work, so I just decided to do pictures instead.  I started the unboxing process as directed (I didn't want them to give me any reason to deny a warranty claim should something happen).  Speaking of warranty, I noticed that on Lowe's website that it claims that there is a 1 year limited warranty, but in the owner's manual it states for "Charcoal/Pellet/Kamado Grills... Grill-Hood AND Bottom (excludes removable Ash Pan)- 5 years from date of purchase for rust through/burn through.  Ash pan AND defective parts- 1 year from date of purchase".  I know that it is not the lifetime that OTHERS offer, but also it is not just a 1 year.  
     
    The owner's manual states that assembly time should take 45 minutes and requires 2 people.  I would say that they are somewhat correct.  I started at 1615 and finished at 1800.  Now, I did stop to chat with my wife when she got home and then took a phone call from my brother, but I also took my time to ensure that everything was done correctly, but 45 minutes may be a bit overestimated.  It will take 2 people to pick it up out of the support bracket and then place it back in the bracket after the legs are installed, but other than that, I did it myself.  After starting the assembly, I noticed some "cracking" on the lid, but I am not sure if this is me being overcritical or if this is normal for ceramic coatings.  To be fair, the lid itself is not cracked, but appears that it is the paint and I am not even sure that it is "cracked".  Pictures can explain it better.  As far as the assembly process, the owner's manual was very thorough and as long as you can operate an 11 mm wrench/socket and a Philips screwdriver, you can put this thing together.  After installing the legs, the next step is installing the casters.  The 3" casters seemed to well built for a Chinese manufactured product, but overall, I was impressed by them.  The owner's manual states to lock the wheels when installing casters into the legs.  I couldn't understand why until I tried to install them without locking them.  When you lock the wheels, not only does it stop the wheels from rolling, but it also stops them from pivoting.  The rest of the assembly process was pretty straight forward.  
     
    I know that some people were concerned about the ash pan and 3 legs.  This set up is quite different than the pan on the steel model.  This one is a drawer which also houses the bottom vent.  Some of the things that stand out to me right away that may cause concern include a felt gasket between the lid and the body (same material between the lid and the top vent) and no gasket on the bottom drawer/vent which would lead to obvious air leak.  I was discussing this purchase with my boss today (if you read my intro, he is the one that started this.....), he said that after he assembles something, he gives it the "wobble" test.  Grab ahold of it and give it a good quick shakedown to see if it feels well built and sturdy.  I thought it was a good, easy test so I gave it shot.  While it feels decently solid, I don't believe that being built out of thin-walled aluminum is not going to give the sturdiness of something like the KJ stand (disclaimer: I have not given the same shake test to a KJ stand or BGE nest). 
     
    So after all that, it was too late to fire her up and be able to bring her up to temp and back down in a reasonable fashion and watch it.  My new plan is to try that after I get home from work tomorrow.  
     
    I am no professional reviewer so take what I have written as that of a novice.  I tried to take pictures of most things that I would be interested in knowing about if I were going to purchase one.  If I did not answer a burning (no pun intended) question or you would like a picture of something in particular, let me know and I will do my best to accommodate tomorrow.  Be advised, I will not be able to get pics until after about 1700 EST tomorrow.  
     
    I hope this helps and I still plan to have the first cook on Wednesday.
     
















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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from Red River Smoke in Stainless steel grate   
    That's actually not bad at all, good recommendation.
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from Panchango in Preferred Steak Cooking Temp?   
    I often do mine under 500 and agree it's a little easier to get to target temp.  Convention tells me it's a short, high temp cook >500 but experience tells me exactly what you're saying.  The only exception is when cooking a frozen steak, I use 550 for about 2 minutes per side then go to the second zone until I reach ~130.  Pics may follow later, not cooking tonight :(
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from KismetKamado in Question About Bark On Boston Butt   
    I use butcher paper, the bottom of the butt will get a bit mushy but the top and sides are plenty crunchy to add to the pork.  As my handle implies, I make a pretty good butt.  I like 'em large and I must tell the truth about that.
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from KismetKamado in Put a face with the grill...no glamour shots please   
    I let my wife watch me cook sometimes.
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    Likes Big Butts got a reaction from Dub in Butts in the moonlight and bones in the morning...   
    Very well documented foray, bravo.
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