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New owner of an XL

JWBurnsJWBurns Posts: 334
edited June 2012 in EggHead Forum
Jason here from McKinney Texas.

Well, I'm officially a part of the Egghead Nation. After countless hours and hands on research, I picked up my new XL, plate setter, nest, shelves, ash tool, grate holder, 2 bags of Ozark lump, rib / roast rack, and four bottles of different Dizzy Pig rubs!

Got the egg home and assembled on my own. Everything went fairly smooth. The bands are a bit tricky, and I'm slightly concerned about the seal after many adjustments and the dollar bill test. Most of my gaps were in the back, but after a few tries I think I've got it sealed well. I did manage to bust a clinch stud after over tightening the rear hinge bracket. Im thinking I'll be ok with that one gone until I'm able to replace it. I've noticed that when I gingerly let the dome down, the dollar slides easier in spots, but if I let it fall with a bit of force, the seal seems better.

Tomorrow I plan on firing her up for the first time. Is there any distinct things I should look for as far as the gap is concerned? I'm thinking if I have a bad seal, I'll have smoke billowing from the gaskets. Should there be zero smoke, a little?

Is a burn-in truly necessary or can I get right to cooking? I'd hate to waste lump if I didn't have to.

Can't wait to get started! We are thinking steaks, baked beans, sweet corn on the cob, and fresh green beans for tomorrow nights cook.

Comments

  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,393
    First off congrats and welcome!

    Never heard of a "burn in" on here. A lot of people cook under 400 degrees for the first 5-10 cooks to make the adhesive on the gasket firm up and make the gasket last a little bit longer. I didn't worry much about a dollar test or perfect seal. It all seamed to line up fairly well after I put it together and have no smoke coming out of it anywhere except the top. I have never had smoke come out from around my gasket.

    Good luck! Tons of info and ways to spend money on this forum!


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  • Rich_ieRich_ie Posts: 268
    Get to cooking ASAP. Congrats and Welcome!  ;D 
  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 5,005
    Beware the blow back.

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE (gave this one to my daughter), MBGE and lots of toys

  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    Congrats, the XL is amazing.
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
  • Rich_ieRich_ie Posts: 268
    Yes you will lose some arm hairs I hope no face hairs. 
  • TexAg87TexAg87 Posts: 22
    I had the same issue the clinch bolts. Called BGE HQ, and they sent out a hardware pack right away.

    Congrats!
  • Rich_ieRich_ie Posts: 268
    I had the same the green blots gave out. I used only the chrome bolts working out, 
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