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Raphael
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I've been getting to know my KJ Classic II for a few months now and keep noticing that my top vent assembly isn't as tight on the lid as I would like.

 

It's not so bad when the vent is partly open but when I swing the vent wide open it's very noticeable, especially once it warms up.

 

Plus, a little siren goes off inside my head when the text doesn't line up perfectly in the centre! :-D 

 

Wondering if anyone had similar issues and if so, how you went about fixing it. 

 

More felt? It would need to be heat proof I suppose. Will try to source some to fit and see if it improves. 

 

Any other suggestions? 

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46 minutes ago, Raphael said:

 

It's not so bad when the vent is partly open but when I swing the vent wide open it's very noticeable, especially once it warms up.

 

 

 

 

THAT, in my opinion, is the only design flaw on the Kontrol Tower.  I do not like the fact that it spins off to the side like that.  I just pull the top piece off instead of sliding mine to the side.  I recommend that option as well.  

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Yes put another layer of Felt Gasket material  and that will hold it tight, Call customer support and they should send you a piece, If not get this

https://www.amazon.com/Kamado-Joe-KJ-GA23-Gasket-Classic/dp/B00HYLBT9O/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=kamado+gasket+material&qid=1569013609&s=gateway&sr=8-6

 

 

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Yes i found the same issue with the Kontrol Tower when I replaced the daisy wheel especially after doing a pizza cook at high temps. I put on the new gasket too high up on the chimney so redid it lower down. Despite marking the position of the KT with a sharpie it ended up a  bit low which leaves some of the gasket visible but the tower does not move at all regardless of temps. I will run a blade around once I am sure the gasket has settled:

 

 

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Extra felt sounds like it will do the trick so. I'll try to source some and see how it goes. 

 

Will also try John's suggestion of taking the cap off rather than sliding over in the meantime. Just need somewhere to put it down that won't melt! 

 

Thanks all. 

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Adding more felt will not give the best result as the KT then sits too high up. I removed the original felt and replaced it with a strip of Smokeware Nomex felt. Put the KT on the chimney, mark around the edge with a sharpie and fit tape to that mark. The chimney is tapered hence you want the KT as low as possible. You may have to trim some exposed felt as you can see in the above photo. Easy to do as you can run a blade around the base of the KT and peel off the excess. bear in mind the KT, being alloy, expands when hot so you may want to do a couple of high temp cooks and take the opportunity of pressing down the KT to make sure it remains a tight fit. 

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  • 2 weeks later...

My top vent has been loose since i bought the grill a little over a year ago and has caused no problem whats so ever. I think i only used the slide about 2 or 3 to light the grill i  then i started just taking the top part off to light the grill. If it's hot when you need to take the top part off you will need gloves and just place it on the shelf on top of one of the gloves till it cools 

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  • 1 year later...

len440,

 

The control top on my brand new Kamado Joe is loose.  When I’m using the slow-roller... I can see smoke leaking from the base of control vent.

 

I contacted Kamado Joe and they confirmed the charcoal will continue to burn.

 

I’m waiting for them to ship me the replacement gasket material.

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mine does this too. for now I just slide it over, it tips some but its not a big deal

 

I filed a warranty claim, they are supposed to send me gasket material. That was probably 2 months ago. They said at the time that it was backordered until Decemeber

 

So...anytime now...

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I put in a claim in October and was notified the fiberglass mesh gasket would be available in late November.  Early December I sent a follow up email asking about my claim.  They informed me that the fiberglass mesh gasket would be available late December. However, they sent me the older version of the tower gasket and I just received it yesterday.   I placed the new gasket over the old gasket.  It took a little bit of an effort to bring the tower cap to its original position, but it did come down.  I would recommend bringing the tower cap in a rotating method like when you tightened a wheel on a car.

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Warranty at Kamado Joe has advised me the control vent gasket material is back ordered.

 

I’ve decided to order a roll of high temperature felt from Amazon.ca as an interim solution until it’s available.

 

https://www.amazon.ca/only-fire-5073-Heat-Gasket/dp/B06XR9N541/ref=mp_s_a_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=high+temperature+felt&qid=1607833913&sprefix=high+temperature+felt&sr=8-7

 

It’s worth the $12 so I can keep using my Kamado.

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I received the high temperature gasket material this am.   I applied enough gasket to go 1/2 around the vent for a snug fit.

 

Smoke no longer leaks from the bottom of the control vent.   Yah!!

 

I smoked baby back ribs tonight.  Found it easier / quicker to set the smoker to 280F...no fiddling!  After the cook, I closed both the top & bottom vent and noticed the coals stopped glowing within the first 1/2 hour.  Prior to this, the charcoal continues to glow for a couple hours.

 

It seems like a loose control tower is a common problem with Kamado Joe owners.  It’s too bad Kamado Joe isn’t able to stock the gasket as a common replacement part.

 

Stay safe!

 

 

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