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Building cart Question

duckeggduckegg Posts: 267
edited 7:10PM in EggHead Forum
What is the thickness of the slate stones that go under an egg?[p]Thanks


  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Typically, they are about 1 inch thick, but slate is funky stuff unless you get a perfectly cut piece. Be aware that every sheet of slate that I have put under my large egg has cracked, once rather violently. [p]TNW

    The Naked Whiz
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,050
    I don't know about "slate" but most people use concrete stepping stones and they can vary from 1.5" to 2+ in thickness and vary in dimensions and shapes as well. Why not buy what you plan to use and go from there? I wanted to use ones that were made of red colored concrete and I found those happened to be a slighty larger size so again I guess buy them(it)first.

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  • duckegg,
    I use the 2" red stones also. But you might consider using fire bricks if your placing your stones over a wood surface. You can get them at any Menards, if they have them where you are.

  • citychickencitychicken Posts: 484
    really... i don't think you want to use slate under the egg unless you are doing some very elaborate outdoor style kitchen. slate is a very brittle stone when loose. best to use some sort of concrete paver if you just need a riser and heat barrier.

  • Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 10,247
    When I built my first outdoor cooking center I just used cedar 2"X4"s with a half inch space between them. Then I set the Egg on the ceramic feet directly on the boards. I cooked on it that way for 8 years and never once had a problem. When I took the center apart four months ago I removed the boards and there wasn't even a hint of scorching. I'm convinced that the ceramic feet provide sufficient air space to insulate the area under the Egg. [p]Just my 6.3¢ worth (adjusted for inflation).[p]Spring “Full Of Cool Air” Chicken
    Spring Texas USA

  • duckeggduckegg Posts: 267
    The Naked Whiz,
    And I got the idea for using slate from your website, might be time for another recall, . . . just kidding.[p]

  • duckeggduckegg Posts: 267
    Spring Chicken,
    Heat does rise! I have some fire brick splits out back I guess i will use them and maybe the egg feet for that little extra margin of safety.[p]Thanks all[p]Duck "Thermally challenged"egg

  • duckegg,[p]I also use a grey "cinder block" style concrete paver. It's about 16 x 16 inch. Works great.[p]If you really wanted a "slate" look, be aware that slate chips and splits very easily. Most "slate" floors are actually bluestone. So you might go with a bluestone paver, if you can find them.[p]If you're building a cart, like I plan on doing eventually, ask yourself if you really care about what's under the Egg. I'm going to continue to use the concrete stepping stone to set the egg on, but I'm going to recess a big 18x18 piece of marble or granite into the top of the table for a working area.
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