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FrancisK7

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Any good size cast iron pan will work - Cabela's - http://www.cabelas.com/product/null/2430589.uts

 

But a better option (more thermal mass) is a baking steel - 

 

Online resellers - Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=baking+steel 

 

http://www.bakingsteel.com/   Bakingsteel.com and others make different sized steels  - circular, rectangular etc.

 

If there is a steel manufacturer in your neck of the woods, see how much it would cost you to get a 3/8 or 1/2 inch thick steel plate cut of A36 steel.

 

A good baking steel will last forever and you can use it for a lot more than smashburgers.  Pizza, chilling plate, fish, veggies, heat deflector, indoor pizza cooking (oven) etc.

 

 

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SmallBBQr...(or anyone else) why do you think baking steel has more thermal mass?  I know nothing of baking steel but in my mind nothing has more thermal mass than my cast iron skillets.   I've also been looking at baking steel or pizza stones myself lately so that is where I'm coming from with the question

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When using CI I use my skillets so I didn't have to purchase anything new...for smashburgers I actually use soapstone...I went with the kamado joe soapstone for the classic...works great and little to no maintenance  

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I was looking for half moons that would fit the pit boss perfectly but because of its particular size it doesnt seem that easy to find

 

thanks for your input

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3 hours ago, ckreef said:

That's really sweet. 

 

Side note: in the 3rd picture did you notice the huge crack running down the front of that BGE? Eeeekkk 

 

Oh man, no I didn't good eye!

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7 hours ago, ckreef said:

That's really sweet. 

 

Side note: in the 3rd picture did you notice the huge crack running down the front of that BGE? Eeeekkk 

 

The first thing that i noticed was that the grate has a lot of solid area and seems to go right up to the shell. With that much space covered and closed ---probably should be an inch gap around the whole grate or cut outs depending on how the grate is held.

 

BGE probably will not honor this one with a new bottom shell.

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1 hour ago, Marty said:

 

The first thing that i noticed was that the grate has a lot of solid area and seems to go right up to the shell. With that much space covered and closed ---probably should be an inch gap around the whole grate or cut outs depending on how the grate is held.

 

BGE probably will not honor this one with a new bottom shell.

 

Using 3rd party accessories in a BGE voids it's warranty.

 

Me personally wouldn't use a kamado with a crack like that in the outer shell. Eventually it will fail and then hot coals will be on the ground. 

 

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1 hour ago, ckreef said:

 

Using 3rd party accessories in a BGE voids it's warranty.

 

Me personally wouldn't use a kamado with a crack like that in the outer shell. Eventually it will fail and then hot coals will be on the ground. 

 

In this case I would attribute it to heat held around that front frying  area.

I have cooked with a crack in the bottom shell for going on three years. In my case it may have been from doing a burn off. I have a replacement bottom but have not bothered to fit it.

Where i cook the coals would fall on the ground on to cement pavers if the bottom fell out.

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