I recently purchased a Cast Iron Grate for my Egg, as I had been wanting to upgrade to one for some time. I quickly realized that I had one grate too many, and that my old Stainless Steel grate was going to collect dust for the rest of days. Well, no longer! Here’s a quick way to turn your old, unused grate into a raised grid for your Big Green Egg.
What you need:
– (3) 1/4-20 x 3.5” Stainless Steel Machine Screws
– (6) 1/4 Stainless Steel Fender Washers
– (3) 1/4-20 Stainless Steel Nuts
– (3) 1/4-20 Stainless Steel T-Nuts
– (1) Wrench
Step 1: Place you grid bottom side up on your working surface. Put one screw through the grate at the “12 o’clock” position, with a fender washer under the head of the screw.
Step 2: Take another fender washer and slide it down the screw, sandwiching the grid between the two fender washers.
Step 3: Tighten down the fender washers with a nut.
Step 4: Thread a T-nut on the end of the screw. You have now made one “leg” of the Raised Grid!
Step 5: Repeat process for the other two legs, forming a triangle for the best support.
That’s it! The process took me about 5 minutes and doubled my cooking space. The best part is that I didn’t have to buy a new, expensive, Raised Grid from the store.
Having a Raised Grid gives you a few more cooking configurations with your Big Green Egg. You can now cook direct at the felt line, instead of at the Fire Ring. This makes it easier to flip your burgers, chops and brats. “Raised Direct” cooking it is also nice because you can keep certain foods away from the intense heat at the Fire Ring, but still get that grilled flavor. Now that you have a Raised Grid, you can put your primary grid on the Fire Ring, and then add the Raised Grid on top to cook all your food at once.
This DIY Raised Grid allows “double decker” cooking for indirect cooks as well. It fits perfectly in the Egg even when you have your Plate Setter on top of the Fire Ring. Just put your primary grid on the Plate Setter, then the DIY Raised grid on top of that. You just doubled the amount of ribs, pork shoulder, and chicken wings you can cook low ‘n slow!
– These directions and pictures are for a Large Big Green Egg. I expect the length of the screws may change if you are trying to make a DIY Raised Grid for a Medium or XL Egg.
– If you are using another Stainless Steel grid as you “primary” grid, the T-Nuts will not work! The spaces between the grid on the Stainless Steel grid are too far apart, and the T-Nuts will fall right through. The spaces are much closer on the Cast Iron Grid, which lets the T-Nuts sit nicely on top. A work around is to use a Fender washer sandwiched between two nuts, instead of the T-Nut.