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Cold Weather Performance

SmokeDaddySmokeDaddy Posts: 1
edited 8:37AM in EggHead Forum
I'm considering buying a BGE, but I'm curious how they do in the cold weather. I live in CO, so we can get a couple of months of pretty cold weather and I've always heard ceramic goods will crack going from a standing cold temperature to hot. Anyone have any info on this?


  • Just as good as they do when it is hot or mild. A few years ago on Super Bowl Sunday (colts-bears) I had it locked in at 260 dome for almost 10 hours and it didn't budge. Worked like a planned and it was -20 or 30 wind chill and below 0 reg temp.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 24,373
    ive baked bread at 500 degrees well below zero while ice fishing, the ceramic heats up slow enough that there isnt a problem.
  • aaindaaind Posts: 235
    Started ribs one day -17 worked just fine ,I want to do -25 somtime ( Just to say I didi it )
  • mikeb6109mikeb6109 Posts: 2,067
    cooking in negative temps is a commun thing were i live!!
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 6,168
    The only real problem with using the Egg in the winter is that the cook has to go outside and brave the frigid temperatures. I've cooked with 3' of snow on the ground, at 12 degrees F. There are Canadian Eggers who have reported cooking in -40 wind chill. So, not to worry.

    Oh, if you forget to cover it, cracking thru a covering of ice is no fun.
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226

    Hopefully some of the folks up in the eastern borders and the Canadian's will show some of there pictures and we have our Alaska members.

    You have a several folks, well more than several, out your way that have eggs.

    I am in Salt Lake and I cooked at lest 3 and mostly 4 & 5 meals a week throughout this last winter. Coldest was -36° (no wind chill) and a good part of the time below and well below 0.

    Works fine. Start up time is very close to summer months. Because it is so cold I would suggest you pick up a weed burner for lighting. I can have the egg up to 450° between 30 seconds 1.5 minutes. Egg cooking in about 5 to 10 minutes. Having the egg(s) is really great.

    The egg really saves some money too as we don't eat out often. Food is just better on the egg.

  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    We are on the cost of Maine and our biggest problem is getting from the house to the eggs! We cook on them 6-7 times a week in the summer and 4-5 in the winter. the nights we might not is if hubby gets home late and I don't feel like shoveling to get to them :)
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    That is the only thing I don't like in the winter... shoveling to get to the egg.

    Can't believe we are talking winter already. First I've got to get the garden to finish up and the pumpkins. I might have to buy some pumpkins and JB Weld them to the vine. Told the grandkids I planted magic pumpkin seads. They alway's grow big pumpkins.

  • BrocBroc Posts: 1,398
    Hie thee to an Eggery!

    Fear not the frosts of winter!

    ;) B) :)
  • bubba timbubba tim Posts: 3,216
    Ok, sure you can cook on a BGE in -50 degrees in the snow, slow cook some mouth watering ribs. Maybe some chicken or a pork shoulder when the wind is howling and blowing in your ear. The BGE will cook anywhere at any time. That is not the issue here. The issue is why the hell would anyone want to live where the temps get below 60 degrees. :) :) :) :)
    SEE YOU IN FLORIDA, March 14th and 15th 2014 You must master temp, smoke, and time to achive moisture, taste, and texture! Visit for BRISKET HELP
  • aaindaaind Posts: 235
    It keeps out the rif raf :laugh:
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,700
    Two pictures in reply...
    The weather as I started my egg...

    and the temp after set up...

    note the minus sign! BTW the 131 was the temp goal setting, not my wife's hot flash temp!
    L, M, S &  Mini
    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time

    Dunlap, IL
  • BrocBroc Posts: 1,398
    And when the temp doesn't get below 60 degrees, the cockroaches are always 3" long -- and flying!

    I'll take the cold --
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    No neck tie's and low humidity :laugh:

  • bubba timbubba tim Posts: 3,216
    true, just ear muffs, scarfs, gloves, snow, ice, etc.
    True story: When I was MUCH younger, I was in the Army walking the fence of the DMZ in Korea. It was very cold. I know it was well below zero. I decided, just for the heck of it, to go number one on the metal fence on the South Korea side of the DMZ. Before I could get it back under wraps, a yellow icicle had formed. I promised myself that I would never live were it snowed. For the last 35 plus years, I have kept that promise.
    SEE YOU IN FLORIDA, March 14th and 15th 2014 You must master temp, smoke, and time to achive moisture, taste, and texture! Visit for BRISKET HELP
  • bubba timbubba tim Posts: 3,216
    Hey, a guy has to have snakes! yum! :woohoo:
    SEE YOU IN FLORIDA, March 14th and 15th 2014 You must master temp, smoke, and time to achive moisture, taste, and texture! Visit for BRISKET HELP
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    That's the snowmobilers code 'Don't eat the yellow snow'.

  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817

    You call that cold? That is girly man cold!




    Caledon, ON


  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817

    I hear you!

    Imagine that temp at -40 celcius and all the windows open. :ohmy:



    Caledon, ON


  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    absolutely no issues.

    overnight cooks pegged to 250 during a blizzard. i lit the thing with the graound bare and woke to 27 inches of snow. still pegged at 250.

    as for the insulative qualities of the ceramic. check this. sure, it eventually melted, but do you think a metal cooker (gasser or otherwise) could hit 550 and still have snow on it? the only reason you can even read the temp is that i brushed off the snow.


    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • ArvadaManArvadaMan Posts: 210
    Living in Colorado and having had my BGEs for over four years, there has been no problem. I have cooked in snow storms on multiple occasions. The eggs handle cooking in below freezing temperatures easily.

    Also, I assume you will be at the Colorado Eggfest next weekend?
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