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Has anyone had a cracked firebox when using the stainless steel fire bowl?

I have a large BGE. I'm using the BGE stainless steel fire bowl. After each cook, I raise the temperature to burn off any mold-producing crud. In some cases, I go beyond 700 degrees. I've noticed that my fire box cracks after I do this. I never had this issue until I started using the stainless steel fire bowl. Has anyone else had this issue?

I keep getting warranty replacements for the fire box, but it's occurred to me that the uneven expanding and contracting of the stainless steel fire bowl vs the ceramic firebox could cause this.

Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem......


  • That would be ironic if BGE has an accessory that breaks their firebox.  

    I would say, however, that I think your burn off after every cook seems like overkill.  I’ve never done one at all and my egg stays quite clean,   
    Large BGE, Small BGE, Weber Summit NG                                                                                               
  • You don’t need to go that high to burn stuff off. 500-550 is plenty and easier on your egg. FWIW, I don’t  think I’ve ever had a fire bowl or ring last longer than 6 months before cracking and I use the standard setup. They usually last a few years after getting the first crack but they all crack. 
    Keepin' It Weird in The ATX
  • herculeshercules Posts: 2
    Thanks for your comments. I agree that my burn off is probably overkill and I've decided to stop going higher than 500-600. I've been paranoid ever since I had mold grow in my egg. I then filled it up with charcoal, opened the top and bottom vents all the way and let it burn down. Afterwords, I had trouble opening the egg because the top and bottom gaskets fused together. I had to replace the gaskets.

    Like I said in my original post, I never had this issue before I started using the stainless steel fire bowl. My firebox would crack eventually when using the standard setup, but with the stainless steel fire bowl, my firebox BREAKS into two pieces, it doesn't just crack. It still supports the fire ring so according to Big Green Egg, it's safe to cook on.

    My big green egg dealer has stopped returning my phone calls and Big Green Egg won't respond to my emails about this. That could be due to Covid-19.  
  • briwaldbriwald Posts: 30
    I have had this problem with my XL BGE and don't use the stainless steel fire bowl.  It started as a hairline crack, and I continued cooking on the egg for another six months, until the firebox was in three pieces with about an inch between each one and it would no longer support the grate. 
    Maitland, FL
    XL BGE since 2019
    "When cooking, I stick to the 3 B's: Beer, Bacon and Butter." 
  • JohnnyArmsJohnnyArms Posts: 30
    It’s really not if it is when it will crack. 
  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,832
    I use the heat up as the time that I burn crud off.  Although I live in arid Utah, and there is no moisture to be found in the air.  Mold is a rarity here.

    John - SLC, UT

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