We were recently sent a sample of this new product which is intended to replace the stock charcoal grate on a large Big Green Egg. As you can see in the photos below, it is constructed of substantial stainless steel stock. According to the manufacturer, the material used is 304 stainless steel. According to one website:
"...304 is the most versatile and the most widely used of all stainless steels. Its chemical composition, mechanical properties, weldability and corrosion/oxidation resistance provide the best all-round performance stainless steel at relatively low cost."A useless bit of information: The St. Louis arch is constructed of 304 stainless steel. Here are some photos of the High-Que grid:
The point of this replacement charcoal grate is to improve airflow to the fire and reduce clogging of holes due to ash and chips of charcoal. That it does this should be obvious from the following photos:
So how did it do in practice? We built a fire and let it run wild for about 90 minutes. It held at about 1000° for 30 minutes as the charcoal was consumed, and then slowly dropped to 300° over the next 60 minutes. At that point we closed the vents and let things cool off. Here you can see the grid after the fire was out:
We don't have any fancy test equipment to measure any sort of airflow, and as we all know, every fire is different, so we couldn't really measure maximum temperature achieved as an indication of airflow. However, we can tell you that using this grate, fires seem to start much faster than with the standard grate. About the only thing to watch out for in our experience with this new grate is that if you are stirring your charcoal with a Big Green Egg ash tool, be careful not to catch the end of the tool in the grate or you will dislodge it.
So in conclusion, this new grate looks like a very useful replacement for a Big Green Egg grate. As for ourselves, we plan to leave ours in place and use it from now on.
If you are interested, you can contact High-Que at the High-Que website located at www.high-que.com. You can contact Customer Service toll free at 1-855-HIGH-QUE (1-855-444-4783). Email inquiries go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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