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Raised Grill Question

I keep hearing people talk about cooking "raised direct" or "raised indirect" and would also like to cook burgers, wings, etc without burning or drying out. Are there other options available if I am too cheap to go out and drop the money on an Adjustable Rig? I heard fire bricks work. Any suggestions on placing them inside egg and how many?
Atlanta, GA

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  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 3,308
    You can buy a weber grid and 3-4 bolts and make one like this image

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  • NibbleMeThisNibbleMeThis Posts: 2,246
    Two great replies so far

    also you can put 3 cans between two grill grates, using the cans as "legs"
    Balls of foil work
    if you have a spider rig, you can turn it upside down on your fire ring

  • TexanOfTheNorthTexanOfTheNorth Posts: 2,750
    edited March 25
    Direct vs. Indirect is accomplished using the plate setter. Plate setter in is indirect (i.e. something between the heat source and what you're cooking). No plate setter is direct. Raised typically means raising the cooking level above the gasket level. Many people use a raised indirect setup for pizza cooks but most indirect cooks are done with the cooking gird at the gasket level (i.e., not raised).

    As others have said, there are many "homemade" solutions to get a raised set up. @Mattman3969's post shows what could be used as both a raised and multi (2) level cook.

    As far as moisture retention, the egg excels in this area and about the only way you're going to dry anything out is if it's overcooked (or not a quality piece of meat to begin with).

    And... welcome to the lifestyle!
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 7,239
    I made three of these out of scrap tubing. Been using them for 4+ years. Couple of bricks would have been easier, but if I drop one of these, I won't break anything. :)

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    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 12,170
    +1 on @Mattman3969
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  • smokesniffersmokesniffer Posts: 1,582
    @CarolinaQ, great idea, might have to add that to my arsenal. :)>-
  • dmaroisdmarois Posts: 47
    I made three of these out of scrap tubing. Been using them for 4+ years. Couple of bricks would have been easier, but if I drop one of these, I won't break anything. :)

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    is there a lip on the other exterior of the fire ring on these as well?
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 7,239
    @CarolinaQ, great idea, might have to add that to my arsenal. :)>-
    Thanks. If you do it, rather than cutting off the tabs as I did, I would suggest bending them outward so they rest on the fire ring. Would probably be a little more stable that way. These are ok, but a little wobbly.
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
  • tulocaytulocay Posts: 1,505
    I don't have picture at the moment, but I use 3 of those 1/2 bricks pictured above. They are called splints I believe. I bought them at a brick manufacturer. I just spread them around evenly and then place the ss grid on top of the bricks. Works great.
    LBGE, Marietta, GA
  • fence0407fence0407 Posts: 866
    I use 3 "fire bricks" from Home Depot. They only cost .47 a piece and have held up nicely. I always make sure to use caution when putting the grid on them though - as others said, if they fall in they could crack the fire ring, etc. If you're worried about them falling in you can always put 1 grate in normal and then the bricks with the second grate on top of it - if that makes any sense and assuming you have 2 grates. I have the regular grate that comes with the egg and a CI grate. Here's a decent pic that you can see the bricks in action:

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  • brock9281brock9281 Posts: 37
    All great replies...much appreciated! Any input on the Woo 2?
    Atlanta, GA
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 7,239
    dmarois said:
    is there a lip on the other exterior of the fire ring on these as well?
    Yep. However...

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    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 3,380
    dmarois said:
    is there a lip on the other exterior of the fire ring on these as well?
    Yep. However...

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    Very nice idea...
    Thank you,
    Darian


    Galveston Texas
  • BuckeyeBobBuckeyeBob Posts: 634
    brock9281 said:
    All great replies...much appreciated! Any input on the Woo 2?
    I use the old version of he Woo3 and it works great. The only difference between the 2 and the 3 is that with the 3, you can put a pizza stone in the bottom section to do indirect instead of using your Platesetter. I use my Woo all the time and it was definitely a worthwhile purchase for me.
    Clarendon Hills, IL
  • brock9281 said:
    All great replies...much appreciated! Any input on the Woo 2?
    I use the old version of he Woo3 and it works great. The only difference between the 2 and the 3 is that with the 3, you can put a pizza stone in the bottom section to do indirect instead of using your Platesetter. I use my Woo all the time and it was definitely a worthwhile purchase for me.

    Can you add an additional, raised grid on the woo3?
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  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 3,308
    I use my homemade (pic above)one all the time on top of my woo3 if I need multi levels

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  • KoskoKosko Posts: 535
    I use 3 fire bricks .
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  • gmacgmac Posts: 453
    I had good success with 4 beer cans set on the fire ring.  Can't remember who on here suggested it but it worked.  I actually smashed one end flat and slid it in between the fire ring and the egg and the just put the grate on and pushed down until it sat nice and level.  But, I love the square tubing idea above.  Go that way if you can.
    Mt Elgin Ontario
  • I use my homemade (pic above)one all the time on top of my woo3 if I need multi levels

    Do you keep the raised grid on all the time? If not, is it pretty easy to remove or does it get gummed up or rusted?
    It's an obsession, but it's pleasin'
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 3,308
    I use it when I am doin 2 proteins with different cook times or when I need extra grid space. Since I bought the woo3 the homemade grid sees a lot less action so it is generally tucked away in my gasser. I coat it every once in awhile with cooking spay so rust isn't an issue. It works good for getting pizza up high in the dome.

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  • njlnjl Posts: 780
    @CarolinaQ, great idea, might have to add that to my arsenal. :)>-
    Thanks. If you do it, rather than cutting off the tabs as I did, I would suggest bending them outward so they rest on the fire ring. Would probably be a little more stable that way. These are ok, but a little wobbly.
    You should make and sell those.  I bet you could make them for next to nothing and sell them for a few bucks each. 

    I used to use some cut pavers on the fire ring to prop up the main grid, but I got in on a group buy of swinging grill extenders and bought a webber fire grate as my "upper deck".
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 6,061
    +3 homemade. I use mine a great deal of the time.
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