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Here's another conundrum that hopefully the community can resolve.

 

First, after reading everything I can find here and elsewhere on the Akorn, every review I've come across states unequivocally that  the body  "is constructed of 22 gauge steel, Exterior finish is powder coated steel, Interior finish is porcelain coated steel." 

 

But yesterday I called Chargriller in GA and the person I spoke to was adamant that the Akorn was 14 gauge steel ...dern near got into an argument about it.

 

Bottom line...which is it? 14 gauge being thicker would be better. I want to believe...but???

 

The other thing is that I am perhaps foolishly attracted to the red Akorn but if the exterior is powder coated and through wear or simple deterioration the finish becomes dull or scratched, where does one go to get red thermal paint to touch it up? My old CG offset needs painting this next spring or I'll lose it. Given all that has been said about rust regarding the Akorn...I'd like to do everything I can to prevent an early retirement.

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2 hours ago, DWFII said:

Here's another conundrum that hopefully the community can resolve.

 

First, after reading everything I can find here and elsewhere on the Akorn, every review I've come across states unequivocally that  the body  "is constructed of 22 gauge steel, Exterior finish is powder coated steel, Interior finish is porcelain coated steel." 

 

But yesterday I called Chargriller in GA and the person I spoke to was adamant that the Akorn was 14 gauge steel ...dern near got into an argument about it.

 

Bottom line...which is it? 14 gauge being thicker would be better. I want to believe...but???

 

The other thing is that I am perhaps foolishly attracted to the red Akorn but if the exterior is powder coated and through wear or simple deterioration the finish becomes dull or scratched, where does one go to get red thermal paint to touch it up? My old CG offset needs painting this next spring or I'll lose it. Given all that has been said about rust regarding the Akorn...I'd like to do everything I can to prevent an early retirement.

I just hit the outside of mine with WD-40 and gave it a good rub.  Kept the outside finish looking great.

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Hi, 

Welcome to the group. Unfortunately all the red one's I've seem have turned pink over time. You may want to stick to black. 

Also, the rust issues that really get you are internal because the Akron catches water in the rain. It's a great cooker but it's not a lifetime grill. I have a friend who keeps his in his garage and it barely shows any signs of wear after a long time of owning it. I have another friend who lives in Hong Kong near the ocean and after 2 years, he is starting to think about replacing it. 

It really boils down to keeping it out of the elements. 

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I'm not sure about the gauge of steel I would go with whatever Char Griller says.

 

Keeping it out of the elements keeps them looking fresh and new. Mine is about 4 years old and It has its oven corner in the garage,  looks as good as the day I unboxed it.

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There's no way the Akorn is made from 14 gauge material.  It's pretty thinly skinned in fact there have been posts on this site dealing with rivets pulling through.  I'd be more inclined to believe 22 gauge.

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I just hope they watch this forum. Or that someone with some cred (I don't have any) would call them on it. Like I said, I was just on the verge of getting into an argument with the person I was talking to...even asked to talk to "technical support" (as if)...so insistant weere they that 14 gauge was what was being used. 

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3 hours ago, K'man said:

...I'd be more inclined to believe 22 gauge.

Me too. But I understand how someone might be misled. 

 

I took calipers to the deflector support tabs. With a little cleaning, I consistently got ~1.65mm, about 16 gauge thickness. I can't see anyone getting 14 gauge (1.98mm) unless they fail to clean the parts. But we have to remember that this is ceramic-coated steel, and can expect that a ceramic coating might be as thick as the steel it clads... and 22 ga. is 0.8mm. Sounds about right to me. 

 

Have fun,

Frank

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