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Half Fire Ring for the Large EGG

Heyyy!
We purchased our LGE in July and are a newbie to the EGG community, and will be doing a turkey for the annual TG conclave.
To prepare, I purchased a cheapie 13# frozen turkey to cook as a test. (Hated to cook my first one for Thanksgiving and screw up)
The turkey test turned great; only I cooked it on the "Vertical Turkey Roaster" and it barely fit in the BGE. The processor left a 1 1/2" neck stub.
I used a plate setter, legs up, without the grate and the neck was visible in the upper metal vent. The bird turned out great (photo attached) internal temp at the thigh was 168 F, in 2hrs and 20 min.

My question; Would the cooking temp. and time change If I used a 1/2 fire ring? I would like to cook a larger bird for the T-Giving holiday,

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  • HotchHotch Posts: 1,233
    Could you remove the fire ring, install the grate and set the plate setter on the grate? Should be able to get 3-4 hours of lump in it I would think.

     "You’re not a real Texan till you’ve been kicked out of every decent state in America." - Joe Bob Briggs

    LBGE, Mini BGE and R&V Fryer

    Prosper TX

    And your are correct, Texas Red has no Beans



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  • HotchHotch Posts: 1,233
    I guess you put spacers (1" copper Tee's) under the plate setter if you needed more height but less than the fire ring.

     "You’re not a real Texan till you’ve been kicked out of every decent state in America." - Joe Bob Briggs

    LBGE, Mini BGE and R&V Fryer

    Prosper TX

    And your are correct, Texas Red has no Beans



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  • HotchHotch Posts: 1,233

    Oops, just saw it was your first post.

    Welcome to the herd. Enjoy the ride.

    Mickey has the trick for a great turkey.

     "You’re not a real Texan till you’ve been kicked out of every decent state in America." - Joe Bob Briggs

    LBGE, Mini BGE and R&V Fryer

    Prosper TX

    And your are correct, Texas Red has no Beans



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  • I always just set my turkey in a V-rack sitting down.
    LBGE
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,752
    I always just set my turkey in a V-rack sitting down.
    +1. Having the turkey vertical will put the lower end really close to the coals if you have a large turkey and take the fire ring out.

    And yeah, welcome to the insanity! :)

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 2,202
    http://www.nakedwhiz.com/madmaxturkey.htm
    This is my first too. I'm gonna do it this way.
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
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  • Welcome, @Jeremiah has a good thought, Mad Max Turkey from the Whiz's site produces excellent results. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 15,021
    Welcome aboard Alex - I'm curious about the half fire ring. I happen to have one that I bought years ago, but I thought BGE discontinued that product - being a newbie I just wondered how you knew about it.
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • DredgerDredger Posts: 229
    Hi Alexkin. I use a vertical roaster too and I can usually do a 16 pound turkey with no problem. You need to remove the neck from the bird all the way down to the open cavity and also trim most of the tail off. The top of the roaster should be a little above the turkey cavity to allow proper ventilation through the cavity of the bird, if that makes sense. Also, press down firmly on the bird to force it further down on the roaster. Set the bird in a pan that is about the same size as the base of the bird and add some lemon halves, a few cloves of garlic and some white wine underneath the bird.
    Large BGE
    Greenville, SC
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  • Thank You!  I think we will stay with the vertical roaster, it makes sense. I might however, try the 1/2 Fire Ring who knows we might have to have another turkey test.
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,752
    I'm not clear as to what you mean by half fire ring. Do you mean taking the fire ring out for more head room? Or literally half of a fire ring?

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 6,111
    caliking said:
    I'm not clear as to what you mean by half fire ring. Do you mean taking the fire ring out for more head room? Or literally half of a fire ring?
    BGE used to make a 1/2 size fire ring that was only 2 inches tall instead of the regular 4ish.  Like @RRP said I think they have discontinued it.  Prolly because now they notch the new fire ring so the plate setter can sit lower in it. 


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

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