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  • #31
    The problem is also when it is being stored. Unless you have a good cover. And then if the kamado is still too warm to cover and it starts to rain.

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    • #32
      So, if cooking in the rain is no big deal, as ya'll suggest... What's the point of the new vent?

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Happy Jack View Post
        So, if cooking in the rain is no big deal, as ya'll suggest... What's the point of the new vent?

        To set it apart more from other Kamados was one of Bobby's goal, along with a better looking brand design to replace the screwed on attached plates. Also to make a better slider to control the airflow. Cooking in the rain is a perceived problem, but the cap over the top will make consumers feel better about it.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by andyscalzo View Post


          To set it apart more from other Kamados was one of Bobby's goal, along with a better looking brand design to replace the screwed on attached plates. Also to make a better slider to control the airflow. Cooking in the rain is a perceived problem, but the cap over the top will make consumers feel better about it.
          Oh interesting, thanks!

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          • #35
            we are all waiting for the new vent. Where my two are at it's not a problem with the rain but I thing the setup will be easier.

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            • #36
              Looks great and I bet it will solve the issue of closing when you open the lid. Not sure anything will deal with the sticky issue.

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              • #37
                Had a cook the other day where unexpected downpours killed me. I was looking at the smokeware but should I wait? When do we think this will be available?

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                • #38
                  Summer 2017 , according to an old post.

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                  • #39
                    I read in an earlier post a question about the purpose of this new vent. I believe that the actual question was "if cooking in the rain is not a problem what is the point of the new vent?". The point of the smoke ware vent was never cooking in the rain or temperature control. The point was minimizing mold when the grill is not in use. In the deep south like FL, GA, AL, etc the humidity is extremely high and the summer temperatures are also really high. Most of us cook during the cooler months more than the hotter months so it's very common for all ceramic grills to have mold all over the inside when you open after not using for a few weeks. The thought was that if you could keep air flowing through the grill while not in use without allowing more water in (from rain) then you could minimize the mold issue. That does work quite well and the additional benefit is that you get really good temperature control with a top that doesn't swing around losing the "setting" when you open and close the lid. My store sells a ton of these SS caps and people love them. Most people do purchase them for the temperature control but the original intent was actually mold control. Hope this is helpful.
                    JoePro
                    Outdoor Kitchen Specialist

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                    • #40
                      Very curious how the new top vent will be (and when).

                      BTW, the swinging/sliding around of the current top vents when opening & closing the lid cost only a few cents to solve. Just put a stainless lock washer under the stock washer and voila, a perfectly adjustable sliding resistance (by the tightness of the screw). Perfect. Jawdropping that these are not fitted from stock. Thanks to Andy for this tip...

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by JoePro View Post
                        I read in an earlier post a question about the purpose of this new vent. I believe that the actual question was "if cooking in the rain is not a problem what is the point of the new vent?". The point of the smoke ware vent was never cooking in the rain or temperature control. The point was minimizing mold when the grill is not in use. In the deep south like FL, GA, AL, etc the humidity is extremely high and the summer temperatures are also really high. Most of us cook during the cooler months more than the hotter months so it's very common for all ceramic grills to have mold all over the inside when you open after not using for a few weeks. The thought was that if you could keep air flowing through the grill while not in use without allowing more water in (from rain) then you could minimize the mold issue. That does work quite well and the additional benefit is that you get really good temperature control with a top that doesn't swing around losing the "setting" when you open and close the lid. My store sells a ton of these SS caps and people love them. Most people do purchase them for the temperature control but the original intent was actually mold control. Hope this is helpful.
                        Aside from High temp burns, I can't imagine much else could be done to elimnate mold in regions with such high humidity.
                        Two KJ Big Joe's (One Big Joe was not enough) -1x Red Big Joe - 1 x Black Big Joe - Red Thermapen - CyberQ Wifi - Baking Steel - SpitJack Injector -Griddle Q - Maverick PT 732

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                        • #42
                          People don't use their grill for a few weeks?!?

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                          • #43
                            SWEET.....Any update on availability?

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                            • #44
                              Anyone using the new KJ stainless steel laser cut grill grate? Saw in it the recent smash burger YT video and looks interesting.......

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