How to Repair a Broken Plate Setter for your Big Green Egg

I recently made the careless mistake of leaning my Big Green Egg plate setter against my BGE stand while I was adding charcoal. I got sidetracked and left the area, returning through my fence gate. When I opened the gate, I knocked the plate setter over and it cracked cleanly in two. I saw it fall in slow motion. Anybody who’s broken something expensive knows that feeling. A replacement plate setter would cost me 65 bucks at the local Ace Hardware store and, since BGE stuff never really goes on sale, I was distraught.

It was a sad day. I know it looks gross. If yours isn't black from smoke, you're not using it enough.

It was a sad day. I know it looks gross. If yours isn’t black from smoke, you’re not using it enough.

I decided to try and fix the broken plate setter because, well, that’s what I do. If I can fix it cheaper, there’s no reason to buy something new. That’s part of what old house crazy means to me. I ended up being able to fix the broken plate setter for a total of about 20 bucks in parts. Here’s how:

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I started by purchasing the following stainless steel hardware: 2-8″ repair plates, 2-1.5″ machine screws with large washers, locking washers, and wing nuts. Stainless is expensive, but I didn’t want any metal coatings leaching into my food. I also purchased a masonry bit that matched the diameter of the screws. In total, I spent 21.08 at the hardware store.

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Once you’ve gotten your hardware, clamp the pieces of the plate setter together firmly. I used a band clamp, as shown in the photos.

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Once the plate setter is firmly clamped, place the repair plates across the crack and use them as a guide for drilling holes with the masonry bit. The ceramic that BGE uses to make their stuff drills very cleanly with a proper masonry bit. I wouldn’t recommend doing this with a standard wood or metal bit.

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After your holes are drilled, insert the screws through the holes and attach a large washer, then a lock washer, then the wing nut. Tighten the wing nuts firmly.

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After you’ve tightened the nuts, your plate setter is repaired. It should be fully functional again. I’ve used mine several times since I did the repair and it is working greatly. It still holds a full pan of water under my BBQ, so I haven’t lost any strength. I hope this post helps you save some money and continue to cook. If you’ve got any questions, send me an email at oldhousecrazy@gmail.com. Thanks for reading. -Robby

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6 Responses to How to Repair a Broken Plate Setter for your Big Green Egg

  1. griffinsgrub says:

    I hope I never have to make that repair, but if I do, I’ll be following your directions. Thanks for the tip.

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  4. Jonathan says:

    I split my playesetter in two right before I needed to put two turkeys on the grill for Christmas dinner. Luckily borrowed one from a friend. I was skeptical but decided to follow your advice. Tried this repair a few weeks later and it worked wonderfully. Probably cost $10 in parts from Ace Hardware.

  5. Casey says:

    Mine broke as well. I just purchased a charcoal grate made for a weber kettle grill for around $15. It fits right on top of the fire ring. I just put the two pieces of the plate setter on top of the grate and use it as I normally would. Worked great.

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