Has anyone here replaced the side shelves on a CharGriller King Griller (Akorn)? The ones on the one I recently bought are wooden, and broken. I can get new ones from CharGiller. Just wondering what others have done.
The new ones , the ones that are used on the Akorn, are fiberglass or plastic. Thought of even just using a wire basket type shelf.
I haven't specifically replaced the shelves on an Akorn, but I've replaced shelves on other CGs. I'm a little miffed about it too - the cheap wood they use for their shelves warps easily and all of the sudden you've got yourself a curved shelf and everything falls off.
I'm not a plastic or fiberglass fan, so what I normally do is get a few boards, hit them with a biscuit jointer, and then glue them together. Once they are set you can cut them to size and finish them. What wood you use is up to you. Oak and maple are pricey but durable, and I've even used the "project pine" soild wood panels as they save me a lot of work in jointing and planing the boards.
You can use an outdoor polyurethane with UV inhibitors for the best look, but I've switched to just using salad bowl finish because it penetrates the wood better and lets your shelf double as a prep or cutting board. But one thng Chargriller misses is a cardinal rule of wood finishing: finish both sides of the board
.If you don't, the board will almost certainly warp.
Now - having said all of that, there's a type of shelf I think is much better: expanded metal. I've seen these on a lot of offset barrel smokers from Char-Broils up to the huge competition rigs and I think they are wonderful. They don't sag or warp, and if they rust you can just hit them with a bit of paint.
I'm learning how to weld just so I can replace the shelves on my Outlaw with expanded metal shelves, in fact. If you know someone who could make a pair for the Akorn they may be the best way to go.
Heck - I think I would have paid an extra $50 to $75 for the Outlaw if it had come with expanded metal shelves, come to think of it.