After a couple of mostly successful, but by no means perfect, overnight cooks on my XL w/ a homemade indirect rig (upside down cast iron skillet under drip pan, under elevated rack) I decided to buy a Woo2/Adjustable rig combo from the ceramic grill store. Needless to say I’m excited to get it in and try something more challenging (maybe brisket).
One enduring question, during both of my previous cooks I had a problem with the lump going out during the night. In both cases I had closed the top and bottom vents nearly all the way to get the temp down to 250ish after lighting. I’m using a chimney starter (that works great) and distributing the lit coals then adding lump on top of that. By the end of the cook I have a small ring of unlit lump around the perimeter of the fire ring and very little lit lump.
I’m wondering if I’m failing to get the lump lit evenly. How do you guys make sure all your lump gets lit during a long cook? How much of the egg is full of lump at the start of the cook? Does anyone know of a good video on YouTube or something that shows how to get lump up and running for a nice long cook?
My wife and I love the Egg and out fast hot cooks are going great, I just want to understand how my longer cooks can be better.
Cheers all –