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Missing Fire Box - viable alternatives?

DeanDean Posts: 29
edited 2:16AM in EggHead Forum
I just acquired a medium BGE but unfortunately it is missing the fire box (holder and grate) It looks like the last owner was just putting the coals on the bottom - sub-optimal but may have been getting the job done? I'm wondering do I just use it like that, buy expensive replacment parts, or try to rig something that will allow some venting (such as a wire mesh basket?)
Welcome suggestions.


  • I would never use mine without a firebox - especially on a high temp cook. Just my opinion...
  • PattyOPattyO Posts: 882
    How about a sewer cover to replace that bottom grate. Lots of holes in them and various sizes.
  • You are probably missing the fire ring, too. Since you "aquired" your egg, I'm guessing you didn't put much money (if any) into it. Go ahead and buy the fire box, fire ring, CI grate for the bottom of the fire box, and any other parts you are missing. Total cost still less than a new egg and it's going to last you a life time. Enjoy.
  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    It won't cook worth a darn with the parts you are missing, which probably explains why you were able to get it cheap. Buy the missing parts B)

    Capt Frank
    Homosassa, FL
  • DreggsDreggs Posts: 147
    Won't the city object?
  • My used medium was just a shell, like yours. I bought a new firebox and ring from a local dealer, seems like it was a little over $200 for both. You can make a fire grate out of expanded metal. I did this for my other eggs for performance reasons. Works great.

    John - SLC, UT

     Webers, Eggs, Bubba Keg, Smokin-It #3

  • Buy the parts!
    You will be much happier with the Egg, and supporting the local dealer ain't so bad in my humble opinion!
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,174
    grillmandan wrote:
    ...supporting the local dealer ain't so bad in my humble opinion!

    haha! good one!! :lol:

    But I agree - buy the parts.
    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
  • Dean, Go ahead and get what you need. If you got your used egg for a song go into the dealership whistling and buy you some guts for that egg. ;) Tim
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