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Third Hand

Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,368
edited September 2012 in EggHead Forum
I've been wanting to buy one for more than 1/2 a year and still haven't been able to get on the waiting list.  So its time to try another strategy.

Does anyone have one they would like to part with?

Would someone trace one on a piece of paper and e-mail me so I can try making one.  I can't weld, but I can talk my brother into giving it a try.
Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.

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  • Maybe NOLA can do it.  He's pretty good at drawing.

    nolaeggheadnolaegghead

    August 15Posts: 1,465
    Devastating, if a huge lump cache catches on fire..


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  • Nola - hahahahaha

    Ragtop - dude, it's just a bent piece of metal.  It's not too difficult, don't overthink it.  At any rate, I've attached pics (credit to ThirdEye for the pics).  

    Also, here's a few alternatives:






    It works!!  Just anything to pick up the grid & move it.  The only benefit I can see to ThirdEye's idea is that it has a built-in way to hang the grid as well (but I already took care of that when I built my table, so to me, I don't need that capability).  

    Anyway, HTH,
    HH
    Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup... Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. - Bruce Lee
  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,368
    HaHa, that's a less gruesome drawing than I expected to find in this thread.

    HTH, the ability to grab and temporarily hang a hot grid is the functionality that I was looking for.  
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • Hillbilly-HightechHillbilly-Hightech Posts: 966
    edited September 2012
    Ragtop99 said:
    HTH, the ability to grab and temporarily hang a hot grid is the functionality that I was looking for.  
    Ragtop - yes, thirdeye's invention will allow you to hang the hot grid, and it's a good idea.  I guess what I was getting at is if he doesn't sell them anymore, and you can't make one, then think of some alternatives - the old "there's more than 1 way to skin a cat (and then Egg it)" :))

    Do you have a table?  Can you put a hook or something on your table to hang the grid?  If you have an outdoor kitchen w/ maybe a pergola, how about installing some hooks on that? 

    Have you checked out my table?  http://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1143519/hhs-table-finally-done-w-some-egg-o-vative-design-elements#latest

    I tried to incorporate solutions for all the issues we face when Egging, including what to do w/ hot grids.  Perhaps it can spark some ideas from you which will work in your cooking area. 

    HTH,
    HH
    Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup... Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. - Bruce Lee
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,360
    hahahah...I forgot about that.

    I use stainless steel tongs to remove a hot grate.  I should make something.  I think I will.


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  • 500500 Posts: 1,785
    I use one of these...
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    I like Pig Butts and I can not lie.
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  • My third hand.  Picks up any grid so I can sit it on the table.

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  • 500500 Posts: 1,785
    And this is what I use to stir the used lump before a cook...
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    Large BGE; Midlothian, Virginia
    I like Pig Butts and I can not lie.
    "Barbecue is a journey, one meal at a time."
  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,368
    Thanks for all the suggestions.  Peg board hangers is a clever idea.

    95% of the time, I just grab the grid and set it on my gas grill (when the grate is hot) or hang it from an S hook on the eggmates (when the grate is cold).  The appeal of the third hand was to grab my 18" CI grid when it is hot (e.g. pre-heated to TRex) so that I can adjust the coals or toss in the mesquite and be able to hang it if the gas grill is in use as a warmer. 

    it looked like a cool toy and I've only heard good things about.  I can guess at the dimensions based upon the photo, I just thought someone might have one which would make it easy to copy.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • Hillbilly-HightechHillbilly-Hightech Posts: 966
    edited September 2012
    Another option is to use the one like this: 

    http://www.amazon.com/Steven-Raichlen-Best-Barbecue-Lifter/dp/B000EO0XTU

    And then just use the hook/loop thingy that is on the handle & hang the whole thing from a hook.  That way you have the grid lifter and the grid hanging from a hook.

    Just another thought - I'm sure you'll figure something out - that's the cool thing about posting questions on the forum, you get many sets of eyes on a problem, and many suggestions!!
    Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup... Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. - Bruce Lee
  • The third hand is a very nice, elegant tool. It appears that the tools are so useful and well made that he's overwhelmed with orders.  I did manage to get one from Wayne about three weeks ago (I just emailed him and asked to be put on the next waiting list). It took about a month to arrive. That being said there is more than one way to lift a grid (I used the channel lock pliers before the third hand)

    Lititz, PA – XL BGE

  • ash tool works just fine
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428

    abpqwold, I can't say I've ever heard a ThirdHand referred to as elegant, thanks for the kind words.

     

    Ragtop - For now, my waiting list is open again and I have about 30 in inventory.  Can't say how long they will last, they have been going like hotcakes.  Try hitting the "refresh" button on your browser if you are getting the "Waiting List Is Closed" message.   

    Happy Trails
    ~thirdeye~

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • 55drum55drum Posts: 105
    Found one of these laying around...works great!!!


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  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,368
    edited September 2012
    woot!  It looks like I got an order in. 

    The garden tool is another neat idea.  The hole at the top could be enlarged to feed an S hook through it and hang using the holes in the eggmates.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • http://www.amazon.com/Steven-Raichlen-Best-Barbecue-Lifter/dp/B000EO0XTU

    I have one of these and it works great. I tilt mine just a hair and hang it on to the hooks on the side of my table. The weld is pretty cheap on the bottom. Mine broke so I had it redone. The new weld will definitely stand the test of time.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • BOWHUNRBOWHUNR Posts: 1,471

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

    Omaha, NE
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,504

    This from LawnRanger works real good and for a lot of years for me.

     

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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). 

  • My third hand.  Picks up any grid so I can sit it on the table.

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    I use the same model, except mine has the deluxe rubber grip and it is engraved, says MasterCraft. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    I always thought it was a Leg, not a hand - what do I know. 
  • "thirdeye's invention will allow you to hang the hot grid"

     

    I use the BGE grid lifter and place the hot grate on a couple of bricks on the deck or on the marble cutting board on top of my table till it cools. 

    Before I got the BGE lifter I used a small pry bar as a grid lifter/charcoal stirrer/ash tool.

    BakerMan - Purcellville, VA "When its smokin' its cookin', when its black its done"
  • brianwdmnbrianwdmn Posts: 365
    If you have a nest, try one of these.
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    Marietta, East Cobb, GA
  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,368
    I'm glad I got the third hand. 

    I use it on most cooks as I add my wood chunk(s) after the egg is warm and the grid is hot.  It handles the weight of an 18" CI grate with ease too.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
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