Our Kamados come complete with felt around the chimney of the daisy wheel, ensuring it stays in place. This felt also ensures good airtightness, which is crucial for regulating the temperature during grilling. However, through intensive use, you may find that your felt wears out and thus your Daisy wheel becomes looser. If your daisy wheel is loose, it may fall off your Kamado or no longer regulate the temperature properly. Fortunately, there is a very simple solution for this and with 30 minutes of your time you will have a properly functioning daisy wheel again!
Before you start with the steps below, it is important that your Kamado is not in use, so the coals in your Kamado have cooled down well.
Lift the daisy wheel off your Kamado
Caution! Never hold the Daisy wheel by the rain cap (upper shell part). This can easily bend or even break off. Always hold the Daisy wheel on the part that slides over the chimney.
Remove the old felt.
Clean the surface of the felt well. To do this, use a putty knife to scrape off the old felt that remains. Then remove excess glue residue with a cloth + acetone or sticker remover.
Caution! Never use acetone or sticker remover near open flames or a burning Kamado!
First wrap the new felt around the chimney, making sure you keep a wide overlap (+/- 5 cm). Then cut the felt off, this can be done with a knife or scissors.
Now remove the anti-adhesive layer from the felt and wrap the felt around the chimney. Press it down well, except at the overlap!
Now fit the daisy wheel over the felt. If it has sufficient resistance and you can fit it completely over the chimney, it is good.
Does it not fit well and do you have too much resistance ? Then go to step 7
It does not fit well and you have too little resistance ? Then go on to step 8
Caution ! Never press the daisy wheel by pressing on the rain cap (upper shell part). This can easily bend or even break off. Always hold the Daisy wheel on the part that slides over the chimney.
When the Daisy wheel has too much resistance to slide over the chimney, cut off a piece (+/- 1 cm) of the (overlapping) felt. Fit again and repeat this step until the Daisy wheel fits over the chimney with sufficient resistance.
If the Daisy Disc has too little resistance and is too loose over the chimney toe, it may fall off when opening the lid. To prevent this, cut an extra piece of felt (+/- 5 cm) and place it behind the overlap of the felt. Keep repeating this until the daisy wheel is slid over the chimney with sufficient resistance. Does it now have too much resistance to fit over the chimney? Then go back to step 7.