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bad crack at 1:00 to good crack at 7:00

RRPRRP Posts: 19,327
edited 10:27AM in EggHead Forum
Yesterday my old firebox was in 5 pieces and had this big nasty crack at the back position like a clock face at 1:00.
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Now thanks to my BGE dealer I have a new firebox and the factory sawn "crack" is a 7:00 where it should be!
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What a difference a day makes!
L, M, S, Mini
Ron
Dunlap, IL

Comments

  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,327
    I was sent an email from a friend asking me about my grate which didn't appear to be a BGE cast iron. So I thought someone else might want to know as well. Here it is up close:
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    and here are the welded legs on the bottom which keep it from rocking.
    IMG_2408.jpg

    A fellow had it made for me 10 years ago at a machine shop and it is still holding up well.
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • It looks like my day job as a concrete supervisor has really helped the Egg. One of my daily responsibilities is crack prevention. I bet the Egg is sure glad I attended the 2009 Eggtoberfest.

    Anyways, How are you doing Ron? Have you been experimenting with the products I sent you?
  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,327
    Yes, I have used it on chicken as well as the last butt. I like it, though I still add a kosker salt kicker which defeats your low-salt purpose, but then we're the ones eating the food!
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • NC-CDNNC-CDN Posts: 703
    That crack on the new one is going to give you uneven burn. You need to have it at 3 o'clock for an even burn assuming the lower vent is at 5 o'clock. Alot of Engineering and science went into this. :laugh:

    Looks good. I have to deal with my cracks like your first pic.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,327
    and just how am I going to move that crack? It is right in the middle of the clean out vent.
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • BillB2002BillB2002 Posts: 22
    What is this "factory sawn crack" of which you speak?

    My small has no such thing... is it a feature of the larger models?
  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,327
    Please look at the picture again for the straight dark line in the new box. I'm not sure when they started doing that to fireboxes or which ones but it has been in the last 2 or 3 years. This relieves much of the stress.
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • jaymag_87jaymag_87 Posts: 108
    I like the legs on the grate. I need those on my Mini.
  • Hi RP Do you think the cracking of Fireboxes that I see from a lot more of northern Egger’s could be contributed to the extreme freezes and thaws that is not experienced nearly as harsh or not at all in areas down south?
    BGE'er since 1996 Large BGE 1996, Small BGE 1996, Mini BGE 1997
  • FockerFocker Posts: 3,630
    I doubt it. I'm a little northwest of Mr RRP. Firebox cracked a few years back on 4th of July. Firering cracked a few weeks ago.
    Brandon
    Quad Cities

  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 3,866
    Interesting
  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,327
    It's pretty easy to add those stabilizing legs. Just add 3 threaded bolts with one nut each to snug up against the grate. You can even drill 3 new holes if you're so inclined as cast iron is a soft metal.
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,327
    I agree, Brandon - IMO it's not so much from thermal shock as it is structural design shock when it was just one piece. This single cut seems to be getting good reviews from users.
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 2,036
    Ron, regarding your question about "moving the crack?", I don't think that is particularly relevant. It seem just sensible to me to place the firebox so that the air intake opening lines up with the bottom vent for optimum air flow.
    Make sense?

    :ermm:
    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,327
    That was my whole point! Just how was I supposed to magically move the crack to some other position in the egg shell, when the sawn crack is right in the middle of the access opening, which needs to be lined up with the lower vent!
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 2,036
    Well, my egg is only 14 months old; it came with the "factory crack" in the fire box lined up with the air intake opening, like yours.
    I have not yet experienced an uneven burn.
    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    The magnitude and speed of temperature change due to weather changes is nothing compared to what the firebox undergoes during a normal cook.
    The Naked Whiz
  • jaymag_87jaymag_87 Posts: 108
    Thanks for the awesome idea. :woohoo:
  • purcelljpurcellj Posts: 44
    The Naked Whiz wrote:
    The magnitude and speed of temperature change due to weather changes is nothing compared to what the firebox undergoes during a normal cook.

    Completely agreed. Both in absolute and relative changes.
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