FYI, Check your door hinge screws!

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My 850 is a year old and I just noticed that one of the door hinge screws had backed out almost completely!
Both sides were very loose.

When opening the door I could see them turn. I removed one at a time, cleaned them, added Loctite Red to the threads, and a dab of hi-temp grease to the pivot surfaces.

The 850 door is pretty heavy, that would have been no fun if a pivot screw had come out at the wrong time!
 

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I just bought an 850, used just a few times, I noticed that the paint has bubbled and even flakes off in the back on the sides, is that normal? Did yours do that? Thanks
 
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I just bought an 850, used just a few times, I noticed that the paint has bubbled and even flakes off in the back on the sides, is that normal? Did yours do that? Thanks

Mine is not bubbled, but it is "stressed" in those bottom two corners on the lower rear. Others have reported this and a couple have gotten their grills replaced, when requested right after purchase.

I have been digging into why this happens and what I see is that the grill exhausts thru two holes in the right and left rear, just below the bottom grate. These holes vent into the thin rear vent box as this model has no conventional chimney. When taking the grill to 500, something I seldom do, those rear corners take the brunt of the heat. I think this temp is too high for the paint in those spots.

I just ordered some ceramic wool heat blanket material and am going to insulate that rear area inside the grill to hopefully drop the heat in those corners. I'll post up how that works out.

For now, when I do take the temps up, I open the hood as soon as I'm done to drop the high temps as quickly as possible to a safer range.

So, I do believe that this is a design flaw, those are hot spots, too hot for the paint when approaching the 500F range.
 
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Thanks for the info, I did take it up to 500 just once trying to reverse sear some steaks, honestly I think my charcoal grill is better for steaks and burgers, high heat, short period, I’ll call the customer service and see what they say about it, only two week old!
 

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Had the same problem, only mine fell out when lifting lid at 500F to sear steaks. Fun grabbing a hot shoulder bolt and screwing it back in with my tongs. Grill is only a week old.
 

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Yes I have experienced this as well. Every once in a while I now check and retighten all fasteners on the grill to make sure things are tight.
 

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This issue seems to be contained to the larger models.... Has anyone experienced this on an Ironwood 650? I will definitely check them when I get home
 

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