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Need Advice Between Closed and Open For Egg

Hey Guys, 

I am in the final steps of having my outdoor kitchen built, they are starting to build the structure this week for the grill, egg, drawers, fridge etc. I am still at the point where I can customize how the egg will sit in the counter. 

I have a large egg, I have been googling pictures for ideas and it seems to be a mix of people having their eggs with the counter surrounding the top and then also people having the egg fully exposed. I am assuming having the counter around the top of the egg is a lot more secure? Is that the logic behind that do you think? Or is it an aesthetic thing? 

I am of two minds of what to do, I prefer it sitting without the counter. But I have kids and think the other way is a lot safer by the looks of it

Also does anyone have any specs of how much clearance I need at the back, sides etc. I read that I should have a little bit of clearance at the bottom of the egg, but I haven't been able to find much about it..

I want to make sure I am doing this right!! 

Thanks for all the help!







Comments

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,616
    the egg is very stable on its own. open front makes it easier to move in and out of the table, some of us travel with the egg.
  • CarolinaCrazyCarolinaCrazy Posts: 582
    I would think without the counter would make it easer to upgrade to an XL or XXL, or to 'repurpose' the space for a Blackstone or different unit. More flexibility, no real downside.
    1 LBGE in Chapel Hill, NC
  • kingsmokekingsmoke Posts: 129
    I have my egg "open " in kitchen area. Egg platform is 16 " high, 24" wide , and 34" deep.  I have extra depth because of a raised backslpashbehind the egg, and needed clearance for the dome in the open position.
    Grand Rapids , Mi
    LBGE -  28Blackstone - Saber grill
  • milesofsmilesmilesofsmiles Posts: 1,376
    If needed, how would you get the egg out for any type of service if fully enclosed ? 
  • SmolderSmolder Posts: 85
    edited May 15
    I personally prefer it enclosed. I like the area next to it for setting utensils, etc. I like the idea that it's seemingly more secure. We have high windstorms here and I never have to worry about it being blown over. I mostly just prefer the look of it better.
    In all my years of owning it (27), the only time I ever needed to remove it was to transfer it to a new table. At that point, I just remove the lid and lift out the bottom. It's not that heavy that I can't do it by myself.
  • dmouratidmourati Posts: 364
    If needed, how would you get the egg out for any type of service if fully enclosed ? 
    Youd have to take it apart piece by piece and lift it out of there.
    Mountain View, CA
  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 1,426

    If I were you I would leave it on an open shelf like the top Picture, I would also make the space larger to allow for a potential larger egg later but that's just me. See these examples.

    http://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1202906/new-outdoor-kitchen-covered-patio-w-pics/p1

    http://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1153984/new-outdoor-kitchen-room-for-2nd-egg

    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, 36" Stainless Blackstone Griddle, Contemplating which size Egg to get next. Cast Iron Hoarder.

    "You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas"- Davy Crockett

  • drew051drew051 Posts: 9
    Thanks for the help guys

    I have been reading that I should get the nest from BGE, it looks like it makes it sit up slightly. Do you think it will mess with balance?
  • kingsmokekingsmoke Posts: 129
    Assuming your platform is flat, you will have no problems. I also sent you a pm with some other information
    Grand Rapids , Mi
    LBGE -  28Blackstone - Saber grill
  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,213
    The table nest is more unstable than sitting on flat stone.  If using a table nest, I would definitely have a counter completely surrounding the egg.

    The primary purpose of the table nest is to provide an air gap below the egg as a fire safety measure.  You do not want the egg in direct contact with flammable surfaces.
    Southeast Florida - LBGE
    In cooking, often we implement steps for which we have no explanations other than ‘that’s what everybody else does’ or ‘that’s what I have been told.’  Dare to think for yourself.
     
  • jdkeithbgejdkeithbge Posts: 298
    edited May 16
    Thanks @TEXASBGE2018 for referencing my kitchen post!  To the OP, I'd say it is mostly an aesthetic choice, except for the ease of installing and removing.  Also, as @TEXASBGE2018 points out, it leaves room for flexibility in size in the future.  Since I had an XL, I wanted to allow flexibility for a future owner to put whatever they wanted in that space without being tied to an XL BGE counter top hole.  Definitely get the table nest.  And don't worry about the egg falling over or moving, these suckers don't budge without a lot of force.
    XL BGE, CGS AR & spider, 36" SS Blackstone, SMOBOT - Flower Mound, TX
  • drew051drew051 Posts: 9
    I have had my large egg for a long time and had not thought about the potential upgrade(now I am!) 

    I am going to go to my dealer hopefully today and take a look at an XL. Does the XL have a wider base?
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 13,225
    If you like the open concept but want security, buy a nest (new/used) and modify it to fit your space. (Cut the legs off etc) The “arms” will hold it in place better than a table nest. You could even bolt the modified nest to your new island for even more security. 
  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,213
    Thanks @TEXASBGE2018 for referencing my kitchen post!  To the OP, I'd say it is mostly an aesthetic choice, except for the ease of installing and removing.  Also, as @TEXASBGE2018 points out, it leaves room for flexibility in size in the future.  Since I had an XL, I wanted to allow flexibility for a future owner to put whatever they wanted in that space without being tied to an XL BGE counter top hole.  Definitely get the table nest.  And don't worry about the egg falling over or moving, these suckers don't budge without a lot of force.
    The XL may not move around, but a large sitting on a table nest does move quite a bit.
    Southeast Florida - LBGE
    In cooking, often we implement steps for which we have no explanations other than ‘that’s what everybody else does’ or ‘that’s what I have been told.’  Dare to think for yourself.
     
  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,213
    There is another option besides the open space or counter top with cutout.  A metal bar across the front (removable) can provide security from tipping and still allow for easy changing to another size.  I can't remember exactly when, but this was discussed before and there are pictures on the forum of a setup like this.
    Southeast Florida - LBGE
    In cooking, often we implement steps for which we have no explanations other than ‘that’s what everybody else does’ or ‘that’s what I have been told.’  Dare to think for yourself.
     
  • kingsmokekingsmoke Posts: 129
    Thanks @TEXASBGE2018 for referencing my kitchen post!  To the OP, I'd say it is mostly an aesthetic choice, except for the ease of installing and removing.  Also, as @TEXASBGE2018 points out, it leaves room for flexibility in size in the future.  Since I had an XL, I wanted to allow flexibility for a future owner to put whatever they wanted in that space without being tied to an XL BGE counter top hole.  Definitely get the table nest.  And don't worry about the egg falling over or moving, these suckers don't budge without a lot of force.
    The XL may not move around, but a large sitting on a table nest does move quite a bit.
    I have a large in a nest ( rubber  feet on granite) , it doesn't move without quite a bit of effort 
    Grand Rapids , Mi
    LBGE -  28Blackstone - Saber grill
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 6,801
    drew051 said:
    I have had my large egg for a long time and had not thought about the potential upgrade(now I am!) 

    I am going to go to my dealer hopefully today and take a look at an XL. Does the XL have a wider base?
    Yes, @drew051, the XL has a wider base - although I'm not sure of the exact measurement at the level of the base.

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

    San Antonio, TX

  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,213
    kingsmoke said:
    Thanks @TEXASBGE2018 for referencing my kitchen post!  To the OP, I'd say it is mostly an aesthetic choice, except for the ease of installing and removing.  Also, as @TEXASBGE2018 points out, it leaves room for flexibility in size in the future.  Since I had an XL, I wanted to allow flexibility for a future owner to put whatever they wanted in that space without being tied to an XL BGE counter top hole.  Definitely get the table nest.  And don't worry about the egg falling over or moving, these suckers don't budge without a lot of force.
    The XL may not move around, but a large sitting on a table nest does move quite a bit.
    I have a large in a nest ( rubber  feet on granite) , it doesn't move without quite a bit of effort 
    The nest stays put but the egg slides around on the nest.  The folks at BGE do caution: "CAUTION: The metal Table Nest must be used in conjunction with a tablecustom island or built-in surround. Not for use as a free-standing support for your EGG."
    Southeast Florida - LBGE
    In cooking, often we implement steps for which we have no explanations other than ‘that’s what everybody else does’ or ‘that’s what I have been told.’  Dare to think for yourself.
     
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