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New Firebox Design

The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
edited 5:21PM in EggHead Forum
Did I miss it, or has there really been nothing posted anywhere about a new firebox design? My dealer just showed us an announcement from BGE about a new firebox design that is being phased in as old inventories are depleted. What I saw was a bad copy of the announcement, but from the picture on the announcement it looks like what they did was something like if you took an existing firebox and made a vertical saw cut down the back of the box. This would presumably allow expansion and contraction and prevent breakage.

There was no word of a similar change to the firering, but then I've always thought that firering breakage was pretty rare, based on the number of posts on the Big Green Egg forum.

So, it should be very interesting to see how the new firebox does in the field. I'm sure we have all wondered about how bad the warantee expense must be to BGE to replace broken fireboxes. Here's to hoping that they have solved the problem.
The Naked Whiz


  • We received the same notice this week.

    We see more FB warranty situations than FR, probably 4-1. But not that many overall.



    from SANTA CLARA, CA

  • I'm surprised it's that many fire rings. I would have guessed 20 to 1 or higher. But I was surprised that I learned about the new design from my dealer. I usually hear about stuff like that on the forum long before my dealer knows about it. I guess the skunk works kept this one secret, lol!
    The Naked Whiz
  • Woody69Woody69 Posts: 360
    That's interesting, and "should" work. I wonder if one were to cut an old one before it breaks, would it help ? (mine hasn't broke yet)
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    I did not hear about the firebox upgrade.

    I heard they were changing the hindge on the mini.

    I heard they are changing the dome on the extra large.
  • Won't be long that instead of saying, "I own a Large Big Green Egg." we will be saying, "I own a 2010 Large Big Green Egg, Model #1010-415.65." LOL

    Spring "1941 Model" Chicken
    Spring Texas USA
  • I often toyed with the idea of cutting one in half and then see what happened. I still have a brand new one in my garage. I'm just afraid that it might break from the shock of the sawing.
    The Naked Whiz
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,279
    interesting to see if it works, mine kept breaking after breaking B)
  • If you know anyone in the masonry or flooring business have them cut it with their brick saw. It uses water to cool the blade and would prevent any heat buildup. I doubt it is necessary though but would hate to risk having yours break from bad advice.
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    Na, that stuff is so soft, it will dip into it like warm butter. An angle grinder with a diamond blade would be the tool of choice for me. Dusty though.
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511

    I've cut so many things with a grinder, those ceramics wouldn't be a problem at all. It would be tough to get it through a tile saw though. Unless your talking about the gas powered, hand held, wet, circular saw. Them are rowdy
  • Lawn RangerLawn Ranger Posts: 5,466
    Interestingly enough, my fire ring became a 2 piece model just this past weekend. First time that has happened. However, it broke almost exactly in two equal pieces, so no big deal.
  • RVHRVH Posts: 523
    I always saw-cut my cast iron grids through the outer ring in a couple of places to relieve any heat stress which might cause them to break. Probably a good idea for the firebox as well.
  • Can you tell me more about the changes in the XL dome piece. I have been lurking on here learning about eggs and will probably purchase one this spring. I am interested in the XL and my one concern is that the dome seems pretty shallow.
  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    Can't say I blame the BGE company. The warranty replacement cost is likely significant. A little preventive measure could go a long way.
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Fellow Traveler, Welcome to the forum. I would hate to tell you my version of a conversation i had with Bruce Bohannon because I am sure I will screw it up. Let me suggest you get it straght from the horses mouth so to speak.

    Call the mothership and if you have to leave a message let them have your cell number because the call back might be the next day and you don't want to be waiting around the phone all that time. (770)938-9394

    This way you will get it right. Tim
  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    My dealer got in a shipment of eggs with the new cut firebox. He wasn't informed of the change. Needless to say, he was a bit concerned when he opened the boxes. :S
  • In talking with Bruce at BGE, a new lid for the XL is coming later in the year, more dome height from what I hear.
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,969

    Is that the one with the 4 barrel and headers?



    Caledon, ON


  • RRPRRP Posts: 18,927
    and also the full race, high compression chrome dipstick!
    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
  • I have two friends that both have the XL. There is about 2 inches of space between their plate setter and the grill (and the legs obviously are very short on the plate setter). I bought my XL a couple of months ago and there is about 6 inches of space. Looks as if they have noched the fire ring in three places to get more distance. Has anyone else noticed this change?
  • I'm going to get my next one with leather and a navigation system!
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    That change was done about a year ago for the XL.
  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,432
    I already fixed the problem of a cracked firebox. I cut my original large firebox in half 5 years ago and there has been no structural breakage so far. ;)
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