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Kamado K7 Restoration


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13 hours ago, WSG said:

I have an old K7 I am trying to rebuild. Does anyone know where I can get replacement springs? One of mine is rusted and broken in half and the other isnt really working. I emailed Galaxy outdoor and the replacement set of 2 shocks is 695$. 

Thanks. 

 

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WOW! $695. OK, here's some info that might help. The following was posted in an RJ Newsletter

several years ago.

 

"... the K7 springs should be 18 inches long, the K9 are 24 inches. To check
the length of the compression springs you would raise the lid to its fullest height and
then remove the 1/4 inch bolt holding the springs in the prop tubes..."

 

Knowing the length of the spring, you also need to count the total number of coils and

measure the diameter of the spring wire. Armed with that info, check with a couple of

custom spring manufactures who do heavy duty compression springs. There may be a

setup charge because of the low quantity so ask about that. Overall, it should still be

a lot less, I would hope, than what Galaxy wants.

 

BTW - Welcome to the forum.

 

EDIT: Forgot - you'll also need the OD of the wound coil along with the other info. Sorry about that.

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I would separate the halves, drill holes on both sides which are aligned, set in some metal pins on one side, and then refractory cement the two halves together.  You will find the repair will be much stronger with a combination of pins AND refractory cement (or even better, the DAP product which is mentioned throughout the 28 pages which currently make up this thread).  It has Fluoric acid in the DAP mix, which enhances binding.  

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A special welcome to Jennifer Simmie, who will be visiting this thread to restore her new grill.  It is one of the later models which had the large custom shaped "plate tiles", as versus the small single tiles (or stucco) normally seen on an RJ grill.

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30 minutes ago, Addertooth said:

I would separate the halves, drill holes on both sides which are aligned, set in some metal pins on one side, and then refractory cement the two halves together.  You will find the repair will be much stronger with a combination of pins AND refractory cement (or even better, the DAP product which is mentioned throughout the 28 pages which currently make up this thread).  It has Fluoric acid in the DAP mix, which enhances binding.  

   excellent advise the use of pins , i would add tie wire ( ferrous metal wire found at any lumbers yard used to tie rebar)  thin flex- able to the crack length   help hold your mortar    

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Hi, we recently bought a K7 for just $100 but it needs work. It is in good condition with just a couple tiles off the bottom but it is missing removable pieces such as the grill and damper at the top.  I’m not even sure what other pieces there are! 
Can someone please let me know what we are missing and where to get replacements? 
Thank you much! 

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Looks like you are missing the top damper.  I am not sure, but you used to be able to order them from the BBQ place in Las Vegas which sold the "rocket" Kamado grill. (GalaxyOutdoors.com)  At one time they used the same size thread. 

 

It looks like you got the desirable Stainless bands, and the unusual Black Tile.  It looks like one of the models made in California, which is a good thing.  Once they moved production to Indonesia, the quality control slipped markedly.

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I dug out of my storage shed a Kamado K7. Long story why it was in storage but another day. IMG_0659.thumb.jpeg.92986371ceb15294a5b76224ffc0e5d5.jpegI believe this is one of the original Kamado grills. It was purchased back in 2004. A absolutely beautiful grill with green tile on the outside. The only problem is the insert inside that allows air flow around and the coal grate is broker cracked. The rest of the grill is in good shape. Does anyone know where I can get the insert and the grate replaced. The grill diameter is 22" and it is a beast. I ofter thought about selling it as it is just the wife and me and we don't need this big of a grill.

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That is a beauty.  And, as you say, in excellent condition.  I know that there are at least a couple of members here who own or are knowledgeable when it comes to restoration of these kamados.  One resource that comes to mind is The Ceramic Grill Store.  While they may not have parts matching OEM, they may have something that will be a workable substitute.  Good Luck.

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Nice looking Kamado. The charcoal grate - round center piece with holes - is sometimes removed

completely and a large wire charcoal / ash basket is used in its place. It provides more air flow and the ash

doesn't build up like it would with the round grate. You might check the Kickash basket site for

something that would fit.

https://www.kickashbasket.com/

I'm not sure what to suggest for the large insert.  RJ used to put a mesh wire into a lot of the

things he built to avoid things from totally breaking apart. You might check to see if there is some imbedded

wire in the insert. If so, you might be able to use some refractory cement to fill the cracks and stabilize it.

Welcome to the forum.

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