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How I got my Big Green Egg

TexasliveoakTexasliveoak Posts: 21
edited 9:26PM in EggHead Forum
I have been admiring BGEs for a long time, and on a trip to Austin to visit my Dad, I took him over to BBQ Galore to see what a BGE actually was. To our surprise they had an EGG cooking right in front of the store. Needless to say, we were both highly impressed!

I told Dad, we (my wife and me) had started saving up to buy one, and I was going to build a table for it. About a month later, Dad showed up at our house with an EGG and a workbench he bought at Goodwill.

We had the best Father/Son day putting the EGG together, visiting, enjoying some good Scotch, and adapting and re-working the workbench into a BGE cooking table. It was a very happy time.

Here a few photos our finished BGE table.

Lexington, Texas





  • MattMatt Posts: 143
    Awesome story -- and a beautiful table. I'll let others with more experience with tables confirm this, but my understanding is that you are going to want a stone paver and some feet under that Egg to protect your beautiful table.

  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,769
    Table looks nice. Now I suggest that you get yourself a paver block and put it under the egg before it burns through the wood.

    At the very least put the ceramic feet under it.
  • You may want to put something between the egg and your wooden riser. It will get hot and burn through the wood.

    Grats on the egg! Have fun!
  • lol
    Looks like I was to slow to post about the pavers between the egg and table. I should have typed faster.
  • Ah, I didn't think about that! Thanks for letting me know. I'll get that fixed today...or should I just use three feet I got with it and skip the paver?

    Lexington, Texas
  • MattMatt Posts: 143
    Again, I don't even have a table, so others should confirm, but my understanding is that the feet are the bare minimum you should use. A stone paver (just a few bucks at Home Depot) is preferable, a paver + feet is best.


  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    what a great special story :) and what great memories you started with for your new egg. you will find that it will add many more as food is the center of most things in our lives :) during both good and bad times we still have to eat. Thanks for sharing and I bet your dad will have one of his own before long LOL
  • vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,091
    Great story & yes to paver stone & the 3 BGE feet....and will have tons of fun.
  • I had mine setting on cedar 2 X 4's for years with only the feet. The reason was the spaces between the boards giving it plenty of ventilation. To my way of thinking, a paver stone greatly reduces the ventilation.

    When I disassembled my table there was not a single burn mark on the boards. I would just use the feet and not worry about the base getting hot. It probably get much hotter up around the rim.

    Congratulations. You and your Dad sound like fun folks.

    Hope to see you at the next Texas Eggfest.

    Spring "Three Feet Away From Happiness" Chicken
    Spring Texas USA
  • BurntRawBurntRaw Posts: 565
    Great story and just out of curiosity do you think that your dad may be looking to adopt a, oh I don't know...maybe a slightly overweight forty-nine old son in the next month or two?

    You know, we could be like step brothers and practice karate in the garage and stuff; just don't EVER touch my drums...
  • BeliBeli Posts: 10,751
    Erich welcome to the gang, the Texas contingent is pretty awesome......hope to see you at the next Texas fest
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Nice set up Erich! :)

    Now you be careful about those fellow Teaxs Eggers.....
  • Welcome! What ya gonna cook for dad?
  • Lawn RangerLawn Ranger Posts: 5,466
    Great story and nice job.

  • HossHoss Posts: 14,587
    That is AWESME! PLEASE be sure to put pavers or fire bricks between the bottom of the egg and your table.
  • That is a great Dad and son story. It also goes to show you just never know what you will find at the Goodwill!
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Erich, Great story. What have you cooked so far on your egg? Tim ;)

    BTW I vote paver or fire brick and the three green feet one in the back under the hinge and divide the other two.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,651
    What a story. Thank you for telling us.
    Keep watching for updates on the Plano EggFest. You will want to make that.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Mr HollowayMr Holloway Posts: 2,034
    Great re-fab on the table. Very nice story about your Dad. I wish I could have shared some Egging with Dad. He would have sh*t at the sticker price but I would have had him after a couple of meals :laugh:
  • you might want to get some air under that Egg so that good looking table does not burn
  • Glad you finally got your egg and you and your dad did a great job on the table modifications. You will enjoy your new found obsession for many years.
    Aiken, SC. and
    Fancy Gap, Va.
  • Big'unBig'un Posts: 5,909
    That's what eggin is all about! Great lookin' table too!
  • CrueznCruezn Posts: 317
    Paver and feet. Welcome!
  • PrimePrime Posts: 52
    Nice table! And great story! Enjoy the Egg!
  • Great story, and that's an awesome looking table. That's really cool that you were able to turn a workbench from Goodwill into an egg table.

    Have fun!
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