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Inspired by our coverage here on MAKE of flower-pot cooker/smokers, Nigel Vezeau (Ottawa, Canada) created this lovely “Little Blue Egg, a Big Green Egg knockoff. He used two big flower pots, an Ikea table, and a few other scrounged bits and pieces.

About six months ago I was at a friend’s place jamming, hanging out, generally having a good time. The host said he’d throw a few wings on the big green egg for a post-jam snack. I hadn’t heard of a big green egg before and so assumed he had a nickname for his BBQ, and didn’t think much more about it. That changed when the wings were ready and we dug in. Admittedly my judgement may have been slightly clouded, but to me those wings were the best food I had eaten. Ever. I didn’t know it at the time, but I had just been sucked into the cult of the big green egg.

Months later, still salivating over my memory of those wings, I started looking at pricing. Stunned to find the brand-name commercial eggs cost $1000-$1500, I almost dropped the idea. Not long after, I read the article on blog.makezine.com about home-brewed smokers using flower pots and electric hot plates. I was inspired! How hard could it be to go a step further and make and honest-to-goodness, charcoal burning, big green egg knockoff? As it turns out, not very hard at all. May I present the Little Blue Egg.

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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