A couple of weeks ago I posted about my adventure cooking at the Viva Vienna festival for my friend and dealer, John of Nicholas Chimney Works in Vienna, VA.
I stopped in to say hi to John on Friday and noticed an old-school Large Big Green Egg out in front of his shop. When I asked him about it, he said that it came from a customer who had purchased a new Large from him, and asked him to take the old one away. It is purported to be 20 years old. He also said he was thinking about giving it to me as a way of saying thanks for helping him out at Viva Vienna.
To make a long story short, that old Egg is now sitting on my deck along with my 2007 Large BGE, and I'm just thrilled to have it. I thought I'd share some pics here. I figured that some of you old time eggers might enjoy seeing my new addition.
In its new home:
Rusted and stuck open:
Thermometer was reading about 10 degrees low - I calibrated it before the cleaning burn:
Gunky and old-school - no swing away lid, just the daisy wheel:
The insides - I think this Egg was used for a lot of low and slow:
Lid open - old-school handle and hinges:
Shot of the interior. The Egg is in excellent condition overall. The only real problem was the bottom vent. All of the ceramic is in great shape. The ceramic bottom grate has a crack but I don't see any cracks anywhere else.
Ceramic bottom grate:
Accumulation on inside of lid. I'm doing a gentle 650 degree cleaning burn right now. It's been going for about four hours. Lots of smoke at first but we're burning clear now for about an hour.
Accumulation on the top vent - it's inside the Egg getting cleaned right now.
Interior after removing all of the ashes. This is before the cleaning burn.
Preparing to install the new bottom vent:
The "new hotness". This is the only thing I plan to fix right now. I'm keeping the old style hinges and top vent. I have a new gasket in case it is needed but for now I'm going to see how we do with the old one.
Getting started with the cleaning burn. This was shot about four hours ago. It's been running at 650-700 degrees since then. I'm taking my time and trying not to rush things. I don't want a cascade of melted gunk wiping out what's left of the gasket. I'll open it up while it's still hot later tonight to make sure the gasket doesn't fuse shut.
I hope you all enjoyed the pics. I'm ecstatic about our new family member and very grateful to John for the gift. I can't wait to start cooking! I'll take some more pics after the cleaning burn and post them later.