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my fire grates and rutland gaskets, busy weekend

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. 

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

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Comments

  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,786
    Cool. Nice work man
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • " I will look for some at the scrap yards in my travels"........your travels are way different than mine :))
    Keeping it Weird in the ATX
    2 Large BGE
    1 MiniMax BGE
    1 Karubecue C60 (aka-"The Dishwasher")
    More accessories than TFJ knows about and one more purchase from mandatory counciling
  • egger aveegger ave Posts: 713
    " I will look for some at the scrap yards in my travels"........your travels are way different than mine :))
    I only shop at the best yard sales and scrap yards.
    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. 

    "The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

    Albert Einstein
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 2,170

    There is no need to coat them with anything if they are stainless steel.  The charcoal up against that grate is going to be well over 1100F, so I would be worried about the fumes coming off that coating as it breaks down.  Also, if they are stainless steel, their is no reason you should have to replace them every few months--mine have lasted for years in lava temps.

     

     

     

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