The Dual-Function Metal Top (DFMT) that sits on the top of my large Big Green Egg and helps to control the temperature had gotten pretty grungy. Enough crud had built up over the years that it was hard to turn the daisy wheel to make small adjustments, so I decided to clean it by running the Egg up to nuclear temps and putting the top in for an hour or so.
When I recovered the DFMT the next morning, I was reminded of the line from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, “Think ya used enough dynamite there, Butch?” Not only was all the crud gone, but so was whatever finish the metal had had. I was left mostly with rusty cast iron.
I debated treating the top like a cast iron pan and just seasoning it with oil, but I like the look of the black top on the Egg and decided to paint it instead.
Two coats of Rust-Oleum high temperature black satin paint and the top is as good as new.