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Clean Burn Mistake

Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,526
edited August 2013 in EggHead Forum
I was about an hour into a clean burn on my XL.  The egg was just under 700* when I decided I should add the stone for my Woo and a little more charcoal to extend the burn time since I was just running on about a 1/4 load of coals. The lid opened fine but when I went to shut it, it shifted.  I could feel the bands had expanded and the lid was loose. It came down an inch out of position.   I wrestled it back into position best I could given it is pretty warm.  It is now sitting pretty much where it should.  However, I can see that on the back-left side, it is sitting probably 1/16 to 1/8" off the bottom, providing a big air gap.  It is sitting fine (i.e. flush on the bottom) everywhere else. 

Should I deal with the gap after cools down tomorrow or do I need to try to adjust it now while it is hot? 
Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.


  • RRPRRP Posts: 18,962
    Let it cool down as you may have other issues to deal with as well.
    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
  • revolver1revolver1 Posts: 372
    Too hot to deal with now.  
    Dan, Columbia,Mo.
  • Mud PigMud Pig Posts: 470
    edited August 2013
    Don't sweat it, my XL does that when its over 600 degrees for an hour or more. Keep it closed and once it cools it will be fine without any issues. Gaps will lose and bands will re-align.
  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 3,625
    Funny you post this thread.  I was just realigning the band and tightening the bolts on my XL Egg. The band on the right side of the top of the dome had shifted down, so I wanted to get it back on well.

    I have about a 1/8" underbite on my Egg now, but I'll figure out how to adjust that and get it straightened out as well.
    XL and a Mini Max Egg in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,526
    Thanks.  I'll chill.  I've felt it get wobbly from the heat before, but not as bad as this time, but I rarely do 600+ for any sustained time.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,526
    Took a quick look this morning.  Definitely will have to play the bands.  The gap might be as much as 1/4".  Almost looks like the hinge is bent a bit on the side that is sticking up.

    May need to remove the remaining gasket too.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
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