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Great weekend, a few "lessons" learned

James MBJames MB Posts: 356
edited 2:15PM in EggHead Forum
Well we had a gorgeous weekend here in the UK and I got to play with my Medium a bit. I got some more band bolts but haven't fitted them yet.

1. I was tipping some lit lump in from a chimney and a small piece fell through landing on the edge of the folded egg mate - no worries just getting it worn in, that burn mark is a badge of honour.

2. I was lighting the Weber kettle (yes I know that's sacrilege here but spouse acceptance is key) and thought I’d just tip a couple lit of briquettes into the egg to get the lump in that going – “just in case I needed it for that chicken I had spatchcocked..”
Without realising what I was doing I rested the (very) hot chimney on the felt gasket while trying to nudge a couple of briquettes in.
Hmm – not total disaster but not pretty either – let’s hope it doesn’t get worse.

3. It just so happens that the aforementioned chicken ended up on the egg ;-) indirect on an upturned platesetter with drip pan. Towards the end of the cook I wanted to crisp it up a little. So, off with the laden grate (courtesy of my third hand – very easy), then lift out the drip pan, an aluminium pizza tray over a steel one, – which had become wedged between the platesetter legs.
Conscious of the fact that I was wearing shorts and a tee shirt and the oven gloves weren’t holding up too well I realised I had to set the whole lot down briefly before finding a place for them to cool and then separate them not risking life and limb or platesetter. Popped them on the table part of the Weber for a moment, put the bird back in the egg (direct) and then moved the platesetter.
Well the Weber table is stainless sheet metal that is also, rather irritatingly, a lid into a storage bin where I keep some bits. I had resigned myself that I may easily get a big heat stain but would accept that. Amazingly no stain but it was a bit warped – should have thought about the expansion effects. Instinctively I just tried to smooth it back.
It was still surprisingly hot and did something interesting to my fingerprints which has given me a hard time logging in to my work PC this morning!
Nothing serious just the ego dented, still – it’s not as if anyone saw it, or knows!

4. On Friday night’s cook my wife caught me taking some photos and has almost given up on me so I’m afraid I haven’t had the nerve to get the camera out much.

I know you all like pics so I’ll try and put a link to a photobucket album, meanwhile here’s something I did earlier:

And possibly an album on photobucket of misc pics.

OK I'm not sure if they'll work but at least I've tried!


  • RascalRascal Posts: 3,802
    Nice photos!~
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Great post. We all have those brainless moments where we touch or grab something hot, knowing we shouldn't be doing it, yet we can't stop our hand in time.

    Regarding the burn marks on your mates, don't worry mate, they're going to be gnarly before you know it - it just happens,.

    I burned mine one time long ago, before tables and when I used to use electric starters. So I decided to just make a pattern of it. You can see it in this photo:


    No matter how hard you try, they aren't going to stay pretty. They get weathered and greasy and dirty. Like you say, a badge of honor...
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    You'll find there are many "Badges of honour" that occur with time.



    Caledon, ON


  • BENTEBENTE Posts: 8,337
    well we all have a "badge of honor" here or there.. i personally don't keep much hair on my arm :)

    also like the photos.. kind of strange seeing that brisket like that

    happy eggin


    Anderson S.C.

    "Life is too short to be diplomatic. A man's friends shouldn't mind what he does or says- and those who are not his friends, well, the hell with them. They don't count."

    Tyrus Raymond Cobb

  • Nice post. Great photos. My favorite is the one of the little one with the blue eyes. :) Too cute.
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