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Cast Iron Cooking Grid

Chuck/TxChuck/Tx Posts: 52
edited 6:13AM in EggHead Forum
I have a new Small egg coming in next week. Am planning to rig up a grid extender, using the four-bolt way of doing it. Someone suggested I get a cast iron cooking grid and rig my regular cooking grid to set on top. Does a cast iron grid have any advantages over the regular grid?
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  • dls2122dls2122 Posts: 66
    Pretty much the same advantages a cast iron skillet has over a regular pan. I just got mine about 10 days ago and if nothing else, the grill marks are outstanding on steaks and burgers. This grid also helps with keeping the heat consistant, just like the skillet.

    Don
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  • GandolfGandolf Posts: 878
    No scientific data here, but I love the one I got for my Large! I'll soon make one for my Medium.
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  • lowercasebilllowercasebill Posts: 5,218
    you should follow the advice.

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    and easier to clean

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  • fieroguyfieroguy Posts: 777
    Instead of four bolts, use three.

    Mike
    wrens,ga
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  • BrocBroc Posts: 1,398
    When searing, the meat cools the grid it sits upon. Replace the meat when turning to an open place on the CI grid -- it'll still be hot.

    The heat retention aspect of a cast iron grid is amazing!

    ~ B

    ;) :) B)
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  • Good advice. I wish I had.
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  • Chuck/TxChuck/Tx Posts: 52
    Will do. I can see the advantage of only three.
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  • I recently purchased a new gasket, fire box, and CI grid. Unfortunately my gasket is too new to do a tRex. I can't wait to make some pretty steaks like Bill's! Couple more low-temp cooks and I'm gonna post a pretty pic, just like the real steak cookin' guys! This egging thing is really pretty cool, ain't it.
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  • Chuck/TxChuck/Tx Posts: 52
    Man, those look good! Any suggestions on where I find one for a small egg?
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  • lowercasebilllowercasebill Posts: 5,218
    your egg dealer or the mothership
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  • If I were L.L. Bean, I'd pay for those pics.
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 15,834
    Buy it from BGE or if you're handy and have the tools just cut one of these out
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    from a rectangular piece leaving just this hole!
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    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • Chuck/TxChuck/Tx Posts: 52
    Will a cutting stone work in an electric drill to cut cast iron? I don't have a special tool.
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  • lowercasebilllowercasebill Posts: 5,218
    and i thank you for the idea.

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  • lowercasebilllowercasebill Posts: 5,218
    they do appreciate me after all i am one of their best cutomers B)

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  • RRPRRP Posts: 15,834
    you could, but you'll be an old man before you get done. I used an electric sabre saw with metal cutting blades - 6 of them to be exact to cut this one. I have since cut two more for people and used a SawsAll. You'll still need a bench grinder to knock down the sharp edges. Others have made them using angle grinders.
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • bubba timbubba tim Posts: 3,216
    Ok, I am real handy with tools, so I have to ask, what type of machine cut this?
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  • bubba timbubba tim Posts: 3,216
    Thanks Bill, I think I need glasses. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
    SEE YOU IN FLORIDA, March 14th and 15th 2014 http://www.sunshinestateeggfest.com You must master temp, smoke, and time to achive moisture, taste, and texture! Visit www.bubbatim.com for BRISKET HELP
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 15,834
    see answer above, but if you're really interested you can buy a set of two of these grates for $28 from Home Depot. You might have to have them order it. It's a Char-Broil 8000 Series Cast Iron Grid. The SKU is 47362 898050. You get two and they look like this.

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    Then cut out looks like this.
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    Personally what I like about these homemade ones is the cast iron can expand when heated and not be subject to stress and breakage like the circular ring design.
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • Chuck/TxChuck/Tx Posts: 52
    Everything considered, I probably ought to just order one for my small from this site:
    http://www.fredsmusicandbbq.com/category_s/65.htm
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 15,834
    cool - I just supplied that info as some people on this board like to make their own things plus the design issue I mentioned.
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • Chuck/TxChuck/Tx Posts: 52
    I understand. I'm just saying in my own case, since I don't have tools, I will probably be better off and not spend any more, if I buy one from the site I listed. If I was handy, I'd probably make one.
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  • lowercasebilllowercasebill Posts: 5,218
    wish i was better at photoshop :laugh:

    i cut mine with this. plunge style

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  • Chuck/TxChuck/Tx Posts: 52
    What kind of tool to you use for turning a "cut-off blade?"
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  • Aww... YEAH!!!


    I love my CI. It is the only thing to use when you are trying to sear.

    Greg
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  • Chuck/TxChuck/Tx Posts: 52
    Another option I want to consider for an elevated grid on the small egg is a Woo2. I've written to ask when they will be available. This is their website in case you haven't seen it:
    http://www.eggaccessories.com/
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  • Beanie-BeanBeanie-Bean Posts: 3,092
    This is why:

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    :)
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  • Chuck/TxChuck/Tx Posts: 52
    A picture is indeed worth a thousand words.
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  • lowercasebilllowercasebill Posts: 5,218
    regular skill saw 7" hand held circular saw. sears craftsman i think , nothing fancy....
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  • Chuck/TxChuck/Tx Posts: 52
    Oh, I have a skill saw. Good to know. Thanks.
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