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Grilling with the Char-Griller Akorn - adequate grates?


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I recently replaced my 20 year-old rinky dinky Brinkman horizontal smoker/grill with a Char-Griller Akorn komado. I bought it primarily for slow smoking. Knocked out some incredible pulled pork shoulder and brisket last weekend! I love the design of the Akorn (it's my first komado) for slow smoking.

 

But I prefer to have just one grill/smoker and am concerned about how well it will work for standard grilling, such as hamburgers, steaks, pork chops, fish, etc. My concern is the distance between the fire and the grate. The grate isn't adjustable, and it's raised up pretty high.I'm not sure I could sear meat, for instance, and I'm not sure I could cook a steak quickly enough to turn out a perfect medium rare.

 

What are your experiences? And advice? I hoped to find a secondary grate online that would sit on the diffuser (pizza stone) holders, but no luck.

 

All anecdotes and advice are highly appreciated!

 

jb

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You can buy a Weber 18.5 inch replacement grate that will fit below the main grate. That will bring you closer to the fire for searing, etc. Check on Amazon or a local store.

 

Good luck and happy grilling. Congrats on your Akorn purchase, and welcome to the forum!

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You can put a weber grate on the tabs. That is what most people put their diffusers on. If you fill up with lump up to those same tabs and crank up the heat, you shouldn't have any problem direct grilling and searing on the main grate. I have also grilled steaks right on the lower grate.

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The replacement charcoal grate (not the cooking grate) for the 22.5" weber kettle will sit perfectly on the heat deflector tabs on your Akorn.  Don't use a cooking grate down there.  It won't last as long and isn't as strong.  You can get these at home depot and lowes for about $12.

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The replacement charcoal grate (not the cooking grate) for the 22.5" weber kettle will sit perfectly on the heat deflector tabs on your Akorn.  Don't use a cooking grate down there.  It won't last as long and isn't as strong.  You can get these at home depot and lowes for about $12.

Thanks for the correction, John...I meant 22.5, but wrote 18.5"!

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For people reading this, what John and Big Dawg are talking about is the grate for the 22.5" webber kettle. That is how the replacement grates are labeled, by which webber grill they fit.

The grate itself does not measure 22.5"

 

 

IIRC, it's 18"

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Welcome :woot:    all Kamados are about temperature control..... upper vent/ lower vent...... working in harmony.....  low and slow  OR hot and fast. grill placement not so important .... think of it as an oven with  fire !  Have Fun! dont stress too much about it   and take PICS!

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I bought an Akorn a few weeks ago and have been having a ball with it after umteen years of using a more traditional pit.  It seems to me that the "secret" is in the heat deflector stone.  I had to order one because it didn't come with the cooker.  Slow cooking/smoking means having the deflector in place and establishing a temp of 250 degrees or so.  Take the deflector out, crank up the heat, and you are good to go for direct heat grilling.  The distance between the coals and meat doesn't seen to matter.  It's a learning process.  The hardest thing for me was not opening the cooker to "take a look".  Establish a temp and let the cooker do its thing.  

 

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