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New Lower Vent Door and Firebox Repair

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After my temperature fiasco during last months challenge I finally decided to order a new lower door assembly to replace my makeshift foil vent.

 

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I ordered a new firegrate with the door.  Unfortunately the door looks like it was hand made by a 5th grader...

 

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Then the real fun begins. I began to take out the fire ring which has been in two pieces forever and had apparently forgotten how bad my firebox was....Yep it fell to pieces, 7 to be exact....

 

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I was able to get the door on but it doesn't fit properly and I could only get 3 of the bolts in. 

 

Now I'm attempting to follow some other posts I've seen by using the Rutlands firebrick cement to put humpty back together again.

 

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The Rutland fireplace mortar is holding up pretty well on the firebox after over a month of cooks unfortunately the new firegrate was not so lucky...

 

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I think it's time for cast iron, steel or maybe even the KAB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well the Rutland mortar held until the last few hot pizza cooks I did and the firebox humpty dumptied again on July 3rd as I was preparing to try my first brisket for my mom's 70th Birthday......

 

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My firebox has a smoke ring......

 

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Gonna try it again, this time I actually followed the instructions on the tube.....

 

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If this doesn't work, I'm thinking about possibly trying a BGE firebox if it will fit.

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Well the Rutland mortar held until the last few hot pizza cooks I did and the firebox humpty dumptied again on July 3rd as I was preparing to try my first brisket for my mom's 70th Birthday......

20160704_074404_resized_zpsbmxezpxl.jpg

My firebox has a smoke ring......

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Gonna try it again, this time I actually followed the instructions on the tube.....

20160705_183533_resized_zpsoz0hohm2.jpg

If this doesn't work, I'm thinking about possibly trying a BGE firebox if it will fit.

Contact the HQ of the big three. I have heard rumors that some will warranty parts sold after the initial purchase. Wouldn't it be nice to have a FB and FR with a warranty?

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Well the Rutland mortar held until the last few hot pizza cooks I did and the firebox humpty dumptied again on July 3rd as I was preparing to try my first brisket for my mom's 70th Birthday......

20160704_074404_resized_zpsbmxezpxl.jpg

My firebox has a smoke ring......

20160704_074418_resized_zpsdjdykbbw.jpg

Gonna try it again, this time I actually followed the instructions on the tube.....

20160705_183533_resized_zpsoz0hohm2.jpg

If this doesn't work, I'm thinking about possibly trying a BGE firebox if it will fit.

Contact the HQ of the big three. I have heard rumors that some will warranty parts sold after the initial purchase. Wouldn't it be nice to have a FB and FR with a warranty?

 

 

That's a good idea, I know Grill Dome will not, even though my father and I are the original owners.  Apparently I was suppose to keep the receipt for 20+ years, lol.  

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How old is your grill dome?

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Old, I think we bought it somewhere around 93-96.  I believe it is an NG1.

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Well the Rutland mortar held until the last few hot pizza cooks I did and the firebox humpty dumptied again on July 3rd as I was preparing to try my first brisket for my mom's 70th Birthday......

20160704_074404_resized_zpsbmxezpxl.jpg

My firebox has a smoke ring......

20160704_074418_resized_zpsdjdykbbw.jpg

Gonna try it again, this time I actually followed the instructions on the tube.....

20160705_183533_resized_zpsoz0hohm2.jpg

If this doesn't work, I'm thinking about possibly trying a BGE firebox if it will fit.

Contact the HQ of the big three. I have heard rumors that some will warranty parts sold after the initial purchase. Wouldn't it be nice to have a FB and FR with a warranty?

That's a good idea, I know Grill Dome will not, even though my father and I are the original owners. Apparently I was suppose to keep the receipt for 20+ years, lol.

What?? That sucks!

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Don't get me wrong I absolutely love old smokey and will probably wind up buying a new firebox from Grill Dome, I read on another forum that several members had replaced there constantly cracking grill dome fireboxes with large bge ones. 

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Well my fix didn't work and humpty dumptied again as I was preparing for brisket #2.  So I ended up getting the BGE firebox and grate.  Definitely a little different than the original grill dome parts but they fit and seem to work well.  The vent/temp adjustments are gonna take some tweaking but I'm liking it so far.

 

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That looks like it should do the job. How's the exterior of the grill holding up?

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That looks like it should do the job. How's the exterior of the grill holding up?

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The paint is flaked off most of the body and some of the lid but I keep it in a detached garage so I don't have to worry about the unglazed exterior.  Eventually I plan on doing a minor restoration and repainting it and building a small table.

One thing I've noticed is the temp fluctuates more with the BGE parts, I'm guessing it's because of the larger firegrate and better air flow. 

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For future reference, I repaired the firebox on my old clay kamado with Red Devil Fireplace & Stove Silicate Cement, available at Ace Hardware.    It is rated to 1000 F and has held up for 3 years so far.

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