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medium egg grate

edited 2:10AM in EggHead Forum
I have had a medium BGE since October of last year, I have had 4 or 5 grates crack and break, I have been cautioned not to use a metal grate since it may expand and crack the fire box, I also have a mini BGE and do not have this trouble, any ideas ou there


  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,411
    The cast iron trivet rests nicely in the bottom of my large egg. It does not fit snugly into the hole....just kind of rests on top of it. Lots of room for expansion. The other types of grates (expanded metal, and others) are equally safe. [p]I would be cautious of a rigid metal grate that fits snugly into the "neck" on the bottom of the firebox.[p]HTH
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  • RhumAndJerkRhumAndJerk Posts: 1,506
    Out of curiosity, do you stir the hot coals with the ash tool?
    Do you tap the grate to clear the air holes?
    Does there seem to be a magic temperature at which the grates break?
    Please, do not take the questions the wrong way; I am just trying to figure out how 5 different grates would break since October. [p]I suppose that it is possible that there was a bad batch of grates and you just hit the jackpot. [p]Just thinking,

  • BluesnBBQBluesnBBQ Posts: 615
    mensa,[p]I hope you don't have to pay $50 for a replacement, which I might have to do.[p]-Steve (still haven't received my replacement firebox, and I might have to pay for shipping twice for it)
  • Char-WoodyChar-Woody Posts: 2,642
    mensa, Tim M has posted the experimental donut that is made so a metal diamond mesh will expand and contract with no external pressure on the outer ceramics. Thats one idea. The other is there appears to be no problem with diamond mesh cut in the round and layed in the firechamber other than a bit of wobble around. That too is cureable with other ideas.
    There is another option, not ready to be posted yet, but coming up..
    BTW...I have two ceramic grates one used the other new that I have available. I have never had a problem with breakage of a ceramic grate. Knock on ceramics??

  • Char-WoodyChar-Woody Posts: 2,642
    BluesnBBQ, Call BGE and talk to Chazz DeMeyer. Anything longer than 10 days is unreasonable.
    BGE prides itself on customer service.

  • BluesnBBQBluesnBBQ Posts: 615
    Char-Woody,[p]I called them last week, and talked to three different people. One of them told me he would deal with it personally. He was supposed to call yesterday to tell me what's going on, but I haven't heard from him (or UPS).
  • Char-WoodyChar-Woody Posts: 2,642
    BluesnBBQ, e.mail me with details..I will help ya.

  • RhumAndJerkRhumAndJerk Posts: 1,506
    A few weeks ago, I was having problems with the slide door on small BGE. When I called BGE, I got Ed Fisher. He sent me a replacement door without any questions. They handled the issue quickly and I have no complaints. [p]Just sharing,

  • GfwGfw Posts: 1,598
    <p />mensa, I also have a medium egg and went through 3 ceramic grids - the cast iron trivet is about 8 inches and the original grid for the medium is 6.5 inches. I used a 7 inch floor drain (check out the link) and made sure that the square edges were rounded - I've been using it since March 26th without problems - it is just the right size to "float" in the medium.

    [ul][li]Trivet / Fire Grate[/ul]
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