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Lump question

tbk420tbk420 Posts: 70
edited 3:47PM in EggHead Forum
I've only had my Egg for a few weeks, and love that the lump isn't used very quickly.

However, I've been too paranoid about not having enough for my mostly direct cooks. As a result, I usually put more fresh lump in each time, to bring it about 1/2 way up the firebox.

I'd like to get some opinions on when I actually need to add more, or if there are any tips to let me know when I can get away with using the leftover from the prior cook.

Any thoughts? Thanks for any input! ;)


  • SheepDogSheepDog Posts: 176
    420... :laugh:

    Anyways, a couple of locals told me they top off each time. Probably how I will start as well.
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    keep topping it off, and the egg will pretty much always act the same each time you use it.
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    I am with stike, depending on what you are cooking, you don't need to top off each time, but it will give you more consistant fires if you do :)
  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,909
    I shake off the old stuff and add new stuff every single time. Consistent and works good for me.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

  • Cpt'n CookCpt'n Cook Posts: 1,917
    I like to stir out the ashes of the old lump, scoop it out and put it on top of the new lump. It seems so get to a clean burn quicker.
  • BB1857BB1857 Posts: 131
    I have had mine a few weeks as well and i am not filling mine each time. If i am doing somethign that is cooking a bit longer then i will always add more. If i am doing a quick cook like burger or chicken breast i just keep an eye on the temp gauge. I seriously doubt it actually changes how much lump you use but it makes me feel better that i am not filling it up for each use. :cheer:
  • Morro Bay RichMorro Bay Rich Posts: 2,227
    Half way up the firebox or half way up the fire ring? Makes a big difference.
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,869
    If it looks like I have enough, I stir whatever's in there and light. If not, I stir, fill it up (generally to the top of the fire box) and light. I never remove any old lump, no matter how small. And I certainly would never remove old, add new and dump the old back on top. What a pita that would be!

    I always top it off if I'm cooking a butt or other lo n slo. Would be a bummer to run out then. But I just top off whatever's in there (after stirring); I do not "arrange" the lump with larger pieces in the bottom.

    Works for me.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!


    Central Connecticut 

  • BobSBobS Posts: 2,485
    You use lump becuse of time and temperature, so no harm in adding some every time.

    Don't over think it -- just go with the flow.
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