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I converted my Akorn Kamado into a Pellet Grill


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New toy for Akorn pitmasters! I made a pellet grill conversion on my Akorn in June and now it's going into production. Basically I ripped out a pellet feeder from a small pellet grill and made an adapter at the bottom of the Akorn grill. I just got the patent pending status so I can post it now. Here is a write up on the project. I'll update when we got the production prototype made...probably within a month.

https://bbqube.us/Turn-Your-Akorn-Kamado-into-a-Pellet-Grill-with-BBQube-Pellet-Conversion-Kit_b_15.html?draft=1

 

 

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Strange, no replies so I'll bite :)

 

One of the selling points of the Akorn is the low price point, how much would said gadget cost?  If it cost as much as the Akorn, might not be a big seller.  However, if you target more Kamados that are more expensive and thus tend to be bought by those with more money, might sell more?

 

Just some thoughts.

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It's an interesting accessory. 

 

I didn't want to comment since I don't own a pellet grill, I've never used a pellet grill and I'm quite certain Mrs skreef would kill me if I brought home another grill. But I do have her primed and ready for an outside barrel sink B)

 

 

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6 hours ago, moloch16 said:

Strange, no replies so I'll bite :)

 

One of the selling points of the Akorn is the low price point, how much would said gadget cost?  If it cost as much as the Akorn, might not be a big seller.  However, if you target more Kamados that are more expensive and thus tend to be bought by those with more money, might sell more?

 

Just some thoughts.

It's definitely gonna be cheaper than the Akorn itself. I was surprised myself how much I liked the pellet attachment. Plus it can be removed easily like the ash tray so you can switch to the charcoal anytime. 

I'm also making a prototype with ceramic kamado body, similar setup, but selling a full grill is another story (cost, logistics etc etc)

 

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3 hours ago, sawzall said:

You used galvanized metal to hold the firepot in place?  None for me, thanks. 

it's an aluminum pizza pan. now one for you? :)

in production it's gonna be made with high-temp powder coated steel like all other pellet grills.

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6 hours ago, ckreef said:

It's an interesting accessory. 

 

I didn't want to comment since I don't own a pellet grill, I've never used a pellet grill and I'm quite certain Mrs skreef would kill me if I brought home another grill. But I do have her primed and ready for an outside barrel sink B)

 

 

I make temp controllers for charcoal grills, so I was just like you, resistant to pellet. but after I made my prototype I kept it on for a few weeks until I had to pack up the prototype and send it to the manufacturer. It's cleaner to deal with, does low and slow with a simple dial and if I need to sear, I just use my half moon coal basket. I'm sure Mrs Skreef will be impressed when she sees the final product haha

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Cool! I am happy any time any kamado gets more capability. Amazing the things I can do that were not out there ten or even two years ago.

 

Our latest (non-BBQ) patent went pending about two years ago. Still being litigated and not looking promising. Hope yours is faster!

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8 hours ago, Daz said:

it's an aluminum pizza pan. now one for you? :)

in production it's gonna be made with high-temp powder coated steel like all other pellet grills.

Ah I see. The fingerprints and smudges sure make it look like it’s galvanized!  

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14 minutes ago, sawzall said:

Ah I see. The fingerprints and smudges sure make it look like it’s galvanized!  

yea I went back and looked at it and thought hm it does look like galvanized lol.

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You have my attention sir.  I like the idea of pellet grilling for low and slow, but I have heard mixed things about getting high heat out of them.  One of the reasons I went with an Akorn over a cheap pellet grill, I can still do low and slow and high heat in one grill.  If I could have the ease of pellet when I want it and a Kamado when I want I would pay some money for that.  Price is key here an Akorn can be had for as low as $250 on a good sale $300 on the regular this has to be much cheaper than that.  You can get a Pit Boss for as low as $278 at Walmart we have to be talking like halfish for what is ultimately an accessory.

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