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Problems with BBQ Adapter plate not fitting.

Judy Mayberry posted this a couple of days ago. I thought I should repost with a solution for those experiencing the same issues.

I have an older Large Egg and when I added a new fire screen under the bottom vent cover, I had to pry the vent sliding channels out with a slot screwdriver, top and bottom, because the fit was too tight. Finally got it to work.

Last night I used the Guru adaptor on the vent to do my first overnight pork butt (I've always done them in the daytime) and at midnight in limited illumination I had the devil of a time closing off the adaptor with the vent door. I finally used the heat tape that Chubby gave Mickey who sent some to me, covered the open slot, and the butt was done late this morning.

I just went out there with a hammer and wide slot screwdriver to see what it would take to get the vent door closed. It took a lot! I pried out the sliding channels some more, banged into the right side of the adaptor (which knocks the sliding clip out of place...) with the slot and the hammer, and eventually got it closed.


Bob's solution:
The BBQ Guru is bendable. I had the same problem as you. My solution was to take the plate and put it in a vise. No need to clamp excessively. First remove the slider bar. Using only your fingers, bend the plate very slightly away from the fan holder. It doesn't take much.Move the whole thing up a little and do it again. Flip the Guru plate over and do the other side. You can also do this with the slider bar but be careful not to crush it flat in the vise. Mine now matches the curvature of the egg and fits perfectly behind the screen and damper doors.
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Comments

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,251
    Yeah, I had to bend my adapter to get it to slide on smoothly too.  My parents prepared me through training when I was a young lad (maybe 4 y.o. or so).  They bought a training device that had round and square holes and I had to figure out how to fit the pegs into the darn thing.  Once I figured it out, it was a kind of a life-changing epiphany.  I credit that moment with making the Guru adapter (square) fit in the curved (round) slot earlier this year.  Lesson learned - simple wood tools train our young to be innovative eggers later in life.  :D
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  • And you said I had a warped sense of humour!
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  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,232
    Yeah, I had to bend my adapter to get it to slide on smoothly too.  My parents prepared me through training when I was a young lad (maybe 4 y.o. or so).  They bought a training device that had round and square holes and I had to figure out how to fit the pegs into the darn thing.  Once I figured it out, it was a kind of a life-changing epiphany.  I credit that moment with making the Guru adapter (square) fit in the curved (round) slot earlier this year.  Lesson learned - simple wood tools train our young to be innovative eggers later in life.  :D
    Does that mean that you used a big %%^&(( hammer ??

    Not to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution...

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  • Obviously you didn't read my %%^&(( post. I said "Using only your fingers, bend the plate very slightly away from the fan holder." Nola has just been trying to put square pegs into round holes since he was 4. I think that was last year wasn't it Nola?  :-/
    Be who you are and say what you feel... Because those that matter... don't mind ... and those that mind... don't matter !
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,251

    Obviously you didn't read my %%^&(( post. I said "Using only your fingers, bend the plate very slightly away from the fan holder." Nola has just been trying to put square pegs into round holes since he was 4. I think that was last year wasn't it Nola?  :-/
    Sir, you are correct.  I am a special case where my developmental age is frozen at age 5 (ironically based on a peg-hole test).  In human years, I am in my late 40s. 

    I was accused, by my parents, for being a pain-in-the-ass after age 4, as (they claimed) I would disassemble any household appliance I could get my hands on (without being caught).  Can openers, toasters and stuff like that.  It was unfortunate for my parents that my prodigal abilities only extended to diss-assembly.   I've since advance to the assmembly stage, but I've long moved out of the house.
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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 

  • My son was a lot like that. He always seemed to break things by an accident. I can laugh now but it sure in hell wasn't funny at the time! I on the other hand was a perfect child. (Don't even think of saying "and still are!" )
    Be who you are and say what you feel... Because those that matter... don't mind ... and those that mind... don't matter !
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