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Big Green Egg Repairs

youn0924youn0924 Posts: 2
edited February 2012 in EggHead Forum
Hello,

So i purchased a big green egg from a garage sale and they put a hole in the side of it to but an electric heating unit. I have removed the heating unit and got everything back to normal except the hole in the side. This is causing issues being able to regulate the temps and to put out the fire after use. Any ideas on how to patch up the hole. I was thinking about a metal sheet on the outside and using JB weld to secure it. I think it may help seal it up from the outside but am looking for some alternatives. 

Thanks 


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  • stevesailsstevesails Posts: 981
    edited February 2012

    find some fire brick mortar/cement. mix in some fiberglass filler  and fill it up. might take a couple of times to do fill it right.  but that is what i would use.  might not need the filler. 

     

     

    XL   Walled Lake, MI

  • MikeGMikeG Posts: 174
    edited February 2012

    find some fire brick mortar/cement. mix in some fiberglass filler  and fill it up. might take a couple of times to do fill it right.  but that is what i would use.  might not need the filler.  

    I have to view the above with some caution - depending on how large the hole is.  If the fill material doesn't expand & contract during the heat/cool cycle at the same rate as the clay bowl this could crack the lower half across the plug.
    If you could find some extremely high-heat elastomer adhesive you cold form a plug from suitable material that is smaller than the hole then glue it in with the elastomer, which would act as a cushion between the plug and bowl.
  • so it the Jb weld and Metal on the outside a bad idea? 
  • RRFRRF Posts: 5
    edited February 2012
    Use refractory mortar made for  commerical furnaces it can handle the heat an stay in place.
  • Would love to see a picture of the hole.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

  • Yeah, Show the pics of the fix you come up with

     

    LET'S EAT
  • GatoGato Posts: 766
    Yeah a pic would be nice. May be the first egg able to run dual vents.
    Geaux Tigers!!!
  • Or... just replace lower half...
    Large BGE -- Greensboro!


  • HicHic Posts: 350
    I like Gato's idea. Why not just get another vent and mount it over the hole? It could work as a second vent.

    Large, medium, small and a mini. Egg'n, golfing, beer drinking, camping and following football and baseball.
    Atlanta NOTP suburbia.

  • i like the vent idea, is it near the bottom? you could put a electronic temp controller in it.
    XL   Walled Lake, MI

  • Hillbilly-HightechHillbilly-Hightech Posts: 966
    edited February 2012
    If you do decide to patch the hole, I think this stuff would work:

    Rutland-Castable-Refractory-Cement

    It's rated to like 1500 degrees, and since it's castable, it's meant to be used for pouring your own firebricks, and can be used to form more irregular shaped geometries, in addition to patching things like fireplaces, etc.

    When I get around to it, I'm gonna use this to cast my own "paver" to sit the Egg on...
    HTH,
    Rob
    Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup... Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. - Bruce Lee
  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273

    My question would be not whether the material would handle the heat - but will the patch material expand and contract at the same rate as the rest of the Egg.

     

    Cookin in Texas
  • I like Gato's idea. Why not just get another vent and mount it over the hole? It could work as a second vent.
    Yeah a pic would be nice. May be the first egg able to run dual vents.
    Excellent idea! Just mount a new vent and keep it closed!
    Only 3 things in life matter. Family, Steelers and my BGE!!
  • I vote for Duct Tape!
    TFOUTCH Algood, Tennessee
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 17,502
    the rutland refractory mentioned is your beast bet
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