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High Que Grate is the GREATEST

jlsmjlsm Posts: 839
edited October 2012 in EggHead Forum
Anyone hesitating because of "one more thing" and the cost, click the buy button right now! I got one for the mini and one for the large. It has revolutionized the mini cooks. I don't have to do a full clean between each cook to get to high temps, and stabilizing at lower temps is no problem. Last night we got it stable at 350 and ready to cook in 10 minutes using oiled paper towels. We ate boneless jerk chicken thighs a half hour after walking in the door. Haven't used the large yet, but am expecting similar results. 

Before getting the grate, I considered the mini a bit fussy. Not now! BGE really should make these standard. 
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Owner of a large and a beloved mini in Philadelphia
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,028
    Yep Yep Yep
    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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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,458
    @jlsm, see this post, I agree with you completely. I think I use a bit more lump, but the results are worth it.
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • jlsm said:
    Anyone hesitating because of "one more thing" and the cost, click the buy button right now! I got one for the mini and one for the large. It has revolutionized the mini cooks. I don't have to do a full clean between each cook to get to high temps, and stabilizing at lower temps is no problem. Last night we got it stable at 350 and ready to cook in 10 minutes using oiled paper towels. We ate boneless jerk chicken thighs a half hour after walking in the door. Haven't used the large yet, but am expecting similar results. 

    Before getting the grate, I considered the mini a bit fussy. Not now! BGE really should make these standard. 
    +1.  Mickey put me on to them for my Large.  That was the first accessory I got for the mini.
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,807
    I think they're the gratest (air quotes around grate)
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 7,137
    Have them on my large and small and it's a must have item for every egg IMO.  
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ...
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  • StoaterStoater Posts: 292
    I guess this isn't available for the XL?
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  • EllisEllis Posts: 192
    Stoater you can use the 22 " Webber Kettle fire grate. Maybe get 2 and criscross them. I have not done it yet but it fits.

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,807
    edited October 2012
    Ellis said:
    Stoater you can use the 22 " Webber Kettle fire grate. Maybe get 2 and criscross them. I have not done it yet but it fits.
    That's too big for a fire grate, methinks.  (edit) nevermind this comment, that's not the diameter of the grate in the 22" grill.
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,468
    I love the one I have on my Medium, but I only have one issue. When stirring lump(pre-cook), I sometimes bump it and it slides off of the opening, causing my lump to fall through the hole. I attribute this to the lack of a beveled edge that the cast iron grate has, as it occurs whether upright or flipped. Is this just the way it is or does anyone have a hint or home-grown contraption for stabilization? 
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    Stoater said:
    I guess this isn't available for the XL?
    Why does you need one with the XL!? XL is great. 
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • StoaterStoater Posts: 292
    Sgt93 said:
    Stoater said:
    I guess this isn't available for the XL?
    Why does you need one with the XL!? XL is great. 
    I don't know I seem to buy a lot of stuff after reading reviews on this forum, your right it is great, but I am wondering would it make it greater?
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,059
    Nah, given the diameter, the number and size of the holes in the xl it's not gonna clog. It will break though.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,757
    Why is it needed for a Mini? (that's a serious question, sometimes its hard to tell about the tone around here lately) I have had no problems getting mine up to high temps, but I've only had mine for a week now. If anything, I have a problem keeping it below 350. I'm seriously contemplating finding some kind of silicone or something and sealing around the bottom vent a bit more. Doesn't seem like they did a good job of that and I think extra air is getting in.

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,458
    edited October 2012
    @Griffin, don't own a mini, but read somewhere on this forum the issue was for a low and slow, the mini OEM grate would plug to easily, making it hard to maintain low temps for longer cooks. 
    Open the top vent, close the bottom and it will tell you if there is a seal issue, I'd think. Once that's known, then see if maintaining temp for a longer low cook is an issue. 

    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    Nah, given the diameter, the number and size of the holes in the xl it's not gonna clog. It will break though.
    I agree, not needed in the XL but the small and mini are different due to a lack of space. I hope to use the Que in my small this weekend but have plans on an XL cook or two.
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • jlsmjlsm Posts: 839
    @Griffin, I had to use silicone around the vent, too. With the standard grate, I had to completely clean out the mini every time I used it; if it weren't spic-and-span, it just would not get up to a high temp and it took a long time to even get to 350. I didn't mind so much with good weather, but we got it last spring because we got tired of trudging out to the large in the cold; we could put the mini on a small landing next to our back door. I have cooked five times with the HQ and haven't done a complete clean yet. 

    The temperature adjustments are a bit trickier than with the large. Unlike @Mickey, I do use the DW when I want to keep it steady below 400. Watch the little guy closely and start damping down 50 degrees before target. I close the bottom vent to about a half inch and play with the DW. If the temp doesn't come up to target quickly, just take the DW off for a bit. Last night we kept it at 350 with a half inch on the bottom and the little holes fully opened, but the large plate closed, on the top.  
    *******
    Owner of a large and a beloved mini in Philadelphia
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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 5,825
    Got one for my large and small.  I really think the mothership should buy these from Hi Que and supply them with new eggs.  I was really having trouble with the small coming up to temp before my hi-que. 


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

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  • crmwellcrmwell Posts: 19
    I just got one for my large.  Used the heat gun for 2 min. and closed the lid with bottom vent open and top cap off and it hit 450 degrees in  a total of 7 min.  Plus not having to rake the ash before starting.  I like it!
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  • hogsfanhogsfan Posts: 128
    edited October 2012
    Here is the 2 Weber grates mod on the XL. I just happened to do this about 2 weeks ago. I even posted on another forum that I didn't think the XL needed a High Que a few days before I realized the Weber grates fit and gave this a shot. I still think the XL doesn't "need" it in the sense that my medium absolutely needed it on long cooks, but the difference in heat up speed and ash clean up after the cook is spectacular. Best 26 bucks I could have spent on my XL.

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    Hope this helps. 
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  • pineypiney Posts: 496
    I just ordered one for my LBGE. I have to go to Calif. will be gone about a week, but when I get back I will try this out!  
    Lenoir, N.C.
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  • GRATEST!!!
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  • hogsfan said:
    Here is the 2 Weber grates mod on the XL. I just happened to do this about 2 weeks ago. I even posted on another forum that I didn't think the XL needed a High Que a few days before I realized the Weber grates fit and gave this a shot. I still think the XL doesn't "need" it in the sense that my medium absolutely needed it on long cooks, but the difference in heat up speed and ash clean up after the cook is spectacular. Best 26 bucks I could have spent on my XL.

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    Hope this helps. 

    Are these the 22" Webber grates?
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,028
    Stoater said:
    I guess this isn't available for the XL?

    I am told just no need with the XL.
    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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  • EggRacerEggRacer Posts: 400
    To me the XL does great with the included grate. My L could use the Hi Q help.
    XLBGE & LBGE
    North Richland Hills, TX
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  • Dan4BBQDan4BBQ Posts: 258
    please share the Hi Q web page
    Thanks
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,807
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • I've been meaning to upgrade my large and small with the High Que grates for a while.  Just pulled the trigger.  I'm really looking forward to better performance when I get my hands on them!

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    Flint, Michigan.  Named the most dangerous city in America by the F.B.I. three years running.

    We invented the U.A.W. and carjacking!

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  • DuganboyDuganboy Posts: 1,118
    The XL grate has much bigger holes than the large.  Standard grate in the XL is excellent.
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  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    Before I make this a Christmas gift for myself, has anyone tried drilling out holes to make slots in the standard grate? Seems like it wouldn't be too much work with a vice and a sawzaw or something. Anyone Experiment with this before I do?
    Dunedin, FL
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  • I bought mine yesterday.  One for my large and one for my small.  I think it cost me $58 total.

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    Flint, Michigan.  Named the most dangerous city in America by the F.B.I. three years running.

    We invented the U.A.W. and carjacking!

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