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Redneck Ceramic Cap Retainer Mod

It has bothered me for some time that the design of the BGE allows for the ceramic cap to fall crashing to the ground if one is not careful when opening the egg. If I'm not the doofus to forget to hold the cap in place when opening the egg, I'm sure one of my guests would be.

While at Costco this past weekend, I noticed their kamado cooker (the Vision?) has clips on the inner side of the cap to keep it in place. After pondering for the last few days, it dawned on me. I started with that great tool and the basis for many bbq mods - the lowly wire hanger which my dry cleaner puts my shirts on. 

Three bends later, this is what I had:
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Works great as is. Will make one for the small egg as well. Next step is to get some steel rod from HD and put my formidable bending skills to use :) 

#1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • pineypiney Posts: 449
    I put a strip of felt gasket material around the top of the dome to act as a bushing for the top cap.Works great on cap and daisy wheel. 
    Lenoir, N.C.
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  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 3,958
    piney said:

    I put a strip of felt gasket material around the top of the dome to act as a bushing for the top cap.Works great on cap and daisy wheel. 

    +1. Felt gasket has mine snug as can be. Line the "chimney" of the egg and the DFMT and ceramic lid aren't going anywhere
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 15,450
    After I busted my second I now have no problem remembering.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max +++ 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015 http://saladoeggheadgathering.blogspot.com

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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,184
    The piece of gasket around the top has been on my to-do list. Figured I would try that when I needed to order a new gasket, which shouldn't be long since my small came with the older dark gasket. Hangers I have plenty of!

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,905
    Another great homemade egg related device! 

    After I busted my first one I quit using it 99% of the time. It got stuck in the BGE cover and smashed all over my paver floor of my pergola. I emailed BGE about it and they sent me a new on and some extra gasket material to seal it up. But I usually just use the cast iron one and put the cover on for bad weather. 
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,681
    The cap won't fall off the xl :ar!
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,489
    I love it
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  • doubledouble Posts: 1,214
    They will probably use a mini base as the cap on the Xxl.
    Lynnwood WA
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  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,518
    edited April 2013
    Calli, the felt works. No more falling off. Infact its tight.
    We dont need no Costco Vision clips. Aient nobody got time for that! :D

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    Large and Small BGE, and a baby black Kub.

    And all the toys to make me look like a Gizmo Chef.

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    Chattanooga, TN.

     

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  • bccomstockbccomstock Posts: 332
    double said:
    They will probably use a mini base as the cap on the Xxl.
    I hear it comes standard with mangrates..
    LBGE
    MS Gulf Coast - Proud member of the Who Dat Nation!
    My Not Frequently Updated Blog: http://datcue.wordpress.com
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  • bccomstockbccomstock Posts: 332
    caliking said:
    It has bothered me for some time that the design of the BGE allows for the ceramic cap to fall crashing to the ground if one is not careful when opening the egg. If I'm not the doofus to forget to hold the cap in place when opening the egg, I'm sure one of my guests would be.

    While at Costco this past weekend, I noticed their kamado cooker (the Vision?) has clips on the inner side of the cap to keep it in place. After pondering for the last few days, it dawned on me. I started with that great tool and the basis for many bbq mods - the lowly wire hanger which my dry cleaner puts my shirts on. 

    Three bends later, this is what I had:
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    Works great as is. Will make one for the small egg as well. Next step is to get some steel rod from HD and put my formidable bending skills to use :) 
    Being from South MS, land of many rednecks, I can appreciate this.. Well done sir.

    =D>
    LBGE
    MS Gulf Coast - Proud member of the Who Dat Nation!
    My Not Frequently Updated Blog: http://datcue.wordpress.com
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 9,966
    Two words

    Jeen... yus
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  • AdamdAdamd Posts: 160
    I have never noticed the cap to want to fall off my egg and I opened it up with force without problem. Maybe I should watch it, but again I guess I don't open my egg that much with the cap on since that means I am not cooking lol.
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  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 2,902
    Redneck ingenuity at its finest!

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     LBGE,SBGE, and a mini makes three......Sweet home Alabama........ Stay thirsty my friends .

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  • caliking said:

    The piece of gasket around the top has been on my to-do list. Figured I would try that when I needed to order a new gasket, which shouldn't be long since my small came with the older dark gasket. Hangers I have plenty of!

    Pretty sure I have some gasket odds and ends I can send. Pm me your address And i'll send you what i have.

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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,184
    That would be cool, CT. Don't look too hard for them though. I'll PM my address. Better yet, bring it with you to H-town and we can go rustle up some dim-sum or Sichuan food. 

    Yet another fine example of egghead generosity. Thanks!

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,905
    So I think I jinxed myself when I said I don't use the ceramic cap. I did pizza on my small egg and the fire did not want to die. I had it over at a friends and wanted to make sure it was out before I left. I don't know if the draft door wasn't put on exactly right when I swapped it back from using my digiQ or what. It was too hot to try and mess with in the dark. I will keep my cap handy to snuff out the fire faster from now on. Never had that happen or didnt notice it.. :-?
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
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  • beteezbeteez Posts: 303
    Have never used that cap on either egg
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  • Plano_JJPlano_JJ Posts: 448
    The cap won't fall off the xl :ar!

    True dat.
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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 3,875
    As fore mentioned, being from MS can always appriciate some redneck engineering!

    I have a fairly old habit of sitting it down when I open it. Usual next step is to light it, so I just take it off first. My father in law jerked opened my small this weekend and I lunged grabbing the cap.


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  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 12,048
    edited April 2013
    Speaking of redneck mods, just drove by this little beauty in Reno and had to share. Gotta love reno.

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

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  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 2,902
    Used to be a late 70's Trans Am running around Cullman, AL that was on a 4x4 chassis like that. Someone else had an Econoline van made that way. Something we are not short on is rednecks. I've been called that all my life. B-)

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     LBGE,SBGE, and a mini makes three......Sweet home Alabama........ Stay thirsty my friends .

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  • scooter759scooter759 Posts: 245
    Hey guys, I just did a gasket replacement on my large and have a little left over. How far down on the chimney should I place that gasket? Great idea and thanks for the tip.
    Extra Large, Large & Medium eggs, Weber Summit gasser, Weber Q. Mankato, MN
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  • pswarrenpswarren Posts: 85
    I used some left over high temp basket on our last egg. It held the top on tight, actually needed two hands and a twisting motion to remove.
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 12,856
    or you could stay sober while egging... yeah right. keep the coat hanger and then move to middle TN... you'll fit in.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • tnbarbqtnbarbq Posts: 248
    I just take the cap off before I open the lid.
    Scooter 
    Mid TN. Hangin' in the 'Boro. MIM Judge
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,184
    henapple said:
    or you could stay sober while egging... yeah right. keep the coat hanger and then move to middle TN... you'll fit in.
    May not be too long... my neighbor gives me funny looks. Probably because I  bring property values down. Thank goodness for fences! Wait until I find a goat to bring home and butcher...

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,184
    MCN: you need a wire hanger my friend :)

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • egretegret Posts: 4,018
    caliking said:
    It has bothered me for some time that the design of the BGE allows for the ceramic cap to fall crashing to the ground if one is not careful when opening the egg. If I'm not the doofus to forget to hold the cap in place when opening the egg, I'm sure one of my guests would be.

    While at Costco this past weekend, I noticed their kamado cooker (the Vision?) has clips on the inner side of the cap to keep it in place. After pondering for the last few days, it dawned on me. I started with that great tool and the basis for many bbq mods - the lowly wire hanger which my dry cleaner puts my shirts on. 

    Three bends later, this is what I had:
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    Works great as is. Will make one for the small egg as well. Next step is to get some steel rod from HD and put my formidable bending skills to use :) 
    Son, that goes beyond "red neck"!! I love your ingenuity, though!! Funny stuff!! :))
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  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 2,902
    @caliking stay out of my pasture
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     LBGE,SBGE, and a mini makes three......Sweet home Alabama........ Stay thirsty my friends .

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