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Any Creative Ideas for Creating an Air Gap?

Hi folks.  I am doing a low and slow pork butt tonight, and I was hoping I could get some creative ideas on effective methods for creating and air gap between the plate setter and the  drip pan.  I neglected to do it last time and came out a bit funky.  :-)

One complication:  The drip pan I was planning to use barely fits between the grid (raised to felt level) and the plate setter, so I don't have much room to work with.

Thanks!
Transplanted from Austin, Texas to Medina, Ohio

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,403
    edited June 2013
    Ball up aluminum foil and put a piece under each corner of the pan.
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  • I use 1/2" copper plumbing tees.

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  • TEggSunTEggSun Posts: 214
    Makes sense, @fishlessman.  About how much of a gap is needed?

    Transplanted from Austin, Texas to Medina, Ohio

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,467
    edited June 2013
    Use the feet that came with your egg (if they did). Second is to make 4 balls of foil. So where are you lining now (city). If ever you want to do a Turbo just ask.
    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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  • TEggSunTEggSun Posts: 214
    I'm in Austin (Cedar Park), @Mickey.  I was in Oklahoma City for about 4 years a while back, but moved back home about 5 years ago.
    Transplanted from Austin, Texas to Medina, Ohio

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,467
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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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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,467
    edited June 2013
    Todd get one of the above. You will never look back. You still with big d's?
    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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  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    4 1/2 inch nuts
    LBGE
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
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  • TEggSunTEggSun Posts: 214
    Yep.  Seems like the thing to do.  
    Transplanted from Austin, Texas to Medina, Ohio

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  • dpittarddpittard Posts: 126
    I've crushed some aluminum beer cans and used those in lieu of foil.  I'm recycling the cans anyway, might as well put them to use!

    LBGE with a massive wish list
    Athens, Ga.
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  • dpittarddpittard Posts: 126
    Make sure they're PBR cans, though.  Other cans don't work.

    LBGE with a massive wish list
    Athens, Ga.
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  • TEggSunTEggSun Posts: 214
    That gives me an excuse to crack into a 12 pack on a weeknight.  :-)

    Transplanted from Austin, Texas to Medina, Ohio

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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 6,853
    Use a big piece of foil and crimp it around the edges so that the foil makes a pan inside the pan, but does not reach the bottom.  Like so (using water for demonstration purposes):


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  • trup0241trup0241 Posts: 35
    I had some 80/20 aluminum extrusion laying around to cut it into small pieces and use them as spacers.
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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 8,241
    I'm sorry, but did any other Fellow Chivers immediately think of Mind the Gap?
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
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  • Whats the purpose of the airgap?
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  • Firemedic183Firemedic183 Posts: 197
    cazzy said:
    I'm sorry, but did any other Fellow Chivers immediately think of Mind the Gap?
    I am a Chiver, and I IMMEDIATELY thought of Mind the Gap.  Lol.  Chive ON!!
    Persistence and determination are omnipotent!
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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,136
    Air gap between setter or stone and the drip pan keeps the "spooge" in the drip pan from burning. @TEggSun I'd get a smaller drip pan, like @SmokingPitt use a disposable if you have to and line it. I use a dollar store cooling rack, it raises the drip pan about 1/2" and the drip pan is stable. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,467
    edited June 2013
    I put a coat of salt in my pan.
    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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  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,343
    Cake cooling rack. Stands proud about 1/4 inch and cheap to purchase.
    Eggin in SW "Keep it Weird" TX
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,467
    Cake cooling rack. Stands proud about 1/4 inch and cheap to purchase.
    Use that and make a pan out of HD Foil with edges to sit on rack.
    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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  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,526
    Lowes has terracotta pot holders, cheap and will last as long as your egg. About and inch or so thick.

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  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 1,684
    Next time you're in a hardware store (Home Depot, Lowe's, whatever), pick up 4 steel 1/2 inch nuts.  Work great, don't wear out, plenty of space, not too much.
    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
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  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    I pull a piece of THIN aluminum foil across my egg and let it drip and evaporate!  But i turbo cook them.
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  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 1,123
    I use a Mangrate
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  • BOWHUNRBOWHUNR Posts: 1,470
    I just use four 1/2" nuts.

    Mike

    I'm ashamed what I did for a Klondike Bar!!

    Omaha, NE
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  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,360
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    The 30 cent solution.  Stack 2 high x 3 stacks.  You can wrap them in foil and reuse them.

    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,564

    4 1/2 inch nuts

    This isn't a time for bragging.

    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 7,060
    henapple said:

    4 1/2 inch nuts

    This isn't a time for bragging.

    =))

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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