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Removing Spark Screen

I really want to remove the spark screen.  The screen gets deformed too easily, especially on high heat cooks, and is already damaged.  It's more trouble than it's worth.  Any advice on how to do so?
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,259
    I guess just "unbend" the holder at the end and slide it out. Don't do it if you cook on a wooden deck.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,449
    + 1. Take i t out and gently hammer out the kinks, then put it back.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 14,456
    I really want to remove the spark screen.  The screen gets deformed too easily, especially on high heat cooks, and is already damaged.  It's more trouble than it's worth.  Any advice on how to do so?
    Suit yourself, but too often I have discovered a disaster like this that was prevented due to the screen being in place. The picture isn't too sharp, but these embers were large marble size! BTW how is your screen getting damaged? Was it improperly installed on the outside instead of the inside?  
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    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • My egg is on a concrete patio, so I don't use the screen all that often, but I do find it can be useful for regulating airflow on low/slow cooks. For some reason I feel more confident having the vent open wider with the screen in place rather than the solid door cracked very minimally. 

    Cheers -
    B_B
    Finally back in the Badger State!

    Middleton, WI
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  • mokadirmokadir Posts: 114
    It can slide out by bending the retaining flap, but I wouldn't do it.  Once it gets lit, I close it, otherwise there are sparks frequently shooting out. 
    Delaware Valley, PA Large BGE, CGS adjustable rig, iQue110, High-Que grate
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 14,456
    My egg is on a concrete patio, so I don't use the screen all that often, but I do find it can be useful for regulating airflow on low/slow cooks. For some reason I feel more confident having the vent open wider with the screen in place rather than the solid door cracked very minimally. 

    Cheers -
    B_B
    LOL - being that far up North you probably seldom grill in your bare feet or even flip-flops, right? Concrete patio or not you catch one of those embers on your tootsies and you'll be doing what I call a "hill billy sh*t stomp dance"!
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • I really want to remove the spark screen.  The screen gets deformed too easily, especially on high heat cooks, and is already damaged.  It's more trouble than it's worth.  Any advice on how to do so?
    I find this really strange?  No idea how the screen gets deformed during high heat cooks?  Do you not have your charcoal grate in?
    If you find that the screen isn't sliding well, take a screwdriver and gently wedge open where the screen slides.  Mine was bad when I first got it and now is slides really nice.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

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  • PaulAHeiemannPaulAHeiemann Posts: 6
    edited October 2013
    Well, I didn't buy the egg to cook pizzas at 500 degrees.  I cook at 900-1000 degrees with regularity. The screen has become detached from the frame.
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 26,948
    RRP said:
    My egg is on a concrete patio, so I don't use the screen all that often, but I do find it can be useful for regulating airflow on low/slow cooks. For some reason I feel more confident having the vent open wider with the screen in place rather than the solid door cracked very minimally. 

    Cheers -
    B_B
    LOL - being that far up North you probably seldom grill in your bare feet or even flip-flops, right? Concrete patio or not you catch one of those embers on your tootsies and you'll be doing what I call a "hill billy sh*t stomp dance"!
    Didn't Chris's fire start with an ember out of the lower vent? Got in to the garage and landed on newspaper as I remember. Mine was embers on a wood deck. Sure hate to go through that five years of Hell again.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • RRPRRP Posts: 14,456
    Yes - and I have always heard that Chris came up with the screen idea after his fire loss and Ed Fisher ran with it!
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 26,948
    I seem to remember the garage door being something like thirty feet away. He and I talked a lot during the restorations.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,308
    Well, I didn't buy the egg to cook pizzas at 500 degrees.  I cook at 900-1000 degrees with regularity. The screen has become detached from the frame.
    Call the mothership.  Sounds like a potential warranty issue.  Maybe they'll send another screen.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,299
    Well, I didn't buy the egg to cook pizzas at 500 degrees.  I cook at 900-1000 degrees with regularity. The screen has become detached from the frame.
    It is easy to remove, as you don't plan on re-using, why not just cut the offending screen material away (utility knife would work) leaving the empty frame in place. Up to you if you want to live with the fire risk. 
    Maybe an egg is not the right cooker for your needs. The egg is designed and claimed to sear/grill at temps as high as 750º, if you cook at 900-1000º most of the time, sounds to me like you might have the wrong tool. 
    Lots of ceramic/infrared grills out there that will hit 1500º, maybe you should invest in a commercial style product. 
    I've cooked at high temps but only for a short time, if you want sustained high temps, maybe the egg is not the right tool.  
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • Seanr7Seanr7 Posts: 207
    What the hell are you cooking at 1000 degrees?
    XL BGE
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  • Removing a safety device is ticklish with insurance companies. Leaving the screen open due to forgetfulness is one thing, but removing it might give you trouble should Murphy come calling.

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