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Help - Bailing Wire (Replacing OEM Lump Grate on XL)

danv23danv23 Posts: 633
edited February 2014 in EggHead Forum

I am and have been unimpressed with my XLBGE airflow, so I bought 2 weber charcoal grates that I want to tie together with bainling wire (as I have found throughout the forum as a solution).  However, I can't find any locally (lowes, HD, ACE) and i can only find galvanized bailing wire online.  I read here in the forum that you shouldn't use galvanized anything in the egg because of possible contaminated offgas, but I may be wrong about that.

Can I get some help/assistance with this issue?

Thanks!!!


The Dude: Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

Walter Sobchak: [shouting] Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a **** about the rules? Mark it zero!

Cumming, GA - XL, L, Small

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  • tkleagertkleager Posts: 537
    Here is what I use:
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Weyerhaeuser-400-ft-16-5-Gauge-Rebar-Tie-Wire-05337/202094311

    I use it for almost everything that needs wired up.  Never had a problem with it in the old Brinkman offset, but have not used it in the egg for anything.

    You should be able to find this right next to the rebar.  Just ask at HD.
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  • I bought a roll of stainless at harbor freight and it has worked just fine in my xl.
    large and XL BGE in Richmond, VA
  • danv23danv23 Posts: 633
    Looks like a bingo!!!

    The Dude: Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

    Walter Sobchak: [shouting] Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a **** about the rules? Mark it zero!

    Cumming, GA - XL, L, Small
  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 5,320
    Nuts, bolts and washers might also work.
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 5,518
    Nuts, bolts and washers might also work.
    someone posted one like that recently ... the over sized (length wise) bolts serve as handles for lifting the sandwiched grids and shaking off the ash, neat!
    canuckland
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,577
    Ha
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • danv23danv23 Posts: 633



    Nuts, bolts and washers might also work.

    someone posted one like that recently ... the over sized (length wise) bolts serve as handles for lifting the sandwiched grids and shaking off the ash, neat!


    You think you could find that post? I'm not creative or handy enough to do that on my own!

    The Dude: Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

    Walter Sobchak: [shouting] Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a **** about the rules? Mark it zero!

    Cumming, GA - XL, L, Small
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 1,952
    I only use one grate.  If I used two, I would just tack weld it in a few places.......or use some stainless safety wire to hold them together.
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 5,518
    edited February 2014
    danv23 said:
    Nuts, bolts and washers might also work.
    someone posted one like that recently ... the over sized (length wise) bolts serve as handles for lifting the sandwiched grids and shaking off the ash, neat!
    You think you could find that post? I'm not creative or handy enough to do that on my own!
    Found it, it's a thread in the 'other' forum. Two configurations, Uncle Phil's has photos; make sure you read up on Chef Jacques Strappe's idea too (no photo). Neither of them requires welding. Here's the link:

    btw, I'd just use galvanised stuff and wouldn't worry about spending extra time/expense hunting down stainless steel nuts/bolts, the stainless vs. galvanised debate has been beaten to death over the years.
    canuckland
  • danv23danv23 Posts: 633


    danv23 said:



    Nuts, bolts and washers might also work.

    someone posted one like that recently ... the over sized (length wise) bolts serve as handles for lifting the sandwiched grids and shaking off the ash, neat!

    You think you could find that post? I'm not creative or handy enough to do that on my own!

    Found it, it's a thread in the 'other' forum. Two configurations, Uncle Phil's has photos; make sure you read up on Chef Jacques Strappe's idea too (no photo). Neither of them requires welding. Here's the link:

    btw, I'd just use galvanised stuff and wouldn't worry about spending extra time/expense hunting down stainless steel nuts/bolts, the stainless vs. galvanised debate has been beaten to death over the years.


    1000 thank you's!!!!!

    The Dude: Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

    Walter Sobchak: [shouting] Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a **** about the rules? Mark it zero!

    Cumming, GA - XL, L, Small
  • danv23danv23 Posts: 633

    Boom.  Used nuts and bolts and 2 18" weber charcoal grates.  Thanks to all who helped via suggestions!

     

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    The Dude: Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

    Walter Sobchak: [shouting] Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a **** about the rules? Mark it zero!

    Cumming, GA - XL, L, Small
  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 1,191
    The dude abides
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Austin, Texas.  I'm the guy holding a beer.
  • danv23danv23 Posts: 633

     

    The dude abides


    I just wish he wouldn't use so darn many curse words.

    I can get you a toe.


    The Dude: Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

    Walter Sobchak: [shouting] Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a **** about the rules? Mark it zero!

    Cumming, GA - XL, L, Small
  • DuranglerDurangler Posts: 985
    Probably better than tiewire anyway. Plus you don't have 500' leftover, although, there"s always a need for tiewire & duct tape.... ;)
    XL BGE, 22" Weber Red Head, Fiesta Gasser .... Peoria,AZ
  • GATABITESGATABITES Posts: 1,231
    nice, how does it perform? 

    I am somewhat satisfied and have adjusted to what you have found to be unbearable in terms of air flow. 
    XL BGE 
    Joe JR 
    Baltimore, MD
  • danv23danv23 Posts: 633
    I haven't kicked the tires on it yet.  I'm currently plotting a brisket cook next weekend, or pizzas on Sunday.  I'll let y'all know when I do and how I like it.  I sure hope I like it cuz I pitched the OEM already!

    The Dude: Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

    Walter Sobchak: [shouting] Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a **** about the rules? Mark it zero!

    Cumming, GA - XL, L, Small
  • danv23danv23 Posts: 633
    edited March 2014
    To update: Just got done eating pizza from the egg, and ya, it was delicious.  However I noticed with the OEM charcoal grate i would have to rotate the pizza.  With the new grate I didn't have to.  Also, I got it up to 500 degrees in about 25-30 minutes, with the OEM it would take 45 min to an hour (I only use 1 starter cube).

    So, without any hesitation I can recommend 100% to throw out that piece of **** OEM grate.

    The Dude: Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

    Walter Sobchak: [shouting] Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a **** about the rules? Mark it zero!

    Cumming, GA - XL, L, Small
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 14,745
    @danv23‌...Sounds like a great idea. Only issue I could think of is smaller lump falling through grate. But, it sure as hell fire will get max airflow. Better airflow=effiency in burn and should equate to higher temps quicker as you've proven. Great job!
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  • egger aveegger ave Posts: 705
    I made this grate out of extruded steel for large BGE when the OEM grate cracked. No paint, no coating. It's cheap and does a good job. used the old grate as a pattern.

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