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Let me set the atmosphere. LBGE, large adjustable rig oval (love it much more than plate setter). Night before the surprise Party for my sons 21st B-day, load the egg with bge lump add hickory chunks light with electric starter. load adjustable rig with stone and drip tray,added oval grate with two 9 lb butts,add extender and oval grate with another 9lb butt. Hook up BBQ guru set temp to 250 make adjustments and wait 15 hrs. Butts look beautiful sorry no pics just have to take my word for it. Removed butts wrapped in foil and put in one of the samsclub bag coolers. Cleaned both grates added more lump to the egg went to the frig and got the ABT,s prepared while the butts were cooking. Filled both grids completely with ABT's set temp for 350 and went about setting up for party. About 30 mins later noticed a heavy smoke comming from the egg and knew the grease was hitting the lump. And here is where things get interesting, put on both cooking mits (purchased at Walmart) opened lid and saw flames grabbed the adj rig and lifted it out and set on tile on table the grease was burning and the flame was gettin higher (did I mention the side of my table with the tile on it sits under the eve of my house) grabbed both racks of ABT's out of the flames and set on brick steps opened the back door and called for my wife but the vaccumme was running made the decision to grab the adjustable rig flames and all off the table and put on patio (concrete) too keep house from catching fire. Went in the kitchen and grabbed a box of salt to put on the flames but the box was almost empty did not help. Called for help again and this time the wife heard me and came running. First thing she did was hand me a full box of salt. Dumped entire box on flames but it did not put all the fire out it did however help still with gloves on grabbed players and picked up the grease tray and drug it out in the yard and poured sand on it. Thank God the fire is finally out.
Now for the things I learned.
1 I will be mounting a fire extinguisher on the side of the table.
2 clean out the grease tray between back to back cooks.
3 Walmart grill gloves are well worth the money.
4 being able to pull the large adjustable rig out was a plus
As bad as this sounds and believe me the flames at one time were 2 to 3 feet high the only damage sustained during (egganiese fire drill) was my pride the pork was great and the ABT's were a hit.
So hopefully if you read this you can learn from my mistake and not injure your pride or God forbid yourself.