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  • Alphonse
    Club Member
    • Oct 2019
    • 265
    • LA (Lower Alabama - gulf coast)

    RecTec bull horn handles on the lid?

    I have a friend who is studying pellet grills.

    He is leaning toward RecTec but he dislikes the bull horn handles on the lid.

    Has anyone changed them out to something different?
  • Nate
    Banned Former Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 3808
    • Quarantined

    Huh.... most people buy them just because of the horns...


    • Ricardo
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  • Ricardo
    Club Member
    • Jan 2017
    • 184
    • Palm City, FL

    I believe you can replace the handles with easy. I don’t have one, but a video posted on their website shows assembly instructions, and the unit shown, ships without the handles installed.
    Here is the link to the website: https://www.rectecgrills.com/rt-700-support
    BTW: They seem like a pretty well put together system.
    Last edited by Ricardo; April 23, 2020, 08:01 PM.


    • mgaretz
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 862
      • San Ramon, CA
      • Mark Garetz
        Rec Tec pellet grill
        Weber Genesis Gasser
        Maverick ET-732 and Thermapen and others

      I have one - didn't like the idea of the bullhorns either, but hardly notice them now and they function fine. I think they could be easily swapped with something else.


      • Jfrosty27
        Club Member
        • Mar 2020
        • 891
        • Muskego, WI
        • Current cookers:
          Rec Tec RT700 "Bull" pellet cooker
          Smokin-It model 2 electric smoker w/ Maverick 732 temp monitor and cold smoking kit
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          The Orion Cooker convection cooker/smoker (two of them)
          Blackstone 17" griddle
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          Favorite beer: Anything that's cold!
          Favorite cocktail: Bourbon neat

        I have the RT700. The bull horns are kind of corny but work fine. I suppose you could change them easy enough if you have the skills and resources to make something to match up to the bolt holes. But why waste the time and resources. The RT700 is a winner as it is.


        • Alphonse
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          I agree that their pits seem to be well made and I am always impressed that the owners are such huge advocates. I hesitated to ask the question about removing the handles for fear I would rub someone the wrong way. BTW, my young friend is looking at the RT590 since that is within his budget.
      • Uncle Bob
        Club Member
        • Feb 2019
        • 392
        • Salado, Tx
        • Summerset TRL44 gas grill and side sear
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          Ooni Koda 16

        It's kinda hard to answer this one without sounding snarky, but...……………………..in all the cooks I've done on my RT I never once chose the look of the handles over the quality of the outcome of the cook/food. There might be a priorities issue in play here..


        • Blues1
          Club Member
          • Mar 2020
          • 330
          • SC
          • Steve

            RecTec RT700, Weber Genesis 2

          Sure. They bolt on. As long as the holes line up, won't be a problem.


          • randy56
            Club Member
            • Aug 2017
            • 476
            • Newburgh In

            I have one, love it, just wait the lady's will be impressed with those big horns.


            • texastweeter
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              Does that make you...horney?
          • treesmacker
            Club Member
            • May 2018
            • 961
            • Grants Pass OR
              • Rec Tec Trailblazer RT-340
              • O-Grill 600 Portable Grill with O-Dock
              • Cuisinart 360 Griddle
              • Ooni Fyra (coming soon)

            I like the horns on mine - they are high quality and super slick finish - easy to clean. I have the RT-340 and I don't see any nuts or bolts on the inside of my lid, so I wonder how you would replace them. In looking on the RT website, you can see in the lid open version that the RT-340 doesn't have any access to get to the bolts holding the handles - it looks like they glued the insulating layer over the bolts restricting access. In fact, my handles are a little loose and I've been wondering how to tighten them. Hope they don't get any looser.

            In contrast, looking at the lid open view of the RT-590 I can see the bolts. Looks like the RT-590 doesn't have the insulated lid.

            Those bull horns are signature Rec-Tec. It wouldn't be genuine without them .

            The other day I noticed on my RT-340, after 2 years of use, the high temp caulking that holds the inside sheet metal insulating layer to the lid has disintegrated and there is a crack exposing the inside between the lid and the insulating piece. So, after further study, I think this inside piece of sheet metal is held on by two bolts that also hold the Bull Logo plaque to the outside of the lid. My plan is to remove those two bolts, remove the caulking all around the inside of the insulating sheet metal and remove that piece. This will allow access to tighten up my Bull Horn handles. Then I'll re-assemble and re-caulk. Does anyone have suggestions for high temp caulk? I'm considering this one... https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...Q5CHTKLZ&psc=1

            The first pic below shows the insulating sheet metal layer inside the lid of my RT-340. The second pic shows the seam where the caulking has disintegrated leaving an open crack.

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            Last edited by treesmacker; April 26, 2020, 02:23 PM.


            • Alphonse
              Alphonse commented
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              I looked that caulk over and it appears that should work. Many pellet grills use HT silicone caulk, so this is not an unusual application.

              Yoder uses Surebond SB-188. You can find it in black and clear. Lavalock makes a version as well.
          • Alphonse
            Club Member
            • Oct 2019
            • 265
            • LA (Lower Alabama - gulf coast)

            Thanks folks for the feedback. If my friend dislikes them so bad when he gets the pit, he can weld some up out of rebar on a flange that fits the hole pattern and bolt them on.

            He can sell the original factory ones here for at least $100 'cause someone will want to put them on the hood of their truck.


            • treesmacker
              treesmacker commented
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              Good idea!
          • texastweeter
            Club Member
            • Jul 2017
            • 2899
            • Republic of Texas

            What's wrong with horns on the front of your truck, or Caddi?


            • Blues1
              Blues1 commented
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              Yes, right?!?!



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