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Akorn JR -looking terrible after seasoning. Paint coming off!

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This is one problem I have with the Chargriller.  The grill is capable of self destructing.  It doesn't take much to bring that grill up to nuclear temps.  That's what happened here.  You can literally get that grill to grill damage zone in 10-15 minutes or less with the vents open.  It has no thermal mass to protect from that.  This grill is only damaged aesthetically.  It's still functional unless the gaskets melted off.

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It looks pretty cool to me in the two tone colors. :-D

He got it HOT. Look at the 2nd pic and the partially burnt off piece of gasket laying there. I will agree with User Error on this one but I bet that Char Griller makes it good to him. I think it needs new gaskets and a paint job.

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@patiodaddyo

 

Sorry to see this!  Many of us have taken Jr temps way beyond recommendations, but we've never seen damage like this.  Dumb question, you did have the inner fire bowl installed, right?

 

In any case, definitely e-mail the pix to CharGriller customer service, I would think they'd be interested whether they can do anything for you or not.

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I have gone "nuclear temp" on my Akorn.  Had to replace the gasket. Everything else was OK.

 

What was being used to measure the temp?  Maybe a temp gauge gone haywire from the start.

 

I never trusted my Akorn temp gauge.

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22 hours ago, ckreef said:

 

No...... 

 

That got crazy hot enough to burn the seasoning off the grate. Nothing to do with the insulation.

 

Most Akorn users at one time or another allowed their Akorn to go nuclear. I once  went so hot in an Akorn Jr it turned 1/2 the gasket stark white (posted on here some where). It only takes a few, unattended minutes, to get out of hand. I'll say it again,  the total loss of seasoning on the grate tells the story. 

 

And it looks like briquettes. Bad idea. Yea that's a controversial topic but, without digging out the manual, I believe lump charcoal is recommended. 

 

 

You are correct sir on the lump charcoal, which is what I used mostly. I had a handful of briquets left in the bottom of a bag that I threw on top.

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58 minutes ago, 540perry said:

@patiodaddyo

 

Sorry to see this!  Many of us have taken Jr temps way beyond recommendations, but we've never seen damage like this.  Dumb question, you did have the inner fire bowl installed, right?

 

In any case, definitely e-mail the pix to CharGriller customer service, I would think they'd be interested whether they can do anything for you or not.

Hahhhaa -not a dumb question I guess but it wouldve been a dumb move to have NOT installed the inner bowl ;)

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2 hours ago, riverfish said:

Looks like a Mans grill now gives it character get yourself some fresh gaskets and your back in business!!

And the winner is.....  I'm keepin' her. Won't be the ugliest grill I have by far..hah!

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12 hours ago, adam319 said:

Just asking. Did you use a charcoal starter and throw a bunch of screaming hot charcoal into the acorn? These things don't take much to get up to temp. If you had a whole starter full and threw that on a load that was in the acorn...you for sure got wayyyy to hot. if it was dark out that thing prolly would been glowing.

No charcoal starter. I used a chimney starter and filled the grill not quite half full. And I will say -it got way hotter than I imagined it would, real fast and apparently stayed that way longer than I would've thought. I learned the hard way.

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6 hours ago, John Setzler said:

This is one problem I have with the Chargriller.  The grill is capable of self destructing.  It doesn't take much to bring that grill up to nuclear temps.  That's what happened here.  You can literally get that grill to grill damage zone in 10-15 minutes or less with the vents open.  It has no thermal mass to protect from that.  This grill is only damaged aesthetically.  It's still functional unless the gaskets melted off.

I agree and as I said in a previous reply, just gonna keep it and move forward with what I've got. It was user error and it's mostly aesthetics. New gasket won't be a problem. Paint...maybe, maybe not.

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Thanks for all the replies -I like the engagement here on this forum, good stuff!

 

Bottom line: It was definitely MY fault. I had never used one of these -I loaded it up, walked off (actually took about a 15 minute powernap, bad idea) and the thing went to hell..almost literally! Had no idea this thing would heat up to the temps it heated up to. That's actually encouraging to me though, it's definitely a good thing...if used properly.

 

On that note, I'm going to keep it. Aside from aesthetics, it's not in terrible shape, just need to replace the gaskets. Nothing melted, handles and everything else attached to it, including the vent, are still in perfect shape.

 

Yeah, it's ugly for a brand new grill but it was bound to get that way sooner or later, I was just hoping for later. And it certainly won't be the ugliest outdoor cooking unit I own :)

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10 minutes ago, patiodaddyo said:

No charcoal starter. I used a chimney starter and filled the grill not quite half full. And I will say -it got way hotter than I imagined it would, real fast and apparently stayed that way longer than I would've thought. I learned the hard way.

A chimney is not a method most kamado users would choose. As it kind of takes temp control out of your hands and nuclear is the only option.  I have done it, I prob won't do it again.

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Give CS at CharGriller a try. 

 

I respect that you realized operator error.  

You may wrangle the gasket as a no cost replacement. I would do it for you for being straightforward.

 

Consider remote temp probe with an alarm on your gift list.  Mine just saved me on tonight's cook. (distracted  by  my PC).

 

M.

 

 

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Patio, you deserve to be complimented for your honesty in this matter. Way too many people misuse or neglect their cookers and then go online to lambaste the manufacturer rather than admit their own culpability. Tip of the cap to you and welcome aboard!

 

You'll probably need to replace the top vent O-ring as well as the gaskets. Hopefully that will get your cooker back in service. Keep us posted!

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