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Has anyone used an electric burner in their egg?

finaltablefinaltable Posts: 26
edited 6:35AM in EggHead Forum
I have a very old egg, one of the earliest orange terracotta models that is decades old. I have found it very difficult to maintain the low (200-225 degree) temps I need to cook ribs and brisket due to leaks; in fact, when I do a long cook of a brisket or turkey I end up having duct tape all over it to seal the air holes. I recently saw an episode of Good Eats with Alton Brown wherein he made his own "egg" from terracotta flower pots and used a single element electric burner to heat it. Using the variable control he could maintain a low temperature and didn't have to worry about regulating airflow. He put a heavy metal pie pan on the burner and threw in a few chunks of wood that would smoulder and smoke the meat he was cooking.

I'm not giving up on lump charcoal for most of my cooks but I wish I could get a little lower for the really long cooks, especially the turkey.

Has anyone tried using an electric element in their egg?


  • DrZaiusDrZaius Posts: 1,481
    It sounds like you just need to repair your egg.
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  • FSUScotsmanFSUScotsman Posts: 754
    Sounds like you need to put that egg in a corner like my Victrola and get a new egg!!
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    I'm with Ron. Hey, maybe the BGE Mothership would be interested in the old egg (museum'ish) and make you a deal???
  • finaltablefinaltable Posts: 26
    Misippi: is this a serious option? The story I have heard on my egg is that my father-in-law, the former economic development coordinator for Athens-Clarke County in Georgia knew the founder of BGE and got one of his earlier models. If I thought they might be interested I'd contact them but I wouldn't want to do that unsolicited and sound like an idiot.

    My big concern is that the sliding grate on the bottom A) leaks
    B) had the little tab for sliding it come off
    C) is so rusted to the screws that I can't get them out
    D) worries me that the egg may fracture trying to remove it
    E) may not even be replaceable because eggs are differently sized than they used to be.

    Without a working, well sealed bottom grate the egg cannot be used effectively.
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    You can pick up a hot plate for about $9 at walmart.

    Why not give it a try. It is just a heat source after all. Unless you use wood chips of some type there will be no smoke flavor.

  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    BobbyQ on this Forum works for the Mothership and has been very helpful to many here. You might do a search on his name, then go to his profile page and send him an email with the info you gave in this post. If they have any interest in an old egg, he will let you know.

    Good luck.
  • DryFlyDryFly Posts: 351
    Hey finaltable! Spring for a new one. You're due.
  • finaltablefinaltable Posts: 26
    I did a search on BobbyQ and while I can find references to him, that username isn't even listed in the member directory.
  • Weekend WarriorWeekend Warrior Posts: 1,702
    Try this. Bobby-Q
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    You can click on "Search by author" and his posts will show up. Weekend Warrior is correct in that it is actually "Bobby-Q".
  • DrZaiusDrZaius Posts: 1,481
    Hey finaltable. Let me know what you do. I would be glad to take that off your hands. I have everything to refinish it. Keep in touch.
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