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  • DesertRaider
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    Jazfish How do you like the pit? Have you don'e all the mods? Do you have it configured in the regular or reverse flow?

  • Jazfish
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    I have that exact same pit. I can tell/show you the mods I’ve done to mine if you’d like.

  • IFindZeroBadCooks
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    Search for some YouTube assembly videos if you can. Sometimes the manual can be awful and a quick video might do the trick.

  • Mr. Bones
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    As a fellow OKJ Owner / Operator, I jus hope this all comes out to th Good, an yer Satisfaction....
    Last edited by Mr. Bones; July 26, 2021, 10:04 PM.

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  • DesertRaider
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    An update to the original post.

    I tried scraping, called the company, looked at what's in the stores now, and it comes down to the end caps are coated with something, though I have no idea what. The company denies putting anything on them, even after I pointed out that steel is not naturally black in color, and, some of the paint peeled off one of the ends, and it's clean steel. So it could be considered evidence that somethings on there.

    So now I'm awaiting the arrival of my new OKJ Longhorn reverse-flow smoker. It's supposed to arrive tomorrow sometime between 0600 - 1800 hrs. I'm not sure who does delivery at 0600, but they must get lots of coffee to do that!

    Does anyone have any technical advice (or non) when I assemble it? I mean beyond the obvious of "tab A into slot B".

    TIA, and hope you all are doing well.

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  • DesertRaider
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    Thanks jhapka. I'm waiting for the weather to cool a bit, then take the vacuum and steel brush to it so see how things look. Of course I might also order a new smoker at the same time. Now that I've finally figured out how to get decent results, I don't really want a steep learning curve on my next adventure. And yes, these less expensive offsets certainly have a place if you got the patience. I've really grown to like them.

  • DesertRaider
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    Panhead John, Yes, no, and yes. But, I'm befuddled as to why they would use "black" steel when everything else isn't. Took a steel wire brush, and nothing came off, so, it seems it's the color of the end caps. But on your last part, I did find that the pellet poopers I looked at have some kind of finish inside. I don't know if it's a hardened type of special finish, or porcelain, or what. Right now I'm telling myself "learning experience".

  • DesertRaider
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    Hi Jeff, and thanks. I tried scraping it, and it was still black underneath, which is what lead to my adventures above in the reply to Uncle Bob. And while I should have been more diligent about cleaning, I'm still not feeling the love as it were. There is one area that does have paint which is the chimney, but, no fire got in there. And yeah, I would have noticed that one I might try cleaning, just to see. Still too hot outside to do anything strenuous. I don't have AC, so no escape.

  • DesertRaider
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    That's about right. And what I've found out to this point hasn't really reassured me much, because of more unknowns.
    I decided to go check for myself at the not so local Lowes. Found what now passes for the model I have, looked inside, and instead of seeing bare steel I see black on the end caps of the chamber. So today I call Char Griller and ask them, are the insides painted. They were emphatic in their "no", but couldn't tell me why the end caps are black. So I'm not really much wiser here.

  • Mr. Bones
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    Yup.
    They missin out.

  • Panhead John
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    You mentioned there was a painted "area" inside the cooking chamber. Are you the original owner of the smoker? If so, did you paint it yourself? Are you sure it’s paint and not a soot buildup? They can begin to harden and flake, to where it might "look" like paint, but it’s not. As others have mentioned, there shouldn’t be any internal paint on the smoker. Manufactures just don’t do this, or at least none that I know of.

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  • jfmorris
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    Unless you burned through the metal or damaged it, paint damage does not render a cooker unsafe. And there should not be regular paint on the inside anyway unless it is some sort of porcelain coating like Weber or PBC use. If you see something peeling it is probably layers of soot buildup from cooking.

    I would just scrape it down, wash it out with hose and soapy water, build a fire in the firebox to dry it all out, and get back to cooking. I've had some major grease fires in different grills over the years, and never got rid of a grill because of it. It just led me to perform more regular cleanings. And that is my process for my offset is to hose it out with soap and water, brush it with a stainless welding brush, then put a few lit chimneys of charcoal in the firebox and let it dry things out before I cover the grill back up. I do that at least once per season.

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  • jhapka
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    Hope the char griller isn’t done for. The longhorn oughta be a really fun cooker if you’re already in the offset mindset. More people should give low cost offsets a try.

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  • Uncle Bob
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    If I'm reading your opening comment correctly your concern is paint/paint emissions on the inside potentially contaminating your food? I don't have personal experience with CharGriller, but the norm in the cooker industry is to not paint the interior of grills/smokers for just that reason. Are you sure yours has been painted inside, or is what you're seeing a build up of fire/food byproducts (soot/creosote/fat/etc)?

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  • DesertRaider
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    Thanks for that Mr. Bones. It was your posts that started pushing me in that direction. As for COS, yeah, not exactly Cheap, but not in the same category as a Lang Of course I still need to check and see if the paint, or remnants of, are safe or not. Been to hot here lately to do any serious work outside. Or not so serious. It's been hot.

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