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Broken Dome

BigCKBigCK Posts: 14
edited 11:33PM in EggHead Forum
I was cooking tonight and went to open my egg; as i opened it to the fully open position my top fell out and landed behind my green egg and broke into 8 pieces. I was wondering if anyone has had this problem before or has heard of it.
The dome had not topped out at the highest temperature and I have had my egg about 11 months and have never had a problem. I am lost for words and just looking for some answers and helpful hints to prevent this from happening again.



  • MetalheadMetalhead Posts: 668
    1st of all, I'd like to say.....damn....just damn.
    I am sorry that happened. I think that on occasion
    all the bolts and nuts have to be checked for tightness.
    The constant opening and closing of the lid vibrates and
    can cause looseness. :angry:
    The porous mat'l of the egg probably expands and con-
    tracts also causing looseness. :(

    The carriage bolts once tightened properly should begin to bend.
    Good luck with the next top and welcome to the forum.
  • Agree. One thing about this forum, it reminds you to do things like this once in a while. Every time I see this happen I check my bolts and they always turn, if only a little.
  • Cullen,
    This happened to me last November. I know how you're feeling right now. Every time I open my dome now I'm afraid. I'm constantly checking, tightening and dread the day I have to remove the dome for maintenance or moving or whatever and have to put it back on. i put the one on that broke and then the dealer came and put the new one on and I haven't touched it since. I do check tightness often but did first one also. I posted pictures here on the forum for those who said it must not have been tightened properly.

    On a better note, the mother ship customer service was excellent and replaced it for free. Worked out a deal with the dealer who paid half of the $75 shipping.

    Not sure why they don't come out with a design that stays in place with more than friction and a prayer!
  • VanzoVanzo Posts: 125
    Now y'all have me scared to open mine again!!

    I have to be honest with you, I have had mine for 10 years and have NEVER checked the nuts since the day the dealer installed it on my deck!!

    Now I gotta go do it before opening it up again!! Guess I have just been lucky or my dealer really did a good job of tightening everything up.

  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,429
    Sorry to read about this incident, I feel for ya. :ohmy:

    You got good advice here. After reading this I'm going to check my band bolts on all 4 eggs. I believe I checked my 'smoker' egg (most used egg) a few months ago and it was tight.

    Yeah, the metal bands expand and contract with the cycle of cooking and metal can stretch over time. Ceramics will expand/contract as well but, of course, at a different rate than steel. So it is advised to check the band bolts once in a while that they are on tight- nuts will turn with firm resistance within reason.(without going ape)

    Goes to say that a routine spring and fall cleaning and safety check is spring cleaning is right around the corner.

    Again sorry about your dome falling out. That event could cause me to have a heart attack. :(
  • BigCKBigCK Posts: 14
    Thanks everyone much appreciated. Hard lesson to learn the day before a family reunion when you are hosting. Might be using an old weber top for the bbq tonight in place of the broken dome.

  • tach18ktach18k Posts: 1,607
    If you were in socal, I have a dome that needs a bottom.
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