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Round or Oval Adjustable Rig?

herbbyherbby Posts: 3
edited January 2012 in EggHead Forum
I want to buy an adjustable rig but don't know the best combination.  I was leaning towards an oval grid and oval stone for ribs but like the fact that the round customer combo (round stone) comes with a spider.   I'm also not sure what the pro's / cons are for the oval stone - especially since it has to sit in the rig.

Will you always get burnt rib tips with the round stone?



  • I just got the combo with the round stone and oval grid.  I put the round plate setter and round stone (both covered in foil) on top of the spider and did a 3-2-1/2 on my ribs at about 275 dome temp.  The ribs were up very high on the grid.  The ribs turned out great, They fell off the bone.  I think with the ribs on the extender (high) helped with burning ends.  I have thought about ordering the oval stone and a extra set of cross arms to set the oval stone on just so I can load it up wider and not worry about drippings getting past the round stone.  The site says not to set oval stone on the spider (for air flow reasons).


  • Mighty_QuinnMighty_Quinn Posts: 1,878
    Plate setter and round stone on the spider??? Isn't that redundant? The whole reason for using the round stone (13" for the large) down in the spider is to create an indirect environment, which is what the plate setter does. I got the adjustable rig and spider instead of the plate setter because it is more versatile. This is the first I've heard of them being used together.
  • Mighty_QuinnMighty_Quinn Posts: 1,878
    By the way, I chose to go with the oval grid. In the end, I felt that the oval was a little more versatile and Im not sacrificing that much grid can use the round stock BGE grid to sit on top of the rig, up in the dome a little. I also got a 13" cast iron grate for searing just above the lump in the spider. That also fits on the bars on the rig too, so you can put a round grid on any levels (although it is smaller than the 16" one that you could get instead of the oval).

    You can put some foil on the grate under the ribs that stick out over the ends of a round stone you are using for indirect if you didn't want to get an oval stone just for ribs and long, whole cuts of meat....I like the oval stone though.
  • You may want to also consider the 2 tier adjustable swing rack from ceramic grillworks. Herbby, I remember toying between GD and the egg, guess you went the egg route?
  • tfoutchtfoutch Posts: 76

    Oval grids and stone.  Great for the longer stuff like ribs.  Love it!

    Also have the sliding grid setup (a second oval grid) to cook that second layer of ribs.  Easy to rotate the grids during the cook without unloading.


    TFOUTCH Algood, Tennessee
  • ShawnShawn Posts: 356
    I have the round and oval! I stongly recommend the oval one due to the fact that it has slide out shelve!
    Cheers! Shawn My Blog: My Dads Custom Handles Blog
  • sorry I was refering the round stone as the plate setter and the ss pan on top of it.  Try that lol. 
  • Mighty_QuinnMighty_Quinn Posts: 1,878
    +1 for the sliding setup with the oval grid!
  • Sorry    mighty_quinn

  • Mighty_QuinnMighty_Quinn Posts: 1,878
    sorry I was refering the round stone as the plate setter and the ss pan on top of it.  Try that lol. 

    That makes a lot more sense...I was picturing the strangest Egg setup ever!
  • Both oval and get an extra set of cross bars!!
  • herbbyherbby Posts: 3
    Grillin - I went the egg route after all.  There were just too many restrictions with the Grill Dome - from shutdown to prevent moisture buildup (to prevent paint bubbling) to  limitations with high heat indirect setups (to prevent the exterior from cracking from heat shock).  I just thought that the egg would take more abuse and would require less babying.

    I think I may go the oval stone / oval grid route.  The spider (that comes with some of the round setups) would be handy for searing steaks but I think I I may try placing a 13" grate / cast iron grate in the firebox w/o any support (i.e. spider).

  • herbby

    I can understand the high heat indirect cooks being a factor in the decision. The Egg and I believe most other kamado cookers except for the Imperial Kamado allow for and even make accessories to use for high heat indirect cooking. They talk about the build quality of that cooker being better than others but what good is it if you can't  use it the same way as other cookers?

    How do you like the Egg?
  • Mighty_QuinnMighty_Quinn Posts: 1,878
    Oops....wrong thread.
  • SundownSundown Posts: 2,971
    Am I missing something here? An oval grid? An oval stone? Am I in the P***O forum?
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