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How to achieve raised direct?

Newbie here
Can someone tell me how to achieve "raised direct" cooking that I read about here.
I just got my baby, I mean egg so I'm learning a lot. My sweet hubby got me the Large egg, and the plate setter for Christmas, but those are the only pieces I have. I already have my eye on some more pieces but those will probably go on my wish list for now. That being said - an accessory recommendation for raised direct would be great, but if there is way to achieve this without a large purchase right now it would be helpful.
A few of you suggested basics like kabobs or burgers for my first cook and a lot what I see calls for raised direct. I was hoping to not have to wait for an accessory before I use my egg.

Thank you!
-Carrie

Comments

  • I got 2 firebricks and cut them in half - making 4 pieces. You can get the bricks at a fireplace store or a brick yard.
    Born and raised in NOLA. Now live in East TN.
  • lecramslecrams Posts: 109
    Welcome to the club! A spider or a woo are 2 ways to achieve raised direct. You can purchase them from ceramicgrillstore.com. However, you can cook quite a bit without either. In fact, I inherited my egg from my grandfather 8 years ago and just received my first spider yesterday. Happy cooking!

  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,617
    edited December 2012
    The idea of raised direct is to get the cooking grid at the felt line, where the dome and the base meet. 
    Not suggesting you buy one, the concept is like the grid pictured here:
    @Phillicious suggests using chunks of firebricks sitting on the fire ring and then your regular grid on the brick spacers. The grid in the Amazon ad has its own "legs". Some folks use bolts and nuts to make the legs. Some use empty beer cans. Some use the spider or woo or adjustable rigs. 

    I cook souvlaki on the fire ring mounted grid direct all the time. 

    Welcome and good luck.
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,235
    My first raised cooks were done w. the grill on fire bricks on their sides. Down side was there was no way to have a drip pan underneath. Then bought 4 long bolts w. washers and nuts, and made feet for my old Brinkman grill. Not the sturdiest bit of wire, but continues being usable hundreds of cooks later.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,538
    I got 2 firebricks and cut them in half - making 4 pieces. You can get the bricks at a fireplace store or a brick yard.
    Another way is only use 3 of them. Three points is better bal than 4. 
    Call Tom and order an Adj Rig is best (IMO)...
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 10,019
    All good info-go with the simple/cheap deal first and then once you get run time on the BGE you can figure out what after-market toys you want to spend the $$ on.
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs 
    Pit Barrel Cooker
    ABC- 
  • mimaulermimauler Posts: 136
    All these are good ideas, but remember you can cook everything there is with the set up that you have.
  • Mickey said:



    I got 2 firebricks and cut them in half - making 4 pieces. You can get the bricks at a fireplace store or a brick yard.

    Another way is only use 3 of them. Three points is better bal than 4. 
    Call Tom and order an Adj Rig is best (IMO)...

    I have no doubt your right but how is 3 better than 4? I'm not very good at that kind of stuff so legit question.
    Boom
  • Try making your favorite meatloaf, flatten it to around 1" thick so you have a rectangle, put some cheese and anything else that you might like. Roll it up and wrap it with a bacon weave. Then cook around 350* until you get the internal temp you would for your meatloaf. Very easy meal that looks really impressive.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,538
    @fanoffanboys. Think if a 3 legged stool vs one with 4. 3 points just bal easier. Can you tell me about your forum name?
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,419
    i used empty beer cans and a second weber grid from home depot for about 6 months while i figured out what I wanted to do.  works great and another reason to pound 3 beers before the cook even starts.
  • FanOfFanboysFanOfFanboys Posts: 1,970
    Mickey said:
    @fanoffanboys. Think if a 3 legged stool vs one with 4. 3 points just bal easier. Can you tell me about your forum name?

    sorry missed this @Mickey I have been using this name for awhile. I am also on few tech forums and MMA forums and people make fun of 'fanboys' so I sarcastically call myself a fan of them. If you ever see this on say sherdog or a cell phone blog or a wrangler forum it's probably me
    Boom
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