I absolutely love my Akorn! Mine sealed VERY well straight out of the box but a lot of people do mod them a little bit to make them better. Once I put mine in the new table it tweaked just a littly bit but using the latch made the seal for me. For the price range it's hard to argue with. I switched from propane to charcoal and haven't looked back. Sure I miss the convenience a little bit of instant hot and right to temp but the taste just can't be beat.
GO TO THE USPS. Get a change of address packet and there is a 10% off coupon in there. It's good for use on the Akorn.
Michael Bard - Char-Griller Akorn Cooker -Custom offset/reverse smoker - Char-Griller Pro Duo