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Wood for outdoor Green Egg Table

I committed to build my son an outdoor table for his Big Green Egg.

So the question is, what wood would be best? I'm looking for something economical, but will withstand the elements. He lives in Charleston SC so it can be hot, wet and humid. He plans to keep it covered but the reality is that it will be exposed sometimes, so the wood and finish is important.

Any suggestions on type of wood and also finish would be greatly appreciated!

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On the cheap I'd use pressure treated pine. If I wanted something to look nice I'd use cedar.
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A wood that many do not think about is Cyprus. In Charleston it should be readily available.

I used Cyprus when I enclosed my patio. Left it natural and it ages to a silvery color.

I imagine that you would want to finish the table. I have no experience with that, but maybe someone else on here can provide suggestions.

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Occasional exposure to the weather isn't such a big deal. If it will be covered most of the time any wood can be used if finished with a spar varnish. If though you think the exposure might become more and more frequent you might better use a wood more suited for the outdoors. You could use western cedar, pressure treated pine, cypress, white oak or if you have deep pockets teak.
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I'm not a fan of wood, around fire...

All of my smokers/cookers/grills have either stainless, or stone around them. Too much grease, heat, etc for me to consider wood.

Just my .02...
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Thanks to all for the input.

Good point shoot summ! Not sure stone or stainless is in the budget but then again neither is burning down the house!

I do want it to look nice so PT pine is probably out and the shallow pockets rule out teak. So I'll check out price and availability of the other suggestions.

And George, unfortunately I'm in Atlanta not Charleston so I'll see if I can get cypress here.

Thanks!!

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Thanks to all for the input.

Good point shoot summ! Not sure stone or stainless is in the budget but then again neither is burning down the house!

I do want it to look nice so PT pine is probably out and the shallow pockets rule out teak. So I'll check out price and availability of the other suggestions.

And George, unfortunately I'm in Atlanta not Charleston so I'll see if I can get cypress here.

Thanks!!
Watch your local craigslist, I pick up stone remnants all of the time cheap.

Many times you can find a top that is already edged. Cutting a hole in it takes time, but an angle grinder and a dry blade makes it happen.

I've actually bolstered my stone working tools now as I seem to have more projects come up, and getting fab shops to do small jobs is difficult, and pricey.

I picked up this piece of Travertine for $35, wife found a cabinet she wanted to chalk paint, just so happens this was the perfect size for it.








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I have some grills and some smoker BBQ's. Freight pallets on legs. Fresh, clean, used once spruce/pine/fir. Fill in the gaps with 1x2. Pieces of slate stone where needed. If there's fussy people around, a simple patterned cloth is the perfect and temporary cosmetic fix. There's practically nothing, short of stone, that can endure our weather for more than 5 years.
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I built a outdoor table for my Primo Oval XL a few months ago. I'm actually going to be building another this weekend for a buddy of mine.

As for materials, I chose pressure treated for everything except the top. I purchased the ChoiceDek plastic wood from Lowes for the top. I'm happy with the top, though I wish I'd paid the extra $80 it was going to cost to get granite. Before I built my table, I checked out many cooking forums to see what others had done. The most common wood materials seemed to be pressure treated, Cyprus, & teak.
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Thanks to all!

Checked out cypress today and as of now that is the leading candidate. Still considering granite/quartz for the top if I can run across a deal.

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It's a plain old Weber, but here's the table we built for my SIL. It's 2x6 pine, finished with spar varnish. SIL fires it up 4 - 6 times a week. There's an inch air space around the grill. No discoloration at all.



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Ended up using Cypress

And delivered last weekend!

Thanks for all the suggestions!
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And delivered last weekend!

Thanks for all the suggestions!
That is really nice, I know your son is happy with it.

I was going to suggest Peach State Lumber in your area for lumber, that is where I got most of my materials when I was in business. They have just about any type of wood you can think of, and they will let you pick through the stack if you like.

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That is sweet, MeasureTwice !!!
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that looks like furniture grade - nicely done. was wondering what a green egg was! I think you deserve a burger for that, maybe even a hot dog!
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And delivered last weekend!

Thanks for all the suggestions!
That really looks good. I do not think I have ever seen finished cypress before this. It does finish quite well.

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That is really nice, I know your son is happy with it.

I was going to suggest Peach State Lumber in your area for lumber, that is where I got most of my materials when I was in business. They have just about any type of wood you can think of, and they will let you pick through the stack if you like.
Thanks!

Peach state is where I got most of the wood. I did get some at Hardwoods Inc. Peach State is a lot better since they upgraded their lighting. They do have a massive inventory!!
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that looks like furniture grade - nicely done. was wondering what a green egg was! I think you deserve a burger for that, maybe even a hot dog!
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My son grilled steaks for my payment!! LOL!!

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that looks like furniture grade - nicely done. was wondering what a green egg was! I think you deserve a burger for that, maybe even a hot dog!
Tim, check out the big green egg, those things are really nice, but high dollar, they sure do a great job though.

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