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Do I need the Kamado Feet ?


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Hey guys just got a Kamado Joe Big Joe. It came with the nest, ( they did not have stand alone at the road show) I have placed the kamado in my bbq island. 

 

Eventually it will rest on top of  concrete pad that will fit into my island.  Is that good enough? Are the feet for more than stability? 

 

Do do I need it if it will rest on top of concicrete? Thanks!

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Yes, I agree that an air gap is a very good thing to have. BGE makes an accessory they call a table nest for exactly the application you are describing. I use one, even though I have my Egg in a metal table. Here is a pic. The table nest lifts my Egg about 2" of the tables surface. I have seen similar table nests that have been constructed by a back yard chef with metal working ability or a local steel shop. The nest does not appear to be a difficult thing to come up with and works great. 

 

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Just resurrecting this old topic. I’ve now had two sets of ceramic feet fail under my big joe. I’ve no idea why but I’m concerned I need to find a better solution. 
 

my BJ sits on top of a sandstone tile in a brick and block built unit. Any suggestions for a better solution to provide an air gap?

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Thanks for the replies, that makes sense and possibly explains what's happened.  Just curious though as to what everyone else does if this is an inherently faulty way of setting up a freestanding unit?  

 

All the pictures I've ever seen have the kamado mounted directly onto the ceramic feet and then onto a stone/concrete slab as LargeRedJoe says.  

 

Am I missing something? Is there some other way?? 

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I would think if they were cracking like yours, you might try a silicone pad under the feet for some uneven surface irregularities.  I got 3 ceramic plant holders from Lowes and painted them bright red like the JK and they've worked quite well for 3+ years now.  They have 2 contact points on the bottom which might allow or some unevenness on the surface.  They look good and way less expensive than KJ feet.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Terra-Cotta-1-499-in-Clay-Red-Indoor-Outdoor-Corner-Ceramic-Plant-Stand/1000189397

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