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tips to speed up hot coals

jerrypjerryp Posts: 226
edited May 2012 in EggHead Forum
I was wondering if anyone has a few tips for speeding up a hot bed of coals. I use the paper towel in oil method. I don't want to buy a weed burner and I don't like to use a chimney in the egg. The towel method, I'm looking at about 45 minutes to an hour for a GOOD hot bed of coals. Any advice would be great.
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  • misumisu Posts: 213
    More oiled towels worked for me but I switched to a small torch and it's 15 min if I light it up in 2-3 places
    You can also point a fan at the bottom vent
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  • JasperJasper Posts: 378
    Electric starter, MAPP torch, paraffin wax cubes, Looftlighter?
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  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,122
    Multiple ignition points, either by Rutland (or other brand) cubes, or I use a Looftlighter.  This shortens the ignition time, but you still have to wait for the the dome to soak in the heat.
    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

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  • jrbgunsjrbguns Posts: 1

    An old hair dryer blowing in the bottom vent speeds things up.

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  • jerrypjerryp Posts: 226
    I'm a little embarrassed that it never occured to me to light it up in multiple locations.
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  • njlnjl Posts: 785
    If it's taking that long, something's wrong with your lump or (more likely) your air-flow.  I've been using the oiled towel method, and can generally be cooking in 20min or less.  If I'm really in a hurry (or having air flow issues), I bring out the home made eggcelerator (12v old PC fan in a project box) and sit that on the bottom vent.  It doesn't take huge volumes of air to make a big difference.
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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,681
    More air
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • Ottawa_EggmanOttawa_Eggman Posts: 111

    An old hair dryer blowing in the bottom vent speeds things up.

    Yup works every time
    :-bd
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  • LitLit Posts: 3,274
    Heat gun
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 15,447

    An old hair dryer blowing in the bottom vent speeds things up.



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  • Use bigger chunks of lump and don't dump the small pieces in. I place my lump in by hand. you don't have to do this but it helps with airflow and airflow = heat. Try not dumping for the next few cooks. Use hand kicked larger pieces and see if that helps.

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  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,298
    When I need more air, I go old school:
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    No batteries or electric cords needed. :)

    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
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  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 1,369

    Here is what I use,

    Bought at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

    Battery operated, gets to cook temp fast!

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    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
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  • DuganboyDuganboy Posts: 1,118
    The problem has to be in your air flow.  I can use an electric coil starter, or the blocks from BGE and be up to temp in 20 mins.
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  • gerhardkgerhardk Posts: 801
    Once I have the coal burning I give it a a bit of a stir it really speeds the spreading of the fire.  For low and slow I just light it in two three spots.

    Gerhard
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  • jerrypjerryp Posts: 226
    It isn't a matter of being up to temp. My egg gets hot quickly. It's about having a glowing layer of hot coals on the entire top of the coals.
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  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,298
    edited May 2012
    It isn't a matter of being up to temp. My egg gets hot quickly. It's about having a glowing layer of hot coals on the entire top of the coals.
    If you need hot coals over a big area you need to start the fire in multiple areas.  If I'm cooking 6 big T-Bones I'll start 2 chimneys (using my gas grill side burner; it is mess free) and spread the hot coals out over a wide area. 

    If you are doing the paper towel method, I'd suggest doing 3 - 4 spots so the fire can spread from more than a single location.  When those spots are really going strong, give them a stir to spread them around.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
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  • burr_baby33burr_baby33 Posts: 503
    I don't normally use the paper towel with oil but tonight I did. Twenty minutes and a very hot clean fire. One towel pretty well soaked and that's all.
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  • njlnjl Posts: 785
    I'm about to do steaks.  I did my usual

    stir up the left over lump from the last cook

    make sure the fire box and fire grate air holes aren't clogged with ash

    add some new lump to the old lump

    Only thing I did differently was this time, I dug a hole in the center until I could see the fire grate.  I used one paper towel with probably about 1-2 table spoons of waste corn oil poured into it sort of bunched up like a cup.  I stuck this in the hole in the center and lit it, then loosely placed a few large pieces of lump over it.  12 minutes later when I went out to check on it, dome temp was just over 600F.  I was only wanting around 400F...so I had to shut things down a bit and let it cool off before putting in the plate setter...I'm going to try something a little different from my usual for steaks tonight.
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 26,914
    I keep a stainless shop vac on the deck for cleaning out the eggs. If I'm in a hurry, I stick the hose in the exhaust end and shove the other end in the lower vent. Pretty much instantaneous. :\">

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • eggoeggo Posts: 421
    I keep a stainless shop vac on the deck for cleaning out the eggs. If I'm in a hurry, I stick the hose in the exhaust end and shove the other end in the lower vent. Pretty much instantaneous. :\">
    That works for me too, hair dryer works well too.
    Eggo in N. MS
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  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 2,013
    Gasoline...ok, that's a bad idea bit it would get it up to temp. Same as others have said. More air flow. I've read some posts about folks using leaf blowers.
    Mark Annville, PA
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