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Lump reducing ring in a xl

Does anyone use a reducing ring to save on lump for the xl. If so did you diy one?


  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 5,162
    Want mine, it is a complete waste.  Just load the lump you want, you don't need a ring.

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE (gave this one to my daughter), MBGE and lots of toys

  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,721
    Ya I did, DIY. Sorry man could not resist......Lol. T ACGP, Inc.
  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,053
    I agree with doc, either load what you need or only light under what you are cooking.

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 5,001
    Doc is a top chef and you can trust what he says. I do.

    That being said, I got a ring about 8 months ago and haven't taken it out since. It is superior in evey way.

    At a min, I'd say its worth a try.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • Black_BadgerBlack_Badger Posts: 1,182
    Hey @Doc_Eggerton, have you ever used your ring for a wok cook? I was thinking about having one made up for the wok so I could limit the singed forearms. If it's not helpful I don't bother.

    Finally back in the Badger State!

    Middleton, WI
  • stevesailsstevesails Posts: 990
    I bought one. Don't bother. You can have mine for $20 plus shipping
    XL   Walled Lake, MI

  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 5,162
    Hey @Doc_Eggerton, have you ever used your ring for a wok cook? I was thinking about having one made up for the wok so I could limit the singed forearms. If it's not helpful I don't bother.

    I use a Woo.  This is the best thing the Ceramic Grill Store sells.  Possibly my most important accessory.

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE (gave this one to my daughter), MBGE and lots of toys

  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 3,069

    I doesn't matter if you only use half the fire box, or the whole fire still need to heat the same amount of space on the inside of the XL.

    The ones I've seen before are the same diameter of the fire grate in the XL.....18".  The grate is 22".  So you reduce by 2" on each side???  Is that really going to do anything?

    The only time I can see reducing the area is if you JUST want to sear something.  Then you could just get a ripping fire in a corner without lighting up the whole thing.  But if you still have lump in the egg, are you going to remove it, put the ring or fire bricks in, then load it again?  That's a good excuse to buy a second Egg!

    The Big Joe and the Primo both have ceramic dividers that slide in the firebox.  Kind of cool...... 



  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,982
    The CGS ring is about 14" in diameter. It pairs up well with a larger wok on a spider or Woo2. Same for a paella pan about the same size diameter. In my experience with mine, I believe it helps in reducing the "cooked forearm" that can occur in a wok or paella cook. That said, you can also pile your lump in a smaller diameter and get a similar effect.
    XL, Large, Small, Mini Eggs, Humphrey's Weekender, Superior Smokers SS-Two, MAK 1-Star General, Hasty Bake Gourmet, Santa Maria Grill, Thai Charcoal cooker, Webers: 18.5" WSM, 22.5" OTG, 22.5" Kettle Premium, WGA Charcoal, Summit S-620 NG

    Bay Area, CA
  • mimaulermimauler Posts: 136
    I don't...I could see where it would work but I also could see where almost every accessory would work..when do you stop??? 
  • BtbeamBtbeam Posts: 25
    Seems like something I may wait for thanks for the input. This is all new to me soi appreciate the help
  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,721
    The lump rings are an aid to help manage small cooks in the xl egg.  The CGS ring is approx. 14 inches in diameter and holds about as much lump as the large bge firebox. It's sized to work with BGE's medium cast iron grid, woks on rings or bayou classic's blackening skillets.  Handy to sear right above the lump.

    It takes less than two minutes to set and fill. With latex gloves on (same gloves one wears to prep the meat) wiggle it down into the lump, grab the lump outside the ring and put inside, add new lump if needed and light in multiple spots.  Toss gloves and keep moving.

    The biggest comment I hear from prospective xl owners is: The xl cooker is to big for our normal size cooks but we want the extra room for parties or Q cooks.  Normal being a couple steaks/burgers or a chicken.  The rings are a simple way to provide a constant grilling/lump area for these smaller cooks.   Since the rings coral the lump, you can have a constant level burn, no mounding affect, so more consistent temperatures across the entire 14" cooking  area.  This is a plus on searing.  Having the lump in the middle of the cooker, provides a more normal cooking experience within the cooker and aids in air flow for the lump.  It can save on lump.  For some, these are important features when grilling small in an xl size cooker. 

    I don't think I've ever used it and wondered how hot the ceramic dome or base is.  It's not so much about heating up the cooker or air inside the cooker, it's about what's going on right at the grid.  

    The biggest hurdle in using it taking the extra second or two and actually use it.  I just keep mine in the egg, as almost all my grilling cooks are small.   There are only 3 in the family.  Having a consistent grilling area from cook to cook is a big plus for me. 


    ACGP, Inc.
  • GoatseggGoatsegg Posts: 108
    edited August 2013
    I got a lump reducing ring from CGS and really like it. I use it for smaller cooks and like that it constrains the radius of the heat source. I had my egg for a while before I got the ring and agree that you can just make a smaller fire. Since I got the ring, I have kept it in the grill unless I'm doing a low and slow or cooking a for a crowd. XL rig and Woo kicks ass, too. Great stuff at CGS.
    -The Goat
    Marietta, GA
    XL BGE

  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 3,069

    I'm not a big fan of the XL......I don't use mine very much.  When doing 4 butts, 2 packer briskets, or 2 turkeys.....that's when I use it.  But otherwise, if I had it to do over again, I would have two Larges in place of the XL.

    As my children are eating more and more now, I'm using the medium even less--that used to be the most used one.

    Three Larges--that's how I would do it in hindsight.  But the M, L, and XL, (and Rebel23), will work for now.


  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,560
    Small cooks I'lll just use the left over lump and burn that.  I just pile up the lump in the front of my cooker when that's all I need.  I could see it being handy for wokking, since the ring would keep the fire centered below the wok.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
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