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if you put another layer of nomex on the top you wont have any problems again with the top vent . you may have a bit of fun getting the top vent settled down on it but after that and a few cooks it beds in and wont fall off i did this mod as mine was loose 

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Did the branding change?  Is Louisiana grill the same as pitboss?  I’m a PB 24 owner in my 3rd or 4th season...  I’m still a Costco member and I saw a new model there this year that seems basically the exact same as mine except they didn’t use felt - instead they used like a mesh woven seal between the lid.   is that the Louisiana?

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From what I've seen, pretty much the only difference between this year's models of Louisiana Grills and Pit Boss is the latch. Louisiana Grills have a magnetic latch, and Pit Boss have a latch which reminds me of the latch of Kamado Joe.

 

Here are 2 videos showing the Pit Boss with the new latch:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tktlDYobkXU

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zvD1CLkvlU

 

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4 hours ago, mrzippy said:

Did the branding change?  Is Louisiana grill the same as pitboss?  I’m a PB 24 owner in my 3rd or 4th season...  I’m still a Costco member and I saw a new model there this year that seems basically the exact same as mine except they didn’t use felt - instead they used like a mesh woven seal between the lid.   is that the Louisiana?

 

Same parent company, Dansons, distributing the kamado with different branding, PB vs. LG. Also, still made by Auplex like many other budget kamados.

 

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On 5/7/2019 at 5:14 PM, Walrus said:

@Steve325

 

I need to save this reply I end up typing every 2 days about the Pitt Boss/Louisiana K24:

 

1. Great all around smoker/grill for the price. Great size.

2. Hinge nuts come loose if you mess with them/tighten them too much. If you do, you'll need to apply loctite and snug them but not too tight. Tighten until they are touching the washers, then loosen a half turn. Then let the loctite set overnight.

3. I hate the deflector/ceramic platesetter it comes with. It leaves too much of a gap and sits too high when used legs up for smoking. It's too close to the grate, and leaves no room for a drip pan.

4. Top vent 100% needs an extra layer of felt to seal properly.

5. Bottom damper needs some massaging to tighten. Some people add felt, I tapped the slider channels tighter with a hammer.

6. Combination of 4 & 5, if you don't fix them, prevents you from holding low temps, and prevents the grill from snuffing out the coals when you are done. 6 hours later with both top & bottom vents closed, open the lid and you'll see glowing coals. The next time you go to use it, open the lid and all the charcoal is gone, the only thing left is ash.

 

All of that sounds bad but.. fix the top & bottom vents, and lastly, get a Woo ring from ceramicgrillstore, and a 16" pizza stone. This gives you the following:

1. Seals it up for better temperature control, and when you shut it down, it shuts down in 15 minutes. Next day open the lid, and you have charcoal left to use for the next cook.

2. Raises the grate to the felt line. Better height for flipping burgers, steaks etc, and further from the coals (but not too far)

3. Provides a lower ring to put the 16" pizza stone for a deflector. Much better lower height, and less of a gap around it. Provides 2" distance between deflector and grate so you can use a round drip pan, or the rectangular disposable tin lasagna/steam tray pans Costco sells in 25 packs.

 

With these fixes, I find it's a perfect grill/smoker for the price. Can be had for less than $500 as the summer goes on. Add $20 felt, $40 Woo Ring and $40 Pizza stone, and you're good to go for half the price of others.

 

 

 

When adding the extra felt to the vent, do you remove the existing felt first or just leave it on and put the extra felt on top of it?

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On 3/24/2021 at 4:40 PM, Mikejonce said:

 

 

When adding the extra felt to the vent, do you remove the existing felt first or just leave it on and put the extra felt on top of it?

You add on top of what is there

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On 5/10/2019 at 5:57 PM, Walrus said:

When you installed the top vent, you should have noticed it fits loosely/slides around and the felt actually does nothing. A 2nd layer is needed to seal.

 

This is absolutely correct.  I bought the replacement nomex and added it, and now the top vent doesn't feel all wobbly anymore.  That said, I didn't add a "second layer", rather I removed the factory gasket (black, thin, POC) cleaned the surface with acetone, and added the new nomex that I found on Amazon (1 1/8 wide).  I don't think there's a need to double up, in fact it seems hard to conceptualize how the new gasket would stick to the existing gasket. I'm pretty sure the adhesive is meant to go directly onto the ceramic.  

 

Anyhoots, just my two cents.  If I find that the bugger still isn't holding temps, I'll go back in there and see if I can't add an extra layer of gasket.  I will say it was a challenge to poke through the new gasket to get the screws back through to secure the vent back on.  Anyone have tips for this?

 

Thanks to all.

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