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Just bought a green egg. Accessory advice??

I bought a large green egg that I will keep on a wood deck.  I bought a plate setter and that is it so far.  I will not be baking any pies on the Egg, primarily be used for smoking pork/chicken and grilling steaks.  Opinions on other accessories I should get and best place to get them (or just buy them at Green Egg dealer)?

Also, since it will be on a wood deck and I will do overnight cooks, I will probably get something to put under the Egg to catch any ash that gets out. Recommendations? 

Also, for a cover, should I just get the Green Egg cover or is there something cheaper that will do the job?

Thanks in advance

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  •   get a Thermo pen instant read thermometer, a remote read such as a Maverick ET732 is nice to have but not necessary .
    Ova B.
    Fulton MO
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  • A Thermopen is a must.


    I'd also recommend an Adjustable Rig from Ceramic Grill Store
    and a Spider and Wok.

    Oh, lump charcoal would be nice also.
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

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  • jbates67jbates67 Posts: 160
    You'll eventually want a table for your egg, I suspect. Definitely keep looking through this forum at what other people are doing. I would suggest some form of temperature measuring. I have the Maverick


    If you're doing low/slow cooks, this thing is great. Do some cooks and read the forum and see what others are doing, you'll come across items and realize those would make your cooks easier and more efficient. Welcome aboard, you'll soon fall in love with your BGE.


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  • Yes, I do have a Thermopen instant read and the Maverick is on my Christmas list :)
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,990
    Skip the cover. Not needed, spend that money on other Eggcessories.

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

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  • jbates67jbates67 Posts: 160
    Second what Griffin said, you'll find his posts outstanding by the way. Haven't had a cover on my egg or table.

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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,150
    edited December 2012
    Welcome. Get ready for information overload. 
    You are off to a good start, usually the dealers will give you a setter at half price, it is a great thing to have in your "quiver" of set-ups. The AR is good, works very well, at $150 for the large, you will have to determine if that is in your egg budget. I'd suggest like many above, get a Thermapen ($90) and a Maverick 732 ($60). 
    The Mav is ideal for low and slows, the Thermapen for accurate temps, low and slow or grilling. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • OK, you have a plate setter and a thermopen, those are gotta haves.    You are going to need find a way to raise your grid and there are a lot of options.  I went out and bought some things I thought I was going to need and realized I really didn't need them like beer can chicken stands...don't need them once you've tried spatchcock.  I also bought a salt block that I won't use any more. Best advice is go slow and you will figure out what you need and want.

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  • I use my ash tool and grate gripper all the time. Welding gloves come in handy
    LBGE
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
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  • I use my ash tool and grate gripper all the time. Welding gloves come in handy

    +1 three things that you don't always think about, but must haves.
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  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,805
    Here is what I got so far for my large

    Egg Mates (Side tables)
    Adjustable rig with ceramic stone
    Maverick 732 (A must have)
    MAPP torch for easy lighting
    Pizza stone
    Ash tool and pan (Helps cleaning it up)
    Plate setter (Never use)

    Things coming this winter
    Thermapen
    Spider
    Wok


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


    Garnerville, NY
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  • If you plan on doing a lot of long cooks I'd say look at getting a BBQ Guru digiq dx2
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  • Thanks for all the suggestions!
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,596
    Agree with Burr...take it slow and work around what you don't need so you can get what you want.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • LowflyerLowflyer Posts: 766
    Cast iron grate for those steaks.
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  • jscarfojscarfo Posts: 399
    The only cover ya need is a umbrella in case it's raining so you don't get water in your beer
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  • I have had my egg about 6 months now.  I bought a place setter and an ash tool when I got my egg.  I worried about what eggccessories I would need but quickly realized that there is so much to cook with just the stock setup and the place setter that I put getting any other eggccessories on hold.  I did break down and get a pizza stone.  I used it one time with great results but we just don't eat that much pizza.

    You might want to get a couple of fire bricks to use raise the grate for raised direct cooks.

    Just start cooking and at some point you will know what you want.
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  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 2,522
    You have a thermapen and a maverick coming shortly.

    This is all you need to get started.  I would get some cooks under your belt and see what your personal needs are.
    XL and a Mini Max Egg in Cincinnati, Ohio
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  • demodemo Posts: 145
    Cast Iron Dutch Oven.  Get a cheap cover at Home Depot.
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  • I would pick up some split firebricks and a big box store round grid that will fit inside the dome. That will allow you to do most cooks with what you already have and will cost almost nothing.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • KoskoKosko Posts: 535
    Get your divorce papers with your wife ready! You will soon realize that love at first site is true ( with an egg) !
    Peachtree City, Ga Large BGE
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  • MJQ8MJQ8 Posts: 43
    20 # bags of patience.
    Any cook you can walk away from is a good one.
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  • I am retired and I have lots of time to make my own custom eggsessories.  It's fun and maybe I will hit on something to make and sell.

    Simple ingredients, amazing results!
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  • Sam.....what are you making?
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  • @SamFerrise and @rustypotts there are lots of things to make, and as Sam says, if you have the time it is fun. My dealer wanted $15 for an ash tool, not that it is not a thing of beauty, but I just don't like paying far more than what I think it is worth. Came home took some 3/4" corner bead, bent it in the vise, taped on a handle and voila, great ash tool. Same thing for a wiggle rod, one bent coat hanger, same handle and away we go. 
    Channel lock pliers (often called water pump pliers) are the best grid lifter for the SS grids, not so good for CI grid. Have a basic tool for lifting out my setter when it is hot, needs work to improve. No intention to sell anything, just to share the idea. 

    @bezdecr - if you plan to low and slow overnight, get a stoker. The Mav will work, sometimes too well. The alarms will wake you too often during the night on one cook, while on another cook, it lets you sleep. Too much luck on the set-up. A stoker turns the egg into an oven, just sits and does its job and you will sleep like a baby. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • My favorite accessory is also the most expensive: meat. But I can't imagine owning my Egg without. Best accessory I have bought but problem is it keeps disappearing so gotta keep buying more.
    Boom
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