Lover of my large BGE for 8 years now, built my own standardish cedar table which does the job. Building a new home right now, and am about to start an outdooor fireplace at the end of a covered porch. The fireplace will be made out of the same granite type stone blocks as the rest of the stone on the house (height mostly 8 inch with variable widths).
My plan is to extend the fireplace to one side to incorporate my egg. The structure will be made out of the same stones, and the width will be somewhere between 4-5 feet (no room for wider). Depth isn't an issue, probably about 27-30 inches. I've searched around, but haven't really found any pictures that are a similar setup. It's tough to find any eggs set in stone at all. So, if anyone knows of any pictures that would help, I'd be grateful for the link or pic. Also, here's a couple of things going through my head:
-- I think I like the look of the egg set inside a slab of granite, so that it is enclosed rather than completely open in front which i've seen a few times. Will cost me more to do the slab, but it looks unfinished to me otherwise. Thoughts?
-- I could do the top out of the same stones as the rest of it, would look more uniform, and might save a few bucks. Downside is I wouldn't have a smooth top and would have mortar to contend with.
-- The area in front of the egg will be open so the bottom vent gets it's air, but what should I do about the area under the slab or bricks that the egg would sit on? Would be nice to have the storage space, especially for lump, but might look better if it was faced with stone.
-- If egg is on one side (the left in this case), what do I do about the space on the right under the table? There are two areas, one at level the egg sits on, and underneath that to the floor. I definitely need some storage here. If I leave it open, will look a little messy. How do I cover it? I think a wood door looks a little out of place give the rest of the area is all stone, and stainless just doesn't seem right. However, something needs to be done, would love to see your pics and read your opinions.
Thanks for listening all, I welcome and appreciate all feedback.