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What do you consider essential egg gear

I've got a Large and I got the cast iron grate in addition to the standard grate.  I have a digital probe and just ordered the maverick as I want to do overnighters with a bit of sleep.

I see a lot of great set ups and equipment, so I'm wondering what does everyone consider essential.

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Peachtree Corners, GA. Large BGE
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  • Anything that raises your grid allowing raised direct cooking is essential.

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  • Rick1Rick1 Posts: 76
    Plate setter or some way to do indirect cooking.
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,048
    edited February 2013
    Adj Rig and High-Que. I see no reason to buy platesetter. Wished I didn't buy a couple (Lg & Sm) just no idea then.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • A good set of tongs???
    Ky??
    I couldn't egg with my woo. Buy an AR while your at it


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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,048
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    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • @mickey
    Are you gonna cook on that thing or just keep pimping out pics of it all white and clean clean


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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,422
    A bottle opener, cork screw or glass of ice for the Tito's is essential.
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,048
    @mickey Are you gonna cook on that thing or just keep pimping out pics of it all white and clean clean

    Caught me. That was about 5:00 yesterday. Now it looks like my old one.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • nemonemo Posts: 103
    Mickey....I was thinking of getting the adj rig but didn't want to spend the $ since I have a platesetter and a woo.  My gut tell me I should get the rig anyway.  Who's right ...my gut or my wallet?
    Fairview, Texas
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  • I love my AR and the spider combo. I have used it on almost every cook. I have a placesetter that I finally used a few weeks ago. Probably should have just returned it! Oh well. I recently got a headlight to help on my overnights. I don't have a good light source where my Egg is. Very helpful so far. Oh and my Thermopen. LOVE that thing!
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  • Great discussion!  I need to get me one of those adj rigs.  Any advice on transporting the egg, like on a trailer hitch?
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,527
    Sam Adams..
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,048
    nemo said:

    Mickey....I was thinking of getting the adj rig but didn't want to spend the $ since I have a platesetter and a woo.  My gut tell me I should get the rig anyway.  Who's right ...my gut or my wallet?

    You are not alone in that thought. I have the AR and plate setter for my first large. My org thinking was to get the new Woo made for the plate setter for my second. I called and talked to Tom ( no he would not tell me which to buy) and after a long talk I ended up buying my second AR. Just works for me.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,514
    Mickey said:
    Mickey....I was thinking of getting the adj rig but didn't want to spend the $ since I have a platesetter and a woo.  My gut tell me I should get the rig anyway.  Who's right ...my gut or my wallet?
    You are not alone in that thought. I have the AR and plate setter for my first large. My org thinking was to get the new Woo made for the plate setter for my second. I called and talked to Tom ( no he would not tell me which to buy) and after a long talk I ended up buying my second AR. Just works for me.
    This is funny... I just noticed this link on Tom's site after reading your post. It discusses the differences between the Woo and AR for the confused....
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,048
    My friend @Eggcelsior. You are correct, I live confused X_X
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,514
    I do too. It's even worse when I am given a choice...
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  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,906
    edited February 2013
    Besides the good advice already said it kind of depends on how you want to use your egg. I wanted a second level with easy access to the bottom rack and got a Swing Rack from ceramic grill works which you can use if you have a platesetter like i have here with 10 lbs of wings. 

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    I have the Spider from the ceramic grill store that has already been mentioned you can use that to get a cast iron grate right above the fire or put a round bottom wok in it it like this. 

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    The Woo from ceramic grill store is a very nice option to cook at a raised direct I have one in my small and haven't cooked without it I just use fire bricks for my large. 

    If your planning lots of low and slows you might think about a controller system to keep the temp within 2° for hours and hours I have a DigiQ Dx2 expensive but takes stress out of a overnight cook. The also have wifi ones now that you can monitor from work or on a phone. 

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    Pizza stone is a must!
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    A looftlighter is a easy way to get your fire started.
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    Then there are tons of little stuff but those are my top big ticket items that are very useful. Just be ready to add another egg to your collection!

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    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
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  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,720
    AR - multiple grate/heights
    Pizza stone
    Thermopen (instant read Thermometer)
    Lots of lump (Reminds me I am down to 1 bag)

    and like solson005 stated be prepared for a second Egg - its coming soon for me but don't know which one yet.

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  • thermapen
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  • J_QueJ_Que Posts: 201
    edited February 2013

     +1 on the Thermapen.

    It's the best tool to increase the quality of your cooks. IMHO

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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 5,867
    Essential?  
    1) Lump charcoal
    2) Some way to light lump charcoal

    The rest is just "nice ta haves" ;)


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

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  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,339
    edited February 2013
    These are high on list:
    Woo, with a matching stone and CI grid (one size down from the main grid) provide indirect cook, raised direct cook, and searing. 

    A maverick or oven meat thermometer.

    If I didn't have an XL, I'd need to go more vertical and add a second rack. 

    The third hand is very nice tool and the thermapen is very useful. 

    A second egg would be a bonus.  ;)

    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,514
    Essential?  
    1) Lump charcoal
    2) Some way to light lump charcoal

    The rest is just "nice ta haves" ;)
    3) Beer
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  • Essential?  
    1) Lump charcoal
    2) Some way to light lump charcoal

    The rest is just "nice ta haves" ;)
    3) Beer
    How about Bourbon?
    Peachtree Corners, GA. Large BGE
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  • Thanks everyone, I'm going to do some research as I would like an adjustable rig, just need to figure out which one is right for me. 

    I can see this could get to be a very expensive hobby.  In the interim, I have some old bricks and a second grate so that will have to work.
    Peachtree Corners, GA. Large BGE
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  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,339
    blueinatl said:
    Thanks everyone, I'm going to do some research as I would like an adjustable rig, just need to figure out which one is right for me. 

    I can see this could get to be a very expensive hobby.  In the interim, I have some old bricks and a second grate so that will have to work.
    It seemed that way to me, but the Woo and stone were less than a platesetter.  Had I known how much I was going to use this stuff, I might have gone for a spider and the AR or spider and Flip ring.  Like the egg, the CGS stuff seems to last so it is more of a one time investment than a recurring cost. 
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,759
    an second egg and plenty of bourbon.

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  • I'm looking at the AR customer combo.  That seems to have everything that I'll need for a while.  hmmm, hewmbo was looking for something for my upcoming bday, I may have to suggest that...
    Peachtree Corners, GA. Large BGE
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    Boom
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  • jlsmjlsm Posts: 839
    Second grill and bricks work fine.

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    Owner of a large and a beloved mini in Philadelphia
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