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ATTENTION AKORN USERS!

The factory gaskets on the AKORN are legendary!  The rest of us only wish our gaskets were as durable as the ones on the AKORN.  I do not suggest replacing them with anything except a new factory AKORN gasket and then only if you really need to.  If they get hard and crunchy try pinching them with your fingers to break to gunk off.  

Many of the mods in this thread can be potentially useful  but none of them are a requirement to enjoy your new CGK.

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ATTENTION AKORN USERS!

The factory gaskets on the AKORN are legendary! The rest of us only wish our gaskets were as durable as the ones on the AKORN. I do not suggest replacing them with anything except a new factory AKORN gasket and then only if you really need to. If they get hard and crunchy try pinching them with your fingers to break to gunk off.

Many of the mods in this thread can be potentially useful but none of them are a requirement to enjoy your new CGK.

+1,000 ^^^^^^^^^

TY philpom - that was needed.

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I want to modify my akorn and I was looking at the nomex tape. I was wondering if the regular tape or the wool tape would be best. Judging by the pictures most people are using the wool type.

 

If you are not cooking at 500F or below the felt will probably be OK.

 

If you intend to do pizza or sear steaks above 550 the felt will not last.

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Well, I haven't modified mine. But I did find that the dome thermometer reads about 35 degrees low. I used my digital brewing thermometer to compare the temp at the top vent and the grill. They were both the same, but the installed one is off. This was around 300. Henceforth I'll just take the offset into account. Sorry if this has been posted above, but I didn't read all 29 pages.

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Boo...wind kicked up today and I noticed smoke in 2 places.

1 - from bottom vent. Gonna use the nomex gasket fix on that.

2 - from what appeared to be between the top vent dial and its inner wall. It was fed curling from under that completely closed and not where it meets the dome.

#2 not sure what to do

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Ghost, I'm a new guy, not an expert. I've noticed a few whisps of smoke from mine at times, usually very smoky times. But it still holds temps well and goes out with vents closed. So I take "airtight" to be a different standard with a grill than a submarine. If it works, do nothing. If it doesn't, find someone with more experience than I.

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#2 probably means you didn't get the O-ring seated in its groove properly when you assembled it (common mistake).

 

 

I agree, it took me at least 3 tried to get it right.  I get a few puff of leaked smoke here and there and I have no issues to maintain temp nor to snuff the coals.  

 

People need to stop worrying when they see a puff here and there.  If you CANNOT kill the fire with the closed vents, then that's an issue.  (usually takes 2+ hours depending on the temp)

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