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Let me see your tools

AustinL911AustinL911 Posts: 13
edited July 2012 in EggHead Forum
Hey guys,

New here.  Awesome forum so far.  I've got a Large BGE on order which should be here in a couple of days.  I've got my plans drawn out for a pretty nice cedar table which I plan on starting to build within the week.  I'm trying to figure out what kind of tools I want to buy.  I tried searching but couldn't find anything related to the subject.  What kind of tools to you guys use for your egg?  Pics are always fun, so post some up. 

Besides food and charcoal, what do you guys consider as necessities for your BGE?  I bought a platesetter, but took it back because I think I'm going with an AR instead.  Thoughts?
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 9,002
    Are you talking about cooking tools or tools to build your table?
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    Large and Medium BGE, two turntables and a microphone
    New Orleans

  • Well, My wife was right. She said "skulk around the internet long enough and some dude you don't know is going to ask to see pictures of your tools"

    Dang it if she wasn't right



  • BTW- I know you are new....I'm just busting on you a little. We are glad you are here and just having fun



  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 9,002
    First tool you'll need is a bottle opener.

    Plate setter is a must.

    Pizza stone if you want to make bread or pizza.

    You probably already have spatulas, grill brushes, etc.

    Hot pads or gloves.  Probably already have those.  Some people buy grate lifters.  I've just been using tongs.   Get some really long tongs.  Throw away all your BBQ forks.

    Flashlight and an alarm clock OR DigiQ or Stoker system.

    Very important!!!! - good food thermometer.  I have a Thermapen.

    Few bricks and an extra grate for high dome cooking.

    There's so much stuff you can buy, depends on what you want to cook...


    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, two turntables and a microphone
    New Orleans

  • BaysidebobBaysidebob Posts: 488

    The super-tool!  Right-side-up it lifts round grates.  Upside-down it lifts iron grates.  Extended the handles to clean out fire-box holes.  One quick grip and gunked up daisy wheels move like fat through a goose.  Light taps of the head allow micro-adjustments of the lower vent.

    Not available in stores!  Found by the side of the road.

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  • Thermapen and a Maverick 732 if you are planning on doing low and slow BBQ. Great tools when you are getting started and figuring this ceramic cooking thing out. The digiQ is cool too for low and slow. I don't use them but they literally turn your egg into a plug and play oven that can perfectly control temps for days



  • One "tool" that I use a lot are grill grates (from grillgrates.com)  They allow you to cook somewhere between direct charcoal heat and indirect heat using a plate setter.  They have some that are designed to fit on eggs of various sizes.

    I'm cooking chicken breasts tonight; guess what tool I'll be using?  You're right.

    P.S. 1) the grates also come with a spatula and 2) I have no connection with the company, I just like their product.
  • moose28moose28 Posts: 61
    I would also agree that a plate setter is a must. I use it regularly. Welcome aboard.
  • BaysidebobBaysidebob Posts: 488
    Thermapen and a Maverick 732 if you are planning on doing low and slow BBQ. Great tools when you are getting started and figuring this ceramic cooking thing out.
     
    +1 to that. If you don't want to spring the big bucks for a Thermapen yet you can cheat by inserting a (less expensive) digital thermometer into the daisy wheel vent until it comes to your target temp.  Less burning the hairs of your fingers when you check the meat.  However you do it, it's absolutely essential to know the temp of your meat.  You can get away with any digital thermometer for a long time.  The Maverick 732 is the "next level".  Not necessary right away but sooner or later you will have one.

    My actuary says I'm dead.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 9,002

    The super-tool!  Right-side-up it lifts round grates.  Upside-down it lifts iron grates.  Extended the handles to clean out fire-box holes.  One quick grip and gunked up daisy wheels move like fat through a goose.  Light taps of the head allow micro-adjustments of the lower vent.

    Not available in stores!  Found by the side of the road.

    I GOTTA GET ME ONE!!!
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, two turntables and a microphone
    New Orleans

  • WickedIslandWickedIsland Posts: 148

    The super-tool!  Right-side-up it lifts round grates.  Upside-down it lifts iron grates.  Extended the handles to clean out fire-box holes.  One quick grip and gunked up daisy wheels move like fat through a goose.  Light taps of the head allow micro-adjustments of the lower vent.

    Not available in stores!  Found by the side of the road.

    I GOTTA GET ME ONE!!!


    I use an old handle, gripper whatever you call it to lift and adjust hot daisy. I can't live without my fish spatula and tongs: Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App
  • WickedIslandWickedIsland Posts: 148
    Oops.. Meant to explain... The gripper thing is what was once used to move around the burner covers on old wood/coal cooking stoves. It is very handy and many antique shops have them. One of my pics was a dupe. My tongs (nothing special just my life line) Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 12,827
    edited July 2012
    Welcome to forum. Guessing you are in Austin. I use a grid lifter more than any other tool. For what it says, to stir ash, to clean the grid. You are so right on the adj rig over the plate sitter. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini....

  • I'm with Mickey in the AR over platesetter

    still gotta get me one of those grid lifters. I have a short handled one that does not work as well as i would like



  • WickedIslandWickedIsland Posts: 148
    If by PS you mean plate setter then it is a must and if by AR you mean adj rig, myself I don't have a rig (I have the pswoo3) but think you need a PS no matter what your grate set up is. The plate setter is a must for indirect. I am very new to this so a vet will chime in soon I hope. I am sure it might be cheating but I have much more successful cooks with it. For example tonights dinner... I find fish comes out better indirect than raised direct with the woo
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 12,827
    This works well for hot pizza stones and cast iron and hot pots. This and welder gloves. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini....

  • WickedIslandWickedIsland Posts: 148
    Got to get me one of those Mickey. I have a CI grate but haven't used it b/c I can't lift the thing. Your deal is way better that the fancy BGE lifter
  • If by PS you mean plate setter then it is a must and if by AR you mean adj rig, myself I don't have a rig (I have the pswoo3) but think you need a PS no matter what your grate set up is. The plate setter is a must for indirect. I am very new to this so a vet will chime in soon I hope. I am sure it might be cheating but I have much more successful cooks with it. For example tonights dinner... I find fish comes out better indirect than raised direct with the woo
    The AR does not use a platesetter. It uses stones. If you are going to go AR, do not buy a platesetter. Tom will get you all the stuff you need to work with the AR. 

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 12,827
    Well, My wife was right. She said "skulk around the internet long enough and some dude you don't know is going to ask to see pictures of your tools"

    Dang it if she wasn't right



    John I think that is called sexting :-B
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini....

  • Well, My wife was right. She said "skulk around the internet long enough and some dude you don't know is going to ask to see pictures of your tools"

    Dang it if she wasn't right



    John I think that is called sexting :-B
    and here I was telling my kids to be careful!



  • WickedIslandWickedIsland Posts: 148
    If by PS you mean plate setter then it is a must and if by AR you mean adj rig, myself I don't have a rig (I have the pswoo3) but think you need a PS no matter what your grate set up is. The plate setter is a must for indirect. I am very new to this so a vet will chime in soon I hope. I am sure it might be cheating but I have much more successful cooks with it. For example tonights dinner... I find fish comes out better indirect than raised direct with the woo
    The AR does not use a platesetter. It uses stones. If you are going to go AR, do not buy a platesetter. Tom will get you all the stuff you need to work with the AR. 

    Thanks Cen-Tex. Austin, the ceramic grill store also has great info on their site that will help you decide on a woo or rig.
  • moose28moose28 Posts: 61

    Mickey said:

    Well, My wife was right. She said "skulk around the internet long enough and some dude you don't know is going to ask to see pictures of your tools"


    Dang it if she wasn't right




    John I think that is called sexting :-B
    and here I was telling my kids to be careful!



    Haha. Well said.

  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 4,176
    Late to the party-but you need some sort of rig to do indirect cooks-can be Platesetter, AR with stones , another grid with  some sort of delector-you get the idea.  A set-up for raised direct cook is not an immediate necessity but does give you lots of flexibility.  Good instant thermo read for hot& fast cooks and some type remote thermo for low&slows (or a cheap analog oven safe one you can see through the DFMT).  Good set of gloves and you can play around for a while, get used to the BGE and read about the hundreds of $$ you can spend on after-market accessories here.  Welcome to the cult-easy on the Kool-Aid.
    Louisville
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 12,827
    Got to get me one of those Mickey. I have a CI grate but haven't used it b/c I can't lift the thing. Your deal is way better that the fancy BGE lifter

    Wicked, contact Lawn Ranger (Mike) gridlifter@gmail.com Now he is going to tell you it is not made to move CI. I used mine before I stopped using CI for my Large and Small CI. I just like SS much better.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini....

  • Also, might want to hit up Dizzypigbbq.com and buy some rubs. Search dizzy pig and several threads will come up. The last one got a little contentious if I remember right but there was good info on there anyway. Might get a laugh out if it.

    Everyone has a favorite but they are all very hi Q and delicious



  • WickedIslandWickedIsland Posts: 148
    Got to get me one of those Mickey. I have a CI grate but haven't used it b/c I can't lift the thing. Your deal is way better that the fancy BGE lifter

    Wicked, contact Lawn Ranger (Mike) gridlifter@gmail.com Now he is going to tell you it is not made to move CI. I used mine before I stopped using CI for my Large and Small CI. I just like SS much better.

    Thanks, I have a large a do use the SS grid the most and I am not in love w/ the BGE gripper I have.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 12,827
    What Hapster said: get your camera.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini....

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