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Introducing "The Baller" - stay-cool intake vent mod

calikingcaliking Posts: 6,752
I may have posted this earlier - my apologies if I did, but @Mickey asked for a separate thread. And what Mickey wants... Mickey gets. Or else he won't let me into Salado next year, even worse he may not cut me a deal on the Toyota truck of my dreams :)

The newer LBGE's have a rubber/silicone cover on the intake vent tab which takes away the sharp edge of the steel, and stays cool to the touch. I wanted something similar for my small and mini eggs, that would make it easier to adjust the intake setting.

Took a 1/4" carriage bolt and a phenolic ball knob (available from Amazon and McMaster-Carr, I believe). Took the sliding vent panel off, and drilled a hole in the tab. Screwed on the nuts to keep it in place. Screwed on the ball knob at the other end. Bent the tab forward a bit for clearane, a little more on the mini to clear the Carten.

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Easy peasy. Did this for the small and the mini. Makes adjusting the intake easier since the knob is larger then the little tab. Plus it keeps your fingers away from the hot base of the egg. 

#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: 6,752
    Speaking of mods, @Solson005 - you had posted a pic some time back about a bottle cap catcher you added to your small EggCarten. How did you attach it, and where did you buy it from?

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,179
    That is so cool. Thank you.
    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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  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 2,219
    But I enjoyed the threads that would pop up every now and again with somebody complaining about slicing their finger off due to the razor sharp tab!
    XL BGE and Mini Max in Cincinnati, Ohio
    "REMEMBER DUANE ALLMAN"
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  • SMITTYtheSMOKERSMITTYtheSMOKER Posts: 2,283

    Why not a "cinch" bolt?

     

    -SMITTY     

    from SANTA CLARA, CA

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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 6,141
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    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,752
    YEMTrey said:
    But I enjoyed the threads that would pop up every now and again with somebody complaining about slicing their finger off due to the razor sharp tab!
    well, that's one way of being able to identify a stolen egg...DNA fingerprinting!


    Why not a "cinch" bolt?

    because I don't know what that is :)

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 4,960
    My mini has the rubber tab, but still might add this mod.... althought I am sorry you voided your warranty :ar!
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,179
    You should just make up a bunch and sell them for $XX.00
    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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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,752
    @Chubbs - that's okay. The ss vent panel is the last thing I expect to break. Now that I've said that, watch it disinegrate as soon as I get home today!

    My mini has the new handle and the lighter gray gasket, so I thought it was a later model,  but maybe they added the tab later. When did you buy yours?

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • bccomstockbccomstock Posts: 332
    Cool mod!  Does the knob get hot?  It looks like the nut is touching the vent panel.. Just wondering.
    LBGE
    MS Gulf Coast - Proud member of the Who Dat Nation!
    My Not Frequently Updated Blog: http://datcue.wordpress.com
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,752
    Cool mod!  Does the knob get hot?  It looks like the nut is touching the vent panel.. Just wondering.
    No, the knob does not get hot at all.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 2,495
    edited June 2013
    Nice mod...

    I roll stock on the frame. Hi que in the mini..
    Oops I have a Rutland on the mini too

    Large is stock..
    Seattle, WA
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,752
    @SkinnyV: did the HiQue make a big difference in the mini? I seem to be able to hit high temps pretty easily. Was not the case with my small so I got the HiQue for that one. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • Mama RoneckMama Roneck Posts: 355
    Mickey said:

    You should just make up a bunch and sell them for $XX.00

    Group buy!
    Mamaroneck
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  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,299
    Sell the idea to mangrates?



    "Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage."

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  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 2,495
    caliking said:

    @SkinnyV: did the HiQue make a big difference in the mini? I seem to be able to hit high temps pretty easily. Was not the case with my small so I got the HiQue for that one. 

    Other than really burning all the lump I don't remember having an issue. If you are fine I say hold off.

    My large is great with the stock grate wont be changing it.

    Seattle, WA
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  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 4,960
    caliking said:

    @Chubbs - that's okay. The ss vent panel is the last thing I expect to break. Now that I've said that, watch it disinegrate as soon as I get home today!


    My mini has the new handle and the lighter gray gasket, so I thought it was a later model,  but maybe they added the tab later. When did you buy yours?
    Had mine a month or two.
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
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  • BotchBotch Posts: 3,065
    Real Men burn their fingers and have another beer.   :P
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  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 887
    Wait... @mickey is a Toyota dealer in GST too?

    Biloxi, MS
    XL / Small

    "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,752
    Smart men have unburnt fingers and can still FEEL the beer they're holding. :)

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • DeviledeggerDeviledegger Posts: 234
    @SmokeyPitt sorry to tell you but I clicked on disagree while scrolling down on my iPhone. Wish I could take it back but I can't. I would have given it 2 thumbs up!
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,179

    Wait... @mickey is a Toyota dealer in GST too?



    Yes. GM in Killeen. Who/where are you?
    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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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 6,141
    @SmokeyPitt sorry to tell you but I clicked on disagree while scrolling down on my iPhone. Wish I could take it back but I can't. I would have given it 2 thumbs up!
    No prob man ;).  I'm sure I have had a stray disagree here and there myself. I will just flag you as a troll for good measure :P


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

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  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 2,516
    @Deviledegger you can take it away if you are on a computer or mobile device as far as I know.  I know I can on my laptop and phone, just click disagree again and it should go away. One of the few things on Vanilla that can be edited once it is submitted.
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
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  • DeviledeggerDeviledegger Posts: 234
    @Scottborasjr Thanks for the tip. I wasn't sure what would happen so i just explained my case. Lol
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  • DeviledeggerDeviledegger Posts: 234



    @SmokeyPitt sorry to tell you but I clicked on disagree while scrolling down on my iPhone. Wish I could take it back but I can't. I would have given it 2 thumbs up!

    No prob man ;).  I'm sure I have had a stray disagree here and there myself. I will just flag you as a troll for good measure :P
    That's funny. I like that!
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  • jimreed777jimreed777 Posts: 283
    what about that plastic dip stuff that home depot sells for coating bare metal plier handles and such... dip the handle tab in that stuff... it dries and bingo... rubberized coated tabs for the screen and slider door
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  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,906
    I like it! How easy is it to take the door off? I swap out the door with the adapter for my digiQ quite often so I am ok with just the loose door from the factory, but I do like this. 

    As far as the bottle catcher it is just a rare earth magnet I didn't know if I wanted to make it a permanent part of my eggCarten so I just used painters tape to see if it was strong enough to catch bottle caps. I would probably order a stronger one that is smaller if I were to actually use silicone or drill a hole to attach with a bolt. But it works pretty good, I already had the magnet so I am not sure how many pounds it is supposed to hold. 

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    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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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,752
    @jimreed777: that would probably work too. I had the parts I needed lying around the garage. The ball knob is bigger than the tab on the mini vent panel though, so is a little easier to hold. 

    @Deviledegger - I have been guilty of the same. No worries :)

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • BullibeBullibe Posts: 132
    Solson005 said:
    I like it! How easy is it to take the door off? I swap out the door with the adapter for my digiQ quite often so I am ok with just the loose door from the factory, but I do like this. 

    As far as the bottle catcher it is just a rare earth magnet I didn't know if I wanted to make it a permanent part of my eggCarten so I just used painters tape to see if it was strong enough to catch bottle caps. I would probably order a stronger one that is smaller if I were to actually use silicone or drill a hole to attach with a bolt. But it works pretty good, I already had the magnet so I am not sure how many pounds it is supposed to hold. 

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    You remove the door to use the DigiQ adapter? I just slide the door and screen to the right, insert the adapter and slide the screen and door back to the left.
    Redneck Riviera, Gulf Shores, Alabama
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