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New fire grate for Large

MickeyMickey Posts: 16,473
edited 12:25AM in EggHead Forum
A few days ago someone posted about this new fire grate from high-que for the large. I ordered one (and ask about the Small and Mini size / answered not at this time).
Got here today (see pic’s). Very nice work and think it should work very well.
No, I have nothing to do with company. Just like it when I see something good looking for the egg.
Kent if this is will not work, you have another one on the way…..
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Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    I don't suppose I will be seeing this one. Other than allowing a lot of the smaller pieces falling through the grate this should give the TG a real run for it's money.

    One thing I have noticed with the TG is that have yet needed to use a wiggle rod, jiggle or rotate the TG. I always seem to have good air flow up through the lump.

    Looking forward to hearing how this works for you.

     
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  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 3,859
    I almost pulled the plug on one this morning as well as gasket kit for my XL.
    Let me know how you like it Mickey.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
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  • probe1957probe1957 Posts: 215
    I got mine y(fire grate) esterday. Wasn't motivated enough to install it.
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,473
    Darian we are leaving for Colorado on Friday so not sure I will get a chance to try it before the end of the month.
    It is 68 there right this second. I am just getting to old for this weather here...
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,473
    probe1957 it is up to you to post how it worked out please.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    Yea guys, please let us know :) :)
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  • sjmhsjmh Posts: 11
    Excuse the ignorance, but what's the TG grate? :)
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  • I was the one that posted about this grate. We installed it and it works like a champ. If you want every little chuck of charcoal to burn, this isn't for you, 'cause the smaller chunks fall through, thus not clogging up the holes like they seemed to do on the original grate. We love it and wouldn't consider using anything else. The temp goes up quick, gets up to the kind of temps we like for our pizzas, 650+. Don't know what else to say, other than what I've already posted.. Never looking back at the old grate..
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  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 3,859
    I hear you.
    When I leave the house for work in the morning at 5am it's still over 80 degrees. That's just not right...
    Have a safe trip Mickey.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
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  • As far as the weather that some of you commented on we have had the 80's first thing in the morning for about the last week up here in North Dakota, and as far as I'm concerned you can have it back to yourself.

    As far as the grate goes, is there any trouble doing the low and slow cooks with it. Seems like it would let a lot more unrestricted air through then the original, so would maybe be more difficult to keep temps low?
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,473
    apollo140140 I am with you on that. Not a word posted yet on low and slow. I do not do many low/slow so not on the top of my list. But still would like word on it.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,473
    sjmh a "TG" looks like something you would hang in a tree to scare birds with. It goes where this is put at the grate and sticks up.
    I gave mine to Kent and he seems to like it so far (for sure he has not passed it on yet). Seems about a 60/40 on liking the TG's on the forum. The people who like them really like them.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 17,308
    i made my grate bigger with more holes, it helps low and slows with less ash build up. the low temps are still controlled by the vents. wouldnt worry about it
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  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    Mickey,

    You should see the new one that BGE is using as a standard. :ohmy: It's THICK!
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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    TG = TurboGrate

    It allows great air flow but seems to use more lump.

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    Had to laugh at Mickey's post... I am probably still using it because I am too lazy to remove it.

    GG
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  • jbennyjbenny Posts: 147
    I've never had an issue with the standard BGE grate plugging or anything like that. Been perfectly able to do a low and slow and then crank it up to back a pie.
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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    "Never". Do you have a wiggle rod?

    GG
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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    What part of Colorado? Are you going to the fest?

    Kent
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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    I would have to think that grate would work really well. The only thing I wonder about is the size of the holes in the grate and how much lump/burning lump will pass through the grate.

    There has to be a large amount of air being drawn up through the lump bed on the XL.

    When I made the air tunnel for the medium & large I was amazed how much of a draw was being pulled through the tunnel. I think I sent you a picture of the tunnel idea.

    Kent
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  • brisket30brisket30 Posts: 122
    I used the orginal in the egg for the last 4 years with lots of low and slow cooks. I have NEVER had an issue with ash build up or clogged holes durting a cook. I don't use a wiggle rod or any other contracption. Just clean out good before starting a low and slow and dump in the unsorted lump.

    Maybe I'm just lucky! :woohoo:
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  • BananaChipzBananaChipz Posts: 207
    I've been running one of these for a month now. So far so good.

    Airflow never seems to be a problem. I find vent adjustments a bit "different", so that took getting used to. Also, you do get the tiny pieces falling through, but I don't mind at all.
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  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 3,859
    I guess my wording was bad. I only need the gasket for my XL but was thinking about the grate for my large.
    I'm sure more smaller lump would drop but it would still burn even sitting in the ash. I have very little if any unburned lump in my Weber using similar grate.
    Looks like a winner.
    I do remember your wind tunnel tubes. Great idea.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,473
    Kent to the Beaver Creek area on Friday.
    If our deal was a week later the fest would work out.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,347
    Bring back some of that weather. 68 sounds wonderful. I still wondering where all those hurricanes are. This was supposed to be one of the worse hurricane season according to the national weather service. Even our local weatherman was wishing for a tropical depression to bring in some needed rain.
    Eggin in SW "Keep it Weird" TX
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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    With as much water as we have had you are going to be in for a great time.

     
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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    with as open as that great is I don't think the tunnel would do much good. I would expect the grate would work as good as the TG.

    A while back there was a post about a competitor to BGE. I went and looked at one glaring difference was the firebox. The grate in the large size was what I recall as seeing in the XL, huge fire grate (floor drain cover). I would like to be able to try a cook on one to see how much difference there would be.

     
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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    Wonder if two layers of expanded metal would work as well. I have read reports that the expanded metal bows down after being exposed to the heat present in the firebox.

     
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  • James MBJames MB Posts: 349
    Re the expamet bowing - see tnw
    Re the small pieces of lump falling through the open grate - take a look at the double grate mod on TVWB. It consists of two Weber char grates arranged at right angles to form a grid grate, worked well for me on my WSM so should do fine in the egg with the appropriate size grids.
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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    Thanks James, will do.

    Hope all is well with you folks.

    Kent
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  • UPEggerUPEgger Posts: 39
    I have done one packer brisket with the new grate. No problem. This one was for 23hrs with a grill temp of 220F. Being lazy I used the BBQ Guru ProComp 4 and slept soundly. Sure comes up to temp quickly though. UPEgger
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