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So you have a shiny new kamado grill, maybe a Big Green Egg, maybe a Kamado Joe, but what about a table?
Lots Of Options
There’s a lot of options out there when it comes to grill tables. And the options very as much as your budget. Starting with low cost wooden tables and going to full blown outdoor kitchens.
But what about a good midrange option? Something that looks good, is functional AND will last a long time.
Enter JJ George
JJ George is a family run business located in North Alabama. Named after it’s founder, John, the company specializes in tables for kamado style grill. But these aren’t just any old grill tables. These are tables made in North Alabama from locally sourced eastern red cedar.
Easter red cedar has been used for centuries in that part of the country because it weathers great and does not rot. Which also makes it the perfect material for a grill table since it will be spending its entire life outside.
The cedar also looks beautiful, smells great and is a natural deterrent to bugs. JJ George also applies 3 coats of clear coat to every table for additional protection and that beautiful sheen.
JJ George makes a variety of different table for the different kamado grills. Tables also come in different sizes so you should be able to find something that fits your patio or deck.
Shipping and Assembly
Here’s the other great part about these tables. They ship in a flat box and require a total of 8 screws to assemble! The heavy duty lockable casters are already screwed in, which by the way, make moving the grill a breeze. The 4 main pieces just need to be screwed in.
The assembly itself is very easy and shouldn’t take more then 20 minutes. No additional help is needed to assemble the table. It’s just 4 pieces and 8 screws.
The Hard Part
Like everything else, there is a hard part to this process. No, it’s not the assembly. It’s getting the grill into the table.
A large Big Green Egg weights about 150 pounds. Yeah, you’ll need a friend to help you lift it and place it in the table. The weight isn’t really a problem as much as the fact that the grill doesn’t have a good lift point. What I found works best is removing all the ceramic pieces from inside the grill, opening the dome and using the bottom vent as a handle to help lift it up.
Don’t rush it a take your time. Oh, and don’t forget the 12×12 paver that the grill should be placed on in the table. You don’t want a hot grill sitting directly on the wood.
I’ve had my JJ George table for close to 2 years now. The table, along with the grill has been through 1 Chicago winter, and 2 scorching summers.
What I like
Assembly: Very easy and fast assembly.
Durability: To be honest, it looks just as good now as it did the first day I got it.
Clean up: The clear coat makes clean up a breeze. Grease and charcoal stains come off with a mild soap and water solution.
Maneuverability: In the winter I put away my patio furniture and reposition my grills on my deck. Even on old decking, the heavy duty casters work great.
Free Shipping: All tables are shipped for FREE.
What I don’t like
There’s not much to say here. The only downside is that fact that you need the paver in the table before inserting your grill. Yes, that’s written on the website but of course I forgot to buy one ahead of time. Then when the table arrived and I put it together I had to make another trip to the hardware store for the paver. So just remember to buy the paver beforehand so you’re not scrambling.
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