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My Cypress grill upgrades

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I posted a breif version of this write-up in the introduction section. Glad to see a section dedicated to the Cypress Grill, hard to find much info on them and it is also hard finding replacement parts since they have been discontinued (luckily, most large BGE Eggcessories fit). I've owned a Bayou Classic Cypress Grill for 9 years now and I have been very happy with it. I guess I'm lucky in that mine has held up pretty well. Just this spring I noticed a small hairline crack in the base - it is not structurally significant and  doesn't cause any problems.

 

This spring I did a refresh on it because the firebox shattered and the bottom vent was binding badly. I replaced the firebox with a large BGE firebox I found on ebay for a good price.

 

I replaced the bottom vent with a vent similar to the BGE draft door. I sealed this with gasket sealer: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JLK41S7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

I replaced the sliding part of the top vent with a daisy wheel type and improved the seal of the top vent with some gasket material. The top vent I ordered didn't fit and I was unable to find an entire assembly with a daisy wheel of the size used on the Bayou Classic. I took the daisy wheel off the one I ordered and swapped it out for the slide vent on the original top vent. I had to use a bushing where the bolt goes through the top because the hole was bigger than the mounting screw in the replacement. This tightened the new top such that it doesn't move when dome is raised - a big problem with the original:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DHPLTFF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Replaced the dome gasket: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TLB75MA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

 

I also added a Kick Ash basket and Kick Ash pan. Performance is much improved: https://ceramicgrillstore.com/collections/kick-ash-basket

 

My next upgrades will be new grill grates. I really like the BGE Eggspander but Ceramic Grill Store has several nice options.

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On 8/4/2019 at 12:26 PM, 58limited said:

I replaced the sliding part of the top vent with a daisy wheel type and improved the seal of the top vent with some gasket material. The top vent I ordered didn't fit and I was unable to find an entire assembly with a daisy wheel of the size used on the Bayou Classic. I took the daisy wheel off the one I ordered and swapped it out for the slide vent on the original top vent. I had to use a bushing where the bolt goes through the top because the hole was bigger than the mounting screw in the replacement. This tightened the new top such that it doesn't move when dome is raised - a big problem with the original:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DHPLTFF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

I just picked up a lightly used Bayou Classic Cypress and these sound like the exact fixes I will need.

 

What is the bushing you used for the slide vent modification?

 

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18 hours ago, S.Ramsden said:

I just picked up a lightly used Bayou Classic Cypress and these sound like the exact fixes I will need.

 

What is the bushing you used for the slide vent modification?

 

 

I used a little aluminum threaded adapter (similar to the one in the link which is steel - for illustration purposes only). The outside threads were slightly larger than the hole, when I tightened the nut it pressed into the hole so it is somewhat permanent - will take a bit of effort to remove if I ever wanted to do so.

 

https://www.zoro.com/zoro-select-bushing-1-x-34-in-npt-1mnk2/i/G1463743/feature-product?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7bvvnrKC5AIVDtvACh0t5A1MEAQYBSABEgKGu_D_BwE

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1 hour ago, 58limited said:

 

I used a little aluminum threaded adapter (similar to the one in the link which is steel - for illustration purposes only). The outside threads were slightly larger than the hole, when I tightened the nut it pressed into the hole so it is somewhat permanent - will take a bit of effort to remove if I ever wanted to do so.

 

https://www.zoro.com/zoro-select-bushing-1-x-34-in-npt-1mnk2/i/G1463743/feature-product?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7bvvnrKC5AIVDtvACh0t5A1MEAQYBSABEgKGu_D_BwE

 

Thanks so much for the guidance and quick reply!  Looks like i have the makings of a fun weekend project ahead of me.

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It is very satisfying to make something work right - or better. Cook well my friend. Most any soft metal piece of the right size can be used for a bushing - I used what I found in my tool box.

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