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New Akorn Owner needing help with first time setup.

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Hey guys, 

 

New Akorn owner here from Springfield Mo. I am assembling the grill tonight and want to do everything possible to ensure great cooks and the longest life possible. I have heard that I may need to seal up the ash pan to avoid air leaks with some kind of silicon. I have also read to season the grates to avoid rusting. 

 

I am reaching out to you Akorn masters for set up tips. Any knowledge would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. 

 

JKapp

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I did not seal anything in either of my two Akorns and have not noticed any leaks.  Get a cover if it sits outside though.

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Welcome to the forum! The newer Akorn's don't seem to need any sealing but as mentioned you really need to get a cover for it. I would recommend getting some Linseed oil to season the grate with. Wipe it on sparingly and heat it at 350° for about an hour, then shut the grill down and let it cool completely. Then repeat it 2 more times. It will be good until you do any very high temp cooks, like Pizza. If you do anything real high temp you will need to re-season it.

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When I assembled mine I had a small leak from the main gasket area. I opened the grill and pinched the gasket and sort of rolled it around between my fingers all the way around the grill. Problem solved, leak gone. 

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Thanks for the welcome and encouragement. I assembled last night and am good to go. I have a crease in the hood like many others. Guess I will holler at CharGrillet about that one!

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Yeah, unless there is smoke pouring out of one of the gaskets, don't worry about modding anything. 

 

Temps can get away from you in a hurry if you don't watch it, so just keep an eye on it the first few times you cook on it.

 

Wipe down the grates with oil before you cook the first time. After that, just clean the grates and spray them with non-stick spray every time you cook. Easy to maintain. Get a cover to keep it out of the rain.

 

You can read everything on here and drive yourself nuts trying to do everything that you've read. Just cook on the thing for a while and play around with the vents to see how the temp reacts. 

 

Have fun!

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Welcome to the Akorn addiction .  Hope you enjoy yours as much as I have enjoyed mine for the last 6 months.  Use good lump charcoal and you will have very little to clean up.  You will find the design, fit and finish to be usable and, on mine, no problems.

 

Joe

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Cover it buy anything and if you can't find it cover it with a large garbage bag.

Before even firing up the unit spray the inside of the box grill dome and especially the ash pan with cooking oil.

Season the grate, and keep it seasoned well, keep oiling it and it will last

Every so often open it up a little and get it up to 500-600 degrees to burn off all the junk that builds up clean the grates when it is hot, and after cleaning shut it down, and oil the grates to keep it from rusting after it cools off and spray a light coat of oil on the dome.

OH DID I MENTION TO OIL THE GRATES, AND IF IN DOUBT OIL THE GRATES AGAIN.

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