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  • 11 months later...

Based on the date stamped on my KJC2, it was manufactured in nov 2018. After several smokes, my powder coat looks like many in this thread. At first I thought it was gunk, but after removing it to clean thoroughly, I noticed it has a little bit of gunk, but most of it is actually coating bubbling and peeling. Maybe I got old stock, but it seems like current units might still have the isue.

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14 minutes ago, horseshoes said:

Based on the date stamped on my KJC2, it was manufactured in nov 2018. After several smokes, my powder coat looks like many in this thread. At first I thought it was gunk, but after removing it to clean thoroughly, I noticed it has a little bit of gunk, but most of it is actually coating bubbling and peeling. Maybe I got old stock, but it seems like current units might still have the isue.

 

I wish they would have stayed with Cast Iron or gone with Stainless Steel for the vent instead.  

 

It’s hard to keep paint from stripping with Aluminum.  It’s not a porous metal like CI.  The paint only sits on the surface and will scrape off easily no matter what you do.  

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My Kamado Joe II is 3 months old and the paint on the tower top vent after crack and peeled and I was wondering if there are any others grill owners with the same problem nowadays. I'll reach out to customer support, but I'm curious if others have experienced the same issue.

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43 minutes ago, rodny said:

My Kamado Joe II is 3 months old and the paint on the tower top vent after crack and peeled and I was wondering if there are any others grill owners with the same problem nowadays. I'll reach out to customer support, but I'm curious if others have experienced the same issue.

I also have the kamado Joe ll. I had the same issue with my tower control vent. They covered it under the warranty. The replacement I had lasted about a year or so and the same thing has happened to the replacement. I justed wire brushed it and kept on using it.

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On ‎7‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 1:51 AM, 12v_dub said:

 

I have received a replacement kontrol towel cap and im starting to see paint bubbling off in the same area as last time. I think I will just get it powder coated and be done with it. 

 

I got mine media blased back to bare metal 

Looks kinda cool now 

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I gave up on KJ fixing this problem but I never filed a claim for this issue also because I thought it was petty, It is a smoker and things happen that I don't believe the manufacturer is responsible. With that said I finally went back to the smokeware cap, I wasn't happy the first time i tried them but IMO the new ones are better quality and so far so good

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10 hours ago, Combustication said:

Would like to know this as well as I need to purchase one.  Is it better to go with the Smokeware cap?

 

Yes it is.  The powdercoating does not hold up.  It has not been corrected.  The kontrol tower works perfectly after the powdercoating comes off the contact surfaces.

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Has anyone been able to order the Pro Kontrol Tower as that is Stainless Steel? Does it fit on the Classic I? I have a Classic I with the Cast Iron tower and was considering either the new Kontrol Tower or SmokeWare cap. The thing is I like that the cast iron has virtually no maintenance. I wipe the bottom of it once in a while but that is it so far. 

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Just over three years in and I wasn’t worried about the paint chipping in the inside.  But now it is starting to look bad in the outside too.  The paint chipping continued to spread to the point that it is chipping where the marks are for the settings.  I’ve reached out to KJ on this one, but not sure if it’s a three year warranty or not.  Either way, it still works great and I’ve already got more than my money out of it.

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I noticed the paint chipping after the first few cooks.  I've had the grill for about 2 months at this point.  I wasn't too worried about it and I went ahead and cleaned the kontrol tower with PBW as I'd seen recommended on the forum and any paint chips on the inside I brushed off with a towel.  First cook after cleaning, I noticed the kontrol tower leaking more than it had previously.  I had read that the kontrol tower seems to work the same wether the paint is on or chipped off.  Has anyone else had that issue?  Seems like it is OK keeping about 250, but I haven't done a long low and slow.

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