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Quick straw man poll

Trying to get an idea of how many Eggers use a plate setter vs. how many use some other contraption + a drip pan filled with water for their smoking.  I am trying to decide in which method I should invest as a new Egger.  
80% of my BGE use will be slow & low ribs, butts, shanks, that damn rabbit in my garden, etc.


  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 2,934
    Platesetter in the large and a woo with stone from the ceramic grill store for the small.



     LBGE,SBGE, and a mini makes three......Sweet home Alabama........ Stay thirsty my friends .

  • yellowdogbbqyellowdogbbq Posts: 379
    Plate setter, water or no water =doesn't matter
  • Placesetter with drip pan (on foil balls for airflow).  I have a large and a 14" round cake pan fits almost perfectly.

    Damascus, VA.  Friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail.

    LBGE Aug 2012, SBGE Feb 2014

  • SoCalWJSSoCalWJS Posts: 306
    Plate setter (foiled or drip pan) most of the time. Spider and pizza stone for large indirect (Turkey) - gives a couple of extra inches of height.
  • ShrekShrek Posts: 60
    @yellowdogbbq - many men would disagree... can you expound?  
  • fljoemonfljoemon Posts: 674
    Platesetter - always foiled
    14" Deep Dish Pizza Pan - used as drip pan filled with diluted apple juice
    LBGE & Mini
    Orlando, FL
  • LBGE-- Adjustable rig/stone with drip pan. I also have the spider, but only use the AR on low n slows.

  • billyraybillyray Posts: 1,136
    West coast retail for large Platesetter is $99.99. Alternative, CGS large spider $24.99, 13" ceramic stone $35.99, add the 13" CI grid from BGE for $51.99. A total of $112.97 vs. $99.99 and you have more flexability with the spider set up, even though it's a little more. (able to go indirect when you want and sear when the need arises) IMO
    Felton, Ca. 2-LBGE, 1-Small and waiting on a mini
  • SaturdayFatterdaySaturdayFatterday Posts: 467
    edited July 2013
    Plate setter + drip pan raised on foil pucks and with a wee bit o' water in the bottom to ensure no burning of drippings.

    Also, love the inclusion of "that damn rabbit" in your list.

    [Northern] Virginia is for [meat] lovers.
  • MaskedMarvelMaskedMarvel Posts: 1,407
    Plate Setter foiled with a water bath!
    Large BGE -- Greensboro!

  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,453
    Plate setter with drip pan raised on BGE feet
    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
  • HotchHotch Posts: 1,871
    I would cook the rabbit hot and fast. 475 should work. No need for a plate setter or drip pan.

     "You’re not a real Texan till you’ve been kicked out of every decent state in America." - Joe Bob Briggs

    LBGE, Mini BGE and R&V Fryer

    Prosper TX

    And your are correct, Texas Red has no Beans

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 18,014
    Wear gloves when handling the don't want to get tularemia.  It's fine after cooking.
    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 

  • TonyATonyA Posts: 566
    I have both the plate setter and a woo with a stone.. I really wanted the woo for raised direct.  
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 3,119
    Plate setter with a drip pan.  I like to add water and some onion slices to the drip pan - although I can't say with any certainty that it helps.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • volfan1volfan1 Posts: 83
    Plate setter with a drip pan.
    XL & Mini. Palm Harbor, FL.
  • BuckdodgerBuckdodger Posts: 928
    Tjcoley said:
    Plate setter with drip pan raised on BGE feet
    Ditto !

    Alexander City,Al
  • When I had my large, I used the AR with oval stone & foil ring. I love the foil ring! Now that I have an XL, platesetter with the AR & foiled drip pan. I really miss the foil ring!


    Flint, Michigan.  If the lead bullets don't kill you, the leaded water will.

  • Plate setter with a drip pan.
  • ParallelParallel Posts: 432
    edited July 2013
    I use a plate setter and a drip pan when needed, but I just bought one when I bought my egg. If I had done more research I might have gone the woo with stone route,

    Every time my elbow bends my mouth flies open.
  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,464
    I use a Woo2 with a stone for indirect.
    Take a look around at this place before buying accessories.  Good toys and very well made.

    If you expand the use of your BGE, and you will, ;)  the Woo is nice because it provides the ability to use raised direct, or lower cooking close to the fire for searing.

    For low and slow, no water needed.  A shallow foil line drip pan for high fat items.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • definitely get you a plate setter

    North Alabama - Roll Tide

    LBGE 2013

  • SlobberdogSlobberdog Posts: 54
    Parallel said:

    I use a plate setter and a drip pan when needed, but I just bought one when I bought my egg. If I had done more research I might have gone the woo with stone route,

    Me too. Notwithstanding, I have never felt I'm missing anything.
  • nemonemo Posts: 105
    Foiled plate setter for all indirect cooking. Sometimes with/without a trip pan....depends what's going in the BGE.
    Fairview, Texas
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    plate setter

    The Naked Whiz
  • SmyrnaGASmyrnaGA Posts: 354
    plate setter & usually with wrapped in foil... until I forgot 2 weeks ago.  I'll need to invest in a drip pan after all the gunk burns off.

    Large BGE, Small BGE, KJ Jr, and a Cracked Vision Kub.

    in Smyrna GA.

  • chainsaw19chainsaw19 Posts: 257
    I have plate setter and adjustable rig, which I use depends on what how much I am cooking....either way I use foil to protect them from all the drippings.  No water
    Large BGE Middletown, MD
  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 2,851
    Platesetter, drip pan with spacers. When I got the egg 7 years ago I did not know about the woo or any other indirect accessories. Oh yeah and no water.

    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014
    Green Man Group cooking team.
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 1,948
    Plate setter with drip pan.  I use four 1/2 inch nuts for separators between them. 
    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
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