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How serious are these cracks in my BGE?

finaltablefinaltable Posts: 26
edited August 2011 in EggHead Forum
I recently moved. Following the move I noticed these two cracks in my egg.  While I will be submitting a claim to the moving company, my (formerly) Green Egg is over 30 years old so I expect a fight and payment well below replacement cost.  I suspect I am going to have to live with my egg, as is, for a little while.  My concern is how long it will last in this condition.  I used to use it at least one a week.  Usually I just cook chicken, burgers or fajitas, but in two weeks I am supposed to do a brisket, which will be an 8 hour cook.  If anyone could weigh in on this I'd appreciate it.

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(Note: edited to specify against whom I would be filing a claim.  I would not think about filing a claim against BGE for an Egg that is almost as old as I am.)
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Comments

  • I would focus more on that the damage would of been solely caused by negligence in regards to how it was handled in the moving process.  I would suspect it would take a substantial force to crack the egg based on the photos.
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,503
    there is no warrantee on that egg, i wouldnt cook on it unless it was in a fireproof area
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  • DaddyoDaddyo Posts: 209
    There is a difference between a lifetime warranty against defects in materials or workmanship, and a blanket lifetime replacement guarantee.  It seems to me that if your egg worked for 30 years, that pretty well establishes that it did not contain any defects in material or workmanship.

    That said, I'd put some high temp glue in the cracks, being careful not to destroy the ambiance of that egg, and fire it up.  I suspect a little JB Weld will keep that egg smoking for years - in a fireproof location to be safe.
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  • BrunDogBrunDog Posts: 27
    Send that thing to the Smithsonian and getcha self a fresh one! Another 30 years to wear one out!

    -BD
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  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 1,428

    If those cracks weren't there prior to the move, then I would think the moving company would compensate.  One could argue, a 30 year old Egg without cracks is just as good as a 30 day old Egg so I think they should give you replacement cost.

     

    Good luck!

    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/
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  • Bobby-QBobby-Q Posts: 1,993
    It's very hard to say what caused those cracks. More than likely the moving company took all care possible and it still caused it. That Kamado is so old it is past the end of it's usable life. When fire clay dries out it is so brittle that a slight jarring or bumping from normal use can cause it to crack.

    The estimated value of that cooker in current market place prices is $0.00.

    You had it for 30 years and you probably paid less than $300.00 for it so for $10.00 a year you got a ridiculous value. The new EGGs® have a lifetime warranty and will truly last several lifetimes. I would look fondly back on the good times you had with that cooker and look forward to many more years on a new EGG.
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  • Cracked Egg + JB Weld = cheap but lasting fix.

    I bought an egg that had been cracked into several pieces and repaied with JB Weld. Been cooking on it for months and it works perfectly.

    We affectionately call it FrankenEgg.
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  • I'm in the inspection/repair end of the moving and storage and have been for 30 years. A couple of things here; One, check your Bill of Lading to see what "valuation" (not insurance) you secured on your shipment. Secondly, check the "origin" inventories (if you moved locally, did not go over 300 miles or cross a state line, more than likely the moving company did not prepare "inventories as generally, although not always, they will  only prepare inventories for interstate moves. I can tell you with out a doubt you did not pack your ancient Kamodo grill, due to the weight. If the moving company sends out an inspector to verify fresh transit damages, if they photo document a 30 year old well worn, unit missing the lower plate that may have many other areas of pre-existing damages all over it, they will deny the liability, and rightfully so. Just looking at the images, I do not see an area of "impact' on either one of the two areas show cased. Your Bill of Lading, on the Terms and Conditions portion, specifically states that if damages claimed are determined to be from normal road vibration, it is not a covered condition, as they cannot control the vibration of the truck. I would bet the farm you will be denied. Get over it quickly. You know this grill has issues and was in need of replacement even prior to moving. Go out, bite the bullet and get your self a new Egg.
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  • Pete, that was quite enlightening!  One question.  You say that damage caused by normal road vibration is not covered.  Assuming that the moving company packed the goods (any goods, not necessarily this cooker) aren't they responsible to pack things such that they will survive normal road vibration?  Thanks!
    The Naked Whiz
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  • Woody54Woody54 Posts: 148
    Last time I moved, I did not trust the moving co. to move the BGE, so I moved it myself.
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  • Broke mine when I moved back to GA, JB welded him back together, he's been doing great for three years, check the slide show:

    Warning: VERY graphic broken BGE pics

    http://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i193/jthibodeau/Big%20Green%20Egg%20repair/?albumview=slideshow

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  • Your privacy setting are too high so we can't see the slideshow.

    Broke mine when I moved back to GA, JB welded him back together, he's been doing great for three years, check the slide show:

    Warning: VERY graphic broken BGE pics

    http://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i193/jthibodeau/Big%20Green%20Egg%20repair/?albumview=slideshow

    Thanks, try it now. The slide show is all jumbled up for some reason, but the pics are all there.


     

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  • Thanks!

    Yeah, I was concerned he was done for, but I decided to give it a shot, it's been over three years and the JB Weld is holding strong. I've been thinking of putting two stainless bands around the bottom just for insurance.

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  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 1,428
    My backup is a new one.   :D
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/
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