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Another SnSK Question: Charcoal doesn't go out?

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    Another SnSK Question: Charcoal doesn't go out?

    So, I cooked some ribs last night low and slow with the SnS installed. When done I closed all of the vents. This afternoon (nearly 24 hours later) I opened the lid to clean and to add the KickAsh basket that arrived today. I noticed some warmth from the coals. I set the SnS onto the ground and, while I was cleaning the ash out of the kamado, the coals began to flare up - they never went out.

    All vents were closed and appear to be sealed - no air gaps around the mountings, etc. The lid closes with the felt gasket making contact all around. I don't see an air leak anywhere. Has anyone else experienced this?

    With my Cypress Grill the coals die completely when the vents are closed; and I KNOW it isn't completely air tight.

    #2
    Some residual air is in there. Keeps it lit. Good or bad? Depends on how you look at it. Not surprised though. Not a big deal. Salvage or keep the charcoal… up to you

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      #3
      I actually had a lot more leaks than I originally expected with my kamado, which puzzled me. I noticed the leaks were mainly around the gasket. I went around and pinched all of the gasket to fluff it up a bit and it actually worked perfectly. I like free and simple tricks to fix stuff. Could help?

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        #4
        Air is getting in somewhere. Memory says that the instruction manual suggests closing the bottom vent first and leaving the top vent just ever so slightly cracked for a bit and then coming back later to close that down. Maybe check the manual and if I’m not making things up, try that? I can’t think of a reason why that would make a difference but maybe.

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          #5
          I have never noticed this with my SNS Kamado. It seems to snuff the coals fully after I close the vents. I've cleaned it the next morning anyway and not noticed any warmth or live coals. You might want to give the SNS Grills folks a call. Maybe the felt gasket down on the sliding bottom vent has a gap?
          Last edited by jfmorris; November 30, 2021, 07:16 PM.

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            #6
            Obviously something was ajar. The vents were tight when I checked them but I opened and closed them several times to be sure. I ran my hand over the gasket - no debris that I could feel. Just checked - everything is now cold so I must have taken care of whatever the cause was. Its pretty cool that the coals went for over 24 hours even though the internal temperature of the SNSK was only about 80-90 degrees (ambient here this evening was low 60s).

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              #7
              Drown with stir, drown stir again, Ops that is for a campfire.

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              • HawkerXP
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                I thought you were talking PBR with a martini chaser!

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              Originally posted by 58limited View Post
              Obviously something was ajar. The vents were tight when I checked them but I opened and closed them several times to be sure. I ran my hand over the gasket - no debris that I could feel. Just checked - everything is now cold so I must have taken care of whatever the cause was. Its pretty cool that the coals went for over 24 hours even though the internal temperature of the SNSK was only about 80-90 degrees (ambient here this evening was low 60s).
              Glad you got this sorted because I was really scratching my head!

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              • 58limited
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                David Parrish Me too. I'm not new to kamados and haven't had this happen before. As I mentioned, my Cypress grill, before some refurbishing, had air leaks around both vents and a worn lid gasket and it still shut down when the vents were closed. This SnS Kamado is easy to use, really enjoying it. I'm going to break in the rotisserie with a free range chicken this weekend, weather permitting.
                Last edited by 58limited; December 1, 2021, 03:28 PM. Reason: words are hard, lemme alone

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