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Very old BGE firebox

I have a very old BGE.  The fire box is starting to fail and needs to be replaced.  The problem is the original fire box is held in place with some sort of refractory cement.  Has anyone seen this before and has anyone had experience removing the old firebox? Advice?


  • The_StacheThe_Stache Posts: 1,113
    Kirkland, TN
    2 LBGE, 1 MM

  • I would attach a pic but don't know how to do it on this site.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 24,618
    it may just be ash and whatever built up to look like refractory, mine does that. try sliding something thin down the side like a hacksaw blade
  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 2,445
    If hacksaw blade does not work, build a fire in there with guts removed.  Maybe heat will loosen it and you can get that hacksaw blade down there during the burn and start working it loose.  
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    Grand Rapids MI
  • td66snrftd66snrf Posts: 1,519
    Are you  sure it's a BGE? I've seen some of the older kamado's that were cemented in.
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE, SMALL, MINI, 2 Kubs, Fire Magic Gasser
  • Yes, it is a BGE (large).  And, yes, it is cement.  I may be forced to attempt to chisel it out, but afraid of damaging the exterior shell (base).
  • Jupiter JimJupiter Jim Posts: 3,286
    Hi Frank, email Bruce at the Mother ship and follow his advice. Jim

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  • SamIAm2SamIAm2 Posts: 1,078
    Rather than pound on the attached ceramic, you might consider a carbide rod saw. Start at the top of the firebox and cut down to the base then continue along the bottom to cut the refractory cement and start back up to the top to remove a large enough piece to work more easily to cut the rest of the refractory cement. 
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  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 2,125
    The original BGEs were earthenware kamados.  I had an Imperial Kamado that had a firebox was formed to fit the base perfectly with no gap at all at the sides.  Ash and sediment buildup over the edges made it appear cemented in when it wasn’t.  I cleaned up the edges with a narrow putty knife (the sediment flaked off) and wiggled the firebox and it came out in 3 pieces (it had cracked long before I rescued the Kamado).
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  • Tony_TTony_T Posts: 301
    edited August 2018
    My nephew's BGE's firebox appeared cemented in from years of use.
    A much needed "Clean Burn" did the trick.  
  • Tony_TTony_T Posts: 301
    edited August 2018

    I would attach a pic but don't know how to do it on this site.

    Here's how to attach a picture:

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