Placing the Large Pizza-Porta in various Grills
Grill Setup - Older BGE
Pour a full load of charcoal in - go ahead and cover that fire ring! A full load of good charcoal will cook for 3.5 - 4 hrs at 600F. The setup inside the egg starts with the platesetter legs down, some pipe fitting, flower pots, balled aluminum foil or other non-conducting spacer. Then, an aluminum pizza pan makes a great additional deflector below the pizza stone. The idea is to keep the stone from overheating relative to the dome temperature. The insertion of the Pizza-Porta is a bit unique in the older BGE hinge. Hold the Pizza-Porta against the top and make sure the acorn nuts are inside of the dome. Then, lower the dome and the Pizza-Porta together. Remember to lift the Pizza-Porta with the dome to remove the unit after cooking.
One more point - The steel bands can shift though heating and cooling cycles. Make sure that they are parallel at about 10mm apart all the way around the BGE. Check the tightness of the bolts from time to time as described in BGE literature.
Grill Setup - Kamado Joe Classic
Pour a full load of charcoal in - go ahead and cover that fire ring! A full load of good charcoal will cook for 3 - 3.5 hrs at 600F. The setup inside the KJ starts with twisting the divide and conquer system about 30 degrees so the deflector hanger is not straight front and back. Then, place the deflector hanger on the top setting as shown. Add the two half moon deflectors, then the cooking grate. I then use an aluminum pizza pan or a round sheet of aluminum foil below the pizza stone. The Pizza Porta is set in place and the lid lowered down on top.
New BGE side spring hinge - Lift the lid halfway and slide the Pizza-Porta into place.