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Functional, Durable, Clean! Finally done with my eggs new home :)

Hey gang,

I've been a member / lurker for a while but not a frequent poster.  I've been cooking on BGE's for about 10 years now.  I have a large, a small and a mini.  
I want to share with you my completed outdoor kitchen and some of the various steps of construction.  
The design was to be durable, functional and clean looking.  I went through many, many variations of the layout and decided on my 2stone Pizza Grill, a small BGE and a Large BGE.  There is a 15" wide drawer that pulls out for a garbage can and storage and then two more for coal storage, tools, utensils, etc and a 'fridge.
I just finished it last week and have cooked on it a number of times and it's a joy to work on.  I couldn't be happier.  One thing I noticed on my first cook which was a paella was how nice it is to have the eggs perfectly leveled for certain things.  When the paella pan was filled up with liquid, it stayed perfectly dispersed and more importantly evaporated evenly, ensuring a nice, thick, even soccorat.
This was the first drawing I made this winter, not what I made but a starting point:

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a later, computer rendering of a different layout
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we sunk a number of tubes past the frost line to make a foundation:
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the foundation was plumbed with water, electric and gas, all in boring sleeves.  You can see some of the 8x8 limestone in the corner of this pic.  The sides and back are limestone.
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ok, jump forward quite a bit.  Here the limestone block work is more or less done.  Also all of the wood frame work for the cabinertry was done too, in marine plywood and sealed.  The frame for the concrete countertop is made and they're working away on the counter:
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two rolled aluminum angle rings as molds for the eggs
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this is a 2x2 stainless angle flange for the pizza grill which sticks above the surface 3/8" 
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working it
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the finished, dried surface two weeks later
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more progress, 24" 2 drawer perlick fridge installed
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the finished product!  Pizza oven installed, capstone installed, cedar cabinetry done.  
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We're modifiying the grill top so it goes over the flange, all the way down so water won't get in there
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not a very good pic, I should get more but this kinda shows how the eggs are mounted.  We made two trays out of 3/16" 304 stainless 3" deep. In each tray is a 1" drain in the corner.  The cabinets are lined with concrete board, and then stainless angle was screwed to the sides to hold the tray.  The small egg tray is a bit high than the larges so the drain from the small one goes in to the large ones and then down a tube, in to the ground. 
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In the back of unit, we sunk two dozen, 1" stainless rounds that are 8" long and drilled and tapped at one end.  These are there to mount whatever off in the future, lights, heaters, awning, etc.  I think I'm going to work on the lighting next, right now I just have that machinsts light and want something a little more appropriate.  
Anyhew, I'm pysched it's done and love using it!  


"Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are."
 Brillat-Savarin
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 13,334
    You win the internets tonight. There are not enough superlatives to describe how well done that is. Absolutely beautiful and supremely functional.
  • minniemohminniemoh Posts: 1,985
    I must say, that is spectacular! Now sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
    L x2, M, S, Mini and a Blackstone 36. She says I have enough now....
    eggAddict from MN!
  • TerrebanditTerrebandit Posts: 1,666
    That is awesome!
    Dave - Austin, TX
  • We'll that makes my fancy new cart I built look like fire wood! Haha props to you and your construction ability. I'm 1000% jealous! Great job!
  • CookinbobCookinbob Posts: 1,676
    Holy Cow!  I say you win!  I hope your outdoor season is longer than mine is here in Rochester NY!
    That is amazing!
    XLBGE, Small BGE, Homebrew and Guitars
    Rochester, NY
  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,757
    Fan frikken tastic. ^:)^ =D>

    Not to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution...

    Large & Small BGE

    Stockton Ca.

  • Looks fantastic. What/how were the water and gas lines used for?
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  • Thanks guys!  I'm very pleased with the way it came out.  FYI, I did very little of the actual work but did the design and layout.  
    We plumbed it will all of that stuff "just in case."  The water isn't being used at the moment, but the elctric and the gas are.  I converted my propane 2stone pizza grill to natural gas.  I almost forgot, this is one of the coolest parts, watch the video! :)


    "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are."
     Brillat-Savarin
  • tulocaytulocay Posts: 1,737
    Wow, that is one awesome looking outdoor kitchen. The details are incredible and the video of the pizza oven rising up was very cool. Nice job.
    LBGE, Marietta, GA
  • cazzycazzy Posts: 8,889
    Holy poop, that's awesome! The 2stone coming up is some MTV Cribs type stuff. Table is beautiful! Love the cabinet/concrete color combo! Very classy.

    My only concern is airflow for the eggs. Maybe you could have cabinets that open and slide in. That way you don't have to egg with them open and obstructing.

    None the less, fabulous job!
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • Awesome job!!
  • Cazzy, that was one of my concerns as well.  Considering the volume of the inside of that structure and the 1/2" opening arond both eggs, I hoped it would be sufficient airflow to let them breath.  This turns out to be the case, I've gotten the eggs super hot and I've also let them chugged along nice and mellow and haven't noticed a difference in the cooking when comparing them to how they worked in their nests.  Now that I've proved that they breath just fine, I'm actually thinking they might be more stable in there because heavy winds won't affect the draft as much.  That's just speculation on my part but it's what I'm thinking.  I probably won't notice a difference.  
    "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are."
     Brillat-Savarin
  • Cookinbob said:
    Holy Cow!  I say you win!  I hope your outdoor season is longer than mine is here in Rochester NY!
    That is amazing!
    Thanks Bob,

    I bet my season isn't a whole lot longer than yours as I'm in NW Indiana.  That said, I cook outdoors year round.  I'm also in the process of getting my eggs in a row (har!) to buy some Solaria Alpha series infrared heaters.  I'm going to put three of them above the dining table and then one or two on the backside of the kitchen to help warm things up a little :)
    "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are."
     Brillat-Savarin
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,621
    Let me start off by saying I hate you. :)) jk

    That's one sweet setup. My only concern is what appears to be cedar shingles behind it. Highly flammable. Maybe a few coats of clear fire retardant? The chances are slim, but....
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • hey Hen,

    I actually have some clear fire proofing product, which I bought from Sherwin Williams I believe. You're correct, that is cedar shake.  I opted not to apply that coating yet because it requires maintenance and I'm a good ways off that wall actually.  The other thing is that is the same location I've been grilling in with the BGE and before, with my Weber for over ten years.  I appreciate your concern though and might still slop some of that stuff on there.  
    "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are."
     Brillat-Savarin
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,621
    No problem... Looks damn good. I'm jealous.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • TonyATonyA Posts: 578
    When i only saw the drawing first I thought this was a joke .. That's sharp!! Enjoy it.
  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,907
    That is beautiful.  I would love to have that.  That counter tops looks really nice as well.

    One day.

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    LBGE, Adjustable Rig, Spider, High-Que grate, maverick ET-732, Thermapen,


    Garnerville, NY
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 12,084
    What a set-up.  Congrats!  Waaaay beyond my skill-set.
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood.
  • RACRAC Posts: 1,688
    WOW! That is awesome.

    Ricky

    Boerne, TX

  • SpaightlabsSpaightlabs Posts: 1,381
    Your outside kitchen I waaaay nicer than my inside kitchen. Beautiful egg haven you have there.
  • Very nice and inspirational.  Now I really need to get off my duff and do something like this.  Great job!
    Simi Valley, California
  • AquacopAquacop Posts: 468
    Is it rude to say I Hate You? Simply awesome, congrats
    LBGE 2013 Located in Savannah, Georgia
  • BotchBotch Posts: 5,060
    Sah-Weeet!!   =D>
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  • haha, thanks for the accolades guys, a lot of time, energy and thought was put in to this project and it really paid off.  

    Some of you guys are cracking me up, please don't hate me, I'm one of the good guys :)
    "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are."
     Brillat-Savarin
  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    I was disappointed when the pictures stopped. Off to watch the video... Really nice!
    Dunedin, FL
  • We continue to tweak this unit... more pics to come! 
    A week back, I was quite surprised to open the garbage bin and find five inches of standing water in the bottom.  The good part of this showed that the joinery and sealer was all very good. :)  The bad part was that there was water getting in! Arggggg...  I got a hose and started showering the top of the counter to try to figure out what was going on.  It looked like all the water was going right towards the garbage bin so we put a straight edge on top and sure enough,

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    So, we came up with a pretty good fix that was a little bit of a pain to do.  We removed all of the handles, got a die grinder and ground a groove on the underside of the concrete countertop overhand.  We went about 3/8" wide and 1/4" deep.  This created a drip edge and prevents the water from creeping back in to the cabinet.  Last night we got a really heavy rain, our first one since we did that and eureka, it's bone dry.
    "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are."
     Brillat-Savarin
  • LoggerLogger Posts: 264
    Glad to hear the "fix" worked.
    Great looking job and a nice video too!
    OKC area  XL - Medium
  • Wow. I'm speachless. Nicest egg holder I've ever seen
  • Jaw droppingly beautiful. Nicely done ;)

    StlScott
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