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.
By Colin Barbeau
Good day guys,
This is my first post, I was waiting to have something new to post before officially joining. Been looking at the forum for the last year: great stuff! I was very frustrated with the plastic shelves that came with the KJ (can melt) and I am not a fan of building a cart for my kamado: it takes place on the deck, it blocks the view and gathers snow (IMO). I like shelves, they fold back when you're done and you don't see them anymore. I wanted shelves that are easy to clean, that are foldable, that support heat and that are wider than the standard ones, so I could fit a rib rack or a fully loaded divide and conquer without balance issues. I tried to keep the cost as low as possible while maintaining a design that was sturdy and would last a lifetime. 80 bucks later (Canadian bucks!), I had two aluminum shelves, 50% wider than the original ones and they are also lighter. You can't imagine the joy I got the first time I placed a hot ceramic heat diffuser on the shelves. Wow, this is a cheap luxury and I dig it! Anyhow, if you guys want to build them, it is relatively easy: - Two 15.5 x 15.5 x 1/8 thk aluminum plates - Four 3/4 x 3/4 x 1/16 thk square aluminum tubes, 15 1/4 long (slightly shorter than the plates, just to be sure they don't protrude) - 16 rivets, 3/16 diameters The tubes are mounted on the original KJ black steel brackets (remove the plastic bars), drill the tubes through the existing screw holes on the brackets and rivet in place. Position the plate, drill and rivet in the tubes. Hope this will help someone, we deserve better than meltable shelves Cheers and all the best during these challenging times. -Colin
By Marc D
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 .
I have a smokin stone for my AKORN Kamado, but wanted one for my AKORN Jr.. I found that not only are they scarce, but pricey too. From searches on the forums I did not really see a good solution, so I gave it a try myself to come up with one. Here is what I got:
Wally World has Lodge 10.5 inch griddles for $14.88.
Once out to the shop I cut the handle off. Just eye balled the cut off point to fit on the shelf in the cooker.
Went to the grinding wheel to eliminate the rough surfaces and then drilled holes in the handle and handle lip to hold the bolt, nut and lock washer.
Fit nicely in the cooker and was very stable.
You can remove the deflector with BBQ gloves or use the grill handle which fits nicely in the slot of the griddle handle.
Fired up the grill and seem to work just fine with some salmon fillets I did.