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Hey everyone! I'm looking for advice as I plow through the restore of my lightly used Komado Company K7. It's new home is in Murrieta, California so it will get 30 degree weather in the winter and up to 115 degree weather for a month or so in the summer. This is much more extreme than its previous home in LA. Recommendations for protection? Current State: Completely disassembled for transport. Minor cracks found on the (2)firebox, (1)back of the lower, and (1) back of the upper. All are hairline cracks. Zero tiles missing or loose! The top spider is not rusted, and the top cap spins freely, missing zero tiles and undamaged. The grill grate is bent and will be trashed. The bottom draft door surround is intact with zero cracks and minimal rust. Bad gaskets all around and need replacement with the usual nomex. Bands are in good shape, but the springs show signs of rust and a crappy weld to make them long enough. The black lid handle is broken as well, needing replacement. Should I go ahead and worry about patching hairline cracks now or later once they get worse? Has anyone put after market fire bowls with higher walls for added protection? Clean the grout and regrout it? Seal the grout? Should I unbolt the ugly cart and build a permanent resting place to raise this sucker another 12 inches? I only ask because I'm a 6'4 giant. Really want this thing higher. I will be using this beast for indirect cooking ONLY up to max of 400 degrees so I'll need to find a system for it. 18 inch across down on the bottom. 21.5 inch for the grill insert with 2 tier. I've found a couple options already on Amazon
I was advised to start a new topic with this question. Although it has been a pain searching for a replacement part for my K7 (2002) propane burner, finding this great site makes it worth it. I guess I have been lucky, as I purchased my Kamado right from the West Sacramento factory, moved it three times, and have had no problems -- no cracks, only a few missing tiles (movers rolled it along the bottom!) and replaced the lump saver basket after 14 years. I use it at least three times a week (notice creosote flow) and sometimes crank it up past 700 degrees for pizza. Now I need to find a replacement brass valve/orifice that I find is not a standard size. Its 3/8" flared end goes into the hose and the orifice screws into the stainless steel nut. Any ideas? Thank you in advance for the help. It has been a pain using a kitchen torch to start the fire....
https://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/for/d/kamado-bbq-smoker-grill/6547771880.html Seems like a great deal for someone that lives a bit closer. $500 for a huge K7 with some nice accessories. The price is cheaper than lots of new models.... Happy Easter!
Howdy. I stumbled on this forum when I was looking for a Kamado to install in my BBQ island. I read a post by a member named Marauders who restored a Kamado and I was intrigued. Coincidentally, I found the same model in my city and bought it for $300. It is a K7 [scary organ rift here]. Aside from the apparently typical issue of tiles falling off, it is in pretty good condition. In any event, I plan to leverage the work Marauders did and restore mine to working condition (see attached photo). Wish me luck.