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Drip pan?

So I finally broke down and purchased a AR customer combo. I've done one cook so far and love its diversity. The options for cooking seem endless. Tomorow I plan in cooking a pork shoulder and was wondering where I should put my drip pan on empty shelf under the pork with my stone down below on spider? And should drip pan have liquid in it? Also when going indirect on AR do I always want stone on spider or does it matter? Thanks in advance!
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,351
    No, put the indirect piece on the struts and put some spacers underneath the drip pan.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • DeviledeggerDeviledegger Posts: 235
    By struts I assume you mean the crossbars (just so I'm clear). And just one shelf lower than I cook on or 2. It probably doesn't matter. Also thanks for your help.
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,351
    edited May 2013
    Yeah, I couldn't think of crossbar. I'm kind of in the bag and that Irish guy is sorta pissin me off. Pretty sure I'm outa here

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,851
    Yeah, I couldn't think of crossbar. I'm kind of in the bag and that Irish guy is sorta pissin me off. Pretty sure I'm outa here
    Damn you! It's OUTTA HERE! Get it right Frenchy!
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,351
    Haha! I am so far away from a Frenchy. Don't even want to start that conversation. I'm outa here!

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • cookinfuncookinfun Posts: 129
    Yeah, the drip pan should be elevated above the ceramic stone, for me its about 1", so the drippings dont burn and change the taste of your cook.
    (2) LBGEs,  WSM, Vidalia Grill (gasser), Tailgater Grill (gasser)
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  • CoolBeesCoolBees Posts: 32
    What is the AR customer combo?  Any pictures you can share?  And where can you purchase one?
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  • lecramslecrams Posts: 106
    Here you are.

    www.ceramicgrillstore.com
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  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,652
    The CGS narratives page is loaded with pics for your set up questions. It has different pages for different types of cooking that you access using the red tabs at the top of the page. Here's the BBQ narrative: http://www.ceramicgrillstore.com/large-adjustable-rig/bbqing.html
    XL, Large, Small, Mini Eggs
    Bay Area, CA
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  • DredgerDredger Posts: 255
    Here is the link to Tom's YouTube videos. We went with the setup for the chicken video. Love the sliding D rig.
    Large BGE
    Greenville, SC
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  • mokadirmokadir Posts: 114
    I bought an extra pair of the crossbars just for that purpose.  I also often place the ceramic on the spider to give me extra spacing.
    Delaware Valley, PA Large BGE, CGS adjustable rig, iQue110, High-Que grate
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  • DeviledeggerDeviledegger Posts: 235
    If the indirect stone is on the spider is it considered as indirect as if it was on the crossbars or does it not matter either I's fine?
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  • cookinfuncookinfun Posts: 129
    If you are using the AR with the sliding oval grates, they make a oval ceramic to match.  I have one, altho I use the spider with its ceramic, and then spacers and drip pan.  Someone suggested that when I cover the pan w/ foil, just shape it to match the oval grates....tries and works great.
    (2) LBGEs,  WSM, Vidalia Grill (gasser), Tailgater Grill (gasser)
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  • cookinfuncookinfun Posts: 129
    Sorry,Devil, the placement of the stone don't matter, IMO.
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    (2) LBGEs,  WSM, Vidalia Grill (gasser), Tailgater Grill (gasser)
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  • DeckhandDeckhand Posts: 318
    I use the spider/stone combo with the AR ...except when I'm smoking ribs... Then I use the oval stone on the lowest level of the AR.  A long slab will extend beyond the area shielded by the stone and the ends may overcook.  I got 2 extra sets of crossbars for multiple level cooking and for drip pans, oval stone, etc.
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  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 2,038
    I have the AR combo and put the stone on the slider and my drip pan in the AR at lowest point and meat on the "top shelf". Also, I started adding water to my drip pan to prevent burning and that seems to work well. Enjoy your setup
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/  and http://playingwithfireandsmoke.blogspot.com/2006/02/recipes.html
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
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  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    My drippings fall into a sheet of thin foil and boil off.  I don't think it caused a bad taste.
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  • DeviledeggerDeviledegger Posts: 235
    Thanks for the insight on the drip pan. I always used my platesetter until I got the AR. Because the AR gives you so many options I thought I would see what everybody prefers.
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  • sox203sox203 Posts: 22
    I take it most of you like the spider\stone combo for indirect cooking better then the plate setter?  I suppose I should have read this thread before I bought the PS...
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,351
    If you end up getting the rig, you can cut the legs off the platesetter and it works great as the indirect piece

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • DeviledeggerDeviledegger Posts: 235
    @sox203 I had the platesetter for a while and it was a great option for me at the time. I defiantly recommend the AR with the spider and a stone. It is very versatile. That is coming from someone who has only a few cooks on it.
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