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Any reason not to use a metal firebox?

finaltablefinaltable Posts: 26
edited 7:40PM in EggHead Forum
The firebox in my Egg now has multiple cracks in it and is not long for this world. (Yes, it will get me through Thanksgiving. Whew!) Because of my work, I know some people who run a machine shop that makes custom pieces for oilfield service companies. They will make me a firebox out of stainless steel if I want one but I don't know if there is any reason NOT to do this instead of buying a replacement from my local Egg store.


  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    You'll get a free replacement for your old cracked one. Stainless will hold the fire, but won't hold the heat like your stone/ceramic one.
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,252
    I would guess that the heat generated by the metal would be far hotter than the ceramic which holds heat and burn the coals very fast and mess up the proven methods.
  • egretegret Posts: 4,110
    Your fire box is covered under warranty and is replaceable free if you're the original owner. Don't know about the SS fire box, but, I'd be a little concerned about the expansion and contraction characteristics as opposed to ceramic.
  • My original firebox has been in four pieces for about 8 years now and it still works fine. As long as the pieces will sit in place, there's no reason to replace the firebox. You might want to get a replacement and keep it at the ready should the original be unusable, but my replacement has been sitting in the garage, also for 8 years.
    The Naked Whiz
  • Unfortunately, I am not the original owner, I am owner #3. My Egg is actually over 30 years old and is clay, not ceramic. I don't know if it is even the same size as any of the current Eggs.
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,252
    IMHO the age is a definite reason not to use metal as the older kilns would not go to the higher temperatures. I have a 30 year old Imperial Kamado that I restored and I dare not go over 375F.
  • Mine is in 13 pieces. It stays mostly together but sometimes on piece will fall out and then I get coals outside the firebox between it and the walls of the Egg. I JB Welded some of it back together about 5 years ago but this one joint doesn't hold for some reason.
  • I see now that you say your cooker is one of the old ones. Amazing that you have kept the firebox going this long!
    The Naked Whiz
  • I talk very nice to it. I have patched the fire box with JB Weld twice, hence the question.
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    Even though you are not the original owner, if you buy a new firebox the new one is now covered under the BGE lifetime warranty. Just keep the receipt.
  • DreggsDreggs Posts: 147
    Doesn't the Komodo Kamado use a metal basket for the lump?
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