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BGE Assembly/Set up question

I just got the call that my large BGE will be delivered/set up this afternoon!  I am beyond excited and have lost all focus on everything non-BGE :-) 

Any tips on what to check (assembly, seal, etc.) before the delivery/set up guy from the store leaves my house?

Comments

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 15,247
    edited January 22

    Be damn sure the lid will not fall out.........Lid being the top half..

    Sit back and enjoy the ride. Where are you?

    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

  • jscarfojscarfo Posts: 378
    Make sure all bolts are tight, lid is centered on bottom, and make sure fire box and fire ring are not cracked. Then stat cooking
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 7,372
    Where the base and the dome meet, make sure there is no overbite (or underbite of course), either front to back or side to side. 

    Dollar bill test. Put a dollar bill on the gasket and close the dome. Try to pull the bill out. You should feel resistance (about the same amount) all the way around. 

    Check for cracks in any of the ceramic parts. Not likely, but hey, maybe they let the airport baggage gorilla handle it.

    Enjoy!!
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
  • chashanschashans Posts: 409
    Follow the instructions step by step as they are well written. A torque wrench will give you piece of mind when you clamp the dome to the base. Check the the torque after each cook when it cools down. Slow and easy with the heat in the beginning. And dust off your digital camera!

    LARGE, MINI BGE    SAN DIEGO, CA            An alcoholic with a barbecuing problem.

  • terry_bterry_b Posts: 60
    Check if it has an underbite like this: (on my delivered egg), 

    image

    I had to redo the install which improved it, but I could never get it 100% but as long as it passes the dollar test I was fine, my gasket has yet to fail on me after 6 months.
  • HotchHotch Posts: 1,018

    Make sure you have everything you paid for.

    Ask them to show you where the serial # is and record it, then register it online at BGE!!

    Put your receipt in a place you can find it later. You may need it.

    I never know where it is but my wife does.

    Post your pictures or it did not happen.

     

    And welcome to the herd. Enjoy the ride.

     "You’re not a real Texan till you’ve been kicked out of every decent state in America." - Joe Bob Briggs

    LBGE, Mini BGE and R&V Fryer

    Prosper TX

    And your are correct, Texas Red has no Beans



  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 7,372
    chashans said:
    Follow the instructions step by step as they are well written. A torque wrench will give you piece of mind when you clamp the dome to the base. Check the the torque after each cook when it cools down. Slow and easy with the heat in the beginning. And dust off your digital camera!

    To me, a torque wrench seems like overkill. Just tighten the band bolts until they bend. Pretty sure the amount if bend is shown in the manual and/or video. As for checking the bolts after each cook, I haven't checked mine in over 4 years! I know I should from time to time (band bolts anyway), but I never have. Not even after some 900° pizza cooks.

    I went slow and easy with the heat in the beginning. First time I grilled a burger, I fried the gasket. Do yourself a favor and order your Rutland gasket now. That way, you'll be ready when your gasket gets trashed.
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
  • jamcojamco Posts: 13
    @ Mickey: I'm in Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • jhl192jhl192 Posts: 681
    Try a Spatchcock Chicken or a Vertical chicken first. They will be so much better than any chicken you have ever cooked.  Pretty easy too. Have fun!

    XL BGE; Medium BGE 
  • jamcojamco Posts: 13
    jhl192 said:
    Try a Spatchcock Chicken or a Vertical chicken first. They will be so much better than any chicken you have ever cooked.  Pretty easy too. Have fun!

    Is this similar to the beer can chicken?  If so, I've already got the stand for this cook.  Great idea
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 7,372
    jamco, vertical is beer can. Spatchcock is when you cut out the backbone and open the bird like a book.Lay it out flat on the grid. Very tasty and cooks in a fraction of the time. I do mine with the grid raised up to the gasket level, direct heat, 400°. However, I saw a post the other day that makes me want to try spatchcocked chicken indirect. Sounded good.
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
  • pigoutscpigoutsc Posts: 84
    terry_b said:
    Check if it has an underbite like this: (on my delivered egg), 

    image

    I had to redo the install which improved it, but I could never get it 100% but as long as it passes the dollar test I was fine, my gasket has yet to fail on me after 6 months.

  • pigoutscpigoutsc Posts: 84
    Looks just like mine. Not sure how to fix it and have readjusted several time but seems to always have an underbite. Oh well, cooks fine.
  • CANMAN1976CANMAN1976 Posts: 1,494
    If yer bands slip at high temps try double nutting the bands.

    Congrats!!!!
    Hows ya gettin' on, me ol cock



    Kippens.Newfoundland and Labrador. (Canada).
  • jccbone62jccbone62 Posts: 194
    Welcome to the club. over or under bite or not be sure to do the dollar bill check. be patient and enjoy.
    XL owner in Wichita, KS
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