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Ceramic lid vs. Daisy wheel.....duh!

So I have been egging for about a year. I have only used my daisy wheel and have left the ceramic lid in the box. At the end of the cook I would just close the daisy wheel up and tightly close the bottom vent to shut down the fire. Has worked fine. Last night I saw the ceramic top and decided to use it. Duh!!! Closed down the fire so much faster and saved a significant amount of lump. I am such an idiot! Sharing just in case any others out there are as slow as me.
When was the last time you did something for the first time? - Zick Boulder, CO
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  • Good advice, and if you have any gasket material left over from the last redo, put it on the ceramic top, seals off faster and fits better (tighter), won't fly off if you open the dome "aggressively". 


    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 6,641
    Also to preserve the DFMT, when finished with the cook just put it in the BGE and store it there til the next run.  Give it a shot of Pam or equivalent spray oil every so often and it does just fine.
    Louisville   L & S BGEs 
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  • jfm0830jfm0830 Posts: 968
    @Skiddymarker alluded to it in his reply: Be very careful lifting the lid with the ceramic top on. I've seen enough pictures on the internet of broken ceramic caps the fell off while lifting the lid that I take mine off before I open the lid. 
    Website: www.grillinsmokin.net
    3 LBGE & More Eggcessories than I care to think about.
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  • DuganboyDuganboy Posts: 1,118
    edited November 2012
    Zick said:
    So I have been egging for about a year. I have only used my daisy wheel and have left the ceramic lid in the box. At the end of the cook I would just close the daisy wheel up and tightly close the bottom vent to shut down the fire. Has worked fine. Last night I saw the ceramic top and decided to use it. Duh!!! Closed down the fire so much faster and saved a significant amount of lump. I am such an idiot! Sharing just in case any others out there are as slow as me.
    I feel your "stupidity" and raise you one.  I got my first egg over 15 years ago and just threw the ceramic top away. 

     It wasn't until I joined this forum a few months ago, that I knew any different. Gave my old egg to one of my sons and needless to say, I'm using the ceramic top on this one. 
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  • BadongBadong Posts: 126
    I would recommend this for everybody.
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  • @ Badong -I would run a split strip of gasket on the very top of the Egg for an even better seal.

     

    You have to be very careful in removing the cover when you have the ceramic top in place, esy to have it catch and drag it off and hear it crack.

     

    -SMITTY     

    from SANTA CLARA, CA

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  • @badong what are you cooking that you have temp over 800 degrees?
    Boom
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  • @badong what are you cooking that you have temp over 800 degrees?

    I was wondering the same thing.  But since I don't see any evidence of heat coming out the top, I wonder if the picture wasn't taken on a cool day and that is just where the thermometer rests?
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  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 2,518

    @ Badong -I would run a split strip of gasket on the very top of the Egg for an even better seal.

     

    You have to be very careful in removing the cover when you have the ceramic top in place, esy to have it catch and drag it off and hear it crack.

    Great advice in regards to the cover.  I'm very careful with mine, and still almost had it catch and fall off this weekend when removing the cover.

    I will be adding some felt gasket to the chimney like pictured though. 
    XL and a Mini Max Egg in Cincinnati, Ohio
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,565
    I lined the inside of my ceramic top. I have no extra nomex on the egg but definitely cools down faster...also forms a cushion for the top.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • ShedFarmShedFarm Posts: 499
    I would caution against putting the extra gasket material on the Egg, and line the ceramic cap, instead (as henapple has done). The inside diameter of the daisy wheel is often different than that of the ceramic cap, and what may work for one, may cause the other to not fit, properly.
    BJ (Powhatan, VA)
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  • BadongBadong Posts: 126
    I think it was actually a cold day.  Yes, we have those in North Texas occasionally. 

    Anyway, my ceramic cap and daisy wheel fit nice and snug with the left over felt in place.
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,467
    I never use my daisy wheel. Leave it in the box and all is fine.
    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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  • ZickZick Posts: 171
    Mickey said:
    I never use my daisy wheel. Leave it in the box and all is fine.
    How do you,adjust temp?
    When was the last time you did something for the first time? - Zick Boulder, CO
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  • Zick said:


    Mickey said:

    I never use my daisy wheel. Leave it in the box and all is fine.

    How do you,adjust temp?




    Bottom vent. I never use my daisy wheel unless I'm under 350•


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  • Interesting that some folks do not use the daisy, I seldom use the bottom vent, I control with the DFMT, it is so much easier - at eye level, doesn't stick or bind. I guess the key is to use whatever works for you. The egg is a chimney, so wether you limit air at the inlet or outlet, it is all pretty much the same. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • I'm with Nurse and Mickey. I don't use the daisy wheel unless I am doing under 350 or so. Easier to only worry about bottom vent instead of both.
    Clarendon Hills, IL
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  • MJQ8MJQ8 Posts: 43
    Seasons Greetings to ALL!!! Great conversation for two reasons. First, I went to the BGE headquarters last week here in the ATL for the Thanksgiving seminar and brought this topic up myself as a new BGE owner. Their solution? Gasket around the chimney. Secondly, I was attempting 2 pies for Thanksgiving. The fatal flaw in my planning (this time) was dropping the temp from 425 for fifteen minutes down to 350 for 30 minutes..."Seriously? good luck with that in a short periode of time", I said to myself. However, this conversation has given me an idea for the ceramic top. Now I just need to locate it in the basement. Good luck with that too I guess:|...(Our basement is where our four year old daughter finds "lost things" as in from the Tinkerbell movie series.)
    Any cook you can walk away from is a good one.
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  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 2,054
    I don't use my DW unless I have to, ie under 300ish. 

    Look at the airflow as a hose, you can adjust with just the faucet, or with the faucet AND a spray gun at the end.  I use just the faucet knob.
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    I needed a good laugh, thanks.  :))
    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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  • ZickZick Posts: 171
    Use both all the time.
    When was the last time you did something for the first time? - Zick Boulder, CO
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  • Speaking of dumb, I was cleaning my egg the other day, had it around 600 or 700 degrees for a few minutes.  Opened up the dome and singed some of the hair on my forearm lol
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  • GramblerGrambler Posts: 142
    Stargaze said:
    Speaking of dumb, I was cleaning my egg the other day, had it around 600 or 700 degrees for a few minutes.  Opened up the dome and singed some of the hair on my forearm lol
    Monthly occurrence for me I think...
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  • Stargaze said:
    Speaking of dumb, I was cleaning my egg the other day, had it around 600 or 700 degrees for a few minutes.  Opened up the dome and singed some of the hair on my forearm lol
    Welcome to the club
    LBGE
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
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