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Old 09-17-2016   #1
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Fire Pan griddle

Had anyone else had their fire pan grill warp? Ours warped after the first use, but I am curious if this was an alcohol fueled error, or if it is something that just happens?

Any solutions? Thoughts? Questions? Concerns?

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Old 09-17-2016   #2
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A welder friend made me a fire pan based on Pro pan. The bottom and the grill both warped a bit pretty much the first time I used it and is hasn't changed much in the 12 years since. Still holds a fire just fine and everything fits together.
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Old 09-17-2016   #3
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I have a Cambridge and the grate, or griddle, warped after the first use. There was some pretty heavy rain that I'm sure contributed. I've still been using it with no issues, but I was/am wary of it warping so quickly and easily.
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Old 09-17-2016   #4
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Mine also warped the first time I used it.
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Old 09-17-2016   #5
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Sooner or later over time, no matter what the price paid, all fire pans will warp to some degree. Having said the above most will still work just fine.

For some unknown reason tho, when the adult after dinner beverages start flowing and we pile scrap hard wood way up on my hi dollar fire pan supposedly to warm up and the pan turns blood red translucent from the heat, then later on I wake up I find some warping but I know the cause. It is a small price we pay for a good time with friends around a bonfire I think.

I am surprised fire pans last as long as they do.
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Old 09-17-2016   #6
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Wood stoves in homes that are made for serious steel have solved this problem.

They are lined with fire brick.

32 bucks will get you half a dozen and if you order something else free shipping too.
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Old 09-18-2016   #7
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You got it too hot!
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Old 09-19-2016   #8
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Before building your fire, consider putting a 1" layer of sand in the bottom. It will help keep it slightly cooler and will prolong the life of the pan
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Old 09-19-2016   #9
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I feel I should clarify, as far as I can tell, the pan itself is fine. It is only the griddle that got warped. And I was only asking because it happened on the very first use.

That said, I may try to convince a welder friend one day to build a grill surface as the chainlink/mesh/ waffle style (does it have a name, I am sure) doesn't really do it for me. I prefer the traditional style with just bars.
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Old 09-19-2016   #10
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Fire Pan griddle

I think the waffle/mesh material you speak of is called expanded metal. So You warped the grill from heat, what happened to the food on the grill?

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