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newbie trying to control temp

MIM eggerMIM egger Posts: 2
edited 9:37PM in EggHead Forum
I just received an egg as a gift, but I am having some trouble controlling the temp. How do I get temp up to 500+? How much lump charcoal do I use for slow and low verses high temp?


  • GfwGfw Posts: 1,598
    MIM egger, I'm sure you'll receive other responses, but... I always put in the same amount of charcoal regardless of whether it is low/slow or hot and fast. Check out the link... the actual message were posted on the forum a short time back. [p]Welcome to the world of BGE. Life is GOOD!

    [ul][li]Building a Fire[/ul]
  • Char-WoodyChar-Woody Posts: 2,642
    MIM egger, hello and welcome to the group. Congratulations on the fine gift. We need to know the size of your BGE, and the interior condition of the firegrate and position of the firechamber. They need to be correct.
    Next..if your charcoal is very small and a lot of dust, you will have a problem with high temperature runs. Make sure your charcoal is at least 2 to three inch chunks on the bottom grate for a faster high heat to 600 plus. Low and slow it makes little difference. (My experience)
    Learning the temperature settings for the lower vent and the top daisywheel or (?) takes some time and practice. Its easy..just do it in stages.

  • Tim MTim M Posts: 2,410
    MIM egger,[p]I use the same amount everytime. After every use - stir the lump remaaining to get the ash to fall thru - then add some fresh lump (even though there is some left) always add new.[p]Take a look at the site below and look for the NEWUSERS link. Hope it will help with some questions.[p]Tim
    [ul][li]Tim's BGE cookbook/help site[/ul]
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