From time to time I need to transport my Big Green Egg(R). The standard nest is not very well designed for mobility, and the Egg is heavy and ungainly to move. I could not find plans for a basic handling crate. Here is my contribution for those who face the same challenge. This is not really a true “Upconfigured” project, but I did start with 2X4’s that I had left over from a past project.
I started with Sketchup (try it, once you get the hang of it you will be amazed. And, its free!) I wanted to be as efficient as possible with my materials. Here is where I landed after a few different versions:
This basic box design hugs the base of the egg. The sides are tall enough to hold the thicker portion of the ceramic near the felt line. I made the sides out of standard 2X4 stock and the bottom out of a 1/4″ square of plywood.
This style box allows 2 people to pick up and carry the large egg. It is also a great deal more stable when riding in the back of a pickup or van.
I made a cut list for the lumber – the plywood is cut to fit after. I used 2 1/2 inch deck screws (Do not use sheetrock screws, they snap) on most joints. The bottom is screwed on around the perimeter with 16 1″ screws. I also added some metal corner brackets, because I am an over-doer.
This was a simple project that sure made it easier to move the Egg!
Here are some photos of the final. I also carry a scrap of Cement backer board so that when you arrive you can flip the box and cook on it. Or, you can put a warm egg in the box.
Another helpful find is a flower pot lifter made of nylon straps. Wrap it around the egg and lift it out of the nest and then lower it into the box