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cast iron grate-- wish I had known

glennglenn Posts: 151
edited 2:02PM in EggHead Forum
Well I just gained a little knowlege that I wish to share with my fellow eggers
If you have a cast iron grate for your large bge DONOT attempt to clean it by leaving it in the egg for the high temp clean cycle
Mine broke at 750 deg, what a suprise.
Hope this helps someone else to keep from having one of those moments that make you say--- [email protected]#t


  • Glenn,
    Give us some more details. Were you finished cooking at a lesser temp and went to 750 or did you start with a cool grid and styick it in at 750? Something doesn't sound right. I've seen a bunch of folks on here talking about T-Rexing steaks with cast iron with no ill effects. You should be able to get cast iron almost white.

  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,048
    sorry, but there has to be more to the story as 750 is not going to make a cast iron grill break - perhaps it had a fault in it and that broke - if I were you I'd see if the dealer will replace it. I use a cast iron grate I cut down for my small BGE where I regularly hit 750 to 800 with no problem.

    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • Citizen QCitizen Q Posts: 484
    You definitely have some other cause for that to happen, I've buried the needle and come back around again past 250 numerous times and never had a problem with the cast iron.[p]Please elaborate, how much grease was on the grate? Had it been subjected to rough handling? Did you take it instantly from sub-zero to nuclear assault? How much damage did you actually do?[p]Cheers,

  • glennglenn Posts: 151
    Here is how it happened
    I had cooked some ribs last weekend and got que sauce all over the grate, so I decided to burn off what was left of the lump in the firebox (a little more than 1/4 full)
    and burn off the junk on the grid.
    I lit the leftover lump and opened the bottom vent and left off the daise wheel, I put the grate in place while the egg was still cold and went away to play.
    When I came back to check on the progress , the junk on the grid had burnt off to a white ash in the midle of the grate, and the grate had a crack runnin from the back edge for about 2 inches goin towards the center.
    There has been no abuse, and I have refrained form leting the egg get to nuke temps because I always toast the gasket when I do.
    Maybe Im just lucky and got a bad casting

  • HammerHammer Posts: 1,001
    Please give us any additional details you have. As others have said, something isn't right. I use my cast iorn all the time and have had no problems. Take this thread to you dealer, and plead your case.
    When I don't use high temps to clean it; I will take a piece of heavy duty tin foil, shiny side down and place on the grate.

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