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Plate Setter vs Spider and Stone

blaccjackblaccjack Posts: 37
edited June 2012 in Forum List
I'm buying my XLBGE on Monday.  First post btw. What is the benefit of the spider? Would you recommend it over the plate setter? I'm just trying to get everything I need. I'll be cooking what most of you do. Brisket, ribs, steaks, chicken etc. So I need direct and indirect heat. Thanks.


  • I just asked the same thing....

    Consensus seems to be that spider + stone is just fine.
  • blaccjackblaccjack Posts: 37
    Thanks Turtle!
  • chukknobchukknob Posts: 10
    If I could do it over again with my large egg I'd probably go the spider plus stone route. I have one for the xl and it works great.
  • BillPinNCBillPinNC Posts: 68
    I have not used my plate setter since I purchased my adjustable rig and spider for my large egg. Later when I got my medium egg I only bought the woo and a stone and use it all the time.
  • dweebs0rdweebs0r Posts: 502
    I own a platesetter for a large and when I get the adjustable rig (soon), my plan is to put the platesetter away to give to my father in law when I buy his BGE.  So to answer your question, I would do the adjustable rig if I had it to do over again.
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  • Black_BadgerBlack_Badger Posts: 920
    +1 for spider and stone over PS on XL, that's the route I went and I wouldn't change for the world. Much more versatile, and I don't feel like there's anything I can't do w/o the PS. 

    All that having been said if money were no object I'd have both, just because it would (conceivably) give me even MORE flexibility in the setup i'd run for various cooks. 
    Finally back in the Badger State!

    Middleton, WI
  • flemsterflemster Posts: 258
    I already had a Platesetter, so I went with the PSWOO2 and a separate spider.  Love them both.  I suspect the AR is a great set up as well.

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  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 2,494
    I went with the woo as well. Rig is out of stock anyway at the moment but with the ps, woo and extender I should be covered.
    Seattle, WA
  • SamFerriseSamFerrise Posts: 544
    The AR probably is great, however, I opted for a spider.  I have much more versatility with my spider and plain old fire bricks to make any configuration I need. I bought a 15" grid to use on top of the spider for searing.  When I do my low and slows I put my fire brick on the spider and use cut down brick on top of the fire ring to bring grate up to gasket level.  Much less money for the same results in my opinion.  I am lucky enough to have the time and capabilities to make my own accessories.  since I am retired it gives me something to do.  When you live on a fixed income you find ways to improvise.  With what you see in the pics, I can achieve almost limitless combinations for all styles of smoking and grilling.
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    Simple ingredients, amazing results!
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