I realize this may not be the best place to post this but I'd like to hear some feedback. I have a 40 year old Kamado and its in great shape but the fire box finally shattered into a dozen pieces and isnt repairable.
I cant find a replacement that will fit, I've heard of others using ceramic pots but those can only withstand low temps. I think I've come up with a solution. My local restaurant supply has huge stainless steel bowls that will fit perfectly. I figured I'd drill some holes in the bottom for air flow and ash removal. That part is easy, but these grills rely on the ceramic parts to help hold heat to stabilize temperatures. I thought about nesting two SS bowls and filling the void with plaster of Paris. It has a max working temp of 1200F, I've gotten this grill to 875F for steaks and pizza (which probably is what destroyed the fire box) so it should work. I know plaster of Paris is non-combustible, but I'm not sure if it'll off gas anything when cooking. My first thought is no, I believe it consists of heat treated gypsum and water. Anyone have any thought?