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Old 12-19-2012, 11:15 PM   #16
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Do you have a pic of your set-up? It sounds more expensive than the platesetter if it has 2 pizza stones, but I may have misunderstood. I hear what you are saying though - there is enough room to stack a couple of things on the grate to use as heat sinks/shields.
I will post one.I have 2lbge so the stones and stuff are interchangeable,if you do not want to cook pizza,a single stone ,firebrick and And Xtra off brand grid from Wally World will do the same as a plate setter.The firebricks were free.You only use the second stone for pizza cookin or stuff you cook like pizza.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:29 PM   #17
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:33 PM   #18
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Dude, check my website. I make handles for the new BGE bracket. Available in Walnut and African Mahogany. Glad you finally got the Egg. You will love it as I do.

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So after much deliberation, pondering, question-asking ( http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=149679 & http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=141423 ), I finally pulled the trigger.

Welcome home, new large Big Green Egg!




Bering's in Houston had the large BGE on sale for $699 (usually $869) + tax. Picked up a cast iron grate, ash tool, large plate setter, and large pizza stone for $276 + tax. I had a coupon for $50 off if I spent $250, so the total out the door was $979.61. I saved ~$220!

My wife makes ceramic pottery, so I will ask her to make me 2 sets of feet - 1 set for below the egg and 1 set for going under the pizza stone when making pizzas. I am a little bummed that the new handle is much longer, since I had my heart set on one of Marty Leach's handles, but i will asjk him anyways if he makes handles for the new BGE.

Sadly, I will not be able to set it up until after Xmas, since I plan on building a custom table for it. I will have to contain myself.



Now for more questions:

1. Is there a cheaper cast iron grate available? The BGE one looks pretty good and I did get it discounted, so maybe I should just use it. I plan to mod the stock grate with threaded rod "legs" to use it as an extended rack.

2. I may have got the wrong ash tool. it looks kinda small. I use the XL ash tool for my tandoor, so I will probably exchange the smaller one and get the XL version for the larger "sweep".

3. The new BGE seems to have the grate set kind of low. The floor models had about a 2-3" space between the grate and the rim/lip ofthe egg. Is this too close to the fire? It is much closer than the distance between the charcoal basket and grate in my drums.

4. Is the stock gasket the same as the high heat nomex ones available from other vendors? The salesman said it was nomex.

5. Any tips for assembly? Especially regarding the bands and hinge?

That's all for now. I have to get cracking on re-reading all the BGE threads on here to pick up whatever tips I can! I love Christmas!!
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:37 PM   #19
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Congrats on the Egg! I was going to let you know that Marty makes handles for the 2012 larger brackets but he beat me to it!

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Old 12-19-2012, 11:45 PM   #20
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Now for more questions:

1. Is there a cheaper cast iron grate available? The BGE one looks pretty good and I did get it discounted, so maybe I should just use it. I plan to mod the stock grate with threaded rod "legs" to use it as an extended rack.

You will be fine with the BGE grate...

2. I may have got the wrong ash tool. it looks kinda small. I use the XL ash tool for my tandoor, so I will probably exchange the smaller one and get the XL version for the larger "sweep".

Ash tool is a waste to me, make a wiggle rod.

3. The new BGE seems to have the grate set kind of low. The floor models had about a 2-3" space between the grate and the rim/lip ofthe egg. Is this too close to the fire? It is much closer than the distance between the charcoal basket and grate in my drums.

Was the grate set between the Fire Box and the Fire Ring? How it was in the store should be the same no matter.

4. Is the stock gasket the same as the high heat nomex ones available from other vendors? The salesman said it was nomex.

If it is Gray it is stock, White is NOMEX.

5. Any tips for assembly? Especially regarding the bands and hinge?

Do not drop it lol, do not over tighten the small band nuts they will snap off, the rear hinge should be tightened until the bolt bends slightly. Put it together and see how it fits, readjust and tighten as needed. Do a dollar bill test between the gaskets to check for leaks.

That's all for now. I have to get cracking on re-reading all the BGE threads on here to pick up whatever tips I can! I love Christmas!!
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There is a new gray gasket that is hi- temp. it's a little lighter than the lo temp original. The lighter gray hi-temp is standard on new eggs. Just depends on if he got new production or the dealer had some old stock.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:58 PM   #22
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There is a new gray gasket that is hi- temp. it's a little lighter than the lo temp original. The lighter gray hi-temp is standard on new eggs. Just depends on if he got new production or the dealer had some old stock.
NOMEX is still White...
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My wife makes ceramic pottery, so I will ask her to make me 2 sets of feet - 1 set for below the egg and 1 set for going under the pizza stone when making pizzas.
The egg should have come with a set of feet. My dealer gave me an extra set with purchase. He said they always have extra since most people use the nests.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:36 AM   #24
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when you get the daisy wheel set, if you orient it this way, it won't move everytime you open you egg.....








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NOMEX is still White...
yep. I have the white nomex and the new gray hi temp. I think you are correct in that the new hi-temp is not nomex but some other material. Seems to perform the same. No issues on hi temp pizza cooks etc.
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The egg should have come with a set of feet. My dealer gave me an extra set with purchase. He said they always have extra since most people use the nests.
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They don't come with feet anymore. They stopped about a year ago. You can ask if they have extra though. A lot of shops do but the newer shops generally don't
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yep. I have the white nomex and the new gray hi temp. I think you are correct in that the new hi-temp is not nomex but some other material. Seems to perform the same. No issues on hi temp pizza cooks etc.
Thanks, I did not know BGE had changed the Gasket material, glad to hear they did.

It may be good advice to still do a few low temp cooks to help set the Gasket before any high heat cooks...
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3)- Normal grid level. You will want to look into ways to raise and lower your grid and use multiple cooking levels. 2 best places are: www.ceramicgrillstore.com (adjustable rig- my set up.) and www.ceramicgrillworks.com (2 tier swing rack). both great guys and great products to get the most out of your egg.

What he said. CGS will help you spend your savings wisely Unless you plan to cook a lot of burgers or steaks at once, you can get the cast iron grate for the small BGE, put it on the "spider" from CGS and cook very close to the coals so that you do not have to build a monster fire for searing. The 13" pizza stone on the spider makes an excellent heat deflector... Consider the "Customer Combo" from CGS... has the basic Adjustable Rig, spider and more.

You'll quickly learn that (if you're cooking indirect... with the platesetter or spider & stone) that the hottest part of the Egg is the highest... Of course, things are reversed if you're cooking directly over the coals.

You'll also learn that, if you overshoot your target temperature, the Egg takes a LONG time to cool back down. Start closing the lower vent when you get within 50° of your target temp. Use the lower vent for major temp. adjustments. Fine tune with the "daisy wheel" I often leave the daisy wheel (Dual Function Metal Top... in Egg vocabulary) off completely unless I am cooking less than 275°
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Thanks, I did not know BGE had changed the Gasket material, glad to hear they did.

It may be good advice to still do a few low temp cooks to help set the Gasket before any high heat cooks...
They just did it a few months ago. You can tell the new material because it's a shade lighter than the old. If they weren't right next to each other, you couldn't tell. Really glad they did that too. That was a real issue. It performs very well. I've only had it on for a few cooks and my nomex has been on for a year or so. but it appears to perform about the same
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