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Need your comments regarding rain caps

eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,393
edited 12:08AM in EggHead Forum
It looks like it might rain quite a bit and I have to fix 5 or 6 butts for a I went out and bought a 6 inch diameter one from Home Depot for my XLG egg and a 4 inch diameter one for the ssmall egg.
Anyone think that one design is superior to the other design?


  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    Wow, this forum is awesome. The top one gets my vote, probably cheaper too, take the other one back. The rain isnt a big deal really. The daisy should be almost closed for a 250deg cook anyway.

  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,523
    Not sure which design is best, but I wouldn't be surprised if you had a birds nest in the bottom one by tomorrow ;-)

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  • JeffersonianJeffersonian Posts: 4,244
    What Bacchus said...I've never quite understood the purpose of a rain cap, myself. If you're low and slow, the daisy is barely open anyway, and if you're doing a sear it's turning the few drops that get in into steam in a flash.
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,393
    Either that or I'll be seeing a space alien coming out of it. :laugh:
  • skihornskihorn Posts: 600
    The one I have is similar to the one on top (not saying it is superior, just that is what I have).

    I use it for start up when I want the top vent wide open and the fire isn't going much yet. Mine won't fit over the daisy wheel anyway. Once going most of the time the Daisy wheel will do a good enough job keeping the rain out, especially for a low and slow. What little drops get through just land on the meat and go to the drip pan. However, if yours will fit over the daisy, not a bad idea. I suppose it might affect air flow every so slightly requiring just a smidge more opening on the vent.

    Good luck!

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  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    i use a piece of foil folded (tented) over the handle of the daisy....
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  • iBeeSmok'niBeeSmok'n Posts: 270
    Both look great. This is what i use.

  • RollocksRollocks Posts: 570
    I've never used a rain cap and have never ad a problem. I do however own stock in Home Depot, so keep them both. In fact buy a few more.
  • That is a great idea! I like the way you were able to simply modify the standard dasiy wheel cap.
  • Cpt'n CookCpt'n Cook Posts: 1,917
    Being cheap, this is what I use.
  • fsmithfsmith Posts: 43
    I bought this one to use last weekend, $10 at Lowes. I was doing a bunch of pulled pork for my niece's graduation and didn't want to take a chance. I had to get the fire started and the meat on in between severe thunderstorms, I mean some real gulley washers that would have put some water down the daisy wheel. I had 35lbs of meat going and wasn't going to risk it.

    Using the BBQ Guru I always set my daisy wheel wide open. This vent fit perfectly over the daisy wheel cap and was snug enough not to move even in the strong winds.

  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,050
    In these parts our rain sometimes comes from the sides due to prevailing winds so I find my coolie hat style works best for me. If you have the same situation you could bend the 3 brackets on the first one so the cap is closer to the opening. Otherwise just my .02 but I'd return that second one in a jiffy!
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Dunlap, IL
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,050
    not being a smarty pants here, but running your Guru cable in through the top puts it at more risk that the conventional placement by just closing the dome on it.
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
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