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New to this forum and wanted to give a big THANKS to previous post on temp control problems with the Akorn brand Kamado. I lost the thread and could not reply but one individual decided to return his Akorn to Home Depot due to frustration. I had exact same problems and was glad to see that it was ignorance with the air flow and lack of patience. So a big thanks to all that posted. My Akorn's fire died this morning after putting on a butt and following the user guide that said to shut top vent completely. After reading the forum, re-starting and being patient, it is has been holding at ~300 for the past hour and a half and I am slowly letting it get down to around 225 (hopefully). Now to the questions. One cook book I have states to let grill stabilize to grilling temp, then place the ceramic heat diffuser into the unit, then place the grate on and then add the meat. My fear is that if I did this the Akorn brand ceramic heat diffuser would crack due to the temp shock. So first question: Is their recommendation to let the grill reach desired temp PRIOR to adding the diffuser BS? Second Question: If I do that will it crack the diffuser? Thanks! AkornJim