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Grilling with lid open question

Is it possible to grill on the egg with the lid open? It seems like any time I leave the lid open for too long I have a raging inferno on my hands. Will lump coal ever ash over and just provide heat with no flames?


  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,258
    It may be possible but there really isn't any benefit to using the Egg that way. It's the same as cooking over an open fire or any cheap charcoal grill.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 4,151
    I will sear steaks (Trex method) with the dome open but that's about it.  Finish with the dome shut.
  • jfm0830jfm0830 Posts: 816
    edited April 2013
    I do it all the time when I am doing stir fries, paellas or items in the Dutch oven. What I do is preheat the egg to around the temperature I hope to be grilling at. When I pop the lid open, I dial down the lower draft door settings. The amount I close the lower draft door depends upon the cooking temperature I'm shooting for on the open grate. When I do stir fries at 600 to 650°, I stabilize the Egg at 600 or 650. Then I open the lid and I close the draft door down to about half of the current amount. When I'm cooking around 350 or 400 on the Dutch oven or to make a paella, I stabilize the egg about 50° lower than my desired cooking temperature. When I open the lid I close the lower draft door almost all the way down, just leaving it open a crack. It takes a little practice to get the exact settings down, but once you've done it a few times you should have it right on.

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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 4,824
    Grilling is done best with the dome closed. The egg is essentially a big starter chimney, if the bottom vent is open fully, and the top off, it will get very hot, with the dome up or down. The blast furnace effect is huge with the lid down. 
    The old saying is if you're looking you're not cooking. I've never seen lump ash over unless it is a low and slow, very restricted air. 
    Most grilling is done at 450-550F, a temp the egg will hold very well. 
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 12,810
    Deep fat frying is the only time I cook with the lid open.
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