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Fill it all the way up. When your done, shut off the vents, put the fire out. You will have lump left over.
I have the same question and see a lot of responses are 'fill er up' So what exactly is 'filled up'The BGE site shows up to the top of the fire box ceramic bowl. Others indicated to the top of the fire ring, which I believe to be the 4 inch separate ring that rests on top of the fire box and is what the plate setter rests on top of. I have had my first two cooks that got cool and I think it was due to not enough lump.
I am confused too about the proper level to fill the Egg
with charcoal. The video on the BGE
website shows only to the top of the piece that has the metal plate with the holes
in the bottom. I did this for my turkey today
and it started to cool off before the turkey was done. Checked and the coals were low. Added some more that was started in
the chimney type starter and finished the cooking without any other problems. I was cooking at 325 for a 14 pound brined bird calculating about 12 minutes a pound in a medium BGE using BGE lump charcoal which
was started in a chimney type starter. I
used the plate setter, the bird was in a pan filled with onions, garlic,
celery, carrots, peppercorns, fresh herbs, chicken stock and apple peels. It
was excellent. Does using the chimney type starter burn the charcoal too fast hence
causing the coals to burn up more quickly? Someone mentioned sorting the
charcoal into large and small pieces for different types of cooking. Is this a
good general rule? From what I have read it is ok to fill the BGE more than the
BGE website says to do. Yes, No? Thanks <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />