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  • FishTalesNC
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    bmurrah you inspired me to go forward with sealing it. Never done anything like that, but wore nitrile gloves, got a bead on the inside around the barrel seam and gave it a go trying to get enough there to form the seal and used a finger tip to wipe/press. Tried doing something similar around all the bolts, not entirely sure those are sealed as well. Went ahead and also did the seam where the intake stack slides onto the sleeve too since I had plenty, obviously for airflow purposes only.

  • bmurrah
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    FishTalesNC please let us know what you decide to do. I’m curious to know if yours will drip (if you don’t seal it ahead of time).

    To me, the drips and the cardboard solution are a pain but it’s still a good cooker. Depending on what a person thinks is important, it’s in the same range as the PBC (blasphemy, I know).

  • FishTalesNC
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    That’s what I was thinking - it’ll gunk up and seal itself much like the PBC lid. I have a can of canola oil spray I’m going to use on the interior before I fire it up for that seasoning run, assumed that would help matters too but now you have me wondering...

  • bmurrah
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    You may want to use that sealant on the seam between barrel sections and on the interior side of each bolt (air intake, wheel brackets and so on) to make sure you don’t get drips and leaks.

    With mine, when I cook something with a lot of moisture I get moisture/grease drips from the bolt heads. It drips enough to make a mess. I keep a piece of cardboard underneath it to keep from staining the concrete.

    The bolts are tight. The moisture is simply working it’s way out through the threads I guess.

    I’ve been waiting to see if it will naturally gunk up and seal itself. It seems to be getting better but if I had it to do over again I would seal these spots up while it’s clean and new.

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  • smokin fool
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    Great to hear they stand behind there product.
    Happy Smoking

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  • FishTalesNC
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    Good news to report - last Sunday I got an email from Char Broil saying the replacement part shipped and should arrive Thursday. It did! Here’s a comparison shot of the pieces, new one on top, I like how they accounted for fitting the screws into the barrel but then also allowing it to slide down the sleeve.

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    And you can see how the new one actually slides completely down the sleeve, it was a tight fit.

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    I have a tube of LavaLock high temp sealant I planned to use around the barrel where the two pieces come together, but upon closer inspection I’m not sure it’s necessary. So I grabbed a fan and pointed it all around that seam on the outside while feeling for any air on the inside and there was nothing. I think I’ll keep it in the tube for now and see how the seasoning run goes, keeping an eye out for smoke. Hoping to do that later today! Now my only problem is that my daughter is asking for wibs but SWMBO is asking for chicken lollipops... 🎅🏻 🎄

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  • cgrover60
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    Try not to let it get to you FishTalesNC . Stupid manufacturing errors are frustrating but at least you were aware and Charbroil is willing to ship the right piece when initially as I understand it they wouldn't even admit the part was wrong. In the mean time I'll bet with the adjustable dampers you can get some good cooks in.

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  • FishTalesNC
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    If I listen closely I can hear the 26” laughing at me on the deck.

  • fzxdoc
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    Keep the faith, FishTalesNC . You made a well-thought-out choice. Just give it a bit of slack and maybe everything will come around OK.

    Hope you get the part sooner than later so you can play with your Bronco in earnest.

    Kathryn

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  • fzxdoc
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    No you haven't. So go ahead and say it, HawkerXP. It's my fav chant.

    Kathryn

  • RonB
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    Hmmm - I've never has this problem with my Kettle...

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  • HawkerXP
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    You can always bring the Bronco over, your Dad can make a squirrel feeder out of it. Or maybe burn leaves in it.

  • FishTalesNC
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    It was a known issue on the very early runs, but my understanding was it was fixed late Sping/early Summer. I wondered if the Walmart one for $247 could’ve been sitting around and that’s why it was on sale. These suckers are heavy and no reason to believe another $247 one from Wally World won’t also be defective, I’ll hang tight and try not to be frustrated.

  • FishTalesNC
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    Karma... biting me, hard.

  • tbob4
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    Can you return it locally and hope the next box has the matching parts? Unfortunately, I am assuming that "this is a known issue" likely means they are all defective.

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