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Big Joe table build beginning and random question

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So, I've finally gotten to work on a table build for my new Big Joe.  I don't know if anyone has looked at the plans available from Smoke & Hammer, but their large (7ft by 3ft) table caught my eye, so the father in law and I got to work.  We've got the frame done this far, and molds made for the concrete counter tops, but before I get any further into building it I realized getting the Joe into the table could pose a challenge.


So here's my question for anyone with the 2017 Big Joe, being as the owners manual lists the rear hinge, and the air intake as lift points, would I be okay to open the lid part way, grip the intake from the inside, and still use the hinge as the other lift point? I'm not sure if the lid being open will make a difference or not.





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I saw a table somewhere where they built some structure, put the kamado in  and continued on.  You have  a top mold made so maybe not. Easier? Maybe.


Not applicable to your build but I also saw table with a curved end on it so the Kamado could be slid not lifted in.


Last random ideas: some young and strong muscles to do some lifting. Maybe make a sling basket affair then cut it away afterwards.

Those engine lifts (yeah I know, everyone has one in the garage), are a maybe.

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Thanks for the ideas guys...I do have access to a cherry picker (for engines from work) but I think I can get it in the table w the help of a friend if I can have the lid open.


She's ready to have the concrete countertop poured (hopefully today), then on to staining and polishing. 



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