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Wood type for table

What type of wood are you using here in the north (MI).I'm not fond of treated. I don't have a covered patio, only a few trees. I could cover it most times.

Not a option in cool down after a late cook. So overnight rains or now snow will get at it. Wood top looks nice but leaning toward a concrete top. Wanting some longevity and may epoxy with West Systems (2 miles away).

Thanks ahead for the feed back,Bill

Smitty's Kid's BBQ

Bay City,MI


  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,812
    Check out ipe....Brazilian. 3 times the density of oak and the fire rating of concrete. I'd go with the hard top. I like being able to set the PS or pizza stone on top.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • I am in Minnesota and went with Cedar.  I tiled the top which looks great. Upon review I should have gone with a concrete top.  The combination of wood and tile is susceptable to expansion.  A bit of my grout is cracking around the edges.  I will likely be pouring a concrete top at some time in the future.

    I am happy with the cedar however, it matches my deck and was much more affordable than soem of the hardwoods listed above.

  • tgklemantgkleman Posts: 208
    Ipe is great for decks, but doesn't glue very well, even with epoxy.  You will need to rely on mechanical fasteners if you chose to go this way.
  • tgklemantgkleman Posts: 208
    My cypress table is holding up nicely.  One thing about wooden tops that I didn't realize is that they get incredibly dirty.  Charcoal dust, grease drips, etc.  I probably would have gone with a granite top if I had known what my wooden top would look like after a year of regular eggin'.
  • BRush00BRush00 Posts: 364
    I'm up here in Canada (Calgary) and have the same problem - can't cover it after a cook before bed-time...

    I foolishly bought the BGE table with my large from my dealer... After my wife and I buy a new house - should be next summer - I'll be replacing the table.  

    Only one option in my mind will really stand up to the snow, look just as nice as day 1 after it's beaten on by the elements, and complements the egg properly..... Stone.  Going to put together a table using stone on my next deck/patio for sure.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 16,099
    I have a cypress table and the top is sealed with epoxy and spar paint.  After I wipe it down it still looks brand new.  It took some work, but it was worth it.
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,812
    My ipe ran about $5/ft. I through bolted everything and recessed them.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • Neighbors table was red cedar plank, sealed with epoxy and spar, like Nola's. Wiped off nicely, but ash did have enough grit it started to wear the finish. I have tile now in a fixed counter, no table and it has a roof. I would advise anyone if you want a care free surface use stone. Concrete, tile, granite loose laid pavers over a wooden frame. Easy to clean and fireproof when you drop a hot setter on it. 

    @Henapple - very nice. I'm a sucker for rough flags, sometimes harder to clean, but looks so much better than a smooth stone. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,812
    @Skiddymarker. Thanks. I was in a hurry for a table when I first bought the egg. Might try to sell it and build another...maybe when the small BGE finally comes home.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • Ipe is a great choice. I LOVE my concrete top. Zero maintenance. I framed the table with PT. White oak is also an excellent choice.
    Mark Annville, PA
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