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Wstein

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04-11-2019 01:53 PM

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i am currently thinking through some ideals for a BBQ cart for my Big Green Egg. i am wondering what kind of wood to use. I have pretty much settled on white oak for the top and any shelves I put in it. But the frame is where I am stuck. I am going to paint that part so I am not worried to much about appearance of the lumber, so I was considering 4×4 and 2×4 milled down to the sizes I want. Now my question is, do I need pressure treated (non-food contact surfaces, strictly framing) or can I use regular lumber. Like I said I am planning on painting this and putting it up on casters so there will be no ground contact. I am leaning towards regular lumber as it will be sealed with paint and then under a grill cover. Thoughts from the LumberJocks guru’s out there.

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#1 posted 04-11-2019 01:58 PM

Treated lumber is for ground contact, I can’t see any advantage for your purposes.

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#2 posted 04-11-2019 02:49 PM

Personally I would probably do redwood, stained with an exterior deck/fence stain. That seems to hold up well outdoors.

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#3 posted 04-11-2019 03:04 PM

I built a table for my Primo grill. I used 5/4 Cedar for the top and shelves and milled and laminated 2×4 for the frame. I did put casters on it but mine are a bit small. 21/2”min dia or larger. Mine is 7 yrs old. Might need re-finishing
but it’s still plenty strong.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 04-11-2019 04:06 PM

Would use durable outdoor wood;
+1 Redwood
Cedar
Cypress
Ipe
Teak (great outdoors, but too expensive and pretty to cover it with paint.)

For reference, these folks have outdoor wood rating table:
https://www.woodmagazine.com/materials-guide/lumber/outdoor-lumber

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#5 posted 04-11-2019 05:18 PM

i built a potting bench out of redwood several years ago and the termites are doing a pretty good job eating it so i do not recommend it. today i would probably go with ipe which is used a lot for decking,very hard and durable and with a fresh coat of oil each spring looks like new again.my second choice would be cedar but the termites will eat that too.

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Wstein

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#6 posted 04-11-2019 07:06 PM

I live in Florida and there is no such thing as redwood here, affordable that is. I have used cypress in the past and it is way too soft for my taste. Cedar isn’t that economical neither, the material for the frame alone would cost $150+ if cedar was used. I looked at teak and ipe, and they are MOST definitely not affordable. That is why I was looking at dimensional lumber instead.

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#7 posted 04-13-2019 03:39 PM

Check out plastic wood decking. It has the color built in and it is weather resistant; also great for outdoor tables and benches.

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#8 posted 05-21-2019 07:11 PM

What about white oak for the whole thing?

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#9 posted 05-22-2019 11:56 AM

I think you’ll be just fine with dimensional lumber if you prime it and paint it (oil based primer).

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Wstein

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#10 posted 05-24-2019 03:26 AM


I think you ll be just fine with dimensional lumber if you prime it and paint it (oil based primer).

- Fred Hargis

Thanks. I ended up going with SYP that I milled down from 2×10 stock so that I could get quartersawn pine vs flat sawn to help combat twisting and cupping. I used either through dowels/pins or mortise and tenon joinery. I then sealed all exposed end grain with epoxy to help prevent moisture intrusion from that direction. Then I sealed everything with a exterior sealer/primer and then put on 3 coats of GF Westminster Green Milk Paint. That was the frame and the bottom two selves. The top is white oak, quarter sawn white oak, wenge, paduck, and sapele with 3 coats of GF Outside Oil sealing it (last coat is drying as I type). I’ll post some pics up tomorrow once I get the BGE loaded into it and has been moved to my pool area.

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Wstein

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#11 posted 05-24-2019 03:27 AM

For cost reasons and I didn’t want to go with any nice woods since I was going to be painting the frame of the cart.

-- I would offer moral support, but I have questionable morals - Me, 2005

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Wstein

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#12 posted 05-28-2019 03:10 PM

As promised, some pictures of the completed BGE cart.

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#13 posted 05-29-2019 01:40 PM

Very nice, like the added detail on the top.

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#14 posted 05-29-2019 02:25 PM

Beautiful job, I love the egg style BBQ grill/smokers. I have the cheap aluminum knockoff and it has been great for the last 4 years.

When I upgrade to the ‘real thing’, I’ll be looking back at your cart for inspiration.

AJ

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