I made 12 fire grates for large BGE's this weekend. There are 3 Large BGE's in my family so we get 4 each. I used #9 gauge flattened expanded steel. I coated them with a high temperature coating thats good to 1100 degrees and is flame resistant after it is cured. I use the same coating on exhaust manifolds and a wood fired cook stove I made a couple of years ago from steel plate. Total cost was about $25.00 At this price, I can replace the grate every couple of months. I priced new stainless steel expanded steel and it was pricey to say the least. I will look for some at the scrap yards in my travels. Will try the new grate tomorrow.
I found the Rutland gasket and cement in Georgetown. Works great. About $35 for my large and mini with gasket and cement left over. Already had the tools, paint stripper disk and xylene the degrease the BGE mating surface.
1 Large BGE, 1 Mini BGE, 1 Minimax BGE, Original wife and 3 dogs living in the heart of BBQ country in Round Rock Texas.
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