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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
Hi there . Im new to this forum I’ve been smoking with an akorn but recently picked up a Kamado made in the 1970s . It needs some love . Mainly a cleaning , seals , some oil on the hinges . the biggest problem was the top screw vent was rusted in place . I tried penetrating fluid, wire brush, heat, nothing worked. To get to the point I cracked in half the to vent . I’m going to use stainless parts for the screw and bolt but I need a good cement adhesive to but the vent back together with .
Hey gang - Anyone else had issues with the lava stone diffuser cracking over time? And by cracking, I mean cracking in some areas and flat out breaking through in others? Disclaimer: I've had the Classic B and this diffuser/spider setup since late July, and use the kamado almost nightly. I've probably done about 30 or so cooks that required the diffuser, and always have it put away out of the elements when not in use, and wrap it in heavy duty foil when doing a cook (in case the drip pan should leak/spill, etc). Did a ham on Christmas without issue, and did pizza Sunday night - noticed last night when pulling everything out to prep for last night's needs that the diffuser felt almost "limp" inside the foil so unwrapped it and found it in the following state. While I realize it's a $35 part and can be replaced, I really expected more time from it than less than 5 months. I live in Florida so it's not being exposed to radical or rapid temp changes at all. Am now considering alternative solutions, but am bummed, because it did work very well while it lasted... Cheers,