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I like this. The tilting while stirring was my biggest gripe with the hi-que.
My way of thinking is the actual hole in the grate is the same size regardless of it being up or down. After many high temperature cooks the cast iron warps and becomes dish shaped. Whenever I do a clean out I reverse it which is what I did again today.
OTOH the machine shop made grate fro my large egg was made of 5/16" plate steel and it does not warp like the cast iron. Note the 3 legs welded on which keep it stable plus makes it stand a little proud and not wobble while resting on the bottom of the fire box. I can stir the used lump vigorously without it turning or tilting and dumping the lump into the pit below.
Yeah, but your deck is like 10k sqft and nicer than most homes.My house is almost a tiny house at 1032 ft.