I recently received my Bayou Classic Banjo Cooker (model KAB4) in preparation for my first brewing session. The cooker is mostly assembled but I still have to attach the propane regulator hose's brass fitting to the cooker's circular air intake shutter. There is a spring that goes between the circular air control shutter and the brass hose fitting.
The air control shutter (which you initially have to cap on) fits very tightly in the first place and takes some force to turn but it can be done without the brass fitting and spring attached. My problem is that I can't screw on the brass fitting and spring to the shutter without causing the shutter to become stuck/immobile and you need to be able to turn this disk for proper air control. The manual states that the fitting needs to be lightly wrench tightened against the spring/air control shutter but there is no way I can tighten it (even lightly with a wrench) without the shutter being too tight to turn. I don't want to fire up this thing without having everything PROPERLY assembled but I can't find a solution to what should be an easy assembly step.
Has anyone else run into this problem with this part of the assembly and if so what did you do to resolve it? I've attached a picture of the air shutter and spring in question.