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  1. Thanks Tony. I have been reading a lot about not using a diffuser on the bottom but some use it. What are pros and cons of it?
  2. So took a weekend off before TPC week here in Ponte Vedra next week. Its busiest time year for me. Sitting around and decided pizza on KK sounded good for dinner. This will be my first attempt and could use some help. Looking thru other posts I know one thing for sure and that is to put stone high up into lid. I see most cook around 550 but some at 700+. If anyone has good thread to look at please let me know. My main questions are below. Heat to cook at? How to get thin crust? Cook time? What to use to get pie to slide off spatula? Dont want to fubar my first time in front of family
  3. So let her run for a while today and had very little venting. there were a few large spots on the lid where I replaced tiles but nothing crazy. One thing I realized is it was going to be hard for me to notice tiles popping out since a lot of the tiles I replaced don't sit perfectly flush with the rest. After realizing this I decided a higher temp was the solution so cranked her up to 700. I then started to get the smell and hear the "hissing" of the vapor escaping in areas. I used a very small nail and started poling holes around the tiles to let the fluid and vapor escape. I put my maverick probe thru the grommet and it was reading 550. Not sure if there was a 150* difference from dome to grate so may need to calibrate the tel tru if possible. I didn't look to see if there was a screw on the back or not. After holding for 700 (dome thermos) for an hour I decided to just let her run and opened up air intake fully. The gauge wrapped around and was almost at the 200 so I am assuming this was 900-1000. After this there was 2 little spots that started venting and took care of those. I just let the coals burn themselves out and shut her down. I left it in the driveway and went to work on the golf game for a but. Came back at 6:30 and was still at 250 so the hold their heat well. All tiles were firm with no movement. One thing I did notice is the rutland gasket cement didn't work that well as the new gasket is coming up in some areas. May apply some silicone to a few areas. Planning on first cook next week sometime.
  4. Got her fired up and holding at 525. Temp control on these is amazing. Ill never own a BGE again I know that. Good thing for me is I only need to focus on front and lid where I replaced all the tiles.
  5. I forgot to include detailed rebuild cost Bought damaged - $250 Mandatory replacement parts plus shipping from over seas (tiles, acrylic grout, thermometer, guru port plug, gasket) - $534 Parts ordered didnt need (dual draft door, heat shield) - $169 Misc costs - $100 Total costs - $1053 I would say I have a good looking KK for slightly less than new
  6. Got everything I wanted to get done today. I was able to fill in all the cracks. Got the gasket installed. Gave her a good wipe down and in the process noticed a few cracks that need to be filled and 2 tiles that had cracks in them that I didnt notice the first time around. Just going to leave those there as they are not noticeable. Called Dennis and he was able to walk me thru the adjustments to the front draft door to get it to sit flush. It is almost perfect. May need to tweak it a little more but not much. Here are the before and after shots. Been a long road but happy with the result. Burn in is set for Wed which means the first cook is a brisket next week. Before FINAL!!!
  7. Thanks for all the compliments. Looking forward to being able to stop working on it and start cooking on it. I just remembered the Ace Hardware by my house sells rutland gasket cement which handles 2000*. I used this on a few other homemade smokers with great results so going to go grab a few tubes today. Goal for today is to fill in large gaps on lid, try and give the tiles a good cleaning. I will call Dennis for the adjustment to the door. Last thing I will do is apply new gasket and let it sit overnight. If I am able to get this all done I will be able to do burn in on Wed
  8. Nice to have a day off with nothing to do so decided to get in a quick 18 holes in the morning and try and finish up all the tiles with my dad in the afternoon. The biggest issue I was having is removing the dried acrylic material holding the tiles on. Doing some research on the internet they said to use water as a lubricant when using that nylon brush drill attachment. I stopped by Home Depot and they had a non-cement grout haze remover and with that and a little elbow grease everything came off. Here is the substance I used After removing all the leftover residue from the first day of laying tiles I went about adding the remaining ones. After a few hours I have finally finished with all the tiles. I didnt want to mess with the cap so I am leaving that as is with a few broken tiles on it. I ran into some gap issues and used heavy duty wire cutters to cut tiles in shapes that I need. The only thing left now is filling in some large gaps on the lid and polishing up the tiles to make a nice shine. I just ordered the permatex off amazon to install the gasket. I will do this last thing. I got the new thermo installed and the shelves put back together. One thing I need to adjust is the new dual damper door. The bottom right corner doesnt sit flush with the frame. It sits out about 3/16". I am so close to finishing this project. I think 1 or 2 more solid days of work and she is good to go. Here are the pictures with all tiles on. It is not an expert job but unless you are close you really cant tell. Alot of the tiles that sit out will be smoothed over with added acrylic grout. here is the gap in the draft door. The bottom right corner almost comes out flush to the edge. When I push on it to sit flush with the frame behind it it moves that 1/8"-3/16"
  9. I know I keep forgetting to take some pics. Had to take a TV over to my parents house tonight where the KK is located so grabbed a few. Couldnt get a pic of where I sanded down the grout as my phone was dying and couldnt use flash. Here is the nylon attachment I am using. I ordered 3 more that should be here Sat. All the extra parts came in today. Heat deflector, Guru Plug, Thermo, New Dual Draft Door, and Larger Gasket I cant remember if I posted pictures of the finished shelves. I grew up building antique style cabinets with my pop. We used the distress look a lot so that is what I did. I used a red mohagony stain. Put on 3 coats then used 120 grit sand paper in random spots. Then covered with 5 coats of clear. And here is a random picture from a gift I bought myself this past weekend in the Bahamas. I had two nice Eco Drive watches that was stolen out of my truck a few years ago and havent had a watch since. I have always wanted a Breitling Navitimer but as an avg cost of $7k+ It was more of a dream. Well one of 50 Breitling boutiques is located in Nassau so decided to stop by and take a look. That is when I saw this 1884 limited edition Navitimer. Only 1884 in the world ans this is number 1150. Couldnt walk away from it so I picked her up. Between the Pitmaker Vault, 2 pellett cookers, KK, Watch, and the competition BBQ trailer I have been cut off from the Mrs. Lastly an update on the pup. This is main reason why havent been getting much done. Taking care of her with cleaning wounds, pills, etc has taken all my time. Got call from vet this past weekend and 2 of the 3 tumors were benign and the largest one came back as a very rare tumor that is usually only seen a few times a year. Luckily they only grow back 4% of the time and they gave her an 85% chance of living full lifespan so I am very relived to hear that now. Will get more pictures of tile cleaning this weekend.
  10. Sorry for delaying this so much. Been crazy busy with golf lately and just got back from a cruise a few days ago. Was able to get some more work done today. All of my time now is spent cleaning up the grout. Once I get this all cleaned up there is less than 100 tiles left to be installed. I had a 240 grit nylon drill brush overnighted as well as 10 nylon dremel brushes. Figured the large drill brush would remove large chunks and can use the higher RPM of the dremel to do fine cleaning. The 240 grit worked well but not well enough. The dremel ones worked fantastically the only problem is the nylon brush wears down after about 30 seconds. So based on having to clean 500 tiles I would need to purchase 500+ and that is a no go. I just jumped on Amazon and purchased 3 smaller 120 Grit brushes to cover smaller surface area and that is a little rougher. Going to use water as a lubricant. Parts should be delivered Sat. The thermo, guru plug, front door, and heat deflector should be here Friday as well.
  11. Was planning on putting on the rest of the tile today but was in the 30's this morning and with leaving for a cruise tomorrow just didn't have the time. I went over and took a look at it for the first time since putting on the batch of tiles and they are secured very well. Just need to cleanup a lot of the excess insulation. Looking around online I found that a lot of tile guys will use a nylon brush wheel attached to a drill. They use it on glass back splash tiles in the kitchen so figured it wouldn't damage these tiles. Got the email today that the remaining parts shipped so hoping we can get her done and fired up soon. I just put a brisket in the freezer that I had wet aging for 45 days in the fridge. That may be the inaugural cook.
  12. Thanks for the well wishes for the pup. Surgery went well and they removed the 3 tumors. Now just have to wait 5 days for the diagnosis on them. I was able to get a lot done today. I decided to start on the bottom as that had the fewest tiles that needed to be replaced and thought that would be the easiest section. I WAS WRONG. Some of the tiles are a little bigger than others so trying to fit them in between existing tiles was a major PIA. After spending a few hours on the bottom I decided to move to the top where everything became much easier. I filled in the areas where there were a few missing then just started lining them up. There is no way I can get it back to exact and tiles evenly spaced and looking like the original but unless you get down close to it you really cant tell. Problem was that even after the grout set some of the tiles were still loose and I loaded them down with grout. Because of this I decided to let it all dry for a day before trying to clean it up. May have to use an sos pad to clean off the tile before filling in the spaces or something that is rough that wont scratch the tile. Also when I started wrapping the tiles around toward the top I had a few areas where there was an empty row between old tile and new tile. The empty row was not big enough for a tile so had to use a dremel and grind down about 1/16" on a few tiles to get them to fit. I am pretty happy with progress. I know it will not look like a KK that is from factory but should be able to get it to a 9/10. Figuring my total cost in all the parts will be around $1200 I am ok with that. Any suggestions on tile clean up feel free to let me know.
  13. Yeah I actually looked into some names and probably going to go with Osiris - god of resurrection. Figured that was a fitting name. Looking forward to tomorrow and getting started on it again. Only down side is I have to take my pit bull I rescued 8 years ago in for surgery. They found 2 cancerous tumors on her so will be thinking about that most of the day but hoping to get a lot done.
  14. Figured was time for another update. It took a while for the package to clear customs in Indonesia but is not safe here in Jacksonville and going to go get it tomorrow morning before work. Based on the pics Dennis sent it is 1k tiles and a boat load of grout. I have the day off Wed and cancelled the tee time to work on the KK. Anyone know if there is anything special to do in regards to laying this tile? I read a lot of posts about tiles popping off during the burn in but didnt know if it is similar to regular tile and lay the grout down, Install the tile, and wipe off with damp sponge.
  15. A little update on status. After talking on phone with Dennis I was WAY off on the 300 tile estimate on top. Looks like it is going to be 900-1000 total for top and bottom. I will be laying tile for a while. Should take about a week to get shipped here so should be getting everything in soon. Looking over the install of gasket threads I noticed permatex is mentioned the most. Is there enough in the 3OZ tube I see on Amazon to install the larger gasket or is there another material I should look at?