Rig vs. Woo

XL Woo2 Adjustable Rig Combo

Rig vs. Woo

So, you've wandered around the site and just can't decide which set-up matches your cooking style.  Here are a couple key differences between the Adjustable Rigs and Woo Rings.  We broke it down between Large and XL sizes.

Large size - 18" - 20" cookers:

  • The main cooking grid height for the Large Woo Ring is near the felt line. For the Large Adjustable Rig, it’s 1.5 - 2.0 inches above the felt line. For direct grilling (roasting) purposes, both are an improvement over grilling at the fire ring. Some prefer the Woo at felt line, as it is a break point with the base and dome. Others prefer the Rig's higher dome location as it provides slightly better temperature control over the cooking grid.
  • The Adjustable Rig offers more set-up options for multi-level cooking. So if you plan to do big cooks, the Rig is a better choice than the Woo.
  • Both the Adjustable Rig and Woo set-up for low & slow, BBQ, cooks with ceramic stones.  Note one exception, the PSWoo Ring can hold the Big Green Egg® ConveGGtor (platesetter).   
  • Both the Woo and Adjustable Rig are not difficult to use. The learning curve on each is quick. 
  • Both offer options to go higher in the dome with and Extender and grid.  
  • The Adjustable Rig has the greatest potential for grid surface, over 1000 square inches. Not sure what you’d do with all that space, but it’s worth mentioning.
  • The Spider works best with the Adjustable Rig, as they were designed  to work together. 
  • Since the Adjustable Rig’s main grid is above the felt line, it is easier to add wood chunks and chips to the lump.
  • Some Woo's have handles to grab and lift the entire set-up in or out.  The 5" plus tall Rigs lift out with the entire set-up intact.

Let it be said, you don’t need both, the Adjustable Rig and Woo for your large 18" -20" grill.  Only reason to have both is if you own multiple cookers and want to play. If you are still in doubt on which one to order, then we recommend:

  • If you plan on doing traditional grilling and barbequing on a small scale, the Woo is all you need. Maybe add the extender/grid for a little diversity.
  • If you are a grilling and barbequing enthusiast or plan on getting creative with your cooking, the Adjustable Rig, Extender and Spider are for you. The Rig and Spider are more versatile than the Woo pieces.
  • If you own the Large Big Green Egg® ConveGGtor (platesetter) and want to continue using it, then the PSWoo will work best. 
  • Most cost effective method is the Woo. Most versatile is the Adjustable Rig.

XL Big Green Egg®

  • The XL Woo positions the XL grid a smidge below the felt line. 
  • The XL Adjustable Rig does not use the XL grid.  The Rig positions our 16"x20' Oval or 20" Round Grids three inches above the felt line - domes sweet spot. 
  • For direct grilling (roasting) purposes, both the XL Woo and XL Rig are an improvement over grilling at the fire ring. Some prefer the XL Woo at the felt line, as it is a break point with the base and dome. Others prefer the XL Rig's higher dome location as it provides slightly better temperature control.
  • The XL Adjustable Rig offers more set-up options for multi-level cooking. So if you plan to do big cooks, it’s a better choice for the XL Big Green Egg®.
  • Both the XL Adjustable Rig and XL Woo set-up for indirect cooks (platesetter like) by adding our 17.5" ceramic stone.
  • The Sliding Grid system is an option for the XL Adjustable Rig only. 
  • Both the XL Woo and XL Adjustable Rig are not difficult to use. The learning curve on each is quick. 
  • The XL Adjustable Rig can sit atop the XL Woo/XL grid set-up for super high dome cooks.
  • The XL Adjustable Rig can sit atop the Big Green Egg® ConveGGtor (platesetter) for super high indirect cooks. 
  • The XL Adjustable Rig has the greatest potential for grid surface, over 1,150 square inches. Not sure what you’d do with all that space, but it’s worth mentioning.
  • The XL Woo includes the Spider as a lower ring.
  • The XL Spider is an option accessory for the XL Adjustable Rig.
  • The XL Woo will hold our 16" or 19" wok. 
  • Since the XL Adjustable Rig’s 20" grid is above the felt line, it is easy to add wood chunks and chips to the lump.
  • The XL Spider works with the XL Rig.  The XL Woo has the Spider function built-in.

Unlike the Large, it is worthwhile to own the XL Woo and XL Adjustable Rig for your XL Big Green Egg®. Reason being, the XL Rig can sit on the XL Woo/XL grid set-up. It's a convenient way to get the entire XL Rig above the felt line for easier food/grid handling.  Here are a couple quick recommendations: 
  • If you plan on doing traditional grilling and barbequing on a small scale, the XL Woo and 17.5" Round Ceramic Stone will give you more options than the Big Green Egg® ConveGGtor.
  • If you are a grilling and barbequing enthusiast or plan on getting creative with your cooking, then the XL Adjustable Rig and XL Woo Combo is the best choice.
  • The XL Rig and XL Woo can be used together.  
  • If you own the Big Green Egg® ConveGGtor and are looking for a way to raise the grid on direct cooks, then the XL Adjustable Rig does sit atop the ConveGGtor/xl grid.
  • Most cost effective method is the XL Woo. Most versatile is the XL Adjustable Rig and XL Woo together.
 
The best indirect (bbq) set-up for a simple one grid cook (brisket, chicken, couple racks of ribs or butts) is the XL Adjustable Rig, 17.5" Ceramic Stone and 20" Stainless Grid.  That is: Best set-up any ceramic grill, any size, any manufacturer!