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Lower vent screen???

1/2 Chicken1/2 Chicken Posts: 58
edited 12:04AM in EggHead Forum
Anyone actually use the screen in the lower vent. I just go open air. Just curious if I'm missing somthing. :whistle:


  • HungryManHungryMan Posts: 3,470
    I don't use it, but my grill is outside in the open. If my egg was where a spark could cause a fire I would use it.
  • BeliBeli Posts: 10,751
    I read somewhere that it cuts back air inflow by about that´s usually the first major adjustment I make in stabilizing temp.....also for me the wind is usually an issue and have a palapa nearby, so I keep it closed for safety reasons.
  • RollocksRollocks Posts: 570
    If you use it on wood deck, I'd make sure it was attached. If your patio is concrete like mine and the grill i away from house, I see no need to use one. I purchased my grill before they came with them. To add one would cost money, that I would rather spend on other toys. If I moved and had a wood deck though, you can bet I'd buy one.
  • milesofsmilesmilesofsmiles Posts: 1,346
    Another name comes to mind. Think spark arrestor.
  • I use mine now that it's off the patio and in the table.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 18,961
    It's really no big effort nor expense (less than $10 as I recall) to retrofit. If memory servers me right that screen was developed and offered after Nature Boy's home burnt down due to his egg. 10 bucks is pretty cheap lifetime insurance in my book!
    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
  • A house burning down is definite reason to use it. I cook on my driveway next to my detached garage… loosing my garage would be nearly as devastating as my house. Guess I better start using it… at least on long unattended cooks.
  • BENTEBENTE Posts: 8,337
    my old egg did not have one but my new one has one i always thought like you i don't need it.. but as me and my dog found out if the screen is open there is a possibility that something will come out... i stepped on a piece of ash that was really hot the dog stepped on the same peice about 10 seconds later now it is always closed when i have bare feet.. i usually leave it open when i am comming up to temp ;)

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  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    You will once the hot coals come out.
  • I always use it. Even though my deck is concrete. It is a very simple safety feature that has no impact on my enjoyment of the egg.
  • Totally agree. I use mine all of the time even for short cooks as you never know when that spark will fly.
  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    I bought my med egg last year and never got one or was offered one. Huh?
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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    When lighting I usualy have the vent free as the dome temp gets to 250° or so I close the screen and then begin to close the vent to control temp.

    Wouldn't cook without the screen in place.

  • Neither my large or small came with them but I did purchase one for both of them in Waldorf a year before last. The vent on the small is so loose the screen actually helps hold it in place and is always used. Now, the large is a different story, very tight fit and tough to make a vent adjustment when it is in place. Since I frequently have my Guru on the large I tend to go naked on that one.
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    Fancy Gap, Va.
  • thebtlsthebtls Posts: 2,300
    I keep it closed to protect the animals in the rare case that it sparks...
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  • Big'unBig'un Posts: 5,909
    All it takes is one decent size ember and a slight breeze to blow/roll it up to something flamable. If that happens, you will be missing something. It's such an easy safety device that warrants it being used.
  • WileECoyoteWileECoyote Posts: 516
    I noticed that the newer eggs have the screen built in, which means that their draft door track is wider to hold both doors. If you have an older egg then you can buy just the sliding screen door for about $10 but then you have to widen your track with a screwdriver and it might still be a tight fit. So I purchased the screen and attached it to my stainless draft door on the outside of the track using thin magnetic tape. This allows it to be installed or removed quickly without changing the draft door setting and without widening the track. I will post pics soon.
  • Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 9,938
    I love it when people come up with good ideas.

    Spring "The KISS System Works Best" Chicken
    Spring Texas USA
  • EggtuckyEggtucky Posts: 2,746
    stainless isn't'd that work?
  • WileECoyoteWileECoyote Posts: 516
    The magnetic tape is thin and has adhesive on one side. So you just cut two small strips and attach one to the door and one to the screen. You can also do the same with tiny rare-earth magnets sold at Radio Shack but they are a little thicker than the tape.
  • My sense is that it would be difficult (and perhaps impossible) to get my large BGE up to high temperatures due to the restricted air flow if the screen is closed.
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