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I received my XL BGE New Years Eve and the store prodly placed it in the table I made for it out of my neighbor's old workbench. I had incorporated a tile and the table nest into the plans so the egg should sit just perfectly. I was about a quarter of an inch off on the shelf height and the hinge would just touch the back of the table but that wasn't going to prevent me from firing it up. I would takle that little mishap later.
I used the 12 times over the next few weeks. No high temp anything. A few low and slows some chicken, hot dogs etc. When it came time to fix my table for the hinge problem, I had my neighbor help me lift the egg out of its hole in the table. Its a heavy son of a gun. I removed the table nest and pulled up the tile and the shelf was discolored to a deep brown, obviously from the heat. I thought the tile may be retaining heat and causing the burn instead of helping to reflect it. I made my adjustments to the table and put the egg back in without the tile, just the tablenest. I ran the egg for another two weeks give or take a night or two. I noticed the table was getting black/burnt underneath. Remember my egg has not been above 550 yet.
At this time my egg was at 450F so I decided to get some readings with an IR Thermometer. I shot the outside of the egg just below the thermometer and got a reading of 283F. I shot the table below the egg and got 305F. I shot the shelf from the underside directly below the egg and got 105F. I put firebrick under the egg which meant pulling out the egg again and put the egg back in on the table nest and fire brick. My next reading was when the egg temp was 425 and the firebrick was 285 and the shot from under the shelf was 95F.
I know its a grill and I know its suppose to get hot but I think that these temps on a 450F grill seem high. How do people use theirs at 700F for pizza. My table would be on fire. Does anyone else experience these extreme temps? Do I happen to have a defunct egg? Just dont want to burn the house down.
Sorry I have no pictures and lifting the XL out to get some is a big pain in the arse. I will take some the next time its out. (On a side note - the food has been phoenominal.)