Custom Fabricated Accessories for Big Green Egg®
The XL Woo2 is the latest generation Woo Ring for the BGE XL line-up. The XL Woo2 still offers a raised grid set-up like the original XL Woo, plus the new addition, an XL Spider style lower ring. The platesetter notches in the XL fire ring make the drop down, lower ring a worthwhile upgrade. Also, we beefed up the stainless rod to insure the XL Woo2 can sufficiently span the fire ring and handle the temperatures, since it is so close to the burning lump. Basic design parameters on the XL Woo2 are:
- The XL Woo2 sits atop the fire ring, in or out of the notches/dimples is your choice.
- Positioned atop the fire ring, the XL Woo2 sets the BGE 24-inch grid a smidge below the felt line. It also sets our 17.5-inch Ceramic Stone even with the platesetter notches in the fire ring. The Stone is the same height as a platesetter sitting in the three notches.
- Sitting in the platesetter notches, the XL Woo2 lower ring drops 1.50-inches into the fire ring. this lower setting is closer to the lump for searing/blackening or wokking.
- The XL Woo2 is fabricated with 5/16-inch, 304 stainless round bar. The six welds are butt joint connections and tig welded for added strength.
- The upper ring is 23.125-inches outside diameter. The lower ring is 14-inches outside diameter.
- The lower ring holds our 17.5-inch Ceramic Stone, 18-inch Drip Pan, BGE's 15CI & 18CI cast iron grids, Lodge's APD3 Reversible Skillet or our 16 & 19-inch woks. Other grilling pieces can fit the lower ring as long as they safely fit inside the fire ring and span the 14-inch lower ring. Our Large, 13"x17.5" Stainless Oval Grid is recommended as a staging platform for cooking surfaces smaller than 14-inches.
WARNING: For self protection, anyone using the ceramic cooker needs to understand the principals and preventive methods surrounding a Flashback, including Flashbacks from the lower slider vent, felt rim opening and/or top daisy wheel vent. Please consult your ceramic grill manufacturer or retailer for Flashback details and preventative measures before attempting any cook in the ceramic cooker, including cooks with or without the XL Spider, XL Woo2, XL Adjustable Rig or any other accessory placed in the cooker. Keep children away from the cooker, especially the lower slider opening, at all times.
WARNING: Only remove the XL Woo2 or any grid, skillet, pan, griddle or other accessory in the cooker when the cooker has cooled to ambient temperatures. Do not remove the XL Woo2 or other accessories stated herein during a high temperature (>300 degrees Fahrenheit) cook. The cooker can Flashback. The dome thermometer or remote temperature probes positioned above the fire ring are not an accurate measure of the temperature in the fire ring or firebox. The temperatures in the fire ring and firebox can be much higher. Lump burns in excess of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Adequate hand protection is required when removing heated items from the cooker.
Why Buy the XL Woo2: It's all about simplicity and versatility with the XL Woo2 sitting on the fire ring. To set-up with the XL grid near the felt line, simply drop the XL grid on the XL Woo2. To set-up indirect (platesetter like), set our 17.5-inch Ceramic Stone (18" Drip Pan optional) on the lower ring and the XL grid on the top ring. To sear/blacken close to the lump, add your searing grid, skillet or griddle on the lower ring. To wok, set the wok in the lower ring. If you want to raise the XL Adjustable Rig up in the dome, set the XL Grid on the XL Woo2's top ring and place the XL Adjustable Rig on the grid. All these set-ups are as easy as they sound. More detail follows below.
|Note: We recommend you take one quick measurement before ordering. This is the simplest way we've found to make sure the XL Woo2 fits your cooker. Measure the distance from the top of the fire ring to the felt rim on the base. The measurement needs to be approximately 3-inches. Having a fire ring with the platesetter notches is best, but not required for the XL Woo2 to fit. The 3-inch drop is necessary.|
Grilling on the Lower Ring
When Grilling on ceramics, we recommend two approaches. The first approach uses a very hot fire to sear, blacken, char or saute' the food. Our preference is to perform these cooks close to the lump, either atop or inside the fire ring. The XL Spider design is our preferred equipment platform for cooking inside the fire ring and closer to the lump. To simplify things, we added the XL Spider design to the XL Woo2. So, the lower ring on the XL Woo2 is a built-in XL Spider.
The XL Woo2's lower ring drops 3/4-inch into the fire ring with the XL Woo2 sitting atop the fire ring. 3/4-inch is the indirect set-up position. The drop can easily be increased to 1.5-inches by setting the XL Woo2's three legs in the fire ring's platesetter notches. With the 1.5-inch drop, the lower ring is aproximately 6.5-inches from the lump grate. Having 3 to 4 inches of lump (average fill) in the firebox leaves approximately 3 to 4 inches of open air between the lump and grilling surface.
Instead of duplicating the XL Spider information, we recommend you jump over to the XL Spider section to see similar set-up options for the XL Woo2. The only XL Spider detail that does not apply to the XL Woo2 is the XL Adjustable Rig Indirect Set-Up. We will cover the XL Woo2 indirect options below.
Here is a quick picture array using the XL Woo2's lower ring. Again, the detail for these set-ups can be found in the XL Spider section, here.
Searing using BGE's 18" & 15" cast iron grids
Blackening using Lodge's APD3 & our Ang-L Brackets
Our Large, 13"x17.5", Oval Stainless Grid as a staging Platform
Grilling on the Upper Ring
The second grilling approach is similar to roasting, where the cooking temperatures typically range from 300 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. With this approach, the goal is to create a light crust, cook to an internal temperature, render fat or crisp skin. Examples of these cooks include: grilling brats without breaking the casing, finishing steaks to doneness after a sear, crisping chicken skin, rendering bacon fat on ABTs or steaming veggies. Our recommendation is to complete these cooks by raising the grid above the fire ring. The XL Woo2 and XL Adjustable Rig are our preferred equipment choices for raising the grid(s). Continue on for more XL Woo2 information or click here for the XL Adjustable Rig Section.
By raising the grid above the fire ring, temperature control is less demanding. Simply, you reduce your chances of burning the food. Plus, using tongs or turners for handling food is much easier. The XL Woo2 is designed to set the XL 24-inch grid just below the felt line. Both, BGE's full and half XL Grids fit atop the XL Woo2. Depending on the amount of lump in the firebox, the distance from the lump to the raised grid is 5 to 7 inches. Also, with the XL grid off the fire ring more of the grid's total surface area is available for grilling.
As pictured below, the set-up is quick and straightforward: Set the XL Woo2 on the fire ring and set the XL grid atop the XL Woo2. The XL Woo2's top ring slips between the grid's outer band and center support crosswires, keeping it properly positioned.
The XL Woo2's three legs can sit directly atop the fire ring, in the fire ring dimples or down in the platesetter notches. Setting the XL Woo2 atop the fire ring yields the highest XL grid position and alternatively, down in the platesetter notches yields the lower XL grid position.
With small grilling cooks, we recommend using either one of our Lump Reducing Ring(s) or Ang-L Brackets to manage the lump. By controlling the lump burn you dictate the heat distribution over the grid. Plus, add how you place the food on the grid and you can easily control the cooking process. For example, you can set the food right over the lump for direct grilling or off to the side for more of an indirect (radiant) cook. Learn more about controlling the lump here and here.
With the XL grid atop the XL Woo2, there is ample room to grill just about anything. It's approximately 14-inches from the top of the XL grid to the daisy wheel opening atop the cooker.
If the cooker is creating hot spots across the grid, you can quickly spin the grid to minimize the affects from the hot spots. To spin the grid, just slip tongs through the grid crosswires and turn, as pictured below.
If the cooker is running hot or you need to slow the cook down, changing to an indirect set-up can be a workable solution. Pictured below is half grid set-up using our 9"x19" Half Ceramic Stone. It's a quasi half indirect and half direct set-up. The Half Stone is a little smaller than the diameter of the fire ring, allowing some heat to work around the Stone's circular back edge. Setting the Half Stone along the front, back or either side is our option. We do not recommend setting a cold stone when the cooker is running at temperatures hotter than 450 degrees Fahrenheit dome. Remember, to wear proper personal protection while handling hot equipment. More on indirect set-ups can be found below in BBQing.
BBQing - Single Raised Grid Indirect
Barbeque is typically created using (low) cooking temperatures and (slow) cooking times. For most low and slow cooks (ribs, butt, brisket), the cooking temperatures range from 200 to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking times can range from several hours to a full day. One recommendation we offer on how to tell when the cook is done is: Learn to barbeque recognizing tenderness (internal temperature) rather than by going by so many hours per pound. Barbequing is just one of those lazy cooking methods that answesr to the ole saying....... it's done when it's done!
Barbequing with ceramic cookers is reasonably straightforward. The primary accessory needed is a heat diffuser, something that controls how the heat rises up through the cooker. Some of the more common heat diffusers in use today include: ceramic (pizza) stones, platesetters, fire bricks, pans, skillets and metal disks. Using a heat diffuser in ceramic cooking is universally called an indirect set-up.
Our preferred indirect set-ups use ceramic stones. Why ceramic stones can be found here. Put simply, stones come in various sizes, lend themselves to multiple configurations, are durable, match the round shape of the cooker and have no legs to hinder airflow. The purpose of the stone is to push the heat away from the underside of the cook toward the cooker wall. Here the heat can move up the wall to the top of the cooker and build down. This air movement protects the underside of the cook from burning. A flat stone blocks and pushes the rising heat outward but does not interfere with the heat stabilizng activities going on higher in the cooker.
You may wonder which stone creates the best indirect set-up. Well, there is no catch-all answer, as each cook is a little different. What we suggest, if at all possible, is to match the indirect set-up to the size of the cook. Go small indirect with small cooks. Go large indirect with large cooks. Go long indirect with lengthy cuts such as ribs and brisket. Setting up in this manner will provide the best coverage against burned edges and the best chance for even temperatures across the grid surface.
Many of the same techniques and set-ups that work when grilling on the XL Woo2 also work when barbequing on the XL Woo2. Except, now it's an indirect set-up and lower cooking temperatures. The XL Woo2 sets up quickly for indirect cooks. All you need is the indirect piece. We recommend our 17.5-inch Ceramic Stone and 18-inch Drip Pan for most cooks. We had the 17.5-inch stone manufactured specifically for the XL. Below are a couple of pictures showing the 17.5-inch Ceramic Stone and 18-inch Drip Pan set-up.
If you wonder about air circulation around the Stone, you can see there is ample room for air circulation. On the side, it is a 2-inch gap and unlike some indirect methods, the 2-inch gap is around the entire stone. Vertically, the XL Woo2 sets the stone at the same height as the platesetter notches. The 17.5-inch Ceramic Stone is 5/8-inch thick, so the bottom of the drip pan is just about level with the top of the fire ring. As pictured below, it's approximately 2.5-inches between the drip pan bottom and XL grid top. A 2-inch deep drip pan will fit between the stone and grid, but we don't recommend using one. It's best to use the shortest pan possible as it will have the least impact on airflow. Our Drip Pans are 1-inch tall and have a tapered side edge to aid circulation.
This ends the XL Woo2 narrative.