Hey all, Fired up my OKJ Highland for the first time today to do the seasoning. Having a LOW TEMP (not high) issue...
First off, mods I've done:
1. Baffle plate
2. RTV all gaps
3. Dryer vent elbow for smoke stack
4. Have tuning plates, but not in yet, as my temp is TOO LOW
5. BGE gasket around CC and FB doors
6. Rotated my FB grate 90 degrees so it sits higher
As per the manufactures instructions, I have the smoke stack only about 30% open and the FB about 50% open. I don't have a large fire in there either. Is that why my temps are low? Currently sitting at 135F on FB side in the CC.
Also, I am losing a lot of smoke out of the bottom drain. I have seen people put ball valves onto these. What size and how do I install one? Do i need to thread the existing drain tube? Do you keep it closed during cooks and then open it when you're done, while its still hot, and drain the grease?
I will be purchasing some latches for the CC door as I still have 2 leaks on the left and right sides, even after the BGE gasket.