Introduction: Make Your Own Large Verde Egg

Instead of paying $1000 for a ceramic grill, just use ceramic tile to line the inside of your grill. It holds heat in so the temperature get hotter and you use less fuel. Great for pizzas on the grill! Party on.......

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amberrayh made it! (author)2015-09-18

Great idea! Did you use any glue at all to hold the ceramic tiles in place?

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MontgomeryH made it! (author)MontgomeryH2015-09-18

No. Glue would give off fumes when heated.

But, considering the post below, I may remove them all.

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thestip made it! (author)thestip2015-09-18

Sorry, this is not a good idea.

1) Those are glazed tiles. They are not food-safe as they are not 100% ceramic clay. Glazes, especially on cheap tiles, contain leads, fluorine, and other nasty stuff you don't want out-gassing during cooking. Floor tiles also commonly contain numerous color pigments as does the glaze. Again, these are not food grade and should not be used for cooking, especially at high temps!

2) Even if those were unglazed tiles, they're too thin, not the right material, and they are not refractory. They won't take too many heating and cooling cycles before cracking.

3) Poor support. It may never happen, but if one of those fall or crack onto someone's hand at 500+ degrees, it's not going to be pretty. Accidents happen.

You'd be far better off taking those tiles out and replacing them with fire bricks. (12 for $25, roughly.) They're used to line fireplaces, pizza ovens, and more. They are much thicker than those tiles (even the 1/2 bricks) and are safe to use with food. DO NOT USE GLUE OR EPOXY to secure them, they will give off toxic gasses when heated. Use fire brick mortar.

A dozen fire bricks will cost you about $25.

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