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Gravity Fed smokers and Grills We are the inventors of these Gravity Fed Smokers and Grills. Innovative and efficient, these BBQ Grills and smokers can burn multi-fuel of charcoal, Wood Pellet, Wood Chunks, Wood Logs and reach temps of 300C or 572 F.


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Unread 08-15-2012, 05:24 PM   #16
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Is the blue line on the first graph the fan? So at its max its running as fast as it can, and in the lower parts there is voltage drop reducing fan speed?

Am I interpreting this right? I am just really curious to see how often the fan runs in varying cooking environments. I am a ways out from setting mine up in to cook with, I need to go buy some metal and draw up my plans still.

FYI- I saw in another forum, kamado guru, that Kroger, marked down the Char Griller Akorn to around $99 in some places a week ago. Happy hunting, I have my family and friends checking at Krogers around Atlanta, we don't have them in New Orleans.
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Unread 08-15-2012, 06:07 PM   #17
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Is the blue line on the first graph the fan? So at its max its running as fast as it can, and in the lower parts there is voltage drop reducing fan speed?
Absolutely correct.

The Blue Line is Fan Output. Depending on some pre-defined settings, the output will range from 0 - 100%. In my case, I have max output at 97%. I currently have min output at 60% although I cannot confirm that was the setting when I took this snapshot.

But as voltage to the fan was regulated by the PID, fan speed was adjusted.

I am in the process of performing several air-sealing mods on my kamado while I wait for a replacement pit probe, as soon as I return I will update my posts with new images and more detailed explanations.

One of the things I am looking forward to is more variation in the fan output levels. I would like to see the fan blow at more intermediate speeds to regulate the temperature more finely. I believe I will achieve this when I seal up my kamado better.
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Unread 08-15-2012, 06:15 PM   #18
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Hey Giz, regarding the power supply, did you attach a connector to the power wires of the Lion or did you just splice wires together? I assume white is hot and black is ground on the Lion side, but just want to be sure. Am still waiting on a battery/charger to make it to me from China.
I connected the fan to lion as normal. The fan indicates that the black wire is negative, so I assumed the white was positive. I connected the power to the lion as normal. I connected the white wire from the power to the positive battery terminal and the black to negative. No splicing.



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Unread 08-25-2012, 09:39 AM   #19
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Gizzard, how did you connect the flange to the Akorn? Did you have to remove the Akorn's lower sliding vent? And what adapter did you get? I'm guessing it was NOT the adapter A, was it the B or did you roll your own?

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Gizzard, how did you connect the flange to the Akorn? Did you have to remove the Akorn's lower sliding vent? And what adapter did you get? I'm guessing it was NOT the adapter A, was it the B or did you roll your own?
Wang custom made an adapter B for me. And Yes I had to remove the Kamado's sliding vent. Not hard to do.

See the pic below from today and my Boston Butt cook.

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Wang custom made an adapter B for me. And Yes I had to remove the Kamado's sliding vent. Not hard to do.

See the pic below from today and my Boston Butt cook.
Well, stupid me, I just thought adapter A would work on the Akorn. I guess I'll have to check with Wang about making me one as well.
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Well, stupid me, I just thought adapter A would work on the Akorn. I guess I'll have to check with Wang about making me one as well.
Maybe I can sell you mine. I have a SS Box coming which is supposed to replace my Adapter B.

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Maybe I can sell you mine. I have a SS Box coming which is supposed to replace my Adapter B.

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Thanks, but I just ordered mine from Wang. No problems, it will probably be a while till I get a chance to do a long cook again.
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Link to the water boil test.

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Using the Lion to control my cook of 20lbs of pulled pork.



Rock solid control for 7 hours so far





Looking good so far



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Gizzard, finally got my adapter for the Akorn. Now I'm just waiting on that manual!!
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I am loving my SS Box



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Gizzard, finally got my adapter for the Akorn. Now I'm just waiting on that manual!!
i know i know i know...

I gotta tell you. part of the delay is just me taking a while to really understand how to use the Lion. I finally think I have it understood. I have completed a whole bunch of cooks and the Lion has come through like a champ.
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Wow that thing looks cool and crazy all at the same time.
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Wow that thing looks cool and crazy all at the same time.
I agree, it looks a lot cleaner in the box, hides a lot of the wires and makes it look more like a finished product.

Maybe a plexiglass window on the top so you can check temps at a glance?

Might be a bit redundant since you can check on it through WIFI.
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