EGG actly What Happened Here???. White Rock, South Carolina - $900+K damages. Private residence damaged by a fire. Photograph taken on September 28, 1996, following a fire which was alleged to have started as a result of using a “ Big Green Egg ”. Camera facing north. visible fire damage.
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EGGactly What Happened Here???
White Rock, South Carolina - $900+K damages
Private residence damaged by a fire. Photograph taken on September 28, 1996, following a fire which was alleged to have started as a result of using a “Big Green Egg”. Camera facing north.
visible fire damage
and EGGsplanations, Who Picks Up the Tab??
Side view of residence [camera facing east]. Outdoor cooking area indicated [inset]. Fire Marshal associated this area with origin of fire.
Zoom-In on outdoor cooking area. Based on Plaintiff’s experts [cause/ origin expert and electrician], “origin area of the fire was the porch where the grill was located, and the cause of the fire was the grill becoming hot enough to ignite nearby combustibles, such as the wooden stand in which it was located on the porch.”
Note the soot pattern on the chimney brickwork as well as the area where the soot isn’t [inset].
~ 7:30 pm, evening of September 27, insured started fire in BGE using “instant light devices”, covering them with regular charcoal. About 20 minutes later, he cooked steaks. After cooking finished, grill
gas grill -
closed to allow coals to burn out. Fire discovered at 3:30 am the next morning.
View looking up from immediately in front of gas grill. Note wiring [inset]and soot pattern on chimney brickwork.
two  BGEs
Ah, yes - why you don’t sit on walls, have great falls and that sort of thing….
Table supporting BGEs and deck supporting table consumed by fire. No residues from either table or deck recovered.
Evidence collected by plaintiff’s cause/origin expert.
Plaintiff’s cause/origin expert’s offices [March 7, 1997, Columbia, South Carolina].
Evidence has been partially reconstructed.
Note appearance of side vent door [inset].
Closer view of BGE base where specimen #1 was retrieved.
What does this [and other] reassembly show? Is any evidence being destroyed?
Closer view of 2nd BGE base where a specimen was retrieved for testing and analysis.
After I’ve got this stuff, what do you think I should do with it? [careful now….]
 origin of fracture?
So Many Pieces, So Little Time….
The original design of the Big Green Egg® traces its roots back over 3000 years, to ancient China. The Japanese adopted it, and called it "kamado," which means oven, stove, heater, or fireplace. In the years following World War II, thousands of Americans in the military "discovered" the strange cooker and brought it home to the United States. It delighted everyone who used it and tasted the food. Up until then, the only grills available for outdoor cooking were the metal charcoal and gas grills. The additional juiciness and flavor that this "new" cooker gave to foods amazed everyone that sampled its cooking.
When our Big Green Egg® store opened in Atlanta in 1974 we sold both the Japanese and Chinese kamados, and they rewarded their owners with great food. These kamados, made of fire-clay, were basically of the same design and material used for thousands of years. These original cookers became brittle after a few years of use, but until the development of the new Big Green Egg®, they were the very best cookers around.
Common “Fireclays” are Aluminum Silicates containing 45.87 w/o Al2O3, balance SiO2. This composition is equivalent to a 2SiO2-Al2O3 mol ratio, called metakaolinite
Other Alumina Silicates: Kaolinite [China Clay] [Al2O3-2SiO2-2H2O]
Components and Assembly
In addition to the right ceramic, we made many other important improvements to the design. We use heavy gauge metal, better hinge design, no-slip bands, a better draft door, and a heavy porcelain coated grill. A permanent non-toxic porcelain glaze, also a proprietary technology, is bonded to the ceramic. It will not fade or discolor, and is easily cleaned. In all, there have been thirty-four significant changes to our new Big Green Egg®.
Formal testing begins on March 13, 1997, using BGE wood chips and using electric fire ignition unit. Note location of BGE with respect to edge of hole in table top. Also note ceramic tile base that BGE sits on.
Shown is a “restored” BGE accepted as a “trade-in” on a newer model. This “exemplar” was described as being manufactured using the original Japanese fireclay ceramic material.
The unit is shown partially unwrapped from its packing materials.
One Should Never EGGscuse Recycling - As Long As Re-Cycling Doesn’t Affect Recycling … Right?
Closer view of BGE top showing high-temperature patching cement used in effecting rehab.
Refab BGE during initial heat-up. Doesn’t Affect Recycling … Right?
Refab BGE after complete cycle.
Note crack growth.
Boy, I’ll Bet It’s Hot Enough to Fry an EGG on, or Fry on an EGG….
Heating/Cooling Rate Experiment - Shown is Specimen 1, with thermocouples attached.
Thermal Cycling Experiment Set-Up. Heat Gun, Measurement Circuitry Shown.
Just How Hot Does Hot Have to Be Before It’s Hot Enough??
So…Who Has EGG on their Face Now?? thermocouples attached.
Sample 3 [New BGE Shard - Mexican Descent?? thermocouples attached.
Today’s Menu Features EGGS Benedict ... or EGGS Sonora … or EGGS Kyoto … Whatever