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New BGE built-in. Do I need a nest?

AZEggDudeAZEggDude Posts: 8
edited December 2019 in EGG Table Forum
Hi all, newbie here!  My backyard project is wrapping up and I'm anxiously awaiting my XL delivery today!  Here is the spot where it will live.  Do I need a nest for an air gap?  It's going on a slab of granite under a cinder block base.  Thanks in advance!


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  • MO_EgginMO_Eggin Posts: 227
    I would.
    LBGE - St. Louis, MO; MM & LBGE - around 8100' somewhere in the CO Front Range
  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 3,015
    I say yes.
    NOLA
  • Do you guys say yes to protect the granite underneath?
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,632
    AZEggDude said:
    Hi all, newbie here!  My backyard project is wrapping up and I'm anxiously awaiting my XL delivery today!  Here is the spot where it will live.  Do I need a nest for an air gap?  It's going on a slab of granite under a cinder block base.  Thanks in advance!


    What does that door open into?
    If it is storing anything that might be heat sensitive I'd get a nest. Otherwise I'd probably just set it on the granite, BUT, using a nest does also make it a bit easier/cleaner to scrape out the ashes into a pan.
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • You’d be surprised at the energy passed through. I used to put my egg on a concrete paver. The pacer cracked and the wood underneath was black ... I count myself luck and have used an air gap ever since. 

    Without a gap I suspect the granite will crack 
    Two Kamado Joe Classic III & a Kamado Joe Jr.  Large BGE, Mini BGE 
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  • Another vote for an air gap. Let’s see the rest of the area. What you have shown so far is beautiful. 
    Snellville, GA


  • SonVoltSonVolt Posts: 2,041
    edited December 2019
    I'm sure your builder isn't an idiot, but just to be safe - I  wouldn't consider granite load bearing. I'd be leery to place a heavy 220lb hot anything directly on top of that granite unless the slab is fully supported underneath and not just on the edges. Hard to tell from the pic. 
    South of Nashville  -  BGE XL  -  Alfresco 42" ALXE  -  Alfresco Versa Burner  - Sunbeam Microwave 
  • smbishopsmbishop Posts: 2,692
    My large has a nest and my small uses the original feet, both on top of a granite slab similar to yours...



    Southlake, TX, and Cowhouse Creek, Gatesville, TX.  2 Large, 1 Small and a lot of Eggcessories.
  • I’m just commenting on a job well done diving right in before even having your egg! Looks nice
  • Welcome and great looking set up, I am in the yes to air gap camp. Super exciting times lay ahead,congratulations on the Egg.
    Greensboro North Carolina
    When in doubt Accelerate....
  • Air gap is ideal, specially with an XL. That will hold fire for a day or two and that granite will be at the base temp within five or six hours. Air is your friend and it is free, once you buy the nest... =)
    Delta B.C. - Whiskey and steak, because no good story ever started with someone having a salad!
  • Matt86mMatt86m Posts: 374
    Ill be building in my xl and will use the nest. Been in/on a wood table and no heat signature on the wood beneath the egg. 

    So my $.02 is yes.
    XL aka Senior, Mini Max aka Junior, Weber Q's, Blackstone 22, Traeger Silverton, Lion built in, RecTec Mini 300, Lodge Hibachi, wife says I have too many grills,,,,how many shoes do you have?
     
    IG -->  matt_86m
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 16,303
    edited December 2019
    That table is too nice for a $2 cinder block or paver. Do it right with a table nest. 
  • AZEggDudeAZEggDude Posts: 8
    edited December 2019
    Thanks all for the warm welcome, kind words and advice.  I called my dealer and he happened to have a nest in stock so air gap it is!  They got behind schedule today but I’ll have my Egg first thing tomorrow.  Very excited!  The backyard project is just about done and once in place, I’ll be sure to post some additional pics.  

    The entire structure is cinderblock and the platform that the egg will sit on is made of block supported by rebar over the storage area.  I intend to use that drawer to store charcoal and wood chunks (in some sort of waterproof container). 
  • Matt86mMatt86m Posts: 374

    You can see the stand that came with mine. Ill be using it again.
    XL aka Senior, Mini Max aka Junior, Weber Q's, Blackstone 22, Traeger Silverton, Lion built in, RecTec Mini 300, Lodge Hibachi, wife says I have too many grills,,,,how many shoes do you have?
     
    IG -->  matt_86m
  • that's granite?? it is awfully thin.

    what is supporting the weight under the shelf???
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 4,098
    Don't use a cinder block......it's a heat conductor, not an insulator.  Use the table nest, flower pot feet, some floor tiles to elevate it, etc.  But you need it to have an air gap.  Otherwise you are paying to heat your table.

    I would make sure it's well supported too.

    Why didn't they finish your granite around the hole they cut??
  • that's granite?? it is awfully thin.

    what is supporting the weight under the shelf???
    It's a 2cm slab.  That's standard.  Some may come in a 3cm but it 2cm is normal.  Rebar going across and cinder block underneath.  Here you can see the structure below.


  • AZEggDudeAZEggDude Posts: 8
    edited December 2019
    Don't use a cinder block......it's a heat conductor, not an insulator.  Use the table nest, flower pot feet, some floor tiles to elevate it, etc.  But you need it to have an air gap.  Otherwise you are paying to heat your table.

    I would make sure it's well supported too.

    Why didn't they finish your granite around the hole they cut??
    The structure is made out of cinder block.  I ended up with a table nest though.

    No need to polish the inside of the hole.  It's a pretty snug fit and you can't really see the inside of the lip because the Egg covers it up:


  • MJGMJG Posts: 531
    nice looking set up. 
    Large Big Green Egg in a nest. North Shore of Boston.
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,632
    AZEggDude said:
    Don't use a cinder block......it's a heat conductor, not an insulator.  Use the table nest, flower pot feet, some floor tiles to elevate it, etc.  But you need it to have an air gap.  Otherwise you are paying to heat your table.

    I would make sure it's well supported too.

    Why didn't they finish your granite around the hole they cut??
    The structure is made out of cinder block.  I ended up with a table nest though.

    No need to polish the inside of the hole.  It's a pretty snug fit and you can't really see the inside of the lip because the Egg covers it up:


    when you say "snug fit" - there really should be a gap all around the side of the Egg where it is surrounded by the tabletop. You don't want the Egg to be touching the edge of the cut hole.
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • HeavyG said:
    AZEggDude said:
    Don't use a cinder block......it's a heat conductor, not an insulator.  Use the table nest, flower pot feet, some floor tiles to elevate it, etc.  But you need it to have an air gap.  Otherwise you are paying to heat your table.

    I would make sure it's well supported too.

    Why didn't they finish your granite around the hole they cut??
    The structure is made out of cinder block.  I ended up with a table nest though.

    No need to polish the inside of the hole.  It's a pretty snug fit and you can't really see the inside of the lip because the Egg covers it up:


    when you say "snug fit" - there really should be a gap all around the side of the Egg where it is surrounded by the tabletop. You don't want the Egg to be touching the edge of the cut hole.
    Snug might have not been the best descriptor.  There’s about a half inch between the egg and the granite.  Not enough that you can see the unpolished lip though.  My fabricator followed BGE’s built-in plans. 
  • Nice setup very clean
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 4,098
    Sounds good, looks good!
  • WoadieWoadie Posts: 120
    Nice looking set up. 
  • wardowardo Posts: 395
    That's a really cool looking setup you got going there.  I'm with the crowd in saging you want to leave a gap for airflow under the egg.  How often will you have everything fired up and cooking on that cook bench?!
    NC - LBGE
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