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Using the Large Spider with the Large Adjustable Rig - Indirect Set-up
Using the Spider is another way to set-up indirect with the Large Adjustable Rig. The Spider is designed to hold our 13" Round Ceramic Stone and 14" Round Stainless Drip Pan. Placing the Stone and Pan on the Spider creates an indirect set-up.
(Important) Since the inside diameter of the Big Green Egg® fire ring is less than 16", we strongly recommend limiting the indirect stone's diameter to 13 inches. This 13" limitation insures proper airflow by maintaining at least a one inch gap between the stone's outer edge and the fire ring's inner wall. We strongly recommend using a stone under any drip pan to prevent the pan from melting. Our stainless drip pans are tapered to provide maximum coverage with minimal impact on heat circulation. Unfortunately, we do not recommend using Big Green Egg's, 14" pizza stone on the Spider, as it limits airflow. More on the Large Adjustable Rig can be found here.
Pictured below is our 13" Stone & Spider set-up in the fire ring. You can see the air circulation is virtually unobstructed for 360° around the entire stone. This 360° open pattern is our preferred set-up when using indirect pieces in or on the fire ring. You can fill up to 1/3 of the fire ring with lump, so on very long cooks or when using fast burning lump, we recommend you monitor the lump to maintain fuel.
When barbequing big meats on two grids, the Spider is used to create the indirect set-up. This allows the grids to be set up on any of the Adjustable Rig Levels. For large cuts, pork butt or briskets, we recommend setting the Oval or 16.5" Round grid on Rig Level 1.5 and the Large grid atop the Rig. This provides 4.5" of spacing between grids, enough room so the top and bottom meats don't touch. For smaller cuts of meat, you have the option on using Level 1.5 or 3.0 for the lower grid.