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New Akorn


Joined Dec 31, 2013
HAPPY NEW YEAR, Y’ALL! I just bought a new Chargriller Akorn Kamado Kooker. (Model # 6719) I am not a newcomer to smoking.  I am in search of the elusive long, low, consistent burn. I live in Western North Carolina. It is safe to say we have four distinct seasons here. Right now it is freezing out there.

I have seasoned my grill, as instructed. I have not cooked on it yet because I am awaiting the arrival of a smoking stone. Any tips on setting and maintaining a slow burn would be appreciated. The manual says use only lump charcoal. I see posts on this forum where users mention briquettes. I saw someone saying use a cotton ball dipped in oil to light a smoking fire, and another said use half a chimney of lit briquettes.

Also, I don’t see any possibility of adding wood chunks or chips once a slab of meat and the stone are in place.
I am open to all suggestions. Thanks in advance!

NOTE FOR NEW AKORN OWNERS: The best deal I found on the smoking stone was directly from the manufacturer. Chargriller sells it for $29. Amazon had it for $59. Sears had it online for over $175! (600 % markup…Wonder why they are struggling?)
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Welcome to the forum Al

I've been looking at one of those myself. ( Like i need another piece of equipment LOL)  Looking forward to your posts about the Akorn 

You ve come to the best place for great information on smoking and many other types of cooking! Many friendly people here that love to help.  Also make the search button your best friend. There are over a million post in this forum. That powerful information on a vast array of subjects right at your fingertips.



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Welcome to the group Al!  You'll find that this is a great place to share ideas on smoking, grilling, etc.  There are plenty of folks here who genuinely enjoy helping one another.  Looking forward to your input, and just ask when you need anything...someone here will surely have the answer.


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Hello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything.   
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Welcome to the Smoking  forum.   You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have.  Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right.  LOL.   Don’t forget to post qviews.


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