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Legs up or down

What are the criteria for using the place setter in legs up or legs down configuration?

Dave
no, not -that- one!
KI4PSR
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,321
    edited April 2013
    There is a relatively new directive that the platesetter should never be used legs down even though it was advertised to work both ways. For me...legs up for space and/or drip pan...down at all other times.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • carter422carter422 Posts: 58
    I leave mine legs up.  Even when I do pizza.
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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    Legs down for pizza.
    Up for everything else.
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  • bigphilbigphil Posts: 1,386
    on my xl i do legs up for everything including pizza on my large i use it both ways depending on the cook 
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  • Still not a lot of help, some of you others chime in to give your point of view
     
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  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    I have cooked about everything listed on this forum and have never used my Ps with the legs down..  When i use the PS, the legs are "up"!!
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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    Mickey goes "both ways".  He said that in his "BI Confession" thread.
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  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 5,275
    Mickey goes "both ways".  He said that in his "BI Confession" thread.

    =))
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
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  • CANMAN1976CANMAN1976 Posts: 1,558
    All I know is that legs down is harder on the gasket....otherwise it doesn't matter. Legs up does always works for me!! Plus legs up allows room for drip pan.
    Hows ya gettin' on, me ol cock



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  • Crispix49Crispix49 Posts: 190
    Up
    Atlanta suburbs
    Large & Mini owner
    UGA Alum - Go Dawgs!
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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 2,625
    I do legs up except for pizza.

                                                                        
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    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014 
    Founding Member of the Green Man Group cooking team.
    Johns Creek, Georgia




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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,321
    So when you guys do Dutch oven cooks you have the legs up? No scorching in the DO?

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,262
    I cook legs up for everything.  I've tried it the other way, only advantage I've seen is I can load a helluva lot more lump in the egg.
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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 2,625
    So when you guys do Dutch oven cooks you have the legs up? No scorching in the DO?
    Sorry, Legs down for Dutch oven with spacers.
                                                                        
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,321
    JRWhitee said:
    So when you guys do Dutch oven cooks you have the legs up? No scorching in the DO?
    Sorry, Legs down for Dutch oven with spacers.
    Same with bread and baking?

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 2,463
    I've no idea what possible difference up or down would make. In both cases the PS is basically a heat shield. I guess legs down might allow a little bit larger of a fire to form? Other than that, I've got nothing.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,262
    With the legs down the "shield" is closer to whatever you're cooking and that shield is hot.  It's like putting something closer to the bottom of your oven where the element/fire is.  It's still indirect, but more bottom heat.
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 2,463
    With the legs down the "shield" is closer to whatever you're cooking and that shield is hot.  It's like putting something closer to the bottom of your oven where the element/fire is.  It's still indirect, but more bottom heat.

    But the shield is also further from the flame, unless you build up the lump.
    If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots.

    Currently in Albuquerque, where I'm kicking ass every day, even without a basket.  
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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 2,625
    I have not done any breads and my wife bakes...I am a meat an potato guy...
                                                                        
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,262
    True, that lessens that effect but if you measure it with an IR thermometer it's frickin' hot.  Putting a dutch oven or pizza stone directly on the plate setter legs down delivers a lot more heat than if the legs were up and the stone or oven were on the grate.
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 2,463
    True, that lessens that effect but if you measure it with an IR thermometer it's frickin' hot.  Putting a dutch oven or pizza stone directly on the plate setter legs down delivers a lot more heat than if the legs were up and the stone or oven were on the grate.

    I bet it's even more friggin hot legs up. So if heat is what you're after, then it would make more sense to put it legs up and put the DO directly on the PS.
    If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots.

    Currently in Albuquerque, where I'm kicking ass every day, even without a basket.  
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  • RoundTownerRoundTowner Posts: 125
    That's what she said!! :-O
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  • That's what she said!! :-O

    :))
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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 2,463
    Just ask your wife if she prefers legs up or down.
    If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots.

    Currently in Albuquerque, where I'm kicking ass every day, even without a basket.  
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  • Just ask your wife if she prefers legs up or down.
    Mine said........wait what was the question?  :-@
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  • jfdaly007jfdaly007 Posts: 12
    I used mine legs up for smoking and pizza. The very first time I used it down for pizza, I nuked the gasket. I'm not experienced enough to wax on different methods. All I know is that legs down puts the most intense heat from the convection at the gasket level. Legs up is easier on it.
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  • jfm0830jfm0830 Posts: 962
    Legs down for pizza and baking. I put 1/2" copper plumbing T's between the pizza stone or the baking dish. As for the gasket, a high temperature gasket is required for cooking pizzas at 600 or 700 degrees.

    Legs up usually using the s/s grill grate for smoking, other indirect cooks and often for Dutch oven cooks. If a drip pan is used below the grill grate on the platesetter, I use the 1/2" plumbing T's as spacers between the drip pan and the ceramic.

    Jim
    Website: www.grillinsmokin.net
    3 LBGE & More Eggcessories than I care to think about.
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  • Wow, thanks everyone for the responses, tonight I cooked legs up!

    Dave

    no, not -that- one!
    KI4PSR
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,321
    jfm0830 said:
    Legs down for pizza and baking. I put 1/2" copper plumbing T's between the pizza stone or the baking dish. As for the gasket, a high temperature gasket is required for cooking pizzas at 600 or 700 degrees.

    Legs up usually using the s/s grill grate for smoking, other indirect cooks and often for Dutch oven cooks. If a drip pan is used below the grill grate on the platesetter, I use the 1/2" plumbing T's as spacers between the drip pan and the ceramic.

    Jim


    Jim,

    I invented the plumbing tee thing, just sayin'. Lots of other guys were using 90* fittings

    =))

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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