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Mediums tippy inerds

Fire WalkerFire Walker Posts: 241
edited 8:00AM in EggHead Forum
I have recently purchased a medium. My question is and mind you I tend to be a little over critcal of new thing, it is a flaw, the Fire box is tippy when in the egg at the correct position for the bottom venting, this tippness transmits to the fire ring, stack these two together makes you have to chase a steak around the grill, I have looked at the bottom of the fire box and it looks not quit smooth like not perfectly flat. Is there a quik fix, is this common? I noticed the foot print of the firebox is not very big and wouldn't take much to de-stabilize it. Or do I need to quit being so anal retentive?


  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,773
    You need to stop being so anal, but the firebox shouldn't be all that tippy either.. :woohoo:

    You have two options. Sand paper and try to level it out, or get a replacement. This item is warranted for life.
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
    Hi Fire Walker,

    I have had my medium BGE since Christmas and do not have that problem. I am guessing that it might be something in the casting of the fire box. I would call the company and talk to them.

  • LumpyLumpy Posts: 7
    Fire Walker,
    I have the same problem with my firebox. I purchased a large BGE last Friday (yes, I'm a newbie) and once I assembled it, I noticed that the 'inerds' were tipsy.

    I took it back to the dealer and we both assesed that the bottom of the firebox was not level throughout. We also noticed that the showroom model also had the same issue. He suggested that I place a small wedge to try and stabilize the movement. It's been about a week with this set up and so far it's worked well.

    He also suggested if I'm not happy with it, I can easily return it for another firebox, since it's covered under warranty.

    I have absolutely no idea if this issue is common or not.

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,020
    is there a huge gap around the top of the firebox, i know that grandpas grub and a few others have this problem and that would cause it to be more tippy if the bottoms off a bit.ive heard this a problem that is mostly with mediums, i dont own one. ping granpas grub or email him thru the site
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    My small had a wobble and I put a dab of JB weld in 2 places to even it all out. I though about takin the belt sander to it, just thought the other way would be easier, faster, cleaner and wouldn't run the risk of hurting the little guy.

    Problem solved :)
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    We have seen a few posts now with fire boxes that don't sit flat on the egg bottom.

    It would seem BGE needs to contact the fabricators and have those folks pay a little more attention to quality control and or check the molds for damage.

    If folks don't contact BGE, they will never know there is a problem. Also, BGE can give the best advice to resolve the problem.

    If you are going to fix this yourself I really like the JB Weld. Get something you know is flat, a metal ruler on edge for example, and make sure the egg floor is flat.

    Then put in the fire box use a narrow piece of paper and see where the gap is. Use a pencil to mark the fire box. Double and triple up the paper to determine the depth of the gap.

    If you use JB Weld you can mix and apply the epoxy to the 'dip'. Then put some plastic warp over the straight ege and level out the JB Weld. If the epoxy is too high when dry then use a file to level. Don't take off any ceramic.

    Make sure with BGE that what ever you do won't void the warranty.

    Of course the best solution is to get a new fire box.

    As far as being anal, I guess it is a matter of what quality level folks are willing to accept for the dollars they spend of any given product.

  • Jupiter JimJupiter Jim Posts: 3,035
    Great advice.

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  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    Or you could just push the firebox to the back and pull the fire ring forward. That will stop it from rocking.
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