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New XL BGE, new to the community

Was just lucky enough to get my first BGE in the form of this XL. Also new to the BGE community!!

I read about the breaking in process, and also read some learning curve horror stories, so I did a test burn last night. I was extremely happy to say, I was able to keep it within 300 - 350 degrees pretty easily for a few hours. I am going to try some chicken tonight!!


New XL BGE with table.



Of course, have to have the pic of it nice and clean!!

XL BGE - Plano, TX 

Comments

  • johnnypjohnnyp Posts: 3,230

    Very nice.  Welcome.   Looking forward to pictures of your cooks.


    XL & MM BGE, 36" Blackstone - Newport News, VA
  • jdkeithbgejdkeithbge Posts: 301
    Awesome, you're going to love it.  Welcome to the forum!
    XL BGE, CGS AR & spider, 36" SS Blackstone, SMOBOT - Flower Mound, TX
  • Jupiter JimJupiter Jim Posts: 3,247
    Welcome and Congrats on the new egg smart choice. Don't worry to much about the temp if your a little hotter your food will be done a little sooner if lower a little longer! Calibrate your dome temp gauge as they can be way off even when new. Put your wallet in the safe the BGE accessories will drain your retirement account! :)

    I'm only hungry when I'm awake!

    Okeechobee FL. Winter

    West Jefferson NC Summer

  • HappyChuckHappyChuck Posts: 2
    I noticed most people on here have a granite or concrete slab in between the EGG and the table. The dealer didn't mention anything, is this something people have found out the hard way is very necessary?
    XL BGE - Plano, TX 
  • billt01billt01 Posts: 827
    I noticed most people on here have a granite or concrete slab in between the EGG and the table. The dealer didn't mention anything, is this something people have found out the hard way is very necessary?
    Mine is in a nest so..

    What i do remember reading here is if you have feet (like seen above in your pic), you should never find out anything bad the hard way...
     "Don't listen to her, Bob.Remember: those who can, do; those who can't, teach."
                                                                                                     -Jane
                                                                                                     "Man and Superman"
    Have:
    LBGE / Stumps Baby XL / Couple of Stokers (Gen 1 and Gen 3), Blackstone 36

    Had:
    Lang 60D, Cookshack SM150, Stumps Stretch, Stumps Baby

    Fat Willies BBQ
    Ola, Ga

  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 13,497

  • blastingblasting Posts: 5,929

    Welcome aboard.
    Phoenix 
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 17,947
    Welcome aboard and enjoy the journey.  Above all, have fun.  
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • johnnypjohnnyp Posts: 3,230
    edited May 17
    I noticed most people on here have a granite or concrete slab in between the EGG and the table. The dealer didn't mention anything, is this something people have found out the hard way is very necessary?

    Hopefully someone will come along soon who has a more precise answer. 

    But, BGE sells the table nest as-is for a reason.  I suspect that it is deemed a satisfactory gap.  Most likely you'd be fine.

    That being said,  your table catching on fire and burning your house down, while unlikely, seems like an unnecessary risk.  I'd buy a paver and have piece of mind. Just my 0.02.

    XL & MM BGE, 36" Blackstone - Newport News, VA
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 8,369
    I noticed most people on here have a granite or concrete slab in between the EGG and the table. The dealer didn't mention anything, is this something people have found out the hard way is very necessary?
    Welcome. Plano used to have a nice Eggfest every year.
    The table stand is enough of a gap. If it were me, I would buy a thin grilling pad and cut to fit. 

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/The-Original-Grill-Pad-30-in-Round-Berry-Black-Deck-Protector-GP-30-C-BK/202448220
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 4,795
    Back in 2006 my dealer didnt mention it to me either. I learned the hard way, it could have been much worse.
                                                                
    _________________________________________________
    Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story!
    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014, 36" Blackstone, Anova Sous Vide
    Green Man Group 
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 4,795
    Almost forgot, congrats and welcome to the asylum. 
                                                                
    _________________________________________________
    Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story!
    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014, 36" Blackstone, Anova Sous Vide
    Green Man Group 
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 1,530
    Welcome, I did notice 1 thing in your "Clean" picture above. It appears you put the ceramics in where they are almost touching on one side of the egg. Make sure both the firebox and fire ring have an open space approx. 1/2" all the way around at the top of each to allow for proper airflow. Also on your fire ring, make sure you place it so that one of the slots where the Platesetter goes is in the 1 O'clock or so position. The eggs generally get a hot spot in that location because its opposite the vent at the bottom. This will help dissipate the hot air around that area when cooking indirect.

    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

  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 2,122
    Congrats on the XL and welcome aboard!
    XL, Large, Small, Mini Eggs, Humphrey's Weekender, MAK 1-Star General, Hasty Bake Gourmet, Santa Maria Grill, Webers: 18.5" WSM, 22.5" OTG, 22.5" Kettle Premium, WGA Charcoal, Summit S-620 NG

    Bay Area, CA
  • If you want, set the egg table stand on a garden paver. Now go out there and get that white egg interior dirty! 
  • bubbajackbubbajack Posts: 58
    Love my XL BGE, it is a cooking machine.
    If you are going to cook, then do it well.

    Salisbury, NC..... One mile from Butt Blast. XL,L, MM BGE
  • Thomasc18Thomasc18 Posts: 181
    Congrats and welcome!
    Madison, AL
  • Kent8621Kent8621 Posts: 516

    do not put it on a paver, the air gap is plenty.  I was curious with all the debates so I did the math with the heat displacement coming off the bottom and the air gap is more than enough.  I accidently had my dome thermometer wrapped around and never had an issue on a wooden table. 


    welcome to the club.

    2 Large Eggs - Madison, AL

    Boiler Up!!

  • fence0407fence0407 Posts: 1,873
    Welcome - I grew up in Plano!
    Large - Mini - Blackstone 17"
    Cumming, GA  

  • WolfpackWolfpack Posts: 2,803
    Welcome- if your new to lump charcoal make sure you burn off the VOC’s before adding food. Make sure the “chemical” smell is gone- takes me around 30-40 minutes on new charcoal. 
    Greensboro, NC
  • abpgwolfabpgwolf Posts: 487
    Congratulations and have fun!

    Lititz, PA – XL BGE

  • pescadorzihpescadorzih Posts: 878
    Welcome to the XL club!
    As noted previously, hide the wallet as these things like to multiply and high grade meat and accessories add up. =)
    SE PA
    XL, Mini max
  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,360
    Welcome!   B)
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
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