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Baking Steel as Heat Deflector?

Been trying to come up with ways to increase the true indirect cooking space on my Medium and have used fire bricks in the PS gaps and drip pans on the PS (not sure how well this works) but now that I know I can get a custom BS (confirmed via email yesterday) for a nominal fee I'm thinking about using one elevated on the fire ring with ss nuts to act as a heat deflector, like the Kamado Joe heat deflector.  Any thoughts before I pull the trigger?  Thanks!


  • if this is just plain stupid, you can tell me, I have thick Mangrate skin :D
  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,717
    edited May 2013
    12 inch stone with 12-14 inch round pan about 1-2 inches above the fire ring is best. Grid at or slightly above the felt line.  The ID of the medium egg is approx. 16 inches, so 14 pan will leave 1 inch of open air around the edges for heat to rise.   t ACGP, Inc.
  • brycosbrycos Posts: 137
    I'd be hesitant to use steel as heat deflector.  The radiative properties that make it so good on browning pizza crust might not be a good idea for deflecting heat.  flame deflector - yes; heat deflector - maybe?
  • bigphilbigphil Posts: 1,390
    As stated in a previous post steel is a excellent heat transferrer . That's why is makes such a nice crust . That being the case I would think it would radiate more heat than ceramic does on the food being cooked . If am wrong someone will correct me
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  • bigphilbigphil Posts: 1,390
    edited May 2013
    Think about a gas grill at 500 degrees you can't touch it where as a egg it's hot but not like a steel hood of a gas grill
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  • Thanks for the input, much appreciated!
  • Thanks for the input, much appreciated!

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