I bought a case of butts earlier this year for a party, but couldn't fit them all on my old Brinkman smoker. I tossed the extra 2 (all lathered up in a homemade rub) into the freezer. I'll do my first overnight smoke on my 1-month old BGEXL tonight. I still have the Brinkman, so I'll let it sit nearby and be jealous.
I finally got my CyberQ WiFi working. Had a thread on that and getting the WiFi and email alerts setup is very kludgy. Worked with their tech support via emails and got it working yesterday. I think I will opt for getting the grate around 225-240F. Not too picky about what time to eat dinner tomorrow.
On the BGEXL, what is the recommendation for amount of charcoal (I'm still using the BGE fuel) and lighting? How high do you fill the fire pit for a long smoke? I've read about the Elder Ward Method on some older posts where he suggests putting large pieces on the bottom and then filling with smaller pieces, but never saw how high to fill it... Is that the preferred method? Also, how much should I light it? Once in the middle?
I'm assuming that I will not need to replenish the fuel during the smoke. Is that correct, or should I be on standby to add more?
Thanks for your advice!
--Dave from Leesburg, VA
BGE XL, Viking 42", Firepit with $16 grill