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Does anyone know what the main differences are in the new top vent KJ is coming out with and the current daisy wheel setup? Does it allow for any better or precise control etc. and is John going to have to do new How To videos using the new top vent?

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Does anyone know what the main differences are in the new top vent KJ is coming out with and the current daisy wheel setup? Does it allow for any better or precise control etc. and is John going to have to do new How To videos using the new top vent?

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Doubt that it offers more precise control but it will not change settings when the dome is opened and it will prevent rain (most rain anyway) from entering the kamado thru the top vent.

 

Do a forum search as there are pictures of the new vent.

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I feel the current top vent works very well. Better than some people give it credit. What problems are you having? Maybe we can help.

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I am not having any problems, I am planning on making the Kamado Joe Classic my next cooker and I just noticed that there is a new top vent about to come out and I was just curious about it. Just waiting on the next RoadShow!

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The main thing I am curious about is with the current design it can be opened up fully or closed with the daisy wheel fully open, will

The new model offer that type of flexibility ?

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The main thing I am curious about is with the current design it can be opened up fully or closed with the daisy wheel fully open, will

The new model offer that type of flexibility ?

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Last I heard KJ was on version 6 of this vent. I think they are going on at least 18 months of R&D here. KJ releases products when they are ready. Kinda like you brisket is done when it is done...

The current vent works great, I bet you will be perfectly happy with it.

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Here's a pic of one of the prototype versions. I believe the latest prototypes have made some slight changes but probably nothing too drastically different. Not sure as I haven't really kept up with it.

 

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I have really liked designs of the new upper damper.  Previously, ceramic Kamado owners relied upon aftermarket upper dampers to provide some rain resistance.  Kamado Joe continues to work on including many of the desirable features which have been enjoyed on some of the very expensive Kamado grills on the market.  I like the fact that these inclusions start with the examination of addressing potential challenges in previous implementations of those features.  For example, the rotisserie rod appears to be more easily removed on the KJ design, and the upper vent model addresses the seizing issues which were seen in some of the other rain resistant upper dampers seen on the market.  They chose to not simply mimic  the feature, but also how to make it a notch better.  Keep the effort up KJ, we appreciate it. 

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Here's a pic of one of the prototype versions. I believe the latest prototypes have made some slight changes but probably nothing too drastically different. Not sure as I haven't really kept up with it.

 

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The final vent design will look somewhat different, and with a lower profile. FWIW, you can easily use your current kamado vents in pouring rain. I would be more concerned about opening the dome for too long in heavy rain. No significant amount of water will enter your top vent during a cook. I cooked for years on kamados in the rain.

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