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  1. Sorry for the late reply.  The fire ring elevates the grill.  You could cook without it, but you’d have to elevate the grill in some way (stainless steel bolts, maybe?). It could be done, but it works better with the ring.  The original ring is 2” too tall with the new firebox. The 3” fire ring for the original Kamado Joe Classic is out there, you just have to look for it.  This is where I got mine, 



  2. On 3/22/2019 at 8:58 PM, lunchman said:

     Some interesting mods to extend the life of this cooker.  Great ideas. 


    I owned one until last year when a fellow brethren member took it off my hands as a donation and breathed new life into it.  It had suffered a fatal lid crack due to an issue with the band which I hadn't noticed. I wasn't willing to repair it so the Goldens' Cast Iron was purchased as its replacement.  There's a whole thread in the brethren forum about the BC Cypress restoration. 


    It was a decent grill for me,  had its quirks but served me well. I almost hated to see it go but was glad it for to cook another day. 

    Forgive my ignorance of this site, but what is the “brethren forum” on this site.  I have looked without success.

  3. 10 hours ago, lunchman said:

    Yep, the Large BGE platesetter works just fine. I used it in the Cypress and still use it in my Bubba Keg. 


    If there are concerns about breakage (I always worry about mine, but it's going on almost 10 years of use), search the web for a cast iron version of the platesetter. I either found it on amazon or one of the bbq sites. 


    You’re correct, I saw that while researching parts for my recent overhaul.  There was a third party cast iron version of the BGE platesetter on Amazon that should work fine.

  4. 7 hours ago, Rip said:

    I've been using a large 2" deep cake pan as a diffuser for years. I put an inch +/- of playground sand (50# bag from the local Lowes or Home Depot is less than $5.00), the sand is a great diffuser and absorbs drippings. When the cook is done I toss the sand.


    That’s a good idea.  I quit with the pan years ago due to the hassle of clean up.

  5. I have used this grill for 11 years.  The firebox collapsed, so I either had to repair it or buy a new grill.  I decided on the former, because I could overhaul it much cheaper.


    Getting an exact replacement for this is not possible.  It’s no longer made.  The Large BGE firebox would probably work, but I went another direction....


    My new firebox choice- the new sectional Kamado Joe firebox.... https://www.bbqguys.com/kamado-joe/classic-multi-piece-firebox-kj-mpfb23


    This caused a second issue- the fire ring is too tall.  It is about 6” tall, that is 2” too tall.  So I bought the Kamado Joe Classic fire ring, it. Fixes the problem.  About $65 delivered.


    I could have stopped there, but I continued....


    Cheap upgrades... (everyone should consider these)....


    new thermostat

    new bottom grate... Do this! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N4EPPX6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    new seal


    more expensive other things....


    kick ash basket... Do this! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07C9XJ28J/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    new side tables https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017O7JNB8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    kamado joe classic joe divide and conquer system

    new cast iron grill grate https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CZHZWDM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    grill expander https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XTL6SZQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    what I have found....

    this grill now works far better than it ever did.  It gets hotter, starts quicker, is more consistent in temps.  This all due to improved airflow, mostly due to the new bottom grate and the ash basket.  It is easier to clean as well.





  6. I have had this grill for 11 years.  I think I can answer ANY questions anyone has about it.  The BGE large plate setter works, I used it for years.  I would recommend the divided heat diffuser of the classic Kamado Joe as a better solution.  It works perfectly in the bottom grate, and can block 1/2 of the grill for both searing and indirect, or the entire top surface. 

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