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I see people doing indirect cooks and talk about using the platesetter either feet up or feet down.  What's the difference, and is it important?  Sorry if I'm missing something obvious....



  • AltonAlton Posts: 431
    Some say that the feet down forces heat directly at the felt line. Could result in gasket blow out
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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,150

    Most would probably recommend feet up because:

    1) What Alton said.

    2) Having some space between your heat blocker and your cooking grid allows one to place a drip pan (with or without some liquid in it) above the platesetter but below the cooking grid.

    3) The hot spots on the edge of the grid (where the heat is not directly blocked by the platesetter) probably aren't as hot - or at least the heat is not as direct in those areas.

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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,476
    Indirect cooks or roasting/baking is best done legs up. Drop your setter in legs up, look down at the lump from the grid level, only the outermost inch of the grid will be exposed to the direct infrared energy of the lump. If you have legs down, the only area shielded from the burning lump is the profile of the setter. That means anything hanging over the setter edge, will get very hot. 

    For me, legs up for most indirect cooks. 
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  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    I've never used mine legs down, although I'm sure there is some cook that could require it
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  • 500500 Posts: 1,513
    I do legs up for low and slow, turbo and nitro cooks. I go legs down for pizza. Some say legs up for pizza too, but I learned it that way, and it works for me.
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  • ddeggerddegger Posts: 244
    Awesome - will go with feet up and try it out....thanks.
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 4,187
    I go legs up for any indirect cook, even pizza


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  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 2,424
    @500 same way I used to do everything, then I got the Adjustable rig, and I'm assuming that cooking pizza that way is the reason my gasket is fried on the large.
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