John, I purchased my Akorn online and had it shipped to me. When I unpacked it, I discovered some damaged parts, including the ash pan. CharGriller customer service was very helpful and sent out replacement parts immediately.
I decided to keep the old ash pan and mod it for use with my Auber Instruments pit controller. I removed the slide door and fabricated a plate to accept the blower motor.
I only use it on extended cooks, like brisket or pork butt. Works very well.
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Large UDS, Small UDS, CG Akorn, NB Offset, Home Built Offset, Vision Classic Kamado, Weber Gasser, Smokey Mountain Cabinet, and several Weber kettles of various sizes.