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I've done several cooks on the new Akorn and eally like it. Small problem though. I can't remove the ash catcher. I've tapped it with a hammer and jerked and twisted to no avail. Any ideas?

powerpig. Mine got stuck too after doing a butt and all the oil and grease went down the sides and onto the seal. i pried it loose with a flathead screwdriver. be gentle though and make sure you pry from the bottom of the sel and not the top or you will pull it loose from the rivets.

Would a quick spray of PAM help prevent this as an issue?

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I've done several cooks on the new Akorn and eally like it. Small problem though. I can't remove the ash catcher. I've tapped it with a hammer and jerked and twisted to no avail. Any ideas?

powerpig. Mine got stuck too after doing a butt and all the oil and grease went down the sides and onto the seal. i pried it loose with a flathead screwdriver. be gentle though and make sure you pry from the bottom of the sel and not the top or you will pull it loose from the rivets.

I had not even thought of the seal area gunking up. Yesterday I did have to chop and scrape the ash grate out. It was glued to the fire bowl with an ash and grease combination.

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If the grease has caked or dried hard, try warm the grease with a heat gun or wait for a hot day. Scrape off excess grease from the inside wall and center slide holder. A plastic putty knife is my usually too for cleaning grease off pans.

How to judge the quality of the ceramic, before it gets hairline cracks? Is there a low cost firepot replacement?

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If the grease has caked or dried hard, try warm the grease with a heat gun or wait for a hot day. Scrape off excess grease from the inside wall and center slide holder. A plastic putty knife is my usually too for cleaning grease off pans.

How to judge the quality of the ceramic, before it gets hairline cracks? Is there a low cost firepot replacement?

That is brilliant checking on the price of the ceramic fire pot before buying a ceramic cooker. I had not thought of that. It does seem to be one of the things people often talk about breaking .

I once bought a heavy duty commercial vacuum cheap at a thrift store and the bags were $5 each and not that big. I did not use it much.

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