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K-ville

My XL Egg restoration

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Thanks to a tip from @bluayeddvl I bought an XL Green Egg that had been in a fire and  I got it for $100 (Canadian).

For non-Canadians, you have to realize that an XL egg is approaching 3 grand in Canada, so for $100, I thought I'd take a shot at something I would never own otherwise.

The BBQ store that was selling it didn't think it would ever come clean, and that it needed a new hinge. They were wrong on both counts.

 

I've included some pictures of what it looked like when I picked it up, and what it looked like only 20 minutes later after 

using some Easy-Off oven cleaner to remove the soot.  As you can see, it looks like new and it was super easy to clean.

 

Before:

 

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After 20 minutes:

 

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The hinge is fine other than one spring that is slightly over stretched, but I should be able to get a replacement fairly easily. 

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It doesn't have a vent cap, but I think I'll get a Smokeware cap for it for about $60 unless I can find some used parts for cheaper. 

This weekend I'll replace the charred wood handle, which will be fairly simple. 

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My biggest challenge is that there is no fire box. I'm hoping to find someone with a used fire box that was broken or cracked and repair that for use. Another option that  I have seen others use is refractory fire bricks and refractory cement to build a circular fire chamber. Not sure how that will go, but for the few bucks that fire bricks cost, I'll try some experiments before proceeding. 

If that doesn't seem feasible, I may just spring for a new fire box, but they run about $350 up here.  I'd still be into this thing for way less money than new, or even used for that matter, but I'd like to keep my costs down as much as possible. 

 

Oh, and they said the thermometer was toast, but I removed it, cleaned it, and tested it, and it works just fine. 

 

I didn't try the Easy-Off on the bottom slider, but some fine steel wool looks like it will clean it up just fine. Here's a quick test showing some soot removed after a few strokes. 

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If nothing else, I have a project and I'm having a ton of fun., which is worth a hundred bucks on its own.  Plus it's kind of cool to now be "legally" able to say "I have and egg"...lol. 

I still love my 5-year old vision classic B, but having this green beast is something else. Can't wait to load it up with some big meat. 

 

If anyone has suggestions, warnings, thoughts, words of wisdom, I'd love to hear it. I'll try and update this post as I progress.

Brian

 

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That definitely looks like a great deal for a restoration project.  I would reach out to Big Green Egg directly and see if they would be willing to help you out on the parts you need, especially the firebox.  Tell them your story and see what they might be willing to do for you.

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52 minutes ago, John Setzler said:

That definitely looks like a great deal for a restoration project.  I would reach out to Big Green Egg directly and see if they would be willing to help you out on the parts you need, especially the firebox.  Tell them your story and see what they might be willing to do for you.

 

I just sent an email to Green Egg Canada. We'll see what happens. 

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I just wish the folks at BGE would sell parts instead of entire assemblies. I need one spring, but I would have to buy a $250 band/hinge assembly to get the spring....sigh. There's nothing wrong with the band or hinge, but the spring got over stretched in the fire and isn't doing its job.

 

Anyone got a spring, or know where to get one spring?

 

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if you had the specs, or could pull one off, maybe a shop like Ottawa Fasteners or similar would likely have something close enough.

perhaps even one of the techs at Malmberg, out by Capital City, may have something similar

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57 minutes ago, bluayeddvl said:

if you had the specs, or could pull one off, maybe a shop like Ottawa Fasteners or similar would likely have something close enough.

perhaps even one of the techs at Malmberg, out by Capital City, may have something similar

Ya, checked Ottawa Fasteners today and bought a few springs to try, but the egg has a weird stretched out extended piece at the end and a regular return spring doesn't work.  But hey, keep those ideas coming. Thx.

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Dude, sweet score, I hope you find the parts you need. I hate to direct anyone away from here but the b.g.e. Forums have a lotta folks...some may have what you need. 

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5 hours ago, K-ville said:

...Anyone got a spring, or know where to get one spring?

McMaster-Carr is your friend. 

https://www.mcmaster.com/

Search for "tension spring" and I get:

https://www.mcmaster.com/#tension-springs/=19zllg7

Matching wire diameter should let you pick one that fits, and has the right "pull."

 

OK, so you have to buy a dozen... most are still under $10 US. 

 

Frank

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9 hours ago, fbov said:

McMaster-Carr is your friend. 

https://www.mcmaster.com/

Search for "tension spring" and I get:

https://www.mcmaster.com/#tension-springs/=19zllg7

Matching wire diameter should let you pick one that fits, and has the right "pull."

 

OK, so you have to buy a dozen... most are still under $10 US. 

 

Frank

 

 

Thanks @fbov but I bought a few return springs at Ottawa Fasteners yesterday, and the stock shape shown here does not work, but I may have bought ones that were too long. I got 3.5 inch, but I think I need a 2.5 incher. 

 

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The Egg spring shown below shows how on mine  one end  is stretched out, so it's hard to tell what length I need. 

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3 hours ago, K-ville said:

The Egg spring shown below shows how on mine  one end  is stretched out, so it's hard to tell what length I need. 

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Count the number of coils.

When limp, measure the length of 5 coils and divide by 5 to find coil pitch. (close to wire diameter)

Measure the distance from hook to top of first coil.

 

Spring length is 2x (hook distance) + (No. of coils) x (coil pitch).

 

Frank

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