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Cleaning Burn - thermometer all the way around?

Mole351Mole351 Posts: 108
edited July 2012 in EggHead Forum
i'm doing a burn to clean my egg vent open no daisy wheel.  the thermometer has gone all the way around - will this break the thermometer?  will i need to re-calibrate?

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  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    edited July 2012
    you shouldn't do a clean burn with the thermometer in it, just in case.

    take it out if you can (unless of course if the clip prevents it).

    you can test later on to make sure.  it should actually be fine.  it's elastic (not meaning rubber, but meaning it should return to its original state). they can be recalibrated unless they are sprung. the relationship (how much it twists) is linear unless it gets truly stretched and permanently deformed.  you'd have to really go around a few times for that not sure it's possible.
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • yeah...what he said. Should be OK but I do take mine out before blasting a clean burn. I just took the clip off mine so I can take it out easily any time I want.



  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 9,002
    I would argue that you don't need to do a full open damper burn to clean out the egg.  700 F or so should be fine.  BGE recommends never cleaning the inside except the grate - it self-cleans when you grill hot.

    That said, I've never done a clean-burn, probably never will, since I do pizzas fairly frequently.

    Stike is right about the spring in the thermometer - it's a bi-metallic ribbon coil and you probably can't get the egg hot enough to break it, but you might damage the paint on the dial, so I'd take it out, or just don't go so hot.
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  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 4,009
    i'm doing a burn to clean my egg vent open no daisy wheel.  the thermometer has gone all the way around - will this break the thermometer?  will i need to re-calibrate?
    As above, won't break the thermo. Very likely it will need recalibration. I'd be more concerned about blowing out the gasket, it you have one. Also, as above, a cleansing burn does not need to be so hot. 30 min. at 600 will get dry most of the greasy build up.

    I've done clean burns that left about an 1/8 inch shell of soot crust at the top of the dome. Scrape that off, because it will soon fall into the food cooking below.
  • setdahooksetdahook Posts: 93
    Can you do a clean burn with the plate setter on? I would love to get rid of some of spillage that has blackened it.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 4,174
    You can certainly load up your BGE and clean burn any ceramics in there-just be ready to replace your gasket once finished.  Nature of the beast-
    Louisville
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 9,002
    Plate setters are made for firing pottery, should be fine.  Just let it cool down in the egg to mitigate thermal shock.
    Can you do a clean burn with the plate setter on? I would love to get rid of some of spillage that has blackened it.

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  • setdahooksetdahook Posts: 93
    Thanks the burn is going now.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 9,002
    take a pic when done, and let us know what temp, if you left the thermometer in...and if anything cracked in half because our advice...oops?
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  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    The eggs are taken way over 1200 during testing. Then doused with water You can't think of something to do to a BGE that they haven't already tried
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 9,002
    They're probably fired past 2000 F when they're glazed.  I'll bet most of their QC is done at the bisque or glaze firing.
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  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    Well i aint guessing. I'm just talking about performance testing of the internal components and the outer shell Picture a guy jamming a leaf blower in the lower vent and fueling the fire until stuff is glowing, then dumping water on it
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 9,002
    It seems like that would crack them.  Are they made from borosilicate?  Where'd you find that out?
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  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    Borosilicate is ceramic glass i believe. Older pyrex. Glass stove tops, etc.

    The testing guys do some crazy stuff to these. We arent running very close to the limit of the BGE when we have a 'hot' fire going

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